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.
I took the "test". I passed, assuming that there was a passing grade. I'm not entirely sure that 100% correct is passing but, hey, what do I know.
The "test" was somewhat strange in and of itself. Start with the question concerning Capital Gains and go on from there and you'll see what I mean.
My question: What were the results of this "test" on the street? Allowing for the few "who knows?" questions, did anyone not answer all of these questions correctly?
One final comment. The Capital Gains question asked for the interviewee's estimate of the proper rate at which to tax Capital Gains. There was no answer to this question, so I'll suggest my own: The correct answer is 0% - we don't consume our capital and we don't eat our children.
I'm part of the 99% and I worked hard to stay in the 99% - the upper 20% of the 99% true, but that's kind of irrelevant.
Which brings me around to this. I'm not smart enough to understand the whole concept of 99%'ers. Where is the cut off point in the 99%'ers that designates not doing well and doing well - 10/20/30% of 99%? The whole of the 99% can't be that bad off right?
So if that is true simple arithmetic would seem to imply that at some point some percentage of the 99%'ers are actually doing quite well thank you very much and would therefore be part of the problem and not the solution right? So the protesters would be the 40%'ers? 50%'ers?
Come on - help a brother out here. Or am I just totally hopeless and completely confused?