Taxing the 'Not-So-Rich' Rich
By Jane Sasseen Fri Jun 6, 8:08 AM ET BusinessWeek
By any measure, Dr. Howard Hammer and his wife, Hope, have a comfortable life. Hammer, 40, has built a thriving practice as an ear, nose, and throat specialist, while Hope, 39, has switched to part-time work as a real estate lawyer . . . to spend more time with Arielle, 7, and Matthew, 9. . . . between them, they bring in over $300,000 a year. "We can't complain," he says. "We're certainly not struggling."
"can't complain?!" I'd say fuckin right you can't. I know people who would not complain if they could find something making more than 7 or 8 bucks an hour.
But are they wealthy? That's far more debatable. Hammer, who feels the same pressures squeezing Americans up and down the income ladder, says he's anything but. Ever-rising prices for gas, health insurance, and other expenses are hitting hard, as are the $3,000-a-month mortgage and the $2,000 he still pays monthly to whittle down his $160,000 medical school debt. A six-year residency gave Hammer a delayed start saving for retirement, so he worries if he's stashing enough in his 401(k). By the time the couple contributes to the children's college fund, there's little extra at the end of the month.
Fuck you. Yes you're wealthy. By the standards of 95% of the working people in this country, you're fucking wealthy. Complaining about your $3000 mortgage, kid's college fund, med school loans, and being worried that you aren't stashing enough away in your retirement account is bullshit. These fucking people are so out-of-touch with the reality of the working class. Most of the people I know can't even think about stashing away money in the kids college fund or their retirement account. They're too busy trying to figure out how to afford food AND gas for the car that they only use now to go back and worth to work. We won't get into the folks who have subprime loans right now.
Yea, and Dr. and Ms.Lawyer just don't have ENOUGH at the end of the month. You fuckiing morons.
. . . If Washington doesn't act, tax rates on income, capital gains, dividends, and other areas will return to the higher rates in effect before the cuts were enacted in 2001 and 2003. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive GOP Presidential nominee, has said he would extend the cuts for everyone, while Obama says he'll maintain them for all but the wealthiest. If Obama wins, some taxes could go up as soon as 2009.
That's right you bunch of rich pricks, your new MOnkeyBoy is going to lose to the new boss OBama. Your taxes are going to go BACK up where they belong before MoronMonketBoy Bush the Chimp gave away the enational treasury. In fact, they should go WAY up so that all you rich fuckers making over a quarter million a year and put all that money BACK into the national tresury that you've been stealing for the past seven years.
Michael Ginn, 49, a longtime media executive who lives with his wife, Dafne, 34, and 3-year-old daughter, Erin, in the New York suburb of Pelham; their second daughter is due in July. Though his income has topped $300,000 for more than a decade, Ginn says he's never felt so stretched. With the cost of everything from health insurance to upkeep on his 90-year-old home surging, even as he takes on new expenses for his growing family, Ginn can't stash away anything near what he once did for retirement, let alone save for college. "We're just dog paddling now," he says.
Ok, you're 49 yrs old with a 3 yr old and one on the way and a 34 yr old wife. Are you still making payments on the first family? You're an asshole too. $300K+ for over a decade and you're "just dog paddling?!" You're a moron.
How can these dumb fucks expect to gain any sympathy whining about $3000 mortgages and their $300K salaries? In-fucking-credible.
So vote for the republican corpo-fascist lackey you stupid short sighted ignorant morons. You're no brighter than the working class and the poor who won't vote for the black guy because he is or won't vote for the liberal because they've been told they'll lose their guns, their babies will be killed and god will punish them.
You're all the same stupid brainwashed fuckheads who can't see beyond your own pitiful little bullshit world.