The American lower middle class is rapidly dying, and the politicians are ignoring them, even Trump. The irony is Trump was swept into office by those very same people that are one again being ignored. This is also a backlash at Obama's failure to both visibly punish the elites and better address the economic plight of the middle class. First off was the lack or slow punishment of Wall Street banking elites that caused the Great Recession. Then the massive taxpayer bailout to Banks and other industries, stressing out the middle class already barely able to maintain their living standards. Then was the "Jobless Recovery" (actually acceleration of changing job situation), where tens of millions of good paying middle class jobs went away by a number of factors (mainly automation, decline in coal consumption (replaced by gas), decline of steel production replaced by other materials, and simply lower spending by US. Trade and immigrants had very little impact to loss of MC jobs). Temporary jobs, often multiple ones, became permanent, living standards declined (there was a few bright spots like boom in Renewable that insured Obama reelection) When money is tight even health insurance when healthy is seen as useless expense, thus popular support to repeal ACA (Obamamcare), not that they don't want it, but cannot afford it (people OK to get HI when they get sick). This is the exact same "writing on wall" before great recessions, everyone with any intelligence and attention could see the Mortgage industry is rotten to core. This time what is happening it the "Left Behind" population desperate for help voted for someone who they hoped would bring their old jobs back (which will not happen for a substantial majority of them). This desperate situation is manifesting itself in real word effects as a new report shows suicides in and general despair of their economic state. What is more, many areas that had highest turn out for Trump are also some of the worst impacts areas. https://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/white-middle-age-deaths-world-20170322/#desktop The reason why Trump Inauguration was the smallest in decades was many of those who voted Trump could not afford to go see it! Trump correctly saw where he can get key election support, but his proposals are massively ignorant on the causes and solutions. (Trump also gained a lot of Evangelical support from the SCOTUS vacancy) TL/DR: Republicans and Democrats are still ignoring or totally blind to the core problems in USA. Trump and Washington in general are not solving the core issue (where is Trump $1 Trillion program?), instead they are bickering over feel-good issues (travel band and ACA) and not make policy to bring millions of higher paying jobs back that will make real impact.