The Middle Class And The American Dream : Dead, Alive, Or On Hold?

786 Words Jun 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Edward McClelland’s RIP, “The Middle Class” has a more realistic view on our economy than Brandon King’s “The American Dream: Dead, Alive, or on Hold?” McClelland’s argument is less imaginative that King’s. It’s more realistic and straight to the point on how the government needs to intervene. While King’s on the other hand, is more creative and left to the reader’s imagination. McClelland constantly refers back to the working class of the 1970’s and 80’s. He presents the fact of high school dropouts being able to afford a nice car, house, and support a family. Everyone was able to get a job because work was always needed. On page 554, McClelland says how a car once required 25,000 hands, but now only needs 5,000 workers. This helps prove his argument on how the middle class is nonexistent anymore. American jobs aren’t in America anymore. He calls the government lazy and inactive, not caring about the Great Recession impact on the middle class. McClelland refers to a family that once made 27 dollars each an hour, and now makes less that 12 because of the closing down of factories and jobs. The 1% of the extreme wealth has taken a new 19% of the working class. The author believes Nixon was on a good path with his Corporate Average Fuel Economy Law. Nixon wanted to protect the workers from the global economy. He wanted to stop foreign manufacturers from overrunning the markets, and to help Americans learn their limits (McClelland 554).
Brandon King’s article seems more…

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