One of the things I love about conservatives and our libertarians friends is the malleability of definitions. When you state that 250k is well off and the tax cuts for those making more than that will not cripple them, they scream and wail about how how 250k isn’t rich and the cost of living in the NYC area and on and on. We’ve all heard variations on the argument. For a refresher, here are our Fox bots driving the point home:
So- 250k isn’t rich, according to these guys. Yet, without missing a beat, the same folks can turn around and flip out over public employees making significantly less than that. Here’s the Business Insider, which exists solely to fluff Wall Street insiders and frat boy traders, trying to create another Brooks Brothers riot over those fat cat NY Transit workers:
Last night the MTA said a fare hike by January is a near certainty. This will be the third fare hike since 2008. New Yorkers will be most afflicted by the increase of the unlimited monthly pass from $89 to $104. Meanwhile, the MTA continues to pass major MTA service cuts.
But what’s really appalling is how much transit workers get paid.
We’re republishing data from SeeThroughNY showing that 8,074 MTA employees earned $100,000 last year. Fifty MTA employees earned more than $200,000 last year. And salaries are rising.
The first “fat cat” they profile is some LIRR conducter making 100k a year. And this isn’t an abnormality- this kind of stuff is pushed in wingnut and glibertarian circles all the time. Here’s glibertarian extraordinaire Matt Welch complaining about custodians making 50k a year in California.
There’s a class war on, alright. And the assholes that have the money are the ones waging it.
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In fairness, it may just be that I’ve not read enough Ayn Rand to understand how making 250k a year in NYC makes one “not rich” but making 100k a year makes someone a fat cat, but I do have an idea. Let’s just pay all public employees 250k a year, and then they magically will become one of Freedom Fonzarelli’s “producers”:
Because, as we all know, when fighting for tax cuts for Paris Hilton, it is important to remember that what makes you a producer is how much you make, not how much you actually produce.