I don't care what professions are in that income bracket. It's irrelevant to my point.<quoted text>
About the link. Worked fine for me but if you do a search for:
The Top 1 Percent: What Jobs Do They Have? You will find it. It's a NYT article. According to the NYT "With 376,076 members, the largest single group in the 1 percent are those who listed their occupation as a manager" Physicians with 192,268 households looks to make up a big sector. Lawyers, sales, and many other occupations also have folks in the 1%. Even teachers and engineers are part of the 1%. They all arent CEOs.
You act like those in the 1% inherited it or that it was given to them. Thats wrong. According to the IRS, 25% of those in the 1% werent there 10 years ago. And 25% of those in the group now wont be there in 10 years. Just as you and I have moved up and down the income scale, so do they. If we had made different choices we could have been part of the 1% today. There was nothing that stopped us except ourselves. Same with our kids, they could at some point be part of that group if they so choose. See, anyone can be part of the 1% if they are willing to do what it takes. Most arent. Conversely, it is also easy to be part of the bottom group if one is willing to make similar choices. Being part of the bottom group requires a lot less work and effort, which is why there are a lot more folks in the bottom income levels than the top. But being part of the top 1% isnt something that is only open to certain people. Almost anyone, regardless of color, gender, where they start or anything else can be well off financially. Anyone who does just seven things can be part of the 1%. Conversely, do the opposite and the more likely one will end up in the bottom group.
1. Stay in school, study hard and graduate with 3.5 or better.
2. Go to college and study business, pre-law or pre-med
3. Go to grad school and graduate with a 3.5 or better.
4. Work 60+ hours/week until you retire
5. Marry someone who does 1-4 and stay married.
6. Dont have kids until well after marriage.
7. Live on one salary and invest the other salary.
We have an income inequality in this country because the number of people choosing to cruise through life rather than work through life is growing faster than those who are working hard.
I'm in the middle because my wife and I made middle choices. I got my graduate degree and worked hard but she stayed home to care for the kids. A choice we made and understood that by her staying home we were giving up things, but they were just things.(If you really want to guarantee being in the 1%, for #6 just make it Don't have kids. Two professionals working 60+ hours/week with no kids investing 1/2 their income will be very well off.
Everyone of us is where we are today because of choices we made. And no one is where they are at because of choices made for them or because there were opportunities that they were not allowed to take. And if someone doesn't like where they are, they need to change their choices. Might not be easy, but if they don't want to change their choices then I should not be forced to support their bad choices.
I have not ever meant to say they inherited their wealth. Again my point flying way over your head. But mostly I believe you choose to ignore my point(s).
I don't need lessons from you on what it takes to make or what it takes not too. Again, irrelevant to my point.
I will make one more point in another box as I don't have room left in this one. You do like to eat up the character count.