The liberals love their meme THE RICH GET RICHER and THE POOR GET POORER. Sorry liberals but that is just not true. The truth is that the poor, because of entitlements and welfare largess, are getting richer. It is the middle class that is getting poorer.
The Poor are Richer Than the Middle Class
One of my favorite bloggers, Bunkerville, wrote an excellent piece that contained the following table that he borrowed from Zero Hedge . Please click on this table to get a full view and you will see that a family of four earning only $3,625 has almost as much economic benefit as a family earning $60,000 and a family earning $14,500 has a greater economic benefit than the family earning $60,000. This is what American statism has done. This is the result of the liberal’s idea of wealth redistribution.
The Middle Class is Getting Poorer
The following graph comes from a recent CNN Money article that I hope you will take the time to read. The article contains a really excellent video called Why it sucks to be middle class, which I am unable to embed here. Please watch the video.
The message of the graph is that middle class income has fallen 7% in the last decade. Folks, this is very serious. We have intuitively known things were not good for the middle class; but now we have the proof. No country can progress without a strong and vibrant middle class. So, what can be done to help the middle class?
One thing is for sure, Obama’s American Jobs Plan and how he proposes to pay for it will end up making things worse for the middle class. But, we conservatives must also understand that our desire to make government smaller and get our deficits and debt under control could do even more harm to the middle class if we don’t first do something that will allow for private investment which will in turn create jobs. We have resigned ourselves to the reality that there is little we can do until after the 2012 elections. But there is something on the horizon that would be just what the doctor ordered. It is something I have harped on for the last year. I’m talking about the Keystone Pipeline Project.
Redstate reported yesterday that Obama’s State Department has finally given its blessing to the Keystone Project:
Next week will begin public meetings regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will be a pipeline connecting Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries.
As the article points out, the environmental groups will do every thing they can to stop this project. WE CAN NOT LET THEM DO IT. America needs this project. Here are just some of the benefits:
- Will create over 20,000 high wage manufacturing and construction jobs
- Will contribute over $20 billion to the U.S. economy
- Will deliver over 700,000 barrels of American and Canadian crude to refineries in the Gulf Coast to help America with the over 19 million barrels of oil a day that we consume
You can help! If you belong to a local Tea Party or if you belong to some other conservative action group, get them to take part in the public comment process along with your individual participation. Don’t allow the environmentalists to be the only voices that are heard.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?