"Hello, I'm Tom Brokaw, and I don't have a clue about the lives of millions of Americans."
Over at Esquire.com, Charles P. Pierce has written a great post today that does two things: One, exposes the muddle-headed, perverse priorities of Republican politics in Washington, and two, exposes the Washington press as muddle-headed themselves.
Perhaps the most offensive comment from televised weekend political discussions came from Tom Brokaw, who was discussing how people in major metro areas shouldn't be considered "rich" because they make $250,000 a year. Remember, this comment is from a guy who has no small impact on national political discussions:
A lot of people don't realize in the large urban and suburban areas of America, 250,000 dollars doesn't make you rich. You've got two kids in college at 60,000 dollars. If you're a boomer, you may have a dependent parent of some kind. You're spending another 20-25,000 dollars on. So we have to have the definition of what is the middle class.
To which my response is, "A lot of people like Brokaw don't realize that millions of Americans have the same expenses he complains about, but our incomes don't reach six figures—before taxes."
If Brokaw is considered to be a journalist, then my driver's license identifies me as Nellie Bly.
Here's the entire post:
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