Application of the Critical Theory

The Myth of Middle Class

The aim of the information contained within this page is to destroy the myth that middle class makes over of $45,000 a year. It is also desgined to destroy one of the mythical statements of Representative Fred Heineman, who said, "When I see someone who is making anywhere from $300,000 to $750,000 a year, that's upper middle class."

$300,000 to $750,000 a year is not upper middle class but the ultra rich of our society in the United States.

Real median household income fell 7.0 percent from $33,685 in 1989 to $31,241 in 1993, during the Bush's administration, according to the US Census Bureau. From these figures, middle class means making around $30,000 to $40,000 a year.

In 1993, the median income of married-couple households was $43,129, com-pared with $18,545 for households maintained by women with no husband present.

All of this information is derived from the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P60-189, Income, Poverty, and Valuation of Noncash Benefits: 1994, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.