Should TransIncomed people be able to identify with their lower-income identities?

If Karl Marx (or Bernie Sanders) looked at my tax returns, he would call me "middle-class."  But that term makes me very upset.  Ever since I got my first job, I've always identified, however much I made, with poor people.  Even in years when I've made a solid five-figure income, I have felt like a person who makes about $5,000 a year, below the taxable level.

That's why I get very upset when I am asked to pay taxes every year.  It seems to go against my self-declared income identity.  I feel as though the government is forcing me to be something I'm not.  I pay  five or ten times the taxes of many other taxpayers, but I feel like the poor person who gets the same highways and national security benefits but pays nothing for them.

I suspect that there are a lot of people like this out there.  I call us the TransIncomed.  We are people who make five- or six-figure incomes but identify more with people making less than $5,000 a year.  I know I do.  Whenever I go shopping, I always buy the least expensive supermarket brands of food.  I buy clothes at Target even though a perfectly good Macy's is not far.  I've put on my best pajamas to buy genuine imitation furniture from my local urban Walmart.  I've even fantasized about riding on a public bus.  In my mind, I know I am a poor person.

I remember feeling this way as young as a five years old.  I remember that my father was sitting, frustrated, with a stack of papers.  I said, "What are you doing, Daddy?"

And he said, "Son" (remember, I've only changed my income identity, not my gender identity!), "I'm paying taxes.  Because I work hard, the government demands I be punished for it by taking away my money."

"That's not fair!" I said.

"The worst part is, the tax system is so complicated, they take not only my money, but my time as well," said my father.

At that moment, I knew I was poor. I never wanted to be in my father's situation, giving away a large portion of my hard-earned money to nameless people, sweating over a stack of papers for days for the privilege of figuring out how to do so.  I have felt this way since I was five years old – born into a middle-class family, but with a TransIncomed indentity.

And yet the government insists on assigning me an Income identity born from my work, rather than how I feel.

I think this is discrimination.  I think Washington should pass legislation outlawing discrimination based on income identity.  We should not be judged by how much money is in our bank account; income identity is based not on arbitrary financial figures, but psychological feelings.

I suspect there are  many more like myself out there.  Let me know in the comments section if you, too, may be TransIncomed.  Are you middle-class but feel as though you've always been poor?  Do you suffer discrimination for being labeled based on your financial identity rather than your self-described one?

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.

If Karl Marx (or Bernie Sanders) looked at my tax returns, he would call me "middle-class."  But that term makes me very upset.  Ever since I got my first job, I've always identified, however much I made, with poor people.  Even in years when I've made a solid five-figure income, I have felt like a person who makes about $5,000 a year, below the taxable level.

That's why I get very upset when I am asked to pay taxes every year.  It seems to go against my self-declared income identity.  I feel as though the government is forcing me to be something I'm not.  I pay  five or ten times the taxes of many other taxpayers, but I feel like the poor person who gets the same highways and national security benefits but pays nothing for them.

I suspect that there are a lot of people like this out there.  I call us the TransIncomed.  We are people who make five- or six-figure incomes but identify more with people making less than $5,000 a year.  I know I do.  Whenever I go shopping, I always buy the least expensive supermarket brands of food.  I buy clothes at Target even though a perfectly good Macy's is not far.  I've put on my best pajamas to buy genuine imitation furniture from my local urban Walmart.  I've even fantasized about riding on a public bus.  In my mind, I know I am a poor person.

I remember feeling this way as young as a five years old.  I remember that my father was sitting, frustrated, with a stack of papers.  I said, "What are you doing, Daddy?"

And he said, "Son" (remember, I've only changed my income identity, not my gender identity!), "I'm paying taxes.  Because I work hard, the government demands I be punished for it by taking away my money."

"That's not fair!" I said.

"The worst part is, the tax system is so complicated, they take not only my money, but my time as well," said my father.

At that moment, I knew I was poor. I never wanted to be in my father's situation, giving away a large portion of my hard-earned money to nameless people, sweating over a stack of papers for days for the privilege of figuring out how to do so.  I have felt this way since I was five years old – born into a middle-class family, but with a TransIncomed indentity.

And yet the government insists on assigning me an Income identity born from my work, rather than how I feel.

I think this is discrimination.  I think Washington should pass legislation outlawing discrimination based on income identity.  We should not be judged by how much money is in our bank account; income identity is based not on arbitrary financial figures, but psychological feelings.

I suspect there are  many more like myself out there.  Let me know in the comments section if you, too, may be TransIncomed.  Are you middle-class but feel as though you've always been poor?  Do you suffer discrimination for being labeled based on your financial identity rather than your self-described one?

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.