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Because we're comparing ourselves to different levels of (real) income and wealth by class when we look across the globe.  The working-class guy in Omaha, poor though he may be by American standards, is still a hell of a lot wealthier than the working-class guy in Beijing.  The former, without question, owns a car, a television, -- that sort of stuff -- and is about 50/50 on owning his own home.  The latter is working in a sweatshop during an industrial revolution and living what is, of course, an incredibly tough life.  Fast-forward a hundred years, and the differences, while existing, will be nowhere near as many, and not even close to the same degree.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:43:24 AM EST
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