Wait, wait - did anybody read Egan's thing all the way down? $80,000?
I'm pro-union, pro-middle class, pro-fucking-everything - but that is absurd. That's enough money to buy a house in cash every three years. You could buy a porsche every year - and still have $10,000 left over.
So much bullshit in just a few sentences!
Sure, you could buy a Porsche every year, but you'd have to live in it
, since $10K won't pay for a mortgage and food and clothing and transportation. Your Porsche wouldn't be able to move, since you couldn't pay for gas.
As for buying a house, where do you find one for $240,000 ($80K * 3) in these parts? And, as above, what will you do for food, clothing, and transportation?
Per capita income in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area is $50,944
(as of 2011). So unless that hypothetical average machinist lives in a household with fewer than 0.57 other people, s/he is actually below the median in terms of household income.