Asked if she would volunteer to eschew her salary during the potential federal government shutdown, Representative Linda Sanchez, the member of Congress who represents my hometown, and makes $174,500 a year in salary, plus Congress's generous perqs, says:
“I have to tell you that I live paycheck-to-paycheck, like most Americans,” Sánchez said. “I’m still paying off my student loans. I have a 2-year-old son who I have to support, and I have to maintain residences on both coasts. It’s very difficult for me to say, ‘Hey, I can give up my paycheck,’ because the reality is, I have financial obligations that I have to meet on a month-to-month basis that doesn’t make it possible for me.”
This is the same moron who would be quick to make fun of you if you said that making $250,000 doesn't mean you are rich and that you can afford to pay a bunch of extra money in taxes without feeling it. Yeah, $250,000 and paying for your own healthcare, your own retirement, plus self-employment taxes, makes you "rich", but $174,500, plus generous benefits and no self-employment taxes means you are just living paycheck-to-paycheck, like most Americans. That $174K number assumes, of course, that her lobbyist husband, Jim Sullivan, makes nothing.
Now that's rich.