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  •  Excellent diary. (3+ / 0-)
    Most sons and daughters of wealthy families mistake their lifestyle for the norm.
    I think that, at least up to a certain age, that is true of most or all aspects of one's life. From the other end of the spectrum, it's a revelation to an abused child, much later in life, that not all children have this childhood experience.

    I wonder why it is that rich kids are so much slower at discovering this, however.

    Even rich adults:
    When I became politically conscious - sometime in my early 20s - I started referring to my family as "rich" (NW DC suburbs; congressman's daughter on my swim team, that sort of thing). We weren't 1%ers, I'm pretty sure, but in 1970, given your statistic above, we were way upstream of 5%. My Mom always responded, in a very deprecating way, "We aren't rich, pixxie." What is odd about this is that she grew up at the low end of the economic spectrum, as did my Dad. Both had families with middle class sensibilities about work and education, and sent all their kids to college. But even seeing the contrast between her childhood and her exceptionally comfortable adult status, Mom still insisted we weren't rich. Still amazes me.

    We all understand that freedom isn't free. What Romney and Ryan don't understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.
    Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

    by pixxer on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:10:48 AM PDT

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