« on: January 20, 2014, 10:08:35 pm »
So Awesome, EOC.
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How Conservative Media Treated Women In 2013
Wow I've never seen so many scared "men".
Ugh, that made me feel ill.
So, the argument is that the majority of Americans are middle class, and the very poor and very rich have a low population?
I did some poking around, and it turns out to be a fairly tricky question to answer accurately. First off, there's no commonly agreed-to definition of what "middle class" means, in regards to income. Because of this, your friend's friend can shape his argument however he pleases.
Also, lots of people like to call themselves middle class, which means the range could be anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000. So it seems the actual question itself may be meaningless, because "middle class" appears to be a social construct, rather than an economic one.
Then you have the problem of families. A $50,000 income is pretty good for an individual. But each added dependent changes how we see that income.
But let's go on. Let's say in 2002 (where I'm getting these numbers) an individual income of $50,000 could widely be agreed to as "middle class" in most parts of the country. And let's top it out at $100,000. That sounds fair, right? Ok, let's go to the numbers:
Looks to me like there are 92.5 Million people living below middle class, 26.6 Million firmly in the middle class, and 10.8 Million above middle class. Which ain't no diamond, it's a pyramid.