Somebody quite recently said to me that he thought America was going to Hell in a handbasket. I asked him exactly who he thought America was going to borrow the handbasket from, since America is not the sort of place to value handbaskets enough to keep one laying around. We are more of a large metal drum and greasy plastic bag nation, with nothing in between.
Personally, I am glad that the middle-class is being ground into economic dust. They are the bovine majority, after all, who invented leisurewear, vote for politicians, and sign petitions to prevent others from doing things that they don't understand. It is incredible that anyone as mean-spirited and as greedy as the middle-classes can point an accusing finger at even the most avaricious of tycoons. We are all accessories to economic crimes, of course, but only they plead innocence.