There are some on the blogosphere who have been asking why there aren’t more people in the real world sharing their income details openly, or at least to people who ask.
My take? Because those who ask make it obvious that they are interested in more than just the numbers.
Question: What do you make?
Answer A: $10,000 a year.
Why aren’t you working 80 hours a week? Why aren’t you working at a second job? Why are you driving a new car? What, a new couch? NO! How dare you own a cell phone? You are not allowed to go on vacation! You need to eat rice and beans for the rest of life! Poor people are suckers! You are a loser!
Answer B: $100,000 a year.
You should pay higher taxes! Why aren’t you donating more to charity? Why aren’t you paying for my meal? I don’t know you, but you should pay for my (insert whatever), just because. You should happily pay $10 for this doodad, even though the sign says $5, just because! Why are you so cheap? You can afford it! Rich people are assholes! You are evil!
On the internet, all you have to do is to turn off the browser and you can get away from it all. Few people will have the courage to subject themselves to the potential hounding in real life.
So, no. It is not just about the numbers.