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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Still just reading for the comments

by folkbum

Marvelously entertaining, starting with a bunch of people free enough during the day to comment on newspaper stories complaining that a bunch of people free enough to attend a mid-day rally should shut up and get a job.

But this comment bothered me:
At every turn it seems I am being told "if you make more than $200,000k (which I don't, but hope to one day) we will tax you more". Or "this will only impact the "rich"", "the top 10%" "the upper class" etc...As the trend of increased taxes on "the rich" ($200-250k/yr is NOT rich) continues [. . .]
He thinks "$200-250k/yr is NOT rich"? Seriously? The median household income in the US for 2009--meaning an equal number of households earned above and below that number--was $50,303 in 2008, meaning someone earning $200-250k is earning four or five times the median. In fact (note these are 2005 numbers, but I doubt much has changed), only the top 2.5% of households in the country earn $200k or more. It boggles my mind that someone could possibly believe that if they are one of the richest 2.5% of Americans that they are not rich.

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