Today, Ben Stein said he’s not rich.
He claims that between taxes and his agent’s commission he only gets 35% of what he earns. Yet he can afford private school in California for his children, and he owns property in California, Idaho, and DC.
Oh, and he makes more than $250,000 per year after agent’s commission but before taxes.
Dear Ben Stein, you’re rich. You may have earned it, but it doesn’t change the fact you’re rich.
You whine that you have to pay for public schools even though your children don’t use them. Dear Ben, a lot of people paid for YOUR public school education in Montgomery County. Obviously the education was worth something.
You complain that you don’t get that much. However, we both know that you are only going to see an increase (of a whole 3%) on income that exceeds $250,000 per year. Don’t complain to me about how much of that your agent takes. We both know his commission counts as an expense against your income for tax purposes. So what’s going on is that even after that commission you’re making over $250,000.
A couple of years ago you tried to say that $250,000 to $500,000 was upper middle class. No. It’s rich, Ben. It allows you to have not one place to live but three, and none of them are small two or three-bedroom ranches in ungated communities. It allows you to have your children in private school. It allows you to own several cars.
You are rich. Quit making your arguments pretending otherwise.