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Sun Aug 6, 2017, 08:25 PM

How the upper middle class keeps everyone else out - PBS News Hour

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Reply How the upper middle class keeps everyone else out - PBS News Hour (Original post)
LongTomH Aug 2017 OP
sandensea Aug 2017 #1
bucolic_frolic Aug 2017 #2
PoliticAverse Aug 2017 #3
Hieronymus Aug 2017 #4

Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 08:32 PM

1. Most anywhere you go in the world, the biggest obstacle to reform aren't the elites -

as much as it's the upper-middle class (with many exceptions).

They know full well that someone with a few hundred thousand to their names is much more akin to the poor and working class than to the elites - but they prefer to ape the über-wealthy (who generally despise them) because they're aspirational figures.

Human nature, I suppose.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 08:53 PM

2. Yeah

the government shouldn't be subsidizing wealthy houses. I see it all over. But it's more than that,
more than just opportunity. Other laws are used to keep little people down, or make them pay
excessive amounts. Debt. Deals. It's hard to break out of habits too. We keep doing the same dumb
things. Every purchase is regressive when you have low income. The entire system is designed to pass
the earnings and value of labor up the income scale. Those at the top have side businesses, we have
hourly wages. It's all self-reinforcing.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Sun Aug 6, 2017, 08:55 PM

3. Wow he mentions both the mortgage interest deduction and zoning laws - two topics neglected usually

in discussions of "income equality".

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Sun Aug 6, 2017, 08:58 PM

4. Excellent video ..

Neither Ivanka nor Jared ever associated with middle or lower classes.

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