The middle class. For political parties the most significantly important voter bloc. All parties rattle on about assisting the middle class, or boosting those not quite at the middle class level economically upward.
You qualify as middle class if your income positions you somewhere between the working and upper classes. Or in more honest lingo, between the poor and the rich.
Of course, no one aspiring to gain your vote would dare declare you a member of the working class and position you into the ranks of the poor. Even if quite clearly that’s where you are. Instead, you’re described as “aspiring to join the middle class.” You schlub.
The upper class? Tricky. It’s perilous to publicly assign anyone the upper class tag. Instead, you are accused of being “wealthy.” You’re a member of the snotty and imperious “1%” whose patio leads directly to a private sliver of beach and whose semi precious stone, semi circular driveway glistens with polished Euro elite vehicles for the middle and working classes to lust over.
The entry bar to the club of the wealthy has been set by a parliamentary pickpocket. An annual gross salary of $150,000 earns you a passkey to the executive restroom featuring a constant resupply of urinal ice cubes. This is not a sexist. I just don’t know how or if societal and economic status is conferred in women’s restrooms.
As a sidebar, each member of Canada’s federal parliament is graded as wealthy-plus and an entire cadre of associated bureaucrats similarly. If you’re immediately thinking of one-liners, I did too.
I suspect more than a few readers of the Bay Observer claim a pre-tax annual stipend north of the $150,000 line.
The fact is, a $150,000 yearly gross pay is hardly wealthy. Income tax and regulatory burdens are onerous. An independent small business owner with a $150,000 self-paid salary will find those dollars hacked at constantly as the entrepreneur invariably reaches into his or her wallet to support his or her enterprise as he and she repeatedly bump into unexpected costs.
Now, in the interest of “tax fairness,” two Canadian millionaires have been jogging across Canada pitching their nasty plan to punish the hard-working and dedicated small business owner/operator. Try to leave your enterprise to a loved one your passing. The millionaires’ scheme will punish such family caring.
The current chief occupant of the PMO drones incessantly about assisting the middle class. The Canadian middle class was doing just fine according to a study released shortly before the 2015 federal election. The suspicion is that may well have changed by 2019.
I’m reminded of a question directed at Ronald Reagan while he campaigning for the White House. “Mr. Reagan, how do you get to own a small business in America?” Reagan’s reply, “start a big one and wait.”