Much like the polar ice caps, the middle class is disappearing.
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The middle class falls further behind
Pew report finds middle class also shrinking
"The middle class is struggling to survive and shrinking before our eyes, the Pew Research Center reported on Wednesday. "America's middle class has endured its worst decade in modern history," the Pew Research Center said in its report. "It has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some -- but by no means all -- of its characteristic faith in the future."