In a discussion on America Live yesterday (4/12/10) about New York City’s unionized public employees getting pay raises when city finances are in trouble and private-sector employees are getting laid off, Megyn Kelly proved she’s in touch with the little guys in New York earning "only" $250,000 a year. With video.
Kelly facetiously told her guest, NY Post columnist Michael Goodwin, "Let me tell you why you don’t have to worry about (New York City's financial condition). Because the rich in this country are going to pay for it. (Reporter) Jim Angle just tells me that anybody who makes money on their investments now, they’re going to have to pay 24% on their earnings, among the other taxes. So maybe that will cover the shortfall."
Goodwin said that taxes have gotten so high in New York that rich and middle class people are moving out and leaving only lower class people.
Kelly said, "Here in New York, you’re considered rich by President Obama if you make more than $200,000 as an individual or $250,000 (for married couples) – and let me tell you, folks, in Manhattan, and you’ve got a family, with a few kids, and you live in this town? That’s not rich."
Maybe not rich like she thinks it ought to be but considering that in 2007, the median household income in New York City was $48,631, there’s got to be a whole lot of families living on a whole lot less than $250,000. And for the vast majority of Americans who live outside of New York? I guess we just don’t count in her calculations.