I guess I’m so inured to wealthy conservatives complaining about how financially hard they have it that Republican Congressman Sean Duffy’s complaint about money wasn’t what bothered me about this utterance:
At a town hall meeting in Polk County, Wisconsin earlier this year, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) was asked whether he’d vote to cut his $174,000 annual salary. Duffy sort of hedged, and went on to talk about how $174,000 really isn’t that much for his family of seven to live on….
Here’s what Duffy says about his salary:
I can guarantee you, or most of you, I guarantee that I have more debt than all of you. With 6 kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I’m living high on the hog, I’ve got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now. Would it be easier for me if I get more paychecks? Maybe, but at this point I’m not living high on the hog.
…Like all House members, Duffy makes $174,000 in taxpayer-funded salary every year. The Speaker makes a lot more ($223,500) and the party leaders and president pro tempore of the Senate make a bit more ($193,400.)
All of them make way more than most people in Polk County, Wisconsin do. The median household income there was $50,520 in 2008, according to Census data.
When I read this, one question popped into my head:
You have six kids. Why didn’t you use birth control like many people do, asshole?
Duffy’s household income is in the top five percent. If he is having a hard time supporting his family, then maybe he should have, I dunno, ‘planned parenthood’ a little better.
To use a phrase.
Or maybe personal responsibility is the sole purview of single minority women.