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  •  Think about what the medium family income is. (3+ / 0-)
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    pHunbalanced, ppluto, vcmvo2

    It is a lot below $80,000.

    As an attorney I make far in excess of the medium income (and of $80,000), but I have been poor in my life.  (So I'm not attacking you and you could attack me for my income).  But we all forget (including me) how many folks really struggle economically in this country.  Below $50,000 is the medium income for a family of four, which means half of America makes less than that.    

    Michael Harrington wrote in the sixties about the poor.  They are hidden.  Middle class ain't what it used to be, but it is a lot better than what many American have.  

    How do "they" get by?  With great difficulty.  

    That is why when rich folks with a conscience seek to help working folks, they have chosen the right side.  Brooks misses that point entirely in his "class-based" critique of Pelosi.  

    •  My point is... (2+ / 0-)
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      Fabian, TomP

      ...that I am lower middle class in my town despite the fact that I make much more than the average American.  However, I also live in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation in the county where salaries are highest nationwide.  Yep, I sure do feel for the grocery cart pusher and the Kohl's cashier.  I think about them every time I see them.  I wonder how they make ends meet in a place where a one bedroom apartment can go for $1300/month without association fees (tack on another $200.00). I think about the illegal immigrants who rent a townhouse and cram people in every square inch.  (I saw this when I was shopping for a home to buy.  There were mattresses in literally every room of the house) I worry about the little spanish speaking kid who spends her days at Wendy's while her mother works behind the counter.  She had no other kids to play with, she was getting fat on french fries and her teeth were rotting.  She looked to be about 5 years old.  This is in my town where the Hummers use the drive-thru to take home dinner to their pampered brats.  
      Most Americans don't live here.  I'm guessing my income would be plush in Cleveland.  

      -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

      by goldberry on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 07:59:27 AM PST

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    •  Michael Harrington was my cousin. Thanks for (2+ / 0-)
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      shpilk, TomP

      remembering him.  

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