We can expect the number of those falling down the economic ladder to increase as the corporate economic system continues to strengthen. What the fervent believers don't tell you is that the intellectual founders of this system taught that wealth should go to the top and the masses should only be paid enough to just get by.
We now have the Republican party totally committed to this economic paradigm. The Democratic party has given up the real fight for working people as they too seek the contributions of the corporations and the wealthy. With the loss of political parties to their left, many Democrats now have become Republican "light" as the Republican party becomes fascist "light."
One of the most amazing things to me is the ability of Republicans to continue to get working class white voters to vote for them. It's an old tactic of the rich to use such things as race, ethnicity, and religion to get people to vote against their own best interests. Create the feeling that it's us against them, and the powerful have it made. The wealthy just have to keep the lower classes from figuring out that it is the poor and working class no matter the race or ethnicity that are suffering at the hands of the rich and powerful.
Unless the great middle class in this county doesn't wake up soon, the trends of the last 40-plus years will continue. More and more of the wealth of this country will move from the bottom and middle of the economic pyramid to fewer and fewer on the top. With the corporations controlling most the information stream in this country, it will be a difficult task to enlighten the majority of people. Those who still make up the middle class of this country must fully realize that they could easily fall down the economic ladder if current trends continue.
Jack D. Miller,
Center Township, Snyder County