Captain Capitalist and Lord of the Free-Market, Mitt Romney, spent most of last week single-handedly derailing his presidential campaign by pretending to know stuff about foreign policy and diplomacy. Now it seems the multi-millionaire Macy’s mannequin is back to one of his all-time favorite pretend areas of expertise: arithmetic.
Romney, whose net worth is said to be $200-250 million and who could probably just a buy a country and invade it, took his brazenly blithe and categorically out-of-touch mentality to a whole new level of SNL parody when he recently weighed in on the incomes of normal people:
“No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers,” Romney told host George Stephanopoulos.
“Is $100,000 middle income?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Romney responded. (Huffington Post)
So all of you teachers, firemen and nurses may just want to stop all your greedy whining since you’re middle-class and thus making at least $200,000 a year. So maybe $200,000 a year isn’t exactly dancing Olympic horse and car elevator money, but for those of us who don’t fly the Cayman Islands flag aboard our 150-foot yachts, 200 large isn’t exactly bourgeois. And guess what, it’s not considered “bourgeois” by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, either.
According to the Tax Policy Center, you’re in the top 20 percent of earners if your household income is above $100,000, and you’re in the top 5 percent if your household brings in more than $180,000. With the maldistribution of income and economic inequity at an all time high in this country, the middle-class is shrinking faster than a winkie in a cold pool. So it’s such a relief to know that Mitt Romney truly understands all the hardships of those driving mere Lexuses to crummy four-star restaurants every night.
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