Lately, the pundits at FOX have been telling us Wisconsin teachers are overpaid. These teachers have an average salary of $51,000, $75,000 if you include benefits; and the FOX folks tell us this is a lot of money. Too much. Although the teachers have agreed to a 7% cut overall to help with a $3.6 billion deficit over two years, the FOX pundits say this is not enough; the teachers must give up collective bargaining and take bigger cuts.
Rewind to the debate last year over ending the Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000. These same FOX pundits told us $250,000 was not that much money, hardly enough to pay a mortgage and send the kids to college! It was way too much to ask for a 3.9% tax tax increase on income over $250,000 to deal with a federal deficit of $1,400 billion.
So when is 51,000 (or 75,000) more than 250,000, 3.9 more than 7, and 3.6 billion more than 1,400 billion? When you are a FOX pundit!