Originally Posted by caspermike
i have a high school deploma
As an editor, I just wanna say that's rich. The only better quote than that I know of is "That's my sister an' ain't nobody gonna hit my sister unless they's married to her." (Yes, i actually heard someone say that)
But I know CM's not the writer amongst us. And I agree with him with the exception of the last line. My mom never made near the median income in her life, yet through diligence, learning about financial matters (better than I have up until recently), and adult choices, she has owned her own home since I was 8, raised two children (with reasonable, perhaps low paying child support, that was on time every month) that have both gone above the median income, both gotten college degrees, both served in the military, both married better people than they are (err, well I guess I'm not married yet), and so on.
Opportunity is there for those who understand the value of education, seek it out on their own, and who appreciate the value of short-term sacrifice for long-term gain.
obamas system creates a lower class and a upper class no middle class
On this point, CM, I think you're being unreasonably alarmist. El Flaco has shown you some good numbers, articles, and statistics. We're trying to return to the Clinton model (and rates, i believe) of taxation. Last I knew, most people thought things worked well then.
What's more interesting are surveys that show that the majority of people who make over 250,000 a year are willing to pay higher taxes on income than they currently do. If the majority of those in that income bracket are willing to pay more, why should we stop them?