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Romney’s Definition of Middle Class is WAY Off the Mark


Donna D

There’s a new and very laughable definition of middle class, and it comes from multi-millionaire Mitt Romney. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Romney defines middle income as “$200,000 to $250,000 a year and less.”

Romney made the absurd remark when Stephanopoulos asked him if middle income was $100,000 or less.

“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Romney responded.

To most Americans, anyone who makes that amount of money in a year is rich. Making $200,000 a year would mean a monthly paycheck of more than $16,000. That’s $4,000 a week!

I wonder what members of Congress, whose annual salary is $174,000 a year, would think of Romney’s definition. Or Americans who fall into the median household income of $50,000 a year. College graduates this year have a median starting salary of $42,569.

And here’s more. According to Parade  magazine, which annually publishes a list of what people make yearly:

  • Columbus Ohio State Supreme Court Judge Yvette McGee Brown makes $141,600.
  • Annandale, Va., Fire Lieutenant Ronnie Kuley makes $93,130.
  • Susan Posnick of Dallas Texas, the CEO of a cosmetics firm, makes $140,000.
  • Amelia Pare of Pittsburgh, Pa., a plastic surgeon, makes $150,000.
A clue as to why Romney thinks $200,000 to $250,000 is middle income. According to his tax returns, Romney made $45 million in income in 2010 and 2011 combined.
So to those of us making less than $200,000 a year, we apparently need a new name, because I thought we were middle class. How about we call ourselves “the majority of Americans.” That ought to sum it up quite nicely.