We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What's the main predictor of income gaps in America? Single parenthood.
Excellent overview of the American working person and his income at Villainous. One quote re the non-static nature of low income in the US:
A University of Michigan study shows that only 5 percent of those in the bottom fifth of the income distribution in 1975 remained there in 1991. What happened to them? They moved up to the top three-fifths of the income distribution -- middle class or higher. Moreover, three out of 10 of the lowest income earners in 1975 moved all the way into the top fifth of income earners by 1991.
Thus there is no "poverty class" in the US. We are mobile, and poverty is temporary. Another quote, re Obama's taxes:
...the most astonishing sentence in the op-ed (in The Economist) is this one: “His plan would not raise any taxes on couples making less than $250,000 a year, nor on any single person with income under $200,000.” It amounts to a declaration of war on two-income families, a marriage penalty of punitive proportions.
If those two single persons with income just under $200,000 get married, Mr. Obama is going to hammer them with a huge tax increase. If the second earner, who in many cases is the woman, is going to have to give 54% of what she earns to the government, she might as well stay home with the children.
Just posted the bumper-sticker concerning giving hard earned money to everyone and immediately got a response arguing that he knew employees that weren't getting what they earned and employers were getting what they didn't. OK, fine. But then go get another job. Or call them to the carpet. But to welcome/expect/hope that government should take the money and pass it around to all just because you "are," is so beyond comprehension...
In that bottom fifth they keep counting up every few years are graduate students, recent graduates, and recent immigrants. Why is anyone surprised to see them show up in the higher quintiles two decades later? And why would anyone want to rescue them?
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Years ago I read an editorial page column in the LA Times that said from ~1975 to 2000 (?) that Hispanic per capita income in the LA area had not increased etc. at a satisfactory pace. Which totally ignored during that time the Hispanic population in the LA area had vastly increased during that time due to immigration/ illegal aliens. Comparing apples - native Angelenos in 1975 to native Angelenos + illegals in 2000. (Granted there were illegals/immigrants in LA in 1975, but there were many many more by 2000.)
Now people will need to figure out if it makes sense to (i) file individually but married, (ii) get "legally" divorced, stay together and go through all kinds of legal and estate planning to protect assets and children or (iii) change the family model.
This is just another attack on hard working, productive people.
Obama is doing everything he can to lower the standard of living in America. He will then continue the big lie and say, "Look at all I did, how much I cared and it wasn't enough to pull the country out of the problems caused by the evil Republicans and free market capitalism. The only choice is more government" - which, of course, will be benevolent. GRIN, GRIN :>) .......at least for a little while.
I wonder if there are enough people, who are conservatives and libertarians prone not to protest or participate in government, to stop the slide to a totalitarianism.