You Say Poor, I Say Rich

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Oct. 28 2010 12:51 PM

You Say Poor, I Say Rich

Philip Klein pivots off of the quote Ron Kind gave me in Wisconsin, when the congressman bemoaned that a "poor guy" like Russ Feingold might be booted out of the Senate.

Kind has an odd definition of "poor." As a Senator, RussFeingold earns $174,000 a year -- which easily puts him in the top 5percent of income earners according to IRS data.

But what makes Kind's remark odder still is his definition of"wealthy."

At a recent debate, Kind defended his support for raising taxes... so, under Kind's set of definitions, Feingold -- as anindividual earning $174,000 -- is a "poor person." Yet a household earning $250,000 is wealthy.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.