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General: Mitt Romney says that the middle class income is between $200,000 and $250,000 per year. What do you think about his comment and what do you think is the middle class?

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I think if my family (my husband and I are both teachers) made anywhere near $200,000 we would feel RICH!!!

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paula fink
PTSA
Rochester, NY

Well if that is considered the middle class, how come so many people below that rely on some type of government assistance? Romney clearly does not have the mentality (or education) to reach out to all walks of life, a mandatory requirement for leadership of this fast-changing nation and economy.

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Eddie H
Baltimore, MD

According to the census bureau, "MEDIAN INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (IN 2011 INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS) 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates" Median household income is $50,502. That's roughly 1/4 of Romney's idea of middle class. How out of touch can he be???

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Mark Moyle
Local 4200, A&R
West Hartford, CT

When Bush left office we were losing more than 800,000 jobs a month and my job was one of them. After 1 year, we were out of the red and gaining jobs despite Republican efforts to the contrary. Romney et al used their power and influence to lower their taxes so they aren't paying. Then in order to increase corporate profits and executive compensation, they sent my job and millions of others overseas. We are now making 1/2 what we used to so we're not paying either, but we're also not buying anything and It's consumer demand for a product or service that ultimately creates and keeps jobs.

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Tony Kop[ec
Palomar College CCE
San Marcos, CA

it is unfortunate that my union dues goes to support a candidate that I do not believe in...It is another thing for me to receive propaganda in the mail supporting views I don't agree with.

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Patricia Heltke
Pat Heltke
North Haven, CT

Since $200,000 is chump-change for Romney, he assumes it must be the floor for middle class income. Just shows how out-of-touch the rich guy is. Those of us in the $40-$100 thousand range like to think We are the middle. Of course it is always possible that we are wrong, and that we are now lower class, but what does that mean about the folks earning less than $40,000 a year. Oh my....

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Cheryl Stewart
CFE 1911
Huntington Beach, CA

I don't think Mr. Romney is understanding the facts of the nation, but rather the small percentage of upper middle class earners. Middle class is defined at those individuals with incomes ranging roughly from $25,000 to $100,000 with upper middle class incomes from $200,000 & above. I, like so many other Americans, fall into the $25,000 to $100,000 range. I think Mr. Romney is relying too heavily on his fact finder people and not enough on his own research. This is too important of an election to just spew whatever information he gets from campaign staffers. He is out of touch in this sense, but he knows protecting the wealthy is bad.

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Yvonne D Macklin
BCFPHN
Windsor Mill, MD

So today I received a letter from IFT, telling me basically who to vote for! Why? Am I an idiot who can't make that decision on their own? I don't understand why IFT needs to waste their time on an election that they are not sponsoring. As for who I should vote for...really..Obama?? The last four years have been filled with lay offs, closing of small businesses, tax breaks for people who literally do nothing, and a teacher's strike in his home state with one of his own as Mayor of our city. Obama is supporting nothing doers and spitting on those who work to make a living. He's not my President! No IFT letter is going to change that!

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marisol carlos
chicago, IL

Some people will believe anything the AFT will tell them! It was Obama who said that he would tax people making over $250K at a higher rate, thereby defining the middle class as anyone who makes less than that. Obama claims to be for the middle class when he, himself has a $3 million home in Chicago and sends his daughters to private school. As for public education, class sizes have increased in the last four years - so much for smaller class sizes in public education!

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Joseph Pagliaruli
New Britain, CT

No way!! He is wealthy and therefore delusional about the middle class!!

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Ginger Diamond
Miami, FL

If I make 157,000 per year, does this mean I'm lower middle class or poor?

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Sandra Gordon
washington, DC

Mitt Romney, where have you been? People who make over $200,000 dollars are considered to be wealthy where I come from. Maybe you need to go and live in poverty for a week or two to understand what OUR children go through, daily! I am not considered middle class either... My salary is decent, but the people I take care of costs a lot of money...MY FAMILY!

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Sherri Wilkie-Gefroh
Ojibwa Indian School
Belcourt, ND

Mitt is out of his mind, and out of touch with the real middle-class. If you watched the last debate, he told us teachers "to get behind him" I took that as do what I say or get screwed. I will not get behind YOU MITT... never!

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Vernita Brooks
AFT 511
East Chicago, IN

I think he is crazy. If that is correct then teachers and their kids should get free o reduced meals at school, but according to Tx we make too much to qualify.

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Theresa Staley
Pasadena, TX

Well according to Romney teachers are low class. Here in rual areas of Texas the average teacher working for 10 years only makes $42,000.00. So many teachers here complain about the pay but many times it's their own fault. They vote against thier own best interest. I know many teachers in my area that are going to vote for Romney. I just don't understand how people can keep doing this to themselves. I refuse to vote against my own best interest.

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Brandy Wright
Cleveland , TX

Are you kidding? I thought I was in the area of Middle class. I'm a high school teacher and I don't even make $50,000, I guess I'm in the low class and that's because I have a Master's Degree. He needs to come and visit Texas teachers in the lower Rio Grande Valley (South Texas) and have a heart to heart with us if he really wants to get in touch with the reality of things.

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Yolanda G Flores
PEGTX
Rio Grande City, TX

he doesnt know how to add

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Lorenzo Lucero
Lorenzo F Lucero
Fontana,Ca., CA

Our household income is about $80,000/year. I teach and my husband is a police officer. We are definitely poor if Romney thinks $200,000 is middle class!!!The cost of living, gas, groceries, school lunches keep going up and we haven't had a good, decent raise in about 5 years! We can't keep up! Had to make cuts in our budget.

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Sonia Longoria
Edinburg, TX

Then I am not in the middle class like I thought I was. I must be poor class.

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Jeri Calcote
Jeri Calcote
Mineral Wells, TX

Over 50 senators make over $50 million each. That is why they are so out of touch

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Barbara Swaim
Barbara Swaim
Naperville, IL

Romney's comments show his ridiculously biased perspective of American society and the needs of our people. He cares nothing about the 'real' middle class & even less about impoverished communities. Middle class encompasses many factors including income, education & profession. I believe six figures begins to elevate people into an upper class range.

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Linda Sue Collins
Chicago Public Schools Local #1
Chicago, IL

Then, teachers are definitely not midde-class if we believe what the candidate says. It's unfortunate, that with so many suffering during this economic turndown, there are a great many people who believe we need a president who has never experienced economic hardship for himself.

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Richard Collins
Randlett, OK

Prior to retirement in 2006, i was making 125,000 as an engineering manager and my wife was making 60,000 as a tech writer. At that time we were a little above middle class. I teach now and make 44,000 in an urban school. My wife is unemployed. so what do i consider middle class, about 80,000. The jobs are out there but they are hard to find, especially in education. (math) one of the local schools had 95 applications for one position.

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Pat Montanaro
beavercreek, OH

Last year, my students asked me what 'the 1%' was. I asked them to raise their hands if their families made a million dollars in a year. Of course, no one raised a hand. I explained that even a $million wouldn't put them in the '1%' and drew a simple diagram to show where we are in income distribution. We discussed how the million-dollar level of income would affect our lives and realized we can't even imagine. Many of my students are in working-family households earning 1/10 Mr. Romney's description. He consistently defines his disconnections. How can he represent or lead us? He can't even start to identify with me and my community.

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Elizabeth Weight
AFT Granite
West Valley City, UT

I think middle income is between 50.000. - 90,000. Anything over this is high income.

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Mary Davis
Mary Davis
Crystal, MN

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