Are there adults earning that? Sure there are. Are they "the rank and file" that you claim? Well, I don't know exactly what you mean by that nebulous statement, but they're far from the majority, and very few of them will STILL be in those jobs a year or two from now. As I stated, no they're not "middle class jobs." No one is trying to make that argument. And, maybe this is the disconnect - we're not going to be able to make them into middle class jobs either. But those adults who (usually temporarily) hold those jobs probably appreciate them vs. being unemployed while they search for a better job and career position to help them become established in that middle class, don't you think?