ABC wonders: What could we buy with Mitt Romney’s $21.7 million in income?

posted at 7:12 pm on January 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

An early nudge from our studiously impartial media to its readers that the proper way to think about Romney’s wealth is in terms of what better uses it might be put to. Emphasis on “Romney’s wealth,” though: Oddly enough, you rarely see hack features like this aimed at Congress’s filthy rich Democrats, whose redistributionist fervor somehow never prevents them from socking away millions. Remember that rich liberal from Massachusetts who, together with his wife, ended up paying a lower effective tax rate than Romney did a few years ago? That guy was so copacetic to the left, they actually nominated him for president. Times change, I guess. What’s next? The “anti-war party” supporting a president who wages war without congressional approval?

In fairness to ABC, the hackery could have been worse. Instead of pure ideological panders, e.g., “we could build ten new Planned Parenthood clinics with this money!”, we get illustrations of just how darned much money Mitt Romney has. Although occasionally there’s a mix:

Big bonuses for Wall Street bankers have been emblematic of the “1 percent” and a rallying point for Occupy Wall Street protesters. But even the Bank of America CEO did not make as much money as Romney last year.

In fact, with one year of his income, Romney could pay the Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan nearly one and a half times what his compensation package was in 2010, according to salary data compiled by the Wall Street Journal.

I invite you to create your own benchmarks in the comments. Two to start you off: Mitt Romney’s income last year would have recouped .00275 percent of the $787 billion we spent on our failed stimulus or .00139 percent of our $1.56 trillion federal deficit last year. Don’t like the big numbers? Then start smaller: Turns out ABC/Disney chief Robert Iger made $53.3 million last year, or 2.46 times what Romney made. Apply that multiple to any of ABC’s hypotheticals to see what Boss Iger’s dough could have purchased. Here’s one of my own: Assuming a salary of $60,000 a year, Iger could have hired nearly 900 reporters to write dumb Democratic talking-points pieces like this about Mitt Romney.

Here’s a stroll down memory lane for you from 2010′s SOTU. At a cost to the taxpayer of $535 million, the Solyndra loan would require 100 percent of the income from 24.65 Mitt Romneys to get us out of the hole.


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cicerone on January 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

People are hurting economically and worried.They will hammer it constantly that Romney killed jobs just for bigger profit, Romney likes firing people, Romney is that azzhole boss you always hated. Populism plays in tough times.

Southernblogger on January 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Diane Sawyer is worth $40 million with an annual salary of $12 million.

Over at NBC, Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, has a net worth of $30 million with an annual salary of $13 million.

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley has a net worth of $15 million with an annual salary of $4 million.

Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos has a net worth of $8 million with an annual salary of $6 million. Co-anchor Robin Roberts has a net worth of $14 million with an annual salary of $6 million.

Today show host Matt Lauer has a net worth of $45 million with an annual salary of $17 million. Co-host Ann Curry’s net worth is $10 million with an annual salary of $2 million.

Wagthatdog on January 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Clinton has made 76 million since he was President. What did he produce again?
Don’t ask about Algore!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Buffets “poor” Secretary who pays more “taxes” allegedly than he does makes an estimated $175.000 dollars + a year.Poor thing….

sandee on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

SNIFF SNIFF – there is a tear in my beer for her.

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Romney: Earning interest on his own money, gained by his own success.

Obama: Taking money that isn’t his and wasting every nickel.

fogw on January 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

DANEgerus on January 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Thread winner

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

ABC wonders: What could we buy with Mitt Romney’s $21.7 million in income?
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Oh…..oh….I know,they could pay down the debt,
or,give it to the poor,and the poor could help out
the destitute,and the destitute good give it to the
……..(snark)

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

A decade of of “historian” consultation services from Newt Gingrinch?

profitsbeard on January 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Clinton has made 76 million since he was President. What did he produce again?
Don’t ask about Algore!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 7:42 PM

That’s how much we know about. I bet he’s got at least that much parked in Switzerland or Lichtenstein, from the Marc Rich pardon. Holder, too, but maybe not as much.

TXUS on January 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Buffets “poor” Secretary who pays more “taxes” allegedly than he does makes an estimated $175.000 dollars + a year.Poor thing….

sandee on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

He’ll be able to give her a raise, now that the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroad will be cashing in as a result of the Keystone decision.

a capella on January 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Assuming a salary of $60,000 a year, Iger could have hired nearly 900 reporters to write dumb Democratic talking-points pieces like this about Mitt Romney.

why i love this website….

peachaeo on January 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Per Steve Job’s official biographer, he had little time for Obama and told him he’d be a one-termer if he didn’t roll back taxes and regulation…

The book is terribly written but quite revealing.

CorporatePiggy on January 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I get the feeling that’s not what Obama will use her presence to highlight tonight.

MayBee on January 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Buffets “poor” Secretary who pays more “taxes” allegedly than he does makes an estimated $175.000 dollars + a year.Poor thing….

sandee on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Wait. I thought you guys celebrated making money.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What can one buy with Mitten’s income in 2010?

Well, for ABC, start with a clue.

I wonder how many newsters at ABC gave $4 million to charity that year? All? Most? Some? A few? None?

Of course, at $22 million, one could also buy almost 20 times as many lobbying…er…history lessons from Newt as Fannie and Freddie bought…er..con-tree-acted for.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Don’t remember them asking Kerry this question. Or Edwards, or Gore, or Kennedy, or (fill in the blank).

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Buffets “poor” Secretary who pays more “taxes” allegedly than he does makes an estimated $175.000 dollars + a year.Poor thing….

sandee on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

And she’s an example of a middle class worker that is getting screwed over by “the man” according to Obama’s SOTU

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Barack Obama to lay out blueprint for ‘fairer America’ in State of the Union speech
Jan 25 2012
*****************

President Barack Obama was due to lay out a

blueprint for a “fairer America”

in his annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, pledging to slap higher taxes on millionaires and setting out his stall for one of the most divisive US elections in living memory.

More than 50 million Americans were expected to listen to an intensely political speech in which Mr Obama contrasted his vision for an America “where everybody gets a fair shot” with a country run for the benefit of a moneyed elite.

“Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same,” Mr Obama was set to say, according to advance excerpts of his speech released by The White House.

“It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.”

Even before the speech, Republicans moved to reject Mr Obama’s characterisation of an America where the interests of wealthy elite came before the needs of increasingly hard-pressed middle Americans.

Mitt Romney, the multi-millionaire Republican presidential hopeful under fire this week for his own membership of that elite, said it was “shameful” for a US President “to use the State of the Union to divide our nation”.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9036725/Barack-Obama-to-lay-out-blueprint-for-fairer-America-in-State-of-the-Union-speech.html

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

He’ll be able to give her a raise, now that the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroad will be cashing in as a result of the Keystone decision.

a capella on January 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Crony capitalism at work, once again. No wonder Buffett’s in the tank for him. One smart guy, Buffett, and this was their strategic plan from the start re: transporting the Canada oil over their rail lines. Follow the money.

TXUS on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Buffets “poor” Secretary who pays more “taxes” allegedly than he does makes an estimated $175.000 dollars + a year.Poor thing….

sandee on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Any sane woman would demand at least that much for taking dictation while sitting on Warren’s boney lap.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Wait. I thought you guys celebrated making money.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Good for her but she’s no example of someone getting “hosed” by the system.

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

The level of disgust I have for that man is not healthy.

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

TXUS

Would be kinda nice to own one’s own choo-choo train.

I’d have lots of fun with my a gian-sized Lionel set.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Wait. I thought you guys celebrated making money.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

BedBug:At $175,000 dollars,that she is paid by Buffett,

in,Liberal Socialist Progressive terms,she’s being

“EXPLOITED”!!!!

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

the cat.’s out the bag people rightly or wrongly mitt illustrates obama’s campaign theme. mitt should have never ran for prez but now it doesn’t matter whether or not if he’s the nominee. fairly selfish of mitt. never has a man ran for prez because he’s a venture capitalist not even perot. the optics are awful and if you don’t see your blind

rik on January 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Today, I just worked out that I pay less than 10% of my total compensation in federal taxes, so Romney pays a larger fraction of his income than I do. Go figure.

Count to 10 on January 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM
The level of disgust I have for that man is not healthy.

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

gophergirl:I hear ya,I’ve seen/heard it,all the way back to
2007——:)

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Don’t remember them asking Kerry this question. Or Edwards, or Gore, or Kennedy, or (fill in the blank).

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I would also like to add that you will NEVER see them do this to a Democrat..:)

Dire Straits on January 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I don’t understand why you guys have to go after the secretary? It was Warren Buffet who brought up the fact that she pays more in taxes. And, wouldn’t you also be excited about being invited to the SOTU address? You could stand up and rant to the president about how much better you could run the country than he does, like Joe Wilson did.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

not exploited, just evidence of the fact that in a progressive tax system something has gone wrong when someone who makes >10x more pays a lower rate. simple.

peachaeo on January 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

gophergirl

“Good for her but she’s no example of someone getting “hosed” by the system.”

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

That’s good. But let’s all hope and pray, for her sake, that she isn’t getting “hosed” by Ol’ Warren either.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Wait. I thought you guys celebrated making money.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Good for her but she’s no example of someone getting “hosed” by the system.

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

That sounds a little like class warfare talk there.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

What could we buy with Mitt Romney’s $21.7 million in income?

Can you get a fifth gen fighter for that, or only a third gen?

Count to 10 on January 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Oops.
“Can you get a fourth gen fighter for that, or only a third gen?”

Count to 10 on January 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

BedBug

Problem is she’ll probably stand up and rant about how The Messiah is running the country better than any President in the history of the Universe and all points beyond.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Count to 10 on January 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

lucky! i’m at 40% +

peachaeo on January 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Gingrich released his Freddie Mac contract – says he was clearly a consultant – NOT a lobbyist.

HondaV65 on January 24, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Yeah, a consultant who was paid $25,000 a month to report to Freddie Mac’s head lobbyist. It’s not perfectly clear to me how that makes Newt functionally different than a lobbyist, but I’m sure you’ll enlighten me.

Personally, I also have a problem with Freddie Mac having a head lobbyist. A head lobbyist who hires consultants at $25,000 a month. Anyone else think this is inappropriate?

talkingpoints on January 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I’m not going to read through all the comments, but the obvious one to me is something along the lines of:

A 4 year lease on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Deafdog on January 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I don’t understand why you guys have to go after the secretary? It was Warren Buffet who brought up the fact that she pays more in taxes. And, wouldn’t you also be excited about being invited to the SOTU address? You could stand up and rant to the president about how much better you could run the country than he does, like Joe Wilson did.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Because I don’t see her as a symptom of what’s wrong with this country. I see her as a symbol of what is right with this country.

She obviously is good at her job, she obviously does it well and is compensated accordingly. Isn’t that what America is all about?

Instead she’s allowing herself to be mis-represented as some poor soul who is getting abused by the mean Republicans who are only for the “rich”. $175,000 a year is rich to a lot of people.

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

if romney has a smart campaign staff (i know…) he would be hammering the fact that he worked for it, and didn’t marry into it, didn’t earn it from speaking fees post-presidency, didn’t go to washington, build up shady connections and move to the ritz carlton, but actually WORKED for it. kind of like a twist on the no-tax paying/tax paying argument, but framed as workers vs. non workers.

peachaeo on January 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Buffets “poor” Secretary who pays more “taxes” allegedly than he does makes an estimated $175.000 dollars + a year.Poor thing….

sandee on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Wait. I thought you guys celebrated making money.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Bed you’re such a pathetic thinker. Sandee did not begrudge the secretary her money but rather was making the point that it was a joke to use someone making nearly 3 and 1/2 times the median family income. You want to bet Obama does not mention the Secretary’s salary?

CW on January 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

BTW – In case you happen to be trolling the comments, thanks, Mitt, for giving the Feds $6M last year. (someone should thank him.)

Deafdog on January 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

What could we do with Johnny Depp’s $100 million? He could donate one year’s salary, couldn’t he?

How about Daniel Radcliffe’s $1.3 billion from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? Oh right, he’s a British subject.

Shia LaBeouf’s $1.1 billion from Transformer’s Dark of the Moon.

In fact, you have to go all the way down to the 25th highest earner on the Hollywood list to get what Romney made.

So if they’re going to go after rich people, they should start there.

Common Sense on January 24, 2012 at 8:02 PM

lucky! i’m at 40% +

peachaeo on January 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

How is that possible?
Or, are you adding the state marginal tax rate to the fed marginal tax rate? I was talking about total percent.
In terms of marginal rates, I think I’m in the 25% bracket for the feds, and who knows what for my state.

Count to 10 on January 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Just occurred to me that AllahP used the word “copacetic” in his post.

Don’t think I’ve heard that word since Vietnam.

Of course, the Marines there put the word “f’in’” between the “copa” and the “cetic.”

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM

How is that possible?
Or, are you adding the state marginal tax rate to the fed marginal tax rate? I was talking about total percent.
In terms of marginal rates, I think I’m in the 25% bracket for the feds, and who knows what for my state.

Count to 10 on January 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM

15 % payroll tax + 25% marginal income tax rate and presto, you can get to 40% just on Fed taxes…then add all of the ways that the states get you and 50% is easy.

Deafdog on January 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

So Romney working his @ss off to make millions in his life = bad, but Obama taking $million+ vacations off the taxpayers’ back and Pelosi gaming the system to make millions off an IPO = “A OK”? Liberals make me sick

specialkayel on January 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

What you can’t buy, ABC, is your integrity and impartiality back.

Jason Taylor Sacked You on January 24, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Deafdog on January 24, 2012 at 8:06 PM

that plus i work in finance (private equity….ahhhhh! vulture!) so my bonus is taxed at the highest rate.

peachaeo on January 24, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Buffets “poor” Secretary who pays more “taxes” allegedly than he does makes an estimated $175.000 dollars + a year.Poor thing….

sandee on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Wait. I thought you guys celebrated making money.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Bed you’re such a pathetic thinker. Sandee did not begrudge the secretary her money but rather was making the point that it was a joke to use someone making nearly 3 and 1/2 times the median family income. You want to bet Obama does not mention the Secretary’s salary?

CW on January 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Another soldier on the class war field. Buffet used her as an example, but you throw it in her face that she makes $175,000. Hypocrisy at the highest level.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

You could stand up and rant to the president about how much better you could run the country than he does, like Joe Wilson did.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

YOU LIE!

Flora Duh on January 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

talkingpoints

At $25,000 a month, that’s roughly $6,000 a week, give or take a thou. Teaching history for 40 hours a week takes it to $1,500/hr, with no overtime and probably no medical or retirement benefits. Not much in Newt’s World.

I mean, c’mon. Do you think Newt should have been living in a cardboard box on the street while teaching history?

I wonder if my middle brother made that an hour when teaching German to high school students for 30 years before he retired?

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 8:13 PM

don’t they get pensions and free healthcare for life?

peachaeo on January 24, 2012 at 8:15 PM

You could stand up and rant to the president about how much better you could run the country than he does, like Joe Wilson did.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

YOU LIE!

Flora Duh on January 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

That was funny.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Hmmm. I wonder what Oprah could buy? She’s worth 2.7 billion and makes 315 million per year.

John Deaux on January 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

peachaeo

Yeah, from Newt’s Congressional days – a nice retirement package.

But I’m talking about when a poor history teacher from Georgia went out on his own in this cold world to try to earn a living as an Independent Contractor teaching history to Fannie and Freddie.

IC’s generally don’t get benefits. And Newt would have had to make quarterly payments and pay full SS. Must have being eating at the Salvation Army many nights.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM

WTF are you talking about? Conservatives have NEVER been against class warfare.

Proof?

Illegal Aliens. “Oh no!” you say? “That’s about ‘rule of law”” you say?

HondaV65 on January 24, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Illegal aliens are not a social class. They are just breaking the same laws, that’s all. They can be rich or poor, Mexicans or Pakistanis or Germans, farmers or day workers or drug dealers.

Gelsomina on January 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Horace
You still here I wanted to give you something for you to send to the two sons. I know you said they are already on a good path, but….

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I can answer the question posed at the front. What could be bought with Romney’s $21 million? NOTHING!! IT’S HIS TO SPEND, NOT YOURS!!!!

libertarianlunatic on January 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Oustanding work, AP. This shit’s invaluable.

Sacramento on January 24, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Bed you’re such a pathetic thinker. Sandee did not begrudge the secretary her money but rather was making the point that it was a joke to use someone making nearly 3 and 1/2 times the median family income. You want to bet Obama does not mention the Secretary’s salary?

CW on January 24, 2012 at 8:01 PM

why? the point made was that she (in her tax bracket) was paying more than someone in higher tax brackets…why wasn’t hers as good an example as any other…besides it made all the sense in the world, the comparison came from Buffet, so he used the example of his own employees…how much he pays them, I think it’s entirely his business and his right…

jimver on January 24, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I can answer the question posed at the front. What could be bought with Romney’s $21 million? NOTHING!! IT’S HIS TO SPEND, NOT YOURS!!!!

libertarianlunatic on January 24, 2012 at 8:32

PM

and that’s the right answer…but why are you surprised that the media came up with this sort of nonsensical game? a lot of cons were ecstatic when Mitt was attacked as a ‘culture capitalist’…anyways, the media forgot to mention that he gives away roughly 16% of his income…to charities…oh, well, just a a little, insignificant detail…

jimver on January 24, 2012 at 9:08 PM

With that money Obama could have bought his house without help from the crook Tony Rezko.

RJL on January 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

A little place in the South of France with view of Mt. Ventoux, a pool and an all-female domestic staff.

urban elitist on January 24, 2012 at 7:19 PM

The coastline where Romney’s summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee is located along has a view of Mt. Washington to the north. Do a Google Image Search and you’ll see the summits of both mountains are remarkably alike.

BTW Romney got his New Hampshire lakefront property for a relatively modest price; he bought it over 15 years ago and has slowly added on. But it absolutely pales to many of the other Trophy Homes on the same Lake (see “Marriott Family”). It’s worth many millions of dollars, but much of that value is in the land itself, not the Romney House.

Del Dolemonte on January 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

ABC wonders: What could we buy with Mitt Romney’s $21.7 million in income?

Uh…how about nitwit-squinter Diane Sawyer and a producer or two? Do they somehow think we don’t know what they pay these effing retards who read the news?

Jaibones on January 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Way to put it in perspective, AP, with the proportion of government spending figures.

netster007x on January 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

This is stupid. I wonder if ABC is actually doing this to tick us off so that we sympatize with Romney who I’m convinced is who they want Obama to run against.

CCRWM on January 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

A better network.

(disclaimer re: reading the previous….)

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 9:24 PM

If we use the standard metric set by NASA when it talks about asteroids, we could have purchased 1200 Volkswagens if only the dirty capitalist didn’t steal the money from the poor before the government did.

JSchuler on January 24, 2012 at 9:24 PM

He could buy Warren Buffett’s dirty socks.

OccamsRazor on January 24, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Mitt Romney’s income was:

41% of Kobe Bryant’s
45% of LeBron James
78% of Yao Ming’s
78% of Dwight Howard’s
83% of Dwyane Wade’s
86% of Carmelo Anthony’s
86% of Amar’e Stoudemire’s
91% of Kevin Garnett’s, and
99% of Vince Carter’s
BKeyser on January 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Don’t let them set the rules of the game.

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 9:53 PM

1959 Edsel sales 44,000 +

2011 Volt 7,000 +

ABC knows where the headlines are.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

THAT’S FANTASTIC

LINK….LINK…..LINK

Oh please, please please, give me the link,

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Think what this would buy for the OWS Crowd! A million tents, a hundred million condoms, an incalculable numbers of – drums, shivs, catered gourmet meals, Vendetta masks, bus tickets for the SEIU…

Buy Danish on January 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Rs need to get smarter- C’mon- Team Mitt- SOLUTION- Think this thing thru !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Take the high road- You tell these good media people that “my goal is to be like Andrew Carnegie or Bill Gates and have plans to give away ALL of my money before I die ! Money can do amazing things- stop hating money- why I plan to start a foundation to find the cure for: your disease here– Won’t that be wonderful?? ” and I plan to help poor people get educations”..blah blah.. blah Try smearing those charitable values Charlie !
.
See how this works? Thats how you turn this hate crap around !!Don’t let these idiot liberals label or identify you- Get Smart already !!

FlaMurph on January 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

How about this:

Romney’s donation to charity in 2011 as a percentage of his income? 19%.

Obama’s gifts to charity in 2000-2004 as a percentage of their income? less than 1%

I guess that means Romney is 20X more caring for the poor?

Its easier for you to be generous with my money, president skinflint, than with your own.

http://nation.foxnews.com/mitt-romney/2012/01/24/whos-greedy-obama-gave-1-charity-romney-gave-15

I suppose ABC could write a story about how Romney cares for the poor 20X more than obama.

GopherCon on January 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

errrrrr – Pelosi earned 36 million last year, a 64% increase from the previous year during a recession. Bill Clinton earned $102 million last year. Neither donated a fraction of what Romney does.

The media is such an easy target if you have a big mouth like Newt.

iam7545 on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Take the high road- You tell these good media people that “my goal is to be like Andrew Carnegie or Bill Gates and have plans to give away ALL of my money before I die ! Money can do amazing things- stop hating money- why I plan to start a foundation to find the cure for: your disease here– Won’t that be wonderful?? ” and I plan to help poor people get educations”..blah blah.. blah Try smearing those charitable values Charlie !
.
See how this works? Thats how you turn this hate crap around !!Don’t let these idiot liberals label or identify you- Get Smart already !!

FlaMurph on January 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

he’s already giving 16% of it to charities, and he’s not dead yet :-)

jimver on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

no strike, quote…

jimver on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

so it turns out he doesn’t have to get a loan from Rezko, and wasn’t a shady part-owner and slumlord of the poorest areas like Jarrett.

Legal monies, almost enough to buy College Transcripts of a psuedo-constitutional law lecturer/professor/lawyer/con artist/random title here

John Kettlewell on January 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Where was ABC when the Solyndra story was breaking? Where was ABC asking the Obama administration what else they could have accomplished with $500 million. This administration has squandered so much money and yet ABC would like to confiscate Romney’s $21.5 million (which he earned by the way) and do what?

I wish our illustrious free press would take a step back and make an attempt to understand what our problems are and what it’s really going to take to address them. Confiscating Romney’s $21.5 million (of which he gave Obama and company a good percentage of the money they wasted on Solyndra) would, first of all, take away the money he donated to charity, what would ABC do with that?

bflat879 on January 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Last week or so on O’Reilly, there were two DemoRat guests, the discussion was taxes. After the discussion got a little heated, O’Reilly asked them, “So how much do you think I should pay in taxes?”. One answered, “40%, but your kids have to go to work”. The other agreed. So they have decided that it’s fair to take 40% when you’re alive and then the remaining 60% once you’ve gone room temperature! So to H–L with your children and grandchildren! The Left can never spend enough of other peoples money!
CA_Conservative on January 24, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Amazing, isn’t it? That anyone can look someone else in the eye and act like they’re entitled to their money, instead of their family, is just sickening. What the he!! is going on in this world?

CycloneCDB on January 25, 2012 at 12:28 AM

What could we buy with Mitt Romney’s $21.7 million in income?

ABC? Then flush it along with the morning crap.

petefrt on January 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM

About 5 Gingriches historians for Freddie Mac?

lester on January 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM

About 5 Gingriches historians for Freddie Mac?

lester on January 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM

but only 1 frank or Dodd and only 1/10000th a johnson

WryTrvllr on January 25, 2012 at 1:19 AM

ABC wonders: What could we buy with Mitt Romney’s $21.7 million in income?

They should ask Gingrich and Perry. Considering in their eyes all that money is ill gotten gains at the expense of the down trodden victims of vulture capitalism, those two must have some ideas what they want his money for. Perhaps the can get together with Obama and figure out how to confiscate all money made from vulture capitalism.

csdeven on January 25, 2012 at 2:41 AM

About 5 Gingriches historians for Freddie Mac?

lester on January 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM

bwahahahaha! That’s it! Thread winner!

csdeven on January 25, 2012 at 2:43 AM

For all you folks claiming the media is behind Romney, take note that CNN has caved to Newt’s tantrum about audience participation.
This is a direct gift to Newt, afterall the last debate (which is what the actual presidential debates will look like) was a yawn-fest for Newt. Why should you be concerned that ABC is attacking Mitt on his wealth and success – Newt already has. It’s so obvious that the WH is scared of Mitt, not a word yet on Newt. They are salivating over a Newt GOP nomination because they will need not spend one dime campaigning against Newt – he will handle his destruction all on his own. What happened to my Grand Old Party? Since when do conservatives attack success, capitalism and private investment? Wonder what Ronald Reagan would think of the New Newt?

BabysCatz on January 25, 2012 at 3:52 AM

The Journalism of Envy.

curved space on January 25, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Could we buy a passed budget with that money?

Could we buy a couple MORE thousand exemptions to obamacare, this time for non-union businesses, red states, or companies not run by obama political bundlers?

Could we buy an efficient pipeline from Canada to lower fuel costs for millions and avoid enriching a doddering pro-obama crony capitalist’s rail holdings?

Or perhaps we could use some of it to recoup the lost Massachusetts tax revenue from John “Reporting for doody” Kerry’s docking the good ship “Jolly Tax Dodger” in Delaware.

Maybe we could use some of that money to help defray the costs of the first ‘lady’ taking multimillion dollar vacations to Spain and Africa, and chartering separate flights to Hawaii for the 17 day extravaganza known as soetero’s vacation.

This money might also help pay for critical government functions held at the white house like alice in wonderland parties, motown parties, parties like the ones where Paul McCartney performs, etc.

Perhaps we could take all of Mitt’s (earned) money and use it to pay for some of the transportation costs of getting president gangly mcSpastic to and from the golf course on the 90+ occassions he’s done so thus far in his (mis)administration.

Maybe we could use it to pay a few months of Algore’s electricity bill on his laughably fuel inefficient home. Or help pay for some of manbearpig’s carbon belching chartered jet trips.

Could we use some of Mitt’s money to pay the interest not paid by Chris Dodd to countrywide, when he took their “great deals” and looked the other way during the housing meltdown?

Could we use some of Mitt’s money to buy some bro-sieres as a going away present for barney frank? Or how about using some of Mitt’s money to pay for the prosecution of ms. frank and her involvement in the fanny/freddy collapse?

Could we use some of Mitt’s money to pay the investors that weren’t able to take part in the Visa IPO that nancy pelosi took part in, in exchange for guiding legislation favorable to Visa?

GrassMudHorsey on January 25, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Mitts salary is just a little higher than Katie Couric’s salary of $15,000,000. I wonder what she does for that?

mixplix on January 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM

But remember ‘Mitten is also umemployed’ ‘just like you and me’ …..

Sir Napsalot on January 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM

The fact that ABC is wondering what they could do with Romney’s money demonstrates ABC is just as Socialistic as Obama. Keeping what you have earned, while paying more in taxes than those around you – especially when over 1/2 of Americans don’t even pay taxes, is not ‘evil’ or ‘greedy’! I appreciate ABC espousing the views of Karl Marx (redistribution of wealth) as it openly shows what they believe in. The sppoky thing is that ABC went even farther off the Communist/Socialist cliff by pondering taking all of Romney’s money in considering what they could do with SOMEONE ELSE’S money! This is just another reason I do not and will not give ABC the time of day, let alone any of my hard earned money.

easyt65 on January 25, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Another soldier on the class war field. Buffet used her as an example, but you throw it in her face that she makes $175,000. Hypocrisy at the highest level.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

You do realize you are a word game artist, right? your logic is flawed and your conclusions ridiculous. I don’t feel sorry for the “poor” secretary. Beside Buffet was playing word games himself when he used her as an example.
When you want to actually start discussing come on back. Until the, just so you know, you are a joke. I am calling you on your faulty arguments and the little straw-men you batter around.

Noelie on January 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The salaries of a couple of JournoHacks on ABC plus one Poli Sci retard who’s previous high position in life was Bill Clinton’s Bimbo Wrangler, that’s what!

MNHawk on January 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM

How come no one ever cares about the gross amounts of money paid to actors/musicians and sports stars? People who for the most part are uneducated and self-centered. What do probasketball/football players get paid these days? What was Charlie Sheen getting pais for playing a drunk druggie – himself?

katiejane on January 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

What could they buy with mitts money? They could offer free abortions for several months to black women or they buy a couple of years supply of needles to give to drug abusers, or provide free condoms to school children and homosexuals, oops they already do the last one.

dunce on January 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

This coming from a company (Disney owns ABC) whose CEO, Robert Iger, is #3 on the Forbes TOP CEO compensation list at $54 MILLION dollars in 2010 which represented a 35% bump at a time when most folks were blessed just to have or keep a job.

What could be bought with his money?

Classy.

Opposite Day on January 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

They say that if you take every penny of income a millionaire earns, and leave them with no income for the year, you still can’t pay for all the spending they already did this year. So even if Mitt was paying 100% federal income tax, there are not enough millionaires and billionaires to make up enough to pay what we spend now.

Do you think if they got 100% taxation they would cut the budget so that it was all we spent? Somehow I don’t think so.

Fleuries on January 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Hmmm. Build ten Planned Parenthood clinics with Mitt’s money. And how does one plan to provide staffing for those clinics? If the clinics idea includes staffing, what happens next year?

What we can do with someone else’s money is a nice envy related thought experiment but then the question is — having constructed the clinics or done the nice, feel good things that compliment one’s political inclinations — AND THEN WHAT?

Close the clinics and fire the staff (where did they get paid from)?

Rent the spaces out to a productive business or even a fledgling, struggling business startup?

Demolish the clincs then take Mitt’s money again and rebuild the clinics that were demolished?

When it is not YOUR money, it is easy to spend and because it doesn’t cost YOU anything, it can be spent on feel good stuff without regard for a return or an ability to continue into the future.

Russ808 on January 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

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