The New York Times By Steven Pearlstein

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In pondering the question of inequality in the United States rising or falling it must first be asked how would it be decided or what is considered equality? However, before answering these questions, I will address two articles that present a difference in opinion on the subject of the middle class surviving or dying out. The first article I will address was in The New York Times, written by Steven Pearlstein. It was a bit difficult to find strong arguments in this article supporting his belief of the middle class surviving. However, there are a few things mentioned in the article that did make a good point. Pearlstein (2007) wrote, " $44,500 is reported the median household income with taking in the varying of sizes from single to Brady Bunch"(para. 7). A single household would live within different means than a larger household. Information on the decline of low skilled jobs since 1979 and an incline in elite jobs (Pearlstein, 2007). Another statement made in the article is, "economic contentment derives not from what they have but from how it compares with what everyone else has"(Pearlstein, 2007). This economy has and is undoubtedly concerned in what they do and do not have, compared to the "Jones 's". In Rose 's data he exempted any household before the age of 29 because they were just starting out in their career and ages 59 or over due to just ending their career, and both making less than average middle class households (Pearlstein, 2007). First off, this

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