Average student loan debt in the US is about $37,000, not too far off what the average US car loan of $30,000. And I see a lot of new cars being purchased by relatively new graduates, especially when it's their "first car" at their first post-collegiate job.
It is also well below the median income of people with a college degree, and the difference between the median high school graduate and the median college graduate is large enough that less than two years of income differential covers for the median college debt - meaning it is still a good investment.
If you read the link, you'll find:
Taxpayers earning income above certain thresholds ($200,000 for singles, $250,000 for married couples filing jointly) pay an additional 3.8% tax on all investment income. Therefore, the top federal tax rate on long-term capital gains is 23.8%.
That brings the difference down to about 3%. Essentially nothing. The fact is - you were worked up about the rich not paying anything, about capital gains taxes being nothing, and the facts are exactly the opposite. But it doesn't make good class warfare ammunition to have the actual truth out there so the myth that the "rich pay nothing" is constantly pushed.
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