You may have heard it said that soon there will be no middle class in America, and this is the truth. The middle class bears the burden of paying for the many programs that the government offers yet when it’s time for their children to use them, they can’t.
Many times the only way for the children of middle class families to get the help they need is to sink into poverty. Often times leaving middle class values behind as they are put into a system where there is no one to monitor their progress. Then they face a cruel decision leave the system and be deprived of all the benefits that they get due to their impoverished state, or stay and continue to not work or pay any taxes.
Why do we allow this? The poor should not be penalized for wanting to work. That’s like saying that poor children who have no food should be penalized for wanting to eat. There’s no sense in this . Yet the federal government continues to pull the benefits of people who just want something better than poverty. Take SSI for instance, the average person on SSI ($710.00 a month) is NOT ALLOWED to have more than 2,000 dollars in their checking accounts. Meanwhile the market rent in some areas of the US is above $1,000. This is adding insult to injury. How is the average SSI recipient supposed to live? They are not allowed to open up ANY checking accounts without notifying the SSA, and if they have more than 2,000 dollars in their checking account they lose their benefit for that month. When was the last time $2,000 dollars lasted you two months? Think about gas, (or bus fare) rent, food, clothing, laundry, toiletries etc.
You will see that this money dwindles down to nothing. This is why we have people who are encouraged to do nothing . We constantly send the message to the lower class that if they move into the upper class they will be penalized by having no health insurance or cash benefits, and to the middle class we say unless you move lower you get nothing. The children of both classes are in the middle of this huge debate. Why? Because, lower class children may get all the benefits and all the perks, but the minute they start to use them to support themselves, they enter into the middle class. Then they lose things like health insurance, cash benefits, and the same scholarships for their children that they themselves used. So the cycle begins anew. The parents are forced to either support their child (which many of them can’t afford to do) or abandon them to poverty.
When I got out of high school I went to college, and had to stop because my parents couldn’t pay for it. It was only when I turned eighteen and became an adult and was considered my own household legally (and poor) that I was allowed to continue my education. I had no health insurance (since my parents didn’t cover me anymore) and on top of that I was showing signs of a mental illness that my parents could not afford to treat. Ironically my brother and sister got more help than I did when they went to college, because they went my parents had a lower income thereby putting them in reach for many government programs.
This is a vicious cycle. Soon there really won’t be a middle class it will be obsolete as more and more people either slip back into poverty, or break the middle class ceiling and join the upper class. We live in a world where you can’t afford to be either poor or moderately well off. So many people are joining the ranks of the poor, and the systems that we have for taking care of them are overwhelmed. It takes a mentally ill person 1-7 years to get housing in some states, and the ones who get it sooner than that are the lucky ones. We have a lot to think about in this situation, and even more to correct.