Luke: A certain point of view?
Obi-Wan: Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Anakin was a good friend. When I first met him, your father was already a great pilot. But I was amazed how strongly the Force was with him. I took it upon myself to train him as a Jedi. I thought that I could instruct him just as well as Yoda. I was wrong.
A lot of what is true depends on how we view our selves, others and the world. Our perceptions as it were. First off, please read CraneStation’s current diary.
There now. A lot has been said and written about the disappearance of the Middle Class. But just who are the middle class ?
When I grew up my family was considered middle class. As were our milk man and mail man and most doctors and lawyers and low level engineers and police and blue collar factory workers and small businessman and on and on. We drove American made autos and lived in your typical neighborhoods.
The rich were those who were those who were CEOs and bank owners and Wall Street speculators and such. Over the years, however this has changed but the perceptions and points of view of who is and is not middle class has become obscured. It does not fit the reality we now have. Even though those I mentioned above still view themselves pretty much the same, the incomes of those in these areas has diverged significantly.
Who do we ourselves consider rich ? Who middle class ? I consider now anyone who makes over 150k a year rich but as has been noted a number of times, those in that income bracket do not. Not only that but where one is located has a large amount to do with that as well.
Here in Cleveland my retirement income makes me comfortably middle class but in NYC I would be considered lower middle of lower class. Or in areas of LA or Denver.
The incomes of the so called professionals and white collar workers have gone up markedly sine the 1970s, where as the incomes of the trades and blue collar and civil servants has not but most of these white collar professionals consider themselves middle class. So when THEY speak of middle class, they are referring to themselves and those like them, NOT those under them.
My perception is that those who make over 150k a year and have stock portfolios to be rich. But they would not. And again in certain areas of the country they would not be viewed as such. So who is right ?
I guess it depends on your point of view.