America's Disappearing Middle Class

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 3, 2009

“Today, one in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work. One in nine families can’t make the minimum payment on their credit cards. One in eight mortgages is in default or foreclosure. One in eight Americans is on food stamps. More than 120,000 families are filing for bankruptcy every month. The economic crisis has wiped more than $5 trillion from pensions and savings, has left family balance sheets upside down, and threatens to put ten million homeowners out on the street.” Elizabeth Warren, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard and currently the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel.

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