Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hooray! We're ALL Not Rich!

This is, like, totally the kind of thing that makes us all feel so charitable towards the GOP:

June 10, 2008 -- WE'RE in for taxing times if Barack Obama wins the White House, says CNBC's Maria Bartiromo. "He's going to take the capital gains tax at 15 percent right now all the way up to 25 to 28 percent," the "Money Honey" tells Avenue. "Sell anything, like a home or stocks, and make a profit . . . [almost] 30 percent of the profit will go to the government instead of 15." The income tax is also in for a bump. Bartiromo says, "Right now [it] is 35 percent, Obama wants to take that to 39 percent . . . We're talking about people who make over $200,000. That's not rich. So it's actually going to impact more people than you may think."

Wow, if making $200,000 is "not rich," what does that make all the rest of us? OMG, and I thought I was doing OK!

Think Progress helpfully points out that, to be fair, Ms. Bartiromo makes over a million dollars a year and was delighted to receive a $500,000 advance (!!) for her sure-to-be-riveting book, so I suppose, to her, a year living on a low six-figure sum would seem like slumming.


whatdafuq said...

My post disappeared....

Are you afraid that:
1. the post would be picked up by
some right-wing rag as evidence of
meanness by the blogosphere
2. that "story" would then be repeated
by the Washington Post.
3. the NYT would pick it up and provide
legitimacy to this wholly unsubstantiated

Or did I just speak the truth that
must remain unspoken?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

I deleted your comment because you used this post as an excuse to launch an attack on Michelle Obama. And I'm really just not interested in having attacks on Michelle Obama on this blog, mostly because I like her. And it's my blog, so you'll just have to live with that.

FranIAm said...

Maria Money Honey needs to get real.

I support the PSP blog management philosophy.

Christopher said...

I read (gasp) BusinessWeek and last week the whole thing practically hyperventilated it's way out of my mailbox. It was all fear of taxes by these poor double income families with swimming pools living in ex-urbs and how all their money to take tropical vacations and pay for their gigantic SUVs and private tutors and soccer camp for their darling children was going to be taken away by those mean old Democrats who seem to think that a obviously middle class $200k/anum family (I mean, they live in track houses, so they must be middle class) was going to take away all their toys and their outsized sense of entitlement and give it to (probably) brown people and teh geighs for elaborate government-funded marriage ceremonies.

Anyway, it was breathless fear mongering, and I suppose this is what we are going to have for the next 5 months. I'm ready to start the class warfare right now. Who's up for overturning cars at Tysons and setting them aflame?

carmen sutra said...

I'm all for class warfare too, but why would I overturn cars at a chicken processing plant? Don't those people have it rough enough?

dguzman said...

I say we overturn all the SUVs! Who's with me!? Everybody, heave [the] ho!

Boy, God forbid we should stop giving $17 billion in tax relief to the fecking oil companies--they're really going through a tough time, you know.

Steve said...

In case you didn't get the word, MSNBC,CNBC,NBC,Universal.Inc.,GE,(whew!),have one of them "honorable" lobbyists aboard the Un-gay Express.
However, so as not to have the appearance of a conflict of interest, Kelli McDonald, of plain old NBC who covers the McCain doings, must sit at least one seat to the rear and to the left of said lobby guy at all times while the bus is in motion.
Those are the rules.

whatdafuq said...

Got it. Understood. Mea culpa.

Henceforth I will constrain my snide
remarks to the scummy white males in
the GOP and the knuckle-dragging,
toothless, slackjawed, gun-carrying,
bible-toting, yokels who follow the
GOP because they're too angry to
see the self-evident truthfulness
and correctness of the various shibboleths promulgated by the
Democratic Party.

Hallelujah, I feel better already.

Damned Bartiromo! Damned McCain!

Christopher said...

Sorry Carmen. Tysons=the mall, but yes, it is a bit like a chicken processing plant. Only less appetizing.

sfmike said...

Dear Princess: You're the absolute bestest of moderators and I love how, using your wisdom and charity, you keep most of the really creepy people on the internets away from this little chat room. And just to keep ladling on the praise, "Laura Bush Stumbles into Titan Video Shoot" may be one of your best headlines ever. Plus, the pictures are so utterly surreal, you might want to add an "unbelievably not photoshopped" label.

karenzipdrive said...

Hey, pay me $200,000 a year and I'll gladly hop on a plane and hand-carry the tax money to the IRS.

Distributorcap said...

this is an interesting thread
maria does that you know