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Monday, June 25, 2012

A growing reality for middle class America: One step from poverty

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 Humboldt County!

The Great Repression is reducing the American middle class to a minority. The majority of Americans are struggling financially. Living from paycheck to paycheck. When unemployment insurance runs out, often the last safety net, people are reduced to seeking assistance anywhere they can find it.

Free Food Pantries nationwide are having difficulty meeting the increased demands from those struck low by finances. The following article talks about this growing problem and exposes how deeply it’s affecting the American way of life:

The small communities that dot the picturesque mountain landscape outside Boulder, Colo., conjure up an image from long before the great recession. Here the manicured lawns and expensive cars are a testament to the achievements of a fiercely independent and educated middle class; a 21st century version of suburban bliss. But often these days, the closed doors of well-kept houses hide a decidedly different reality: hushed conversation about food stamps and Medicaid, depleted bank accounts and 401K’s, kitchen shelves stocked with groceries from food pantries.

This Dateline special aired Sunday Night. Go to Dateline Webpage to view whole story.

"It's this dirty little secret,” said Joyce Welch, a stay-at-home mother of three whose husband, a mechanical engineer, lost his job six months ago. “Everybody is supposed to be able to buy the new car, supposed to buy the new house. And what we don't talk about is people who struggle, and they're struggling more and more."  The Welch family lives in Superior, a Boulder suburb that was listed by Money Magazine as one of the “Top 20 best places to live in America” in 2011. Neighboring Louisville was ranked number one.The evidence that times are rough for many suburban middle class families is not merely anecdotal.

Boulder County's Department of Housing and Human Services provided the number of Louisville and Superior residents that relied on public safety nets to make ends meet.  And while these affluent communities still boast some of the lowest poverty levels in Colorado, the statistics were nonetheless startling: since 2008 the combined number of families on Medicaid more than doubled, as did the number of people utilizing food assistance.  Lafayette, another well-to-do suburb in East Boulder County experienced similar increases.” (Read the rest here VIA Izhar Harpaz for Dateline NBC)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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