I know what you mean. I got a bonus at work this morning. They give you the gross amount and then I get the check. It’s then when I get upset about the the taxes taken from the bonus and the crap that it’s being spent on.
I think think of my parents and grandparents and know that I’d be letting them down, as well as my spouse and daughter, if I wasn’t working hard.
My biggest concern is that the lower middle class is getting swallowed and the middle class is next. I feel like many of us are working awfully hard without a lot to show for it these days.