If you watch most media you'd never guess what's the real America. From television shows where minimum wage jobs pay rent on $2000 a month flats, to families who never seem to run out of money or get foreclosed on, to messages of if only you follow some green line you'll have enough money for retirement, a never ending weave of fiction is spun. Like prey in the spider's web of tall tales, we're stunned and hypnotized into no longer seeing the poverty and despair all around us.
Here are a couple of video reports where one sees the real America. Families who cannot afford a roach motel, living on the street, trying to stay together. That's the bottom line, today, making it in America is a crap shoot with crooked dice.
This is the new American family experience. Yes, one might have grabbed that flat screen TV and even own an iPhone, but making the monthly bills and having enough to eat even when working is no longer possible.
While we know about the official unemployment rate, the real unemployment rate, people falling off of the need a job count, the horrific tally of Americans on food stamps, even when people are working, it never seems to hit home what America has really become. We are now, all poor. The middle class is an illusion, as evidenced here, here and here.