An important and overlooked part of the pending collapse of the American middle class is the path our children have been forced to take. The American Dream of education leading to middle class and more is becoming a nightmare. The result, quite often, of higher education is becoming debt and a limited number of jobs, many of which pay less than middle class wages. Below is an article and video clip, featuring the Secretary/Treasurer of Greater Ct Area Local and his daughter. Take a couple of minutes to watch this telling video.
Middle-Class Betrayal? Why Working Hard Is No Longer Enough in America
Newberg, 26, is like millions of young Americans who are finding that the paths they assumed would lead them to middle-class lives -- the paths many of their parents took -- no longer promise economic stability. The long wake of the recession has exposed an American economy that has been restructured over the last three decades. As a result, many jobs that once made it possible to reach the middle class are less reliable. Newberg grew up in a home where her father's paycheck was modest but consistent. Steve Newberg, 60, a tall lanky man with long pulled back hair, has been a postal worker since two years before Hanna, the older of his two daughters, was born. Steve's wife, Robin Newberg, 54, had worked as an elementary school teacher and then left to raise their children in their well-kept home in a quiet semi-rural street in Granby, Connecticut. … Steve, a member of the postal workers union, has a clear sense that the situation his kids are in is a result of long-term economic shifts. But that does not mean he's any less rattled by the consequences.