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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 03:23 PM
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25. Because nowhere is it written as a universal law that anyone has
a right to amass obscene amounts of wealth while others in society go homeless and hungry. Unless one can demonstrate that some essential social purpose is being served by such a concentration of wealth, I say it's time to question whether the wealthy should continue to enjoy their privileged status.

I do nothing that's essential to society other than think. But then I'm not a 1%er either. I don't claim any special privileges for myself. If certain people are going to enjoy special privileges (like the 1%), by God they'd better be serving some essential social purpose. Or I say it's time for some 1789 solutions.
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  -Most Americans Say $150,000 Annual Income Makes You Rich (also, Walmart heirs $= Bottom 30%) onehandle  Dec-09-11 11:50 AM   #0 
  - Most americans think "rich" starts...  FBaggins   Dec-09-11 11:58 AM   #1 
  - That sounds like a failure of imagination  pscot   Dec-09-11 12:28 PM   #4 
  - You would be rich with $150,000 almost anywhere outside of  ThomCat   Dec-09-11 12:37 PM   #6 
  - I lived in San Diego  Beavker   Dec-09-11 01:01 PM   #7 
  - Cost of Mercedes S class 90K and up, Bertram 700 roughly 4 million, 2nd  zogofzorkon   Dec-09-11 01:03 PM   #8 
  - I draw a distinction between comfortable and rich.  Pacifist Patriot   Dec-09-11 01:23 PM   #9 
  - Yep... and there's another distinction to be made.  FBaggins   Dec-09-11 02:18 PM   #14 
  - If you are earning more then $157,000 a year you are in the top 9.0% of the population  happyslug   Dec-09-11 03:54 PM   #26 
  - ++  Samba   Dec-09-11 06:43 PM   #29 
  - If you have an income of $150,000, you could save  JDPriestly   Dec-10-11 01:24 AM   #39 
     - "I doubt that a person earning $150,000 would think that he or she was rich."  boppers   Dec-10-11 03:58 AM   #41 
        - Because when most people earn that kind of money, they  JDPriestly   Dec-10-11 06:28 PM   #59 
  - In the DC area, $150,000 joint income is barely middle-class and paying the bills.  leveymg   Dec-09-11 03:02 PM   #20 
  - $1200/mo for groceries? Seriously? Someone needs to go to Aldi  NickB79   Dec-09-11 03:06 PM   #22 
  - If you are earning more than $150,000, you are in the top 10% of all families  happyslug   Dec-09-11 04:06 PM   #27 
     - $150,000 a year here buys a decent house, 2 reliable cars, college education for 2 kids, puts food  leveymg   Dec-09-11 09:56 PM   #33 
        - The problem is is $150,000 is Petty Bourgeois  happyslug   Dec-09-11 10:20 PM   #35 
        - The PB aren't defined so much by income as by social class and an attitude toward money  leveymg   Dec-09-11 10:37 PM   #36 
        - The Traditional Definition of Middle class is the that group  happyslug   Dec-09-11 11:34 PM   #37 
        - Petit bourgeois?  ChangoLoa   Dec-10-11 08:56 AM   # 
        - Petit bourgeois is a Marxist term  happyslug   Dec-10-11 01:02 PM   #56 
        - It's Not the Income Dropping, It's the Expenses Rising  NashVegas   Dec-10-11 08:56 AM   #49 
           - What people look at is NET INCOME.  happyslug   Dec-10-11 01:08 PM   #57 
        - "one week at the beach"?  boppers   Dec-10-11 04:05 AM   #42 
  - It's all relative, but I agree, 150k sounds pretty cushie.  Shoe Horn   Dec-09-11 06:28 PM   #28 
  - You'd Be Doing Damn Well Pretty Much Everywhere  NashVegas   Dec-10-11 08:47 AM   #48 
  - I would be extremely rich with that income. I now live on $8376 and that  jwirr   Dec-09-11 01:34 PM   #10 
  - Most Americans don't understand the difference between income and wealth.  Xithras   Dec-09-11 01:41 PM   #11 
  - Perfect explaination.  Muskypundit   Dec-09-11 02:24 PM   #15 
  - Amen, brother. This is surely why so many pro athletes go broke  DinahMoeHum   Dec-10-11 09:59 AM   #54 
  - You're dead wrong.  truthisfreedom   Dec-10-11 02:06 PM   #58 
  - For most people , $150,000 a year would pay off the mortgage,  hedgehog   Dec-09-11 02:37 PM   #17 
     - What you've described is smack dab in "middle class"  FBaggins   Dec-09-11 03:14 PM   #24 
     - The median US home sale price in May 2011 was $166,500  panzerfaust   Dec-10-11 07:22 AM   #45 
  - Does  kcks   Dec-09-11 12:00 PM   #2 
  - The polling method indicates it was taken over all 50 states and DC. That's a good sampling overall.  onehandle   Dec-09-11 12:03 PM   #3 
  - Well, Certainly  RobinA   Dec-09-11 02:31 PM   #16 
  - Most americans are clueless or too young to remember the Great Prosperity.  Warren Stupidity   Dec-09-11 12:30 PM   #5 
  - Explain to me again very carefully exactly what essential function the  coalition_unwilling   Dec-09-11 01:42 PM   #12 
  - Why does everyone have to have an "essential function?"  Dreamer Tatum   Dec-09-11 02:40 PM   #18 
     - The crack addicts essential function is to make the crack dealer rich or  zogofzorkon   Dec-09-11 02:54 PM   #19 
     - Because nowhere is it written as a universal law that anyone has  coalition_unwilling   Dec-09-11 03:23 PM   #25 
  - I would posit...  watajob   Dec-09-11 01:51 PM   #13 
  - ...I can't even ever imagine making 150K  SoapBox   Dec-09-11 03:06 PM   #21 
  - Can't even imagine that kind of income  FirstLight   Dec-09-11 03:14 PM   #23 
  - Americans don't "get" money.  Karenina   Dec-09-11 06:51 PM   #30 
  - Summary: We have no idea how we are getting screwed  underpants   Dec-09-11 07:51 PM   #31 
  - Still too confusing.  Samba   Dec-09-11 07:59 PM   #32 
  - There are two ways to look at "rich"  jmowreader   Dec-09-11 10:15 PM   #34 
  - I like Chris Rock's distinction between wealthy and rich  lazarus   Dec-10-11 01:17 AM   #38 
  - Perfect summary of post #11  saras   Dec-10-11 11:46 AM   #55 
  - There's only one way to deal with this...  Scuba   Dec-10-11 03:33 AM   #40 
  - Than most Americans are buffoons  Ter   Dec-10-11 04:35 AM   #43 
  - It is when it is 2-4 times your income  Nikia   Dec-10-11 08:22 AM   #46 
  - So some of the rich bastids see themselves as poor do they  madokie   Dec-10-11 05:37 AM   #44 
  - Unrec - when one tenth of the top one percent controls so many assets -  TBF   Dec-10-11 08:38 AM   #47 
  - That's the stupidest unrec I've ever seen. Here's why.  GaYellowDawg   Dec-10-11 09:05 AM   #50 
     - You evidently didn't read all the threads after it complaining about folks making  TBF   Dec-10-11 09:38 AM   #52 
     - And, beyond your personal insults,  TBF   Dec-10-11 09:41 AM   #53 
  - VERY illuminating article.  GaYellowDawg   Dec-10-11 09:10 AM   #51 
  - More proof of how ignorant Americans are.  sendero   Dec-10-11 06:54 PM   #60 
  - $150,000 is not rich  harvey007   Dec-10-11 07:39 PM   #61 
  - 3 different - overlapping - 1%s  Samba   Dec-11-11 02:27 AM   #62 

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