I talk to people outside of my economic strata all the time. You see, I am a nurse at a major medical institution in the heart of the heartland. If it wasn't for my clinic, I'd be living in a cornfield.
A vast majority of my clients are fixed-income seniors. We also treat a disapportionate number of low-volume cases, and do a lot of charity work.
Also: 27-54? WTF mate? How does that demographic "already feel screwed"?
You referenced Conyer's public offer of a pissing match when Obama asked him to sit down and have a one on one discussion.
And you referenced a statement by Rahm. Neither supports your initial claim.
As far as Geithner and Summers, I agree. However, the average American (I'd say a vast majority of Americans) and even the average member of "the base" don't give a flying fuck about Geithner or Summers. So you really didn't address either question.
Despite my antipathy to christianity generally, and the Catholic church specifically, I have always been floored by the peace and justice movement within the Catholic church-especially among the nuns (and some priests)