Talking about the middle class.
Now it costs $74,000 per year, or $6,170 per month for BASIC LIVING EXPENSES [Self-Sufficiency Standard], for a family of four in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.
There are lots of poor people in the Bay Area, but I never thought of $74,000 per year as POOR.
No restaurant meals, no vacations, no joy - only existing instead of living.
It costs $74,000 per year just to exist.
This is NOT the American Dream - it is the American nightmare.
Read it here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/05/MNB11LD969.DTL