As I said last August, it is literally impossible for Warren Buffett’s secretary to be “middle class” and pay a higher income tax rate than Buffett. She is either married and filing jointly with someone who earns hundreds of thousands of dollars or is earning over $200,000 a year herself.
Forbes picked up on this in a post today:
“I have nothing against Debbie Bosanke earning a half million or even more. Buffet is a major player in the world economy. His secretary deserves good compensation. At her income, however, she is scarcely the symbol of injustice that Obama wishes her to project.” See http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2012/01/25/warren-buffetts-secretary-likely-makes-between-200000-and-500000year/
My original posts on this topic are here:
and see what people actually pay, according to the IRS: