Originally Posted by RunningBum
ShokWave, I still have absolutely no idea of the purpose of your thread.
From the title and first post, it looked like you want to classify people, for some reason. But you are saying others are getting hung up on your use of class, even though that's all you talked about in that post.
Then you said it was to help with a housing decision. I'll repeat for a third time that it makes no sense to obfuscate that decision by trying to put yourself into a category. You haven't explained why you can't just make it a decision based on your finances and desires.
Now in your post this morning you still want to label and/or categorize people. I'm not hung up on the word "class", I'm hung up on the whole concept that you are wanting to put people in buckets. Why? Why is this important?
Obviously one shouldn't feel the need to label people to try to make you feel better about yourself.
However, a lot of public policy decisions are made to support the "middle class" or support a "middle-class lifestyle" in terms of taxation and benefits. There's kind of value in defining what is middle class. Do you base it on employment income, overall income, assets/net wealth, etc? I suspect analysis between people in their working years and retirees is an interesting dichotomy where working people are likely higher on the spectrum in terms of income but lower in terms of assets while retirees are potentially the opposite.