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Old 12-03-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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Hello,

In this country, if you had a choice would you rather be poor, middle class, upper middle class, or rich?

Or to put it differently, would you rather be a poor person in a low income neighborhood, an ordinary middle class person, a middle class person with some affluence in an upper middle class neighborhood, or a millionaire in a mansion?

Of these four levels of society, which one do you think is best for you and which one do you think is most fulfilling?

Thanks,
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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You kidding?

Rich.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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'nuff said...........

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Old 12-03-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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Being middle class is being poor these days LOL it works ok for me.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Here and There
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This cannot possibly be a real question. Um, I'll take wealthy, if given the choice...
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: South East
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How about just happy??? Happy with myself and what I have - poor, rich, middle class...whatever - just happy with my lot in life and not wanting to take from anyone else and not to be bitter because someone may have more than me.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Flippin AR
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Although money does not buy happiness, it does exempt you from many stresses that are caused by not having enough money. If you are poor and not happy, I'm not surprised. If you are rich (meaning you no longer have to work to survive) and are not happy, then you can afford to get counseling and fix those psychological glitches.

Although I would not even want to live an affluent lifestyle, I really would be much happier if I didn't have to worry that my spouse and I worked our whole lives and yet (thanks to the housing collapse, taxes and near-zero interest on our savings) will never be able to retire or even have some time off to enjoy our lives before we die. Both our jobs require obscene work hours and allow almost no vacation time off. Instead of things getting better, they continue to get worse, with taxes and cost of living surging ahead of flat wages and higher and higher copays for "benefits."

If I had it all to do over again, and the choice was to live the way we do (with the income that tax officials like to label as "rich" but no corresponding high-end lifestyle) or just work sporadically and be "poor" but free to live our lives--then I'd take the latter. No question.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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In this country, if you had a choice would you rather be poor, middle class, upper middle class, or rich?

Save your classifications for liberal elitism. In this country, I'd rather be a part of the one and only level of society, an American, much as many legal immigrants would like.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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How about just happy??? Happy with myself and what I have - poor, rich, middle class...whatever - just happy with my lot in life and not wanting to take from anyone else and not to be bitter because someone may have more than me.
That sounds good, I have some of that happiness thing.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: The D-M-V area
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If you say rich that means you'll be vilified by the left for having money and forced to support the poor in society by being taxed out the wahzoo.

Being financially stable and having enough money plus extra to support your needs and family is the way to go.

Being rich is overrated.
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