On his January 18, 2019, show, Bill Maher offered a keen insight about keeping the middle class perpetually squeezed and just this side of desperate:
I would add that people who are wealthy enough not to feel squeezed generally keep themselves distracted from all the environmental, social, and psychological decay parading before them by focusing, metaphorically, on the bright, shiny objects that industries across the board produce. Sometimes I just want to yell: Snap out of it! Abracadabra! Wake up! Life is beautiful! We don’t need to consume like there’s no tomorrow, and, what’s more, we shouldn’t because if we do, there will be no tomorrow. That concept seems to be a piece that Bill Maher doesn’t get yet.