We have probably read the same articles and studies.
The problem is most definitely the 1%, and the way they're sucking money away from workers. When the middle class starts shrinking - and it is with not-so-surprising rapidly in many countries...
Perhaps the middle class has ben to lax about fighting for his own rights. Part of it is that globalization allow a companies to move factories to asia. With this possibility, gain a lot of bargaining power.
In theory the middle class have the power to vote and choose who drive the country. If the middle class is stupid and don't know how to defend his own interest, here comes everyone else that eat his lunch.
And the middle class don't work and is lazy for a few factors. First: is happy, it probably see no reason (yet) to be more politically conscience, second: is not well educated enough, his education is shitty. Education is maybe expensive, and can't be mass produced. The middle class are consumers of mass-information and mass-education, and you get what you pay for in these things, because is expensive to produce some quality of it.
Perhaps the middle class can start working in the root of his problem, and ask for limits to globalization, and perhaps ask so corporations pay more taxes and support the cost of the government. I suppose the government is not happy to lose the middle-class platform, rich people can turn quickly in lousy tax payers, and a poor government can't do well. This is not just a problem for middle class, is also a problem for the government, with government getting his financial system screwed.
The middle class is very sheepish. I have never seen this people reply to a new rule "No, actually,.. THIS is how we want things to run". I think the middle class has learned to just accept any shit put to then. He, is very hard to have any sympathy for that type of people!.