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Middle Class Over

Frank Simon was Middle Class until 1980. Since then, it's all been an illusion.

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The middle class is over. It was a lie. We have the 1%...and then everyone else. Does this explain your life? My middle class life was actually working class, and why Archie Bunker still resonates with many people as a folk hero today. Your host Frank Simon has over 40 years of experience as a banker, stockbroker, owner of an income tax prep company, retirement home marketing manager, small business consultant, business form salesman, retail florist, award winning call centre owner, convenie ...
 
Some stories, some facts, some not-so-secret secrets about the very industry that’s created several others. It's an exclusive, no holds barred, opinions only interview show where the industry experts tell you all about steel. The steel industry has been a part of America for more than 200 years. The iconic bridges and your everyday necessities are made of steel. It's such a big part of our lives that we don’t even realize it sometimes. So, with the help of several industry experts, steel sup ...
 
At 26 years old, Dane Roy was working at Peter’s Ice Cream in Melbourne, Australia, when he stumbled upon the opportunity to participate in a “longest kick” contest, ending in a final showdown at the 2015 Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final. Roy won the final contest with an 81-yard (73-meters) punt that would ultimately change his life. As part of his prize, he earned a chance to work with renowned punting coach Nathan Chapman of Prokick Australia, and when Tom Herman - then head c ...
 
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