Whether they wear boxers or briefs is none of my concern. Nor do I care whether they choose to use a PC or a Mac. When it comes to presidential candidates one of the least-asked question I want answered is, “What do you mean when you say ‘middle class?’”
This undefined group of citizens seems to be a favorite of politicians on both ends of the political spectrum. Reagan and Bush cut their taxes. Bill Clinton and Obama did too (or so they claim).
Hillary Clinton has proposed cutting their taxes as has every Republican candidate. Even the socialist Bernie Sanders has said he’d lower taxes on the middle class (by raising taxes on the “rich”, naturally).
What they rarely ever explain, though, is who exactly they consider to be “middle class.” Most people use the term as a means of emotion-based self-categorization (“I don’t feel rich or poor so I must be middle class”). Ask the janitor sweeping your company’s floors and he’ll likely tell you he’s middle class. Query the vice-president of marketing and he will give you the same answer. The single girls down in accounts payable and the married attorneys in the legal department will give the same response.
In the land of equal opportunity, it appears, we’re all middle class.