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But even being in the top 10% doesn't make you rich in America these days.  (And it damned sure doesn't make you rich in Britain.  I'm amazed people survive on less there.)  That would be, if I remember correctly, about $100k/year, which is certainly nothing to sniff at (I certainly wouldn't turn it down if it were someday offered to me), but not a whole hell of a lot of money when you get right down to it.  The real, almost unimaginable growth has taken place among the top 1%, and even the top 1/10th of that 1%.  Being at the bottom of that top 10% will get you a fairly nice house in a fairly nice neighborhood, -- good schools, no violent crime, maybe even an actual yard if you're in a city, etc -- but it's hardly Gates-league income these days, especially if you're in one of the big cities (where you're more likely to earn that level of income).

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 10:07:21 AM EST
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