Who Cares About Romney's Money? What Matters Is How He'd Tax It

Romney's fortune isn't the point-—it's that he'd cut his own taxes in half as president.

Yes, the numbers are pretty staggering—last year, the man made more money in 13 hours than the average American made in a year. But as we learned from Warren Buffett and the We Stand With the 99 Percent Tumblr, some rich people want a fair distribution of income, too. Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who launched the War on Poverty, was one of the richest presidents ever, with an adjusted net worth of $80 million. John Kerry's tax rate was even lower than Mitt Romney's, but he promised to raise his own taxes if he were to become president.

This year, every candidate is a millionaire. So let's focus on what policies they're pushing for people like them, not just their annual income. If Mitt Romney became president, his own unbelievably low tax rate would be cut in half, while millions of middle-class families would have to pay more. He's pledged to allow "job creators," i.e. rich people, to get even richer. Frankly, we should be more worried about that plan than any individual bank account.

An earlier version of this piece stated that Romney made the average American salary in 13 minutes, not 13 hours.


Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

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It is astounding that we've advanced to the point where we've managed to build a probe capable of flying within 15 million miles from the surface of the sun, but here we are. Parker can withstand temperatures of up to 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit and travels at 430,000 miles per hour. It's the fastest human-made vehicle, and no other human-made object has been so close to the sun.

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