Haves and Have Nots


Years ago, there was a distinction between social classes (upper class, middle class and lower class) in the United States.  That emphasis seemed to dissipate.  Now a recent Time article contends the differences among people are economic.  It referred to the “haves” and the “have nots.”

Based on the demographics the city has published on its website, the people I know are probably among the “have nots” than the “haves.”  They have comfortable lives and lifestyles.  But, their incomes are less than the median income ($76,725 in 1999).  The word median refers a midpoint...that is, half the incomes are above and half are below that amount.

The “haves” are more likely to be found at upscale restaurants than the “have nots.”  The “have nots” are generally found at smaller restaurants or eating at home.  You may find those 55 or over lunching at the Senior Community Center.

The “haves” are more likely to be found at the Wilson Center for the Arts than the “have nots”.  The “haves” are more likely present at elegant fundraisers around town than the “have nots.”  They’ll be pictured in the Exclusively Yours and Elegant Living publications among others.

Compared to the “have nots,” the “haves” seem to have more influence over city government.  Elected officials and the “haves” seem to have common interests.

Now, let’s take a leap. Just take a look at Calhoun Road.  Would Brookfield’s “haves” be facing wider roads and condemnation of property?


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