For six decades, Republican policies have benefited the rich and the Democrats' policies have helped the poor while the middle class has been ignored.
Democrat ideas are the earned income credit, food stamps, welfare and recently the Affordable Care Act, all of which help the poor; and also Social Security and Medicare, which help the poor and middle class.
The Reagan and Bush tax cuts primarily benefited the rich and really kicked in when they lowered the rate on dividends and capital gains to 15 percent (Mitt Romney's effective tax rate).
Over the years, both parties have agreed to gradually raise the Social Security wage base to $109,000, which hits the middle class the hardest. In 1985, both parties voted to start taxing Social Security benefits, which also hits the middle class the hardest.
The two government programs that are the most important to the middle class are Medicare and Social Security, and both are at risk because of tax cuts for the rich. They are also the two programs that are primarily funded by the middle class.
Those, such as the Tea Party, who want to reduce the size of the government and not raise taxes on the rich are going to force cuts in those important programs because cuts in programs for the poor will not amount to a lot of money, and nobody seems willing to slash the bloated defense budget.
Bruce A. Thompson