9 ways to know if you're middle class
There's no hard-and-fast definition, but surveys show what kind of income and lifestyle you're likely to have if you -- and others -- think you're middle class.
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We are all living in thatched roof huts outside the castle gates, most of us very willingly. Because we really don't know any better way or are familiar with much worse. Government, either by plan or by its over simplifying nature, informs us we are "middle class" and therefore we collectively believe a "middle class" exists.
That said, I don't know about the rest of you but me thinks being lied to about being middle class is a far cry better then the truth of being a common plain old working poor. Truth be told, even the workers who built the pyramids were paid and then probably told they were "middle class." Sure, the truth sucks that's why anybody who wants elected isn't going to say anything different. Lets face it, we are all collectively "suckers" for a great lie when its spun collectively. And it's certainly easier to believe when your family and neighbors accompany the tale with you. It must be truth if everyone believes!
One other thing, lots of folks who read this will disagree and clarify that they work hard and are paid appropriately. To that I say, good for you,,,,,my fellow sucker.
The salary range, I can believe...the rest is all crap!
these estimations are very unrealistic. I'm middle class and don't qualify for almost any of these.
NEWSFLASH: ALL MIDDLECLASS WHO (THINK THEY) ARE REPUBLICANS !!!!
You arent even on their radar. While they do appreciate your vote...they have NEVER passed an economic law in your favor. And dont intend to and never will.
Minimum wage laws were voted AGAINST by republicans. Unions are voted AGAINST by republicans. Republicans are AGAINST women receiving comparable pay for similar performances. We not even need to address the race issue on economics and politics....
Unless you are a part of a special interest or lobbyist group where either you, or they through you, contribute several hundreds of thousands of dollars to a candidates campaign...you are wasting your affiliation, breath and posting.
Who does this guy think he is kidding, 50k may get you at the bottom of the middle class but not be able to do what they are saying and not with that much in debt.
Bluntly put, the uthor of this article needs to be commited to an insane asylum strapped down buck naked to a gurney and forced to watch old "30 something" episodes.
The idea of a middle class is what is defined by upper class. Just as history is written in favor of the victor.
Realistically, the "middle class" is more like a delivery driver making $10-13/ hr (21k-28k/ yr) and his wife/ gf making roughly the same being a clerk, midmanager of sorts. That is roughly $55-60K/ yr factoring in overtime or bonuses., fof BOTH together.
The concept of a household making $55-60k/ yr with child(ren), insurance, carpayments, taxes, etc--not counting judgements, leins and other financial obligations----
Well, you get the picture....
The problem is with this article (and other incompitent pundits and "ANALysts) is that the authors base their research from jackwagons with no REAL TIME contact with society at its grassroots.
I'm 70 years old . never worked
any job more 3 years. But I still feel that I'm ahead of the game. My total bills are only $2000 a month.Because I've always lived within my means. Even though I wear alligator shoses. I never get anything on credit. In my city I can caddy,sell earrings in the streets etc:I feel sorry for people who have to work to make ends meet.Never had a wife never had any personal friends never had kids. I've never been under water. No rainy days stops me Sell umbrellas at last stop on some subway line
The article is quite fair in summarizing the experience of 80% of Americans. But if you live in Manhattan or the San Francisco Bay area, no, $40-100K per year is not going to allow you to have all the stuff mentioned.
I'd have added that a middle-class family can afford to own and operate some sort of a vehicle for each member either employed or performing household duties (such as shopping) outside the home, but other than that it's a pretty fair list. By contrast, the working class or the poor would all share one vehicle, while the rich might have more vehicles than licensed drivers.
I think most Americans would consider President Obama's hypothetical $250K-per-year family "rich." Actually, the consequences of the so-called "fiscal cliff" are closer to what the country SHOULD be doing right now than is either of the major parties' proposals: bring the federal budget more into balance by BOTH increasing taxes and reducing spending, and reduce spending on defense by about a 4-to-1 proportion to social programs, since the latter will be needed more than ever for survival after the second part of the double-dip recession hits.
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