If you want to argue that the middle class is under attack (and that seems to be the current rage), you must acknowledge that over the past 50 years the definition of the middle class had changed. 50 years ago, a middle class family had 1 job, 1 car, 1 TV (free over the air signal), took 1 vacation (driving). Bills consisted of water, sewer, phone, mortgage/rent, car. They saved 10%.
Today, the middle class ad 2 jobs, 2 cars (some more), 2+ TVs, 2 vacations. Bills include water, sewer, home phone, internet, cell phones, cable/satellite, multiple car payments.