Earlier today I learned of these numbers today from Mature Landscaping:
Salary of retired US Presidents ……………$180,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate ……………………..$174,00
Salary of Speaker of the House …………….$223,500 FOR LIFE
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders …… $193,400 FOR LIFE
Average Salary of a teacher ……………….. $40,065
Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000
I had been feeling unsettled by a gnawing sense of guilt and shame ever since. That’s probably why when we caught a glimpse of the evening news, I suddenly blurted out,
Did you know how much a soldier that is currently fighting in the war is paid? A year? $38,000. That’s how much!
The boys immediately were feeling just as outraged. “That’s not a lot of money right?” The Teenager got a bit emotional. “And they are risking their lives over there!”
8-year-old Mr. Monk got up on the coffee table and pontificated as he’s wont to.
You know what? What we need is for the economy to get better!
I swear I have no idea where he got this (or any others). We seldom watch TV, let alone news. I wonder whether this has anything to do with his endless viewing of The Simpsons. In fact, he watches The Simpsons so much he’s able to quote some of the episodes the way The Husband is able to quote The Princess Bride.
You know how you can tell the economy is getting lower?
(He is, after all, only 8 years old…)
The free ice cream at ______ Burgers is now so small that you only get the bottom part. It used to be as big as the Dairy Queen’s!
Hold the thought while I contact The Economist about the Ice Cream Index idea.