Three Simple Rules Poor Teens Should Follow to Join the Middle Class | Brookings InstitutionLet politicians, schoolteachers and administrators, community leaders, ministers and parents drill into children the message that in a free society, they enter adulthood with three major responsibilities: at least finish high school, get a full-time job and wait until age 21 to get married and have children.
Our research shows that of American adults who followed these three simple rules, only about 2 percent are in poverty and nearly 75 percent have joined the middle class (defined as earning around $55,000 or more per year).
And please, the "company town" is a thing of the past in this day and age, whether you are union, or non union. And if you want to claim that unions are responsible for that, fine. But unions of today are nothing like unions of yesteryear.
Just so we're clear. I am a self employed tradesman. I am non-union. If I am enjoying a two day weekend, it is because I have chosen to, and on my own dime.
What exactly do you mean by, "artificially low incomes"?