I'm 34. I've seen both sides of this. I'm old enough to remember the old economy but I'm young enough to see the burn of the new economy.
I know people that make $80,000 a year and can't afford to put up $200 to send their kid to camp. My income was in the high $20's. I have never seen difficutly in coming up with $200 for something that I felt was important. In your scenario you live in a different state. The person I am describing lives in my same area but struggles to come up with $200. I don't get that either.
I'm quite the bonehead on certain topics. Understanding the poverty of a Manhattan income of $250,000 is something I know very little about.
Take...yourself for example. By your own reckoning, he is talking about YOU. YOU started this thread claiming you suddenly have managed to do better. Now...by HIS reckoning...you are just like those thousands of people. Right? After all...he has seen it THOUSANDS OF TIMES. In fact...of you, now...he believes..."People start at low salary and are ok people, they get promoted and become a little convinced by their own publicity, promoted again they become egotistic smug pricks and the more money they get the more they generate inflated self worth and see everyone else's lack thereof. They lose any concept of doing anything decent. They do what is asked of them, take the money and are thoroughly nasty people who lie continually just in the course of any day."
Didnt he just describe your OP?