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  •  The median salary of NYC (3+ / 0-)
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    metropolitan area workers is a shade above $50,000. Trust me, I've lived here my whole life and most friends make nothing near $400,000, most average less than $150,000 per couple. They are home/condo owners in nice neighborhoods and are doing just fine. $400,000 is a dream that %98 of NYers will never realize in their lives. If you make over $250,000 no matter where you live in America you're doing fine and can well afford another %3-4. A couple of fancy dinner dates skipped is nothing compared with the sacrifices forced on the lower classes. Remember, the proposed taxes would only be on anything above the first $100,000 which they already are paying, it's not like the proposal would increase their taxes on their total income.

    •  Well said -- soooo sick of this BS argument (1+ / 0-)
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      fixxit

      I've lived in WDC/NYC/Boston for combined 20 years -- all super high cost of living areas. As you say the vast majority of folks in cities like this live on much much less than 100k annually -- and we all manage (some better than others).

      The notion that folks making several hundred thousand dollars annually in these cities are in any way struggling -- well sure maybe they're struggling to buy a bigger house or send their kid(s) to private school -- but those are choices that most of us can only dream of and more to the point it is not our job to make it easier for you to upsize or pull your kids out of public school.

      Especially when we have, as my hopefully soon to be interim Senator Barney Frank says, elderly people in Boston living on 15k annually choosing between rent, medicine and heat. Seriously, the yuppies can suck it up and pay their share, for crying out loud!

      "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

      by abs0628 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 07:19:26 AM PST

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    •  Is the $50,000 for people who actually live in NYC (0+ / 0-)

      or just for workers who may live elsewhere?

      It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:14:19 AM PST

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