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  •  $25k per year for family insurance (3+ / 0-)
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    is what it costs in NY. Ask NYC Eve. And no, not everyone in that income group has their insurance covered. I know a partner in a law firm who pays that out of his pocket because he is a partner. That's how it works, you don't get 'benefits'. People living in a 1 br apt don't have pools let alone pool cleaners, or gardens or gardeners. Nice try though.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 04:14:03 PM PDT

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    •  LOL! A partner in a law firm in New York City is (10+ / 0-)

      making quite a bit more than $250,000 a year.  And the deductions that lawyer is taking as a result of being a partner is lowering his taxes to such an extent, he can well afford his $25,000 a year in premiums (which I'm sure he's not paying personally, but is paying it only through his reduced share of partner profits at the end of the year).  And people earning $250,000 a year are not living in a one bedroom apartment.  You really think we all fell off a turnip truck here and have no idea how the world works?  

      Your efforts are getting more and more bizarre.    

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 04:22:20 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, if you think that (3+ / 0-)
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        $250k is a princely sum to live on anywhere in the New York metropolitan area, than yes, you have just fallen off the turnip truck. And yes, if you need $195k typically to afford a 1 br in NYC, then you don't get that much more for another $55k. OUtside of the city, you can afford a modest house, without all that pool and gardening help you describe.

        "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

        by eXtina on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 04:35:53 PM PDT

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        •  Who claimed it's a "princely sum?" It's a sum one (4+ / 0-)

          can live comfortably on without whining about paying too much in taxes.  What everyone has been working hard at trying to get you to grasp is that there are MANY people making small fraction of than living in NYC and getting by wihout whining about the taxes they pay.  There's simply not a great deal of sympathy for the whining being done on behalf of those earning $250,000 a year, except for yours.  So get over yourself.  You simply aren't going to be getting any tears from anyone here.

          "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

          by gustynpip on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 05:01:49 PM PDT

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          •  many people in this thread (2+ / 0-)
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            claimed it is a fabulous sum that they could live on - where they currently live - of course, ignoring the cost of living in the regions where such jobs exist.

            "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

            by eXtina on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 05:12:59 PM PDT

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            •  Your closed mind is wrong. They're not ignoring (6+ / 0-)

              the cost of living where such jobs exist.  First, those jobs exist all across the country, not just in NYC and LA or similar areas.  I know quite a few people who earn significantly more than that and I live in a relatively low cost area.  My husband and I could be in that income range if we choose.  

              Second, they're pointing out to you the reality that many, many people live in NYC on substantially less money than that and are voicing their lack of sympathy for those who are earning that.

              You've spent a lot of time and energy twisting facts and words here to convince people they're being unrealistic.  However, it's your facts and claims that are unrealistic.

              "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

              by gustynpip on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 05:31:53 PM PDT

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            •  I live in California (2+ / 0-)
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              and I could agree that half that is not living lavishly, but come on...250k is an assload of money.  I don't care if it is New York or San Francisco.  It is a lot of money.

              If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much stupid costs

              by Sychotic1 on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 09:02:49 PM PDT

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            •  Anybody earning $250,000 has the financial (2+ / 0-)
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              means and the freedom to literally move anywhere in the area where his job is without much more than the inconvenience of a 30-minute to one-hour commute--the same inconvenience, say, people living in the Antelope Valley have to work in LA for a substantial wage.

              Yes, to live in the high-rise penthouse a block down from Wall Street would be impossible on $250,000, but that doesn't mean a person earning $250,000 working on Wall Street has it tough.

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