Hey Middle Class,It Could Be Alot Worse, Open Your Mind
During a time in our country when many middle class citizens are clamoring for more contribution from the wealthy to our tax system, I thought I would once again try to illustrate a point. I have been told, rather angrily by some out there, that they rich “have enough” and that they shouldn’t have a problem giving up their “extra” wealth. I wanted to show that the middle class in this country need a little perspective on how good they have it compared to others in the world, and how they might wanna reassess their level of gratitude for what they have as Americans. Think about the following….
XBOX 360-Price( Best Buy-$200.00) In 2008 there had been approximately 10 million units sold in the United States and though there are many wealthy people who own one, there are also many people I know who have one that could be considered “middle class”.
Perspective– In the African country of Chad, the average food budget for one week for a family of four is $1.23….yes you read that correctly. So if each middle class individual was willing to part with this non-necessity for the sake of other people, they could each feed a family of four in Chad for 162 weeks, the equivalent of 3 years!
World of Warcraft($19.99), DC Universe Online($39.99), and Star Wars:The Old Republic($59.99)– These three games, all extremely popular in the United States, have a retail cost of approximately $40.00(average) and I won’t even include any monthly fees associated. I personally know many people, easily classified as “middle class” who play this game on a regular basis.
Perspective-The Kingdom of Bhutan, a landlocked kingdom located near Nepal has an average weekly food budget for a family of $5.03 meaning if an individual would sell their non-necessary World Of Warcraft game(retail $20.00) and also count in the ten-dollar monthly fee($120.00 for twelve months,$160.00 total) then that middle class citizen would be able to feed a family in Bhutan for 31 weeks, the equivalent of almost 8 months!!
Cable TV– Just about every person has cable, ours is like $40.00. Cable TV in this country is basically looked at as a necessity when in fact, it is entertainment and nothing more in most cases.
Perspective-In Ecuador, located in South America, the average family has $31.50 per week to spend on food. So if the average person here gave up their cable for one year, it could feed a family of four in Ecuador for almost 3 months.
Now this might seem ridiculous to some people, and I have been attacked for having this view, but what I have shown here is fact, not opinion. There are people starving all over the world, yet people here who look to the next highest income bracket to contribute more and more to the country never even consider giving up their non-essentials to benefit someone they don’t know. I’m not saying that you should all go out and sell your Xbox’s but instead of hating those more successful than you and wanting to increase their burden beyond the 40% of the total tax collected they already pay, maybe you should be grateful that you and your family, even in the poorest parts of this country, live like kings compared to elsewhere in the world.