I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
As for being a "decent income"... totally depends on where you are. 30 k is nothing in New York and LA... but plenty in rural Texas or the backroads of Mississippi. In general 30k is not decent... that is if you want healthcare insurance as well as a roof over your head and food on the table.
The 400 Richest Americans Pay An 18% Tax Rate - Robert Lenzner - StreetTalk - Forbes
Because of FICA taxes, and lower rates on non-work-earned income, millionaires pay a lower rate than does anyone making less than $200,000 a year. The effective tax rate on most millionaires is 22.4%. When you go to just the top 400 families, it's lowered to 18%.
That is lower than someone who is making around $85,000.