Sean Duffy, a Republican freshman Congressman from Wisconsin, was caught on tape complaining about how tough life is living on $174,000 — plus fringe benefits.
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.
My heart bleeds. (Six kids? Wow; you’d think by now he’d figured out what causes that.) According to Digby, “the median household income in his district was $50,520 in 2008. This guy makes more money than 95% of Americans.” To top it off, he went on to say how he supports Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to cut salaries and benefits for public employees. Really.
The video of Mr. Duffy’s woes made it onto the Internet and the Polk County (Wisconsin) Republican website. Not surprisingly, drew a little criticism to the point that Republicans in Wisconsin demanded that the video be taken down so as to not embarrass them any further. It worked for a while, but TPM was able to obtain it and re-post it here.
But here’s the thing; not only does Mr. Duffy not get it that it’s ludicrous to complain about not making ends meet on a Congressional salary when people in your district are getting by on a hell of a lot less, he’s supporting cutting salaries of other public employees when he himself is one. Shared sacrifice my ass.