GOP Sean Duffy (Polk County) struggles on $174,000

Submitted by: Tubby12370 6 years ago in

If I make $174,000/year i won"t be complaining. Side note: He was the Sean on the Real World: Boston. Jerk.
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Male 736
let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer! that`s how revolutions are started, after all.
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Female 114
aren`t arguments fun :D
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Male 546
Thanks, and neither were my opinions meant to be argumentative. There are many ways to see things from many individual perspectives. The commonality of these ideas is what makes a strong community.

I understand your facts, but your facts might be based on a conclusion of a problem left untreated. Plus your conclusion assumes that an advanced education makes you a more valuable employee. There is a difference between value and higher cost.

Oh... and the difference in unions and corporations is that corporations donate to both sides. Because they usually donate to who is in power or for their corporate interest. Where unions typically donate proportionately higher to just one. Besides, two wrongs wouldn`t make a right would it?
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Male 121
@OutWest

Sorry, my sentence about how much Defense department workers made was not intended to directly reference how much YOU made. It was in reference to everyone in the media complaining about how much they make.

You know, that`s fine, I`m not trying to make you think a certain way or change your opinion, but my comment was NOT an argument. What I posted was an indisputable fact. The way you`re dismissing this and won`t provide a reason is disconcerting to say the least.

Speaking of `incestuous relationships,` I`m sure you`d love to comment on how corporations donate millions to Republicans` campaigns, who then turn around to give them billions of dollars in tax breaks and push legislation to abolish federal pollution regulations that directly affect their plants and paper mills.
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Male 546
To ryanwi and psychosax. I respectfully disagree with both of your arguments for the common private sector paying more to the public sector.

And BTW... You don`t know how much I make now do you? You assume that since I posted a picture showing the inequality of compensation that I make less?

By chance do the two of you derive income directly or indirectly from the public?

I think this speaks more to the incestuous relationship of the public sector unions and the politicians that approve of their compensation packages.

The good part is that us less* educated Americans (*your statistic not mine) eventually figure things out and make corrections.
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Male 73
@outwest:

You also aren`t taking into account that federal workers are significantly more educated than private sector workers. Virtually all federal workers graduated high school. 20% of private sector workers have not. About 50% of federal employees have a bachelors degree vs 15.5% in the private sector. About 20% of federal employees have a graduate degree vs about 9% in the private sector.

The reason it looks like federal workers make so much more is because there are a lot less of them than there used to be. Jobs that aren`t inherently governmental, such as being a janitor in a federal facility, are now contracted out and performed by contractors. The federal workforce is much more educated and professional than virtually any private sector workforce.
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Male 121
@Outwest

Let`s consider who works as Federal Civilians. Out of the approximately 1.7 million Federal Civilian employees, about 1 million work in Defense, Veteran Affairs, and Homeland security. Yes, they probably get paid a lot more than you, but what republican would ever consider cutting their paychecks?
But no, yeah, let`s cut paychecks for teachers and municipal workers. Because as you can see, THEY`RE the ones milking the taxpayers.
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Male 546
Hmmm.... and we pay their salaries. It`s not only our elected officials.

Notice the equality of pay between Federal and State employees vs the rest of us? Why do we let this go on?

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Male 17,512
Cajun: I have no dispute with the fact that congressional salaries are too high, including their very generous retirement pay. But facts are facts, Those pay increases were approved long before Congressman Duffy was even elected.

So if you`re going to blame him for his salary then you`re pointing your finger at the wrong party.
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Male 975
Dr4k college, mortgage, taxes, insurance, healthcare, plus the rest of things get pretty expensive. If you make over $100,000 it`s likely the cost of living goes up too.
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Male 2,097
No more wild weekends with Charlie Sheen
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Male 575
... I am appalled that anyone has to live paycheck to paycheck on anything over 100,000 dollars... what the hell. I wouldn`t know how to spend that much money in a month. Even with my student loans.
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Male 639
My only struggle would be determining which top-hat and monocle combination looks best
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Male 10,855
@Crakr

I seriously think this guy needs to examine his travel plans. Granted it`s noble for him to live off his own (congressionally approved, and taxpayer provided) income but it`s WAY up there.
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Male 17,512
dsp2003: Agreed, it is always better to live below your means and save money for the hard times.
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Male 153
read a stat a while back that said 60% of people making six figures say they live paycheck to paycheck. pathetic.
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Male 2,521
OK, I can respect having to pay off student loans, but if you are making more than 4 times the national average and are struggling paying your bills, then you have serious spending issues.

All I can say is that you should have bought a smaller house.
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Male 65
If he`s having trouble getting by, maybe the sh-thead should sell his f-cking vacation house and stop breeding.
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Male 17,512
Cajun: As I said before, at the time this was taped he`d been in office 6 weeks and maybe had one or two paychecks. He wasn`t `whining` anyways he was agreeing with his constituents and trying to empathize with them. The clip was cut from a much longer town hall meeting and I believe what he said there is being grossly misinterpreted.
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Male 3,322
"The majority of people in this country make less than $100 every week."

That`s not true. That would be $5,200 a year. The poverty level, as of 2009, was just over $11,000 for a single person, or almost $22,000 for a family of four. Your claim is that over half the people in the US are living well below the poverty level?

I don`t think so.
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Male 2,402
@PierreJeanFR
We`ve been taking it up the rear forever.
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Female 373
I work a crap job (part time in a gas station) and still pull A$30K a year before tax. Not feeling so bad about being an Aussie now.
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Male 1,931
The majority of people in this country make less than $100 every week.
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Male 1,360
republicans don`t care about the people, well they seem to just before election time, and then it`s back to business as usual.
With the democrats it`s kind of more twisted because you`d think they cared more but then it`s business as usual.

Americans you`re screwed...
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Male 2,553
However, all the more credit to him if he feels he wants more to live on AND GOES AND MAKES IT HAPPEN!
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Male 2,553
Seriously. I can pretty much function with only a vague attention to budget (albeit on my own) on 1,300$ a year.
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Male 449
What a ******* piece of ****.
I work full time and barely bring home $12,000 a year. My rent alone takes up 60% of my income. I`m sure life is a real struggle for him.
I hope a bubonic plague infected rat crawls up his ass makes a nest.
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Male 25,416
well that was dumb
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Male 10,855
@CrakrJak

I don`t hear Ron Paul/Kay Bailey Hutchison (my congressmen) whining about this, I also don`t hear about congressman from Hawaii in such dire straits. This guy seriously needs to cut something, or do you propose a salary increase.
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Male 12,138
As Ella Fitzgerald once sang in that beautiful ballad: "Cry me a river"
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Female 240
Well he said he has 6 kids. doesnt seem that impossible
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Male 42
If you cant cut it on 174k a year then you need to rethink your budget. POS GOP non-nice individuals FUUUUUUUU
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Male 2,592
So if he`s struggling making 7x more than me, I must not be struggling. It`s far worse than that..
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Male 17,512
paddy215: He can`t move closer, The law states that representatives must live in the district that they represent.
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Male 99
@ilfg sounds like a personal problem.
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Male 2,593
Poor guy. I`ll bet he might have to wear that set of cloths more than once.
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Male 22
How many episodes of Secret Millionaire do you low-mid income GOP voters have to watch to be able to sympathize with this non-nice individual`s plight? I mean he`s not can`t-remember-how-many-houses-I-own rich but come on.
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Female 735
Polk County MISSOURI? I live there! ...here... Dude, my area is NEVER in the news!
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Male 2,402
Freak even I don`t make that a year. Live in Hawaii where it`s way more expensive for commodities and pay higher taxes. I`d tell him to f*ck off.
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Male 336
i only made 16k last year. there`s no sympathy from me
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Male 7
I`m sorry, did he say 6 kids?? *checks Wikipedia* Yes, he has 6 kids.

So, you have 6 kids, a mortgage and student loans? These are your choices, don`t expect the constituents to pay for it.
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Male 1,455
"Don`t get me wrong, I love what I do, and I`m not in it for the money, but being compensated well for hard work doesn`t seem like a crime. I doubt if many of the whiners on here complaining about rich people would have much to say if someone handed them a few million dollars."

Nobody`s saying people who work hard don`t deserve more money, the issue is him saying `I`m just like you!` when in reality he`s making four times as much as most of his audience, bills or no.
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Male 591
Poor Duffy, struggling to get by on more than three times the national average income. Boo hoo!
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Male 2,868
@AgentSmith- I would think agents would get paid way better than around $7/hr with no overtime. Geez.
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Male 2,868
No wonder- he has 6 kids. Maybe he should have invested in some birth control.
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Male 1,678
"But Sean also has to pay for a residence in DC as well as travel costs to and from his home, I don`t know if you`ve looked lately but airline flights aren`t cheap."

Or maybe he could just move closer to where he works, you know, like everyone else does? Not having much money because you waste it isn`t the same as just not having much money in general.
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Male 50
I`m having trouble understanding how people can lash out against the guy. he probably went through at least 7-8 years of post high school education to get where he is, accumulating massive school debt along the way. I`m a resident doctor, and hardly make minimum wage while in training. by the time I`m through I`ll have nearly 400,000$ in debt. Do the math and that comes out to over 2000 a month in loan payments, over 30 years... for my entire working life. it also means with interest the total sum paid comes to over 700,000$

Don`t get me wrong, I love what I do, and I`m not in it for the money, but being compensated well for hard work doesn`t seem like a crime. I doubt if many of the whiners on here complaining about rich people would have much to say if someone handed them a few million dollars.

that being said his attempt at empathy may have been a poor choice....
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Male 1,678
Trying to empathise financially with people who earn a 10-20% of what you do = Bad politics.
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Male 17,512
zombunny: I can almost guarantee I make less than you do, but i don`t have any debt whatsoever. No home loan, car loan, student loan, credit cards etc.

The two earner median income in the US is at $67,348. But Sean also has to pay for a residence in DC as well as travel costs to and from his home, I don`t know if you`ve looked lately but airline flights aren`t cheap.

I`m sure he survived on a lot less when he was a student and before he got a good paying job. Again he was empathizing with his constituents and not complaining about how much he makes.

The only thing ignorant here is the way you and others have misinterpreted what he was saying.

I agree that he and the other congressmen have rather large salaries, and he didn`t dispute that claim, but those salary increases occurred long before he was ever elected.

At least he wants to cut the budget, The dems only want to spend spend spend.
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Male 546
Like all politicians. No matter how much they take in they seem to spend more.

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Female 311
If my Dad made that much, we wouldn`t be bankrupt
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Male 1,108
I`ve made -3,000 dollars so far this year.
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Male 2,384
o jeez hes struggling to keep his beach house? o how sad
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Female 2,525
I live on less than that per YEAR, CrakrJak. It figures that conservatives like you would jump to defend such an ignorant statement. How typical.
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Male 7,378
This will haunt him. His political career won`t survive.
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Male 2,579
I work 47 hours a week and make about $17,000 a year.
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Male 604
The problem isn`t that he`s making "too much" it`s that he`s trying to claim he`s anyhow in touch with average people with that salary. The rest of us have debt and families and bills and houses too but on a lot less $$$, so when a senator comes along calling for things education cuts (meaning higher tuition), privatizing utilities (meaning higher utility costs), cutting benefits for workers, it`s much harder for the rest of us to absorb those money hits compared to the wealthiest 2% of people that are making these decisions.
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Male 155
babadbdadbabdabdbadadadadadabdba

all i dratin heard from that douche bag
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Male 24
You know he has to own a house in his voting area and a place to stay in DC.
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Male 3,894
@auburnjunky selective journalism? It`s really hard to take that out of context. He, in an attempt to make his salary look more modest as well as to connect with middle class families, gave examples of how he pays off mortgages and owns a car and raises children. (much like people who do the same on much smaller salaries. There are 5 kids in my family, and we do have a cabin up north that we go to, and my parents don`t make over $100k a year. Combined.

Also, whoever made the video just wanted to pick out the relevant question-and-answer, for brevity`s sake. They assumed that nobody wanted to see the entire press release, but rather just the one bit. So they stopped it when he started talking about something else.
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Male 12,365
[quote]He hasn`t instantly become rich and he`s not complaining about his salary. He was empathizing with his audience, enough said.[/quote]

"Empathising" with an audience by pretending you`re in the same boat as they are when you aren`t is insulting.

No, he hasn`t instantly become rich. Yes, he did have an income of "only" $50,000 last year. But that is more than most people and his wife had an income of $104,000 last year. Also, he will have an income of $174,000 this year. He has ample scope for a short term loan he can easily afford to pay back.

He`s not hugely wealthy, but he is far better off than the great majority of people and it`s both insulting and a sign that he`s out of touch when he pretends he`s in the same situation. He just simply isn`t.
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Male 587
If you watch the complete video you will understand that he was a DA before becoming a congressman. I imagine that he has at least a masters degree, and may even have or be working on a Phd. With that said, he also probably has over 100k in student loan debt, and has paid his dues climbing up the ladder to where he is now. His salary really is not that high when you consider his education and legal background. He could be making twice that at a private practice.
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Male 18
rich people make me sick period
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Male 10,339
Way to cut it off.

How come there was only 1:00 of video? I wanna see what else he had to say.

Maybe it was selective journalism.
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Male 49
@CrakrJak
He said he voted for a 5% lower budget, NOT lower salaries for public employees. He also isn`t "newly employed," it`s not his first job, and his previous position paid more. He also has a second home. And six kids.

He also gets to help Polk County decide on budget distribution. He is saying he is cutting the budget 5%, which sounds like 5% of the services offered to civilians, like fire rescue, police, education, et cetera, are getting cut, but his relatively large salary is going to remain intact. Would you trust him to advise you financially?
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Male 1,455
Hmm. When someone is asking about your salary, pointing out that you have only received a small part of it so far doesn`t seem like a reasonable response. I can very well see his response being a `Well, I`m struggling too!` kind of statement.
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Male 17
Tough to feed a family when you have to pay off that vacation home.
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Male 17,512
zombunny: His first 2 paycheck would equal $29,000, That amount certainly doesn`t make him rich by any means, especially when he`s doing the responsible thing and paying off his previous debts.

It figures that liberals like you would twist this to mean he`s complaining about his salary.
How typical.
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Male 5,314
who`s f*cking fault is it that you had 6 kids.
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Male 17,512
He`s only been in office 6 weeks (as of the date this was recorded), He maybe had received one or two checks then and obviously had some previous debt before he was elected.

He also declared that he voted for a 5% pay cut for himself and his colleagues. Lots of people struggle to get out of debt after just becoming newly employed.

He hasn`t instantly become rich and he`s not complaining about his salary. He was empathizing with his audience, enough said.
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Female 2,525
Oh, how sad for him. My heart weeps.

Just goes to show how out of touch the GOP is with actual humans.
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Male 1,440
Link: GOP Sean Duffy (Polk County) struggles on $174,000 [Rate Link] - If I make $174,000/year i won`t be complaining. Side note: He was the Sean on the Real World: Boston. Jerk.
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