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  • In this 1995 episode of The Simpsons, Homer walks with Marge through downtown Springfield

  • and says

  • Careful now.

  • These are dangerous streets for us upper-lower-middle-class types

  • This is Homer’s first admission to being "middle-class"

  • For the rest of us, this always seemed obvious.

  • He lives in a modest home in the suburbs with his wife and three children.

  • He’s not a college graduate and his job appears to require a minimal amount of technical

  • training.

  • This is all confirmed when we get a tight shot of his paycheck in season 7.

  • Hey, how come my pay is so low?

  • According to this stub, Homer receives a pre-tax, weekly pay of $479.60 works out to $11.99

  • an hour.

  • So, he’s looking at an annual salary of $24,395.

  • Adjusted for inflation, that’s $37,416 per year.

  • What?

  • This is an outrage!

  • There are a lot of fans who think the show is based on the real life town of Springfield,

  • Oregon.

  • And if we look at Homer's salary there it places him pretty comfortably in the lower

  • middle class income bracket.

  • Of course, this is all based on one job as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear

  • Power Plant.

  • But Homer has had over 191 jobs in 27 seasons and theyve placed him across the entire

  • economic spectrum.

  • You know, I've had a lot of jobs.

  • Boxer, mascot, astronaut, imitation Krusty, baby proofer, trucker, hippie, plow driver,

  • food critic, conceptual artist, grease salesman, carnie, mayor, grifter, bodyguard for the

  • mayor, garbage commissioner, mountain climber, farmer, inventor, Smithers, Poochie, celebrity

  • assistant, power plant worker, fortune cookie writer, beer baron, Kwik-E Mart clerk, homophobe

  • and missionary.

  • But protecting Springfield, that gives me the best feeling of all.

  • Some of these jobs were literally impossible to determine salaries forlikebeer

  • smuggler,” orthe grim reaper.”

  • There were also some seasonal jobs (“mall santa”), and those had to be excluded.

  • In the end, I narrowed Homer’s resume down to 100 jobs, then looked up the average salary

  • for each one.

  • Here’s what we found.

  • Three of Homer’s 10 highest-paying jobs have been at the power plant.

  • In season 13, he tried his hand as the plant’s executive VP before momentarily taking over

  • Mr. Burns’s post as CEO the following season.

  • Dad please you're the head of a major corporation.

  • You're right.

  • Three years later, he served as the facility’s manager.

  • Dohhhhhhhhh.

  • Uhhhmmmm.

  • Uhhhh.

  • Duhhhhhhh.

  • Around half of Homer’s jobs place him in the middle class.

  • And his least lucrative jobs were pretty odd.

  • He was a mascot, a carny, moonshine taste tester, a cannonball performance artist, and

  • a walking billboard.

  • What are those doing there?!

  • Earning us a hundred bucks a week that's what.

  • I plotted out Homer’s hypothetical job salaries in a linear order, by episode number.

  • And over the course of 597 episodesfrom 1989 to 2016 — it’s clear that he hasn’t

  • really ascended economically.

  • Estelle: Despite a few successes here and there, he has stagnated and that makes him

  • just like the actual American middle class.

  • Until the 1970s, the income of the average American family grew alongside national economic

  • productivity.

  • Since then, wages have stagnated, and have failed to keep up with inflation.

  • Economists refer to this as themiddle-class squeeze’.

  • Homer’s median income has never surpassed the median income in the United States.

  • Despite brief forays into the 1 percent, Homer remains a paradigm of middle-class America:

  • Three decades later, he’s right where he started.

In this 1995 episode of The Simpsons, Homer walks with Marge through downtown Springfield


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Homer Simpson:經濟分析 (Homer Simpson: An economic analysis)

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