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.