Originally Posted by Braincase
I also admitted that I am open-minded to change my position. So far, the only data I've seen is that info from the US Census Bureau. I think most people would agree that there as been a decrease in a number of sectors, most notably manufacturing jobs that have gone overseas. Job growth has been experienced in some sectors, but my initial suspicions are that the job market growth has been in sectors that don't pay the wages or provide the type of benefits that would qualify as "middle-class".
You haven't mentioned benefits yet. Also, the article I posted at the beginning of the thread (which I'll assume you didn't read) mentions that incomes are down for everybody in the recession. There was also this nugget about the growing "inequality" before Obama:
Census data reveal that from 1981-2008 the biggest income gains were for black women, 81%; followed by white women, 67%; followed by black men, 31%; and white males at 8%