Intro: People of the middle class all know that the minimum wage of $7.25 is not sufficient to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. There is considerable evidence to show that the current generations comfortable lifestyles require a more luxurious price for standard living. The cost of living over the years has dramatically increased due to high consumer demands of products. As that being said, $7.25 is just not enough for a happy lifestyle, food, and the bills. There are many jobs that dislike or just can't afford paying high wages. Therefore, many employers hire less to save money. This causes a non-sufficient pay rate for comfortable living and high unemployment rates.
The cabinets full of little to no food and small sized rooms full of multiple beds are what I see. The not so well put together houses in poor communities are full of kids and roommates. Living with cousins, aunts, and uncles are the norm here. We all have to share beds and one bathroom. Dinners are prepared every night as a necessity but other than that breakfast and lunch were to be eaten at school because it's hard to afford all that food for everyone at home. The struggles of just being able to pay the bills, buy shoes, and clothes are the issues that are rising in the middle class with the inflation and taxes.
Middle class families are defined more by their aspirations than their income.
Body 1: (The cost of living over the years has dramatically increased due to high consumer demands of products. )
For many families in the middle class that's how life starts out; but later in life generations grow up to realize that they need to become part of the working middle class to provide a sufficient lifestyle. Now a days though, it's always about buying the trendiest thing, name brands, and getting a discount for EVERYTHING! Things like that cause for a higher demand of standard living. The social needs... [continues]