Thursday, August 21, 2008

Are YOU rich???

It's so hard to tell when one has finally "made it" nowadays. There's some people that think that you need to be raking in $5 million a year (and not just have that net worth) to really be rich:
On almost every issue, the two presidential candidates have staked out opposing positions. Their contrasting views on wealth surfaced during their back-to-back appearances in Southern California on Saturday night when each was asked to define "rich."

Obama didn't hesitate. "I would argue that if you are making more than $250,000, then you are in the top 3, 4 percent of this country," he said. "You are doing well."

McCain took a far more discursive approach to answering the question but ultimately settled on a dramatically higher figure: "I think if you're just talking about income, how about $5 million?"
But McSame shouldn't be taken at his word (after all, we never would do such a thing with someone who aspires to be president). And McSame has been known to change his views on just about anything overnight (or even in mid-sentence).

What does McSame really think (when he's thinking, that is, which does happen on rare occasion)? Certainly not anything that silly and elitist. How about this, instead, just to bring things down to a more realistic level:

In his interview with Politico yesterday, McCain again refused to give a number, saying that he defines rich “in other ways beside income.” He added that some people “are poor if they’re billionaires“:

He still did not give a number.

“I define rich in other ways besides income,” he said. “Some people are wealthy and rich in their lives and their children and their ability to educate them. Others are poor if they’re billionaires.”

Despite McCain’s professed desire to “define rich in other ways besides income,” distinctions between income levels are a centerpiece of his tax proposals that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy.
So why is McSame polling anything above 5%?!?!?


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