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How Will the Fiscal Cliff Affect You?

[ 84 ] January 16, 2013 |

Like the vast majority of people living in the United States, after reading the handy WSJ infographic I have absolutely no idea.  To borrow a line from Lindsay Beyerstein, I do especially like the fact that the single mother valiantly trying to scrape by on a measly $180 $260 grand a year is portrayed like someone in a dust bowl photograph commissioned by the Farm Security Administration.


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  1. Cody says:

    Holy Shit.

    So the only question is: Does the WSJ think that the average single mother makes 180,000 a year? I guess they probably do. That’s the “poor” people they got out and talked to.

    On a side note, where do I sign up to join this infographic? I’ll settle for 2 kids 180g income a year. Don’t call me greedy.

  2. R. Porrofatto says:

    The sad single mother has to make do with $260k, not $180k. So it’s not as bleak as you make it out to be. There will be some food on the table, at least on a few days a week.

  3. Gin & Tonic says:

    No, that poor, poor single mother is trying to scrape by on $260k/yr. It’s that retired black couple who’s destitute on $180k/yr, and still looking miserable even though their taxes aren’t going up at all.

  4. JKTHs says:

    They must assume that people below $180K either are illiterate, don’t have computer access at all, can’t afford or figure out how to get the paywall, and somehow don’t pay the payroll tax.

  5. Dirty Davey says:

    And of course, the black people don’t have any tax increase at all.

    • RedSquareBear says:

      Well duh. They didn’t raise taxes on t-bone steaks and Cadillacs!

    • somethingblue says:

      Certainly not. In fact, jackbooted representatives of the U.S. government will shortly be arriving at your house to confiscate and sell your children’s stuffed animals in order to give the black people a rebate on taxes they never paid in the first place because Benghazi.

  6. Mudge says:

    Some math. The poor single mother earns $260,000 a year and pays roughly $80,000 in taxes (Federal I assume). Net $180,000. She pays roughly $3500 more in tax. $1500 is from raising the investment tax to 20% from 15% (5% of $35000, oh the pain) and $2000 of that is from THE NONRENEWAL OF THE PAYROLL TAX HOLIDAY (2% of roughly $100,000, thank you Republicans).

    It’s all Obama’s fault

    • Cody says:

      It’s important to note she’s a job creator according to Republicans, so now we’ll have that many less jobs!

    • Joshua says:

      What I would be interested in knowing is how that woman become single. Normally, being a single mother is VERY BAD for future income, but this woman is doing just fine (maybe not by WSJ standards, but by reality). Either she is an insanely-driven and ambitious person, in which case, good for her, she is reaping the rewards with that fat income.

      Or… she married well and got a nice big divorce settlement, in which case she’s also getting some decent child support too. In that case, good for her, she’s doing just fine.

    • Jeremy says:

      In a surprise twist, the GOP has decided that they’re fans of Murphy Brown’s life choices after all.

  7. chris y says:

    OK, let me guess. This graphic was put together by some really deep entry Trotskyist mole who’s been quietly burrowing away on the WSJ for the last 30 years, waiting for the perfect moment to issue a provocation that’ll make the masses pouring out of theaters showing Les Mis march straight to the Journal offices and storm them like the Bastille.

    • Julian says:

      The preferred nomenclature is Trotskyite

      I’m 0-1 on correcting people today, help me out here

      • RedSquareBear says:

        Nope. Trotskyist is the self-applied label, Trotskyite is a pejorative diminutive applied by Stalin et. al.

        (That al is such an asshole…)

        • Julian says:


          I’ve never seen trotskyist anywhere, probably not well-read enough.

          • RedSquareBear says:

            Sorry bro. I can make some mistakes if you’d like:

            1. I am a Historian
            2. The Democrat party stands for Socialism
            3. If you write me that ticket I’ll call the Attorney Generals for our respective states (which are totally allowed to succeed from the union).

            • Malaclypse says:

              4 Obama’s proposed changes to gun laws proves he is about to declare Marshall Law.

              • cpinva says:

                many years ago, when i was commuting by bus up to my office in DC, the bus went down 14th street on the way home. back then, 14th street was well known for its topless bars and porn stores. one day, while stopped at a red light, i happened to glance at a sign, in one porn store’s window. among other items for sale, were “martial aids”.

                “4 Obama’s proposed changes to gun laws proves he is about to declare Marshall Law.”

                to this day, i have no idea what those might have been, and it’s probably best that i remain ignorant.

              • JustRuss says:

                While he’s at it, could he declare Marshall Plan for the 99% of us who aren’t WSJ readers?

  8. J.W. Hamner says:

    It’s so heartbreaking to think that poor woman won’t be able to buy so many new suits this year.

  9. “A hundred eighty grand in retirement income? How are we supposed to make someone who makes $180,000 year when they’re retired look like they’re not rich?”

    “Um…we could make them black?”

    “Genius! Someone get this guy an office upstairs!”

  10. (the other) Davis says:

    One of my Facebook friends pointed out some further absurdity in those numbers:

    For the single mom, I’d like them to footnote how much principal she invested to throw off that kind of investment income, then explain how in the world it was accumulated on that salary in those circumstances.

    My hypothesis is that she had the good sense and foresight to inherit it.

  11. Alex says:

    You may laugh, but the sellers of Pink Himalayan salt and $1800 kitchen gadgets curse your name, your family, and the ground upon which you walk.

  12. Sherm says:

    What do you expect from that rag? Its for right wing, elitist assholes who think that they’re too smart and sophisticated to read the NY Post.

  13. Crackity Jones says:

    Re Comment 29: Attorneys General.

    Sorry. Couldn’t help it.

  14. Jerry Vinokurov says:

    A friend of mine noted on Facebook that the picture of the single woman with her two kids who earns $260,000 looks like it was drawn to be evocative of Lange’s Migrant Mother. Truly, the irony, it is dead.

    • UserGoogol says:

      Eh, I really don’t see it. There’s only so many ways you can depict an unhappy woman with two children in a relatively small space. And even then, the particular poses are quite different. And simply the mom-with-two-kids setup seems fairly generic.

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