I just about choked on New Year’s morning when I happened to see a CNN poll about who was to blame for the shrinking middle class — the democrats or the republicans. Come on America, grow up!
Why do we have to be so obsessed with blame and finger pointing? But, if we are, let’s point the finger in the right direction. Remember, every time you point that index pinky, three others are pointing right back at you. It’s not a political party that’s to blame, it’s not the economy — it’s the breakup of the family!
I don’t very often come up with an original idea, nor, for that matter, does anyone else. Most of what we spew out, hear, or read is a rehash of what someone else has said. But in this case, I came up with this postulation all on my own, from my own experiences, from my own observations, with no support from research, data or political polls. (You may have read this first, right here in the Empty Nest.)
If the middle class is indeed shrinking — and this is as debatable as the cause of global warming (you have your naysayers and your supporters) — the real cause is the breakup of the family. And the family is the backbone of our society, not political parties that come and go with the wind.
We all know the divorce rate is/was 50 percent. Researchers are now telling us that the divorce rate is skyrocketing even higher due to, you guessed it, internet and social-media hookups. Throw in gay marriage, which has an even higher divorce rate, and you have a family crisis shaking the foundation of our culture.
Of course the middle class is shrinking! You no longer have mom or pop around setting the example, going to work everyday, demonstrating upward mobility, instilling the work ethic.