If anything, the "middle class" has been classified out of existence. With the maximum elegibility income for gubmint goodies creeping ever higher and higher, in order to bankroll the largesse, the motorcade class has deemed it necessary to lower the threshold into the classification of "the rich". It won't be long until the two lines meet then cross. To wit: the case of Leroy Fick, a Michigan man who was collecting food stamps when he won $2 million in the state lottery. After winning and paying applicable taxes, he asked his case worker if his elegibility for food stamps would be cancelled. He was told that he was in fact still elegible, since lottery winnings were classified as assets not income, making him rich and poor simultaneously.