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  •  The fatal word in that graphic is "average" (3+ / 0-)

        One 54 year old investment banker bailed out by the taxpayers probably cancelled out a couple thousand of me. When I'm trying to figure out how to pay for food and medical expenses both, I'll just look at that graph and remind myself that I'm a boomer so I'm well off "on average".
         There are many older people who dedicated their lives to careers like teaching, social work, and the like. They have not accumulated the wealth. They have been trying to contribute something to society, not siphon what they can from it.
         In my case, I'm in the purple column. That doesn't mean I can go to the bank and request to withdraw some of "my wealth". We don't all have access to the wealth represented in that column. In fact it shouldn't be shaped like a column it should be shaped like a giant inverted pyramid.  
         The direction our country is going is indeed distressing, but let's not fall for the distraction of generational bickering. In fact, hating on particular people is not productive. We need to alter the system to ameliorate the accumulation of wealth at the tippy-top.  

    To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate--that is strength undefeatable. (Helen Keller)

    by kareylou on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 07:14:43 AM PDT

    •  Hear, hear, kareylou. We can thank both parties (1+ / 0-)
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      and Pete Peterson's Foundation for propagating the misinformation that we sometimes see.

      Thanks for your common sense suggestions.  ;-)


      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson


      by musiccitymollie on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 11:11:22 AM PDT

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