Throughout much of his campaign, President Obama repeatedly said that a couple making $250,000 a year should be considered rich and taxed at a higher rate than the great unwashed making less. However, as he said “Adios!” to his friend and Spokesman Robert Gibbs, the President noted that Mr. Gibbs’ salary as “modest“. Oops.
In bidding a sort-of farewell to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, he noted the “relatively modest pay” for which Gibbs has labored.
In fact, he earns $172,200 in a nation where the average family income hovers around $55,000, unemployment is high, record foreclosures persist and wages for most folks are at best stagnant.
But implicit in Gibbs’ departure is the desire to slow down, recharge and earn a lot more money, especially after an arduous several years where he’s been on call 24/7. He’s hired an esteemed lawyer-agent, Robert Barnett, and is expected to hit the very lucrative speaking tour universe exploited by Washington insiders, including high-profile journalists.
So a married couple (with or without children) making $250,000 per year is considered rich…but a single man making $172,000 per year is not?
Makes perfect sense.
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