It seems that all of the presidential hopefuls are promising to help the "middle class". I've heard promises of Tax cuts, relief, and new jobs for the "middle class". The problem is that there seems to be a little bit of confusion about who the "middle class" is.
Depending on who you ask, there are many ways to determine if you are in the middle class. You add up your household income and if it's more than this and less than that and if you have more than so many people in your house, etc, etc.
I have a very simple test to determine your socio-economic status. Gather up your receipts from shopping for the last month. Now, look at the top of those receipts. If it says, "Wal-mart" at the top, you are most likely "Blue collar" or "Working class". If it says, "Neiman Marcus" at the top, you are most likely, "Upper class". What you are looking for is the bullseye. If the top of your receipts has a bullseye and says "Target", you are most likely "middle class".
Although I wrote this for entertainment value alone, there may be some truth to it. Socio-economic status should not be determined mostly by income, it should be determined by the way you spend money. While there is no such thing as "extra money", I believe that how you value a dollar is a good indicator of what economic classification you believe that you are a part of.