Apparently Republican State Senator Alberta Darling (R-Mansion), the subject of a tough recall fight in Wisconsin’s 8th State Senate district, doesn’t think people making over $250,000 per year are wealthy. During a recent appearance on Mark Belling’s radio show, Sen. Darling made it abundantly clear she’s completely out of touch when it comes to what it means to be wealthy (emphasis added):
I just went to a woman today and she said, “Why are you giving tax breaks to the wealthy?” I said, “What do you consider wealthy?” She said, “$250,000 and above.”
And I said “that is small business.” Those are small business people. Those aren’t wealthy people. We are not interested in raising taxes on the quote “rich.”
While Alberta Darling may not think people making $250,000 or more per year are wealthy, as Jay Bullock notes, people earning $250,000 per year or more are in the top 1% of households in this country and are in the top one half of 1% in Wisconsin.
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised at how out of touch Alberta Darling is when it comes to what it means to be rich, considering she also believes teachers should be thanking Republicans for saving them money by taking more money out of their pockets.