Now that Congress has agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Sarah Palin will all be receiving a little extra spending money courtesy of the U.S. taxpayers. If Newsweek is correct about their incomes, and assuming they make the same amount next year, then by my calculations, Rush will be getting an extra $2,103,385.20, Glenn Beck will be getting $1,178,185.20, Sean Hannity will be getting $782,185.20, Bill O’Reilly will be getting $710,185.20, and Sarah Palin will be getting $494,185.20.
Let me be clear. These figures represent the extra amount of money that these individuals will be able to keep thanks to the insistence of the Republicans that the Bush Tax Cuts be extended beyond the income threshold of $250,000. The Democrat‘s proposal was already set to let each of them keep $4,681.50 more than what the current law allowed. But why should they be satisfied with America borrowing only $5000 on their behalf when they can make future generations be on the hook for millions?
These millions of dollars are not really a gift from Uncle Sam. No, each of these individuals worked very hard to make sure that like-minded citizens were elected to office last November. It is thanks to their success that this windfall is coming their way. This is America, after all, so their hard work should be rewarded.