The Social Poets: Where Is The Middle Class in America? Half Living Low Income Or Poor: From Denny: Where is the middle class in America? Half of Americans are now scraping by on low income or downright poverty, according to the latest census data. That's 146 million doing without because of high unemployment, costs that have risen fast, stayed high and suppressed wages.
Mayors of 29 cities say they cannot meet the needs for emergency food assistance, food stamps, and are turning away 25 percent of applicants. There are already 46 million people on food stamps, a former middle class that never asked for any help until now. Federal and states' programs are frayed at the edges.
And the Republicans claim the Democrats are screaming "class warfare"? These figures don't lie. Just where did the GOP expect the unemployed to go? How do they expect people to eat?