Comment: I don't think it's about comfortable living.

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I don't think it's about comfortable living.

I lived most of my life doing many of the things that you mentioned out of enjoyment, not necessity. I like being self sufficient. The amount of money in my bank account would not really change the way I did things and still do things.

The real problem is not that the middle class is losing its comfort, but that it is losing its influence and power. When it's simply the super poor and the super rich, who do you think will pull the strings?

I'm not against being rich. In fact, I want to have the right to get the same shot as everyone else at getting rich. Conversely, I don't want the rich to use their power and influence to keep other people from getting rich themselves.