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  •  thx (0+ / 0-)

    check the link under the Image,

    they explain the methodology.

    The way I read it,
    those are gross, minor taxes,

    But not including Food or Rent, or other living expenses.

    I was definitely surprised how "poor"
    the average American is.

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 06:22:14 PM PST

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    •  gross, minus taxes (1+ / 0-)
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      War on Error

      typos,  dooh

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

      by jamess on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 06:23:31 PM PST

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    •  Well, yeah, that's what got my attention. (3+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle, webranding, jamess

      $19,000 for a family of four is below the FPL, poverty level.

      And wages have been flat since 2001.  So, if this stands today, a large portion of the US citizens qualify for Medicare, or almost a full subsidized insurance policy.  And, if so, what a golden ticket for the private insurers.

      The only thing that makes no sense is "Where the hell do the federal revenues come from?  Cigarettes and face lifts?"

      I hired Chinese women back in the late 80s early 90s.  They told me they earned $300 a year in China then.  A few that had just landed in town and were lucky to get a job with me literally burst out and cried when I passed them a pay check for their first week.  

      Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

      by War on Error on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 06:27:08 PM PST

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      •  That Number Is Hard To Comprend Isn't It (3+ / 0-)
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        ladybug53, jamess, War on Error

        $19,000/year for a family of four. I mean give me a break. I've never been married, never had kids. So my family is a family of one. When I made that after grad school in the early 90s I went hungry a lot.

        Now I live in a place a lot less expensive, but I am not sure how any family of four could do that. I mean it would take a math and shopping wizard I'd think.

        "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

        by webranding on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 06:31:38 PM PST

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