wealth?

Here’s a quick one for you.  I’m back in LA again.  Talking politics a bit with my brother & mother.  My brother drives a package truck and delivers boxes for UPS, his wife is an X-ray tech.   My mother worked as an accounting clerk before she retired; she lives on a cash income in the $20,000-$30,000 range but does fine because she owns her house clear and has low taxes due to prop 13.  My  brother says Obama lost a lot of votes saying that above $150,000 is rich, that the people he delivers to in southern Orange county couldn’t afford their homes if they didn’t make more than that.  He says that if his wife were working full time, they’d make close to that, and my mother chimes in and says “that isn’t that much.”  She asks me, don’t I make more than that?  I say, yes, my husband and I together make more than that, but we vote against our class interests.  I tell them that the median family income in the US is about $45, 000 a year (taking the time to explain the median to my mother).  Well, that may be true elsewhere, they say, but not around here.

Hmmm.

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Author: olderwoman

I'm a sociology professor but not only a sociology professor. I keep my name out of this blog because I don't want my name associated with it in a Google search. Although I never write anything in a public forum like a blog that I'd be ashamed to have associated with my name (and you shouldn't either), it is illegal for me to use my position as a public employee to advance my religious or political views, and the pseudonym helps to preserve the distinction between my public and private identities. The pseudonym also helps to protect the people I may write about in describing public or semi-public events I've been involved with. You can read about my academic work on my academic blog http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/soc/racepoliticsjustice/ --Pam Oliver

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