The new middle

by Rhode

A Portrait Of America’s Middle Class, By The Numbers

Our favorite topic – what is the middle class…

Do you agree with the numbers?

I found the shape of the middle class by numbers interesting. Who knew Sheboygan had 3.6 million people? But seriously, the more expensive the area, the larger the proportion of lower income (and the lower the median income). The McAllen Texas area is telling – and probably more representative of “middle America” than we on the coasts would like to believe.

How do you think these numbers will shape decisions at the Federal level? When we talk of political candidates talking to the middle class, do we mean middle class by income (like this article), or is it a more “cultural” middle class defined by attributes and values?


Secret shame

by L

We recently discussed the “Secret Shame” article; here is a response:

Opting Out of Coastal Madness to Live a Low-Overhead Life

Here is the original article:

The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

Would Totebaggers consider moving to flyover country/a low COL area in order to cut down on overhead? If not, why not?