Warren Buffett: Leave My Stage Prop Secretary Alone!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Can this guy possibly be so clueless? We’ve heard about him and his secretary for the last year and how she supposedly pays a higher tax rate than her billionaire boss. She’s become the centerpiece of the Obama re-election campaign, a willing prop eager to be seen at the State of the Union address. So finally some folks are having a look at how much money this woman makes and what her tax rate might actually be. But noooooooooooooooo, it’s time to leave her alone now.

OK, Warren, here’s a deal. If we never hear about her again from you, Obama and the media, then talking about her is off the table.

Until then, just STFU. You created this monster, you deal with the fallout.

Warren Buffett’s secretary, after being pointed out on national television during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, now is facing criticism over her salary and second home.

Debbie Bosanek and her boss both declined Thursday to disclose how much she’s paid, saying it’s private.

In an interview with The World-Herald, Buffett also said none of the online guesses about Bosanek’s salary is right, and the critics are missing his point.

“I’m saying she is being treated unfairly in the tax code, as are tens of millions of others, compared to me,” Buffett said. “They shouldn’t change the rates on all the other people. They should change mine.”

Buffett stuck to his long-held contention that it’s unfair for high-income people to pay low tax rates, such as his own 17.4 percent in 2010, less than half Bosanek’s 35.8 percent rate. That rate is for everything Bosanek pays to the federal government — income taxes as well as payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare.

Based on that 35.8 percent tax rate, Forbes blogger Paul Roderick Gregory wrote, “She is scarcely the symbol of injustice that Obama wishes her to project. I imagine that there are any number of secretaries who would want her job and her place in the Congress gallery for the President’s State of the Union address.”

Alright, so if it’s so damn unfair, then she and Buffett should be happy show us her W-2, bank account statements and tax returns. You put yourself in the public eye, then you’re forfeiting some of your privacy.

Via Hot Air.


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3 Responses to “Warren Buffett: Leave My Stage Prop Secretary Alone!”

  1. Robert on 27/27/12 at 2:21 pm

    If not the”Buffet Rule” should be a mute point, and Obama should refrain from the use of the analogy.

  2. Blue Hen on 27/27/12 at 4:58 pm

    Wow. This guy could buy and sell me several million times, and he’s stupid/ballsy enough to demand that we take his gag line at his word and not dare question the human being he and JEF used as a visual aid during the SOTU? This is the same crap as “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”. This is no diferent from any mindless bureaucrat who becomes enraged that they are questioned after having spewed the official line. According to the script, they are to deliver the line and all are supposed to comply.