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Response to rrneck (Reply #47)

Thu Jun 20, 2013, 07:31 PM

65. It doesn't tell the whole story

$80K is a tremendous amount of money to a family of four in Alabama.

Central NJ - not so much.

First - with our personal income STATE tax - they are down to about 58K.

Small three bedroom home - what we are looking at - property taxes range from 8 to 13 K a year. Let's assume they are going to pay 10K. Now they are down to 48K.

That house - Starts at 267K. Assuming they put 5% down - now you have about 1800 a month in mortgage - round figure 19K. 29K.

Insurance - include two late model cars they own and that flood zone map for the house - $2500

26.5 K.

Health Insurance - Round off to 6K. 20K.

They have co pays, groceries, gas and electric - PSEG - Average to about $150 per month.

They have to save as we are being told we are Social Security Insecure - that fix is in.

Now one person loses their job . . .


I count my blessings everyday - but we can't assume everyone in NJ, or MA, or NY is the 1%. When you come to NYC or the Jersey Shore on vacation - someone has to clean your hotel room and work the Hoagie stand. Thats the majority here.

It would be a bitter pill to swallow when I don't begrudge a single cent we pay in Federal Taxes each year- to be told - pay even more because your poor aren't poor enough.

And unless you are making $15 an hour in my community - you aren't making it.

Do you realize the majority of our school budgets come from property taxes here? Can every person in every town across America do the same? I understand that the answer to desegregation was the formation f the Christian Private School System. I need the folks sending their kids to those schools to do the same thing my parents did when they sent me to a prep school - go in and vote for the biggest, most aggressive budget that will give all children a stellar education.

I need to see some sacrifice from the top ten percent of the Southern States before I take from the kids of Bridgewater NJ.

And every single day my husband and I count our blessings. Because we make far more than that median 80K a year. We count our blessings every single day.

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