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Working American here

I am a homebuilder. I build custom homes. I not only design them, but I manage the process, and finally, I actually build them. I swing a hammer for a living. There are times while I am building a home that I will swing a hammer from sunrise to sunset, and then go home and do all of the paperwork that comes with building a nice home. Weekends and holidays do not mean squat during the build phase. What matters is getting it done correctly, quickly, and on budget.

Building a home, while very exciting and fun to me, is also very dirty and nasty. Doing paperwork is boring, but also clean and warm. I could not get fat while actually building a home, but I could while managing it's build. I wear jeans and old shirts in one case, and nice clothes in the other case. Overall I make more money per hour on the management side, but I work more hours on the build side. Now to my point.

Am I a working American? What is the minimum amount of hours necessary to qualify? Is there a threshold of income that one cannot exceed to be considered a working American? Does one have to get dirty to fit in or is sitting at a desk OK? Can one be self-employed or is that an exemption?

I keep hearing the Democratic Candidate for President use the term "working American" and I am just not sure what he is talking about. Somehow I get the feeling that even though I work way more hours than someone at a 40 hour a week job, I make too much money to be a working American. I have a feeling that my success would bar me from the club.


Comment balloon 3 commentsKevin Robinson • October 23 2008 09:49AM


I hear you... And you're sining the same tune as many of us "hard-working Americans" are, and slo the builders in my area (too many going under now with all these shenanigans!) 2 weeks... the big day... doomsday? I hope NOT!!! Thanks for your post.

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 11 years ago

Regardless of the definition of "working American" - America needs more people with your work ethic.

Posted by Jay Allen, MovieVoice (MovieVoice Production Co.) over 11 years ago

Kevin - I think the term you left out might disqualify you. You are a SUCCESSFUL working American which makes you better than average. Keep it up.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 11 years ago