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.
Poverty, Middle-Class, and Wealthy. This chart at AVI is mostly for fun, I think, because it is so oversimplified and reductionistic. For examples, there are distinctions between Poverty and Genteel Poverty, and between New Wealth and Old.
Our educational system subscribes, blindly, in my opinion, to Ruby Paynes' take on poverty. Many many teachers finish her books and walk away thinking that all the student needs to be more successful is to have more money; rather than shifting/changing the values of the parent/family.
Assistant Village Idiot
There are about 3 billion people in the world who would give their first born child to live like the poor do in the U.S. No one in the U.S. is "poor" unless willfully and stupidly so. No one in the U.S. starves or is "hungry" unless they are so hooked on drugs they are in a stupor and forget to eat. This is a joke. Our poor own and drive cars, have two big screen TVs, eat steak have air conditioning in the Summer and central heat in the winter and have more than enough money to buy cigarettes, booze and drugs. Our poor show up at protests for more free stuff wearing designer clothes and $400 shoes. Poverty simply does not exist in this country except by choice.