Watching the Democratic Debate the other night left me with the strong suspicion that it isn’t just Washington and politicians living in a bubble…It appears the mainstream media is living right in there with them.
I mean, it can’t be just me, can it? Who the hell really thinks that $200.000 -$250,000 a year equates to middle class? Where in the US does raising the cap on payroll taxes affect teachers, policemen or firemen? Have these folks even looked at the mean wage scale in this country? I know all those CEO perks and “Star Media” contracts raise the average, but they don’t affect the mean one bit…
The mean annual wage in the US is $39,190. That is your middle class. Even taking everyone in the rage from 40 – 60% won’t git you to the numbers the candidates and talking heads keep mentioning. The mean annual wage for patrol officers…$48,410. Firefighters…$42,370. Elementary school teachers…$48,700. Where do any of these professions pay over $100,000 to any but a select few? Even in New York City the means are below that. The mean annual wage for everyone in NYC is $48,980. Police Detectives…$68,830. Fire Inspectors…$50,520. Elementary school teachers…$70,910.
I guess the perspective from the upper reaches of the income slope is different, there is always somebody making more money (usually much more, unless you are Buffett or Gates). But from my position on the slope, having someone who makes millions each year talking about the middle class is pretty “elitist” no matter who they are…Politician or “Journalist”. And to be wining about being asked to pay the same percentage of payroll taxes that the majority of the rest of us do…Get over it…both of you.