Spreadin’ Love 669

Three good articles about class and taxes. Bryce Covert says $250,000 isn’t middle class. Megan McArdle says that Democrats would have to raise taxes on this group to pay for their programs. And the richest find new ways to hide their money.

Eat healthy-ish.

I’m cleaning up the house for the New Year with Hoarders Buried Alive on TV. I find mental illness very motivating.

I’m ignoring the boys as toss out all the Christmas crap. Ian is blissfully playing video games. Jonah and his friends are trying to figure out plans for tonight.

“What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” “I don’t know.” He’s on a group chat with twenty clueless teenagers trying to hash out plans without firmly commiting to one plan, in case something better comes along.

I’m making a big pot of chili with the hopes that they will end up here. If they don’t, I’ll track Jonah with the “Find my Phone” app all night. I would like a “How Drunk is My Teenager?” app, please.

9 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love 669

  1. But that’s somewhat disingenuous, to take the very top of Hillary’s range and argue about it. Evidently, she would agree that $250,001 is not middle class, so presumably she wouldn’t object too much if the threshold were dropped to $240,000 or something. The real question is whether people who make, say $150K or $200K are middle class, and there are certainly arguments for saying that they are. In that vein, here’s one more good article on the subject (which I also posted at McMegan’s blog, but maybe not everyone read that far): http://qz.com/583254/actually-you-can-make-250000-and-be-middle-class-in-america/

    Comments from me defending Hillary will not be appearing very often, so enjoy it.


  2. Laura ~ I know you felt your life circumstances were pulling you away from blogging, but boy have I missed you! Reading your last two posts were like unexpectedly running into a friend that I haven’t seen in quite some time. Peace to you and yours! Know your readers will always be here! Happy New Year.

    Heather in MN


    1. Plus, without Laura, I have to get all my views from Ann Althouse, Megan McArdle, Neo-Neocon, and Jane the Actuary (under the longstanding policy which limits blog reading to blogs by women with graduate degrees). So my views are becoming politically unbalanced.


  3. I would like a “How Drunk is My Teenager?” app, please.

    I worry about karma biting me in the ass on that count, but I’m hoping that being in a city will at least mean that driving won’t be involved. Or at least it would be possible for driving not to be involved.


  4. I bet you could make some money if you developed a mini-breathalyzer with remote access that a teenager would have to take with him and breathe into periodically. There would have to be some mechanism to identify the person – like a breath fingerprint (not sure if that technology exists yet). I do like that there are cars set up so that you have to pass the breathalyzer before starting to drive.

    The logistics and sociology of teenage plan-making would be a great thing to study.


  5. Are you sure he’d be more likely to drink or to smoke weed? I see a lot more interest in weed among the college student population.


  6. I have the impression it varies by college. I would ask my children to place each college they were considering on the alcoholpot spectrum.

    It’s really interesting to talk about social practices with your college student. Oh boy.


  7. My dad actually didn’t care if we drank as teens as long as we didn’t 1) drink and drive and 2) drink to excess. I think that worked well for me as he really shamed us for hangovers. Having to show up at your job at 6:00Am on Sunday for the McDonald’s breakfast shift can teach you to regulate your drinking on Saturday night better than anything else.


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