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Tony Snow’s Financially Motivated Departure or “Despite my 6 figure salary, I’m still going broke.”

Posted by Justin Johnson on Thursday, August 16th, 2007

According to this (The Hugh Hewitt Show, 15 August 2007), Tony Snow is planning to resign from the Bush Administration in the future, citing “financial reasons”.

Relevant transcript portion follows:

HH: Your intention to go the distance, Tony Snow?

TS: No, I’m not going to be…I’ve already made it clear I’m not going to be able to go the distance, but that’s primarily for financial reasons. I’ve told people when my money runs out, then I’ve got to go.

HH: How long will that be?

TS: I’m not going to tell you.

According to the statutory required disclosure of White House salaries listed here (National Journal, 30 July 2007), Tony Snow makes $168,000 a year as an “Assistant to the President and Press Secretary”. There are but two people in the White House who make more than him: The President and the Vice President of the United States.

Now, I’m not one for math… but… if you’re somebody as smart as Tony Snow — yes, he is smart, even if he is the Press Secretary for Shrub’s White House — how can you suffer financial difficulty? Especially when you make $168k. I know the dollar is weak, but… really now.

Yes, of course it’s probably a cover up for the real reason he’s leaving but I welcome the change from people who claim they want more time to spend with their families and turn around and get a job that merits a press release.

When will politics become honest? I mean… financial reasons? If you’re having money trouble, why do you quit your job? Unless to get another job. And if you had another job available, you would know when you had to leave and you wouldn’t wait until you were out of money. Right?

Final Words:
People with 6 figure salaries don’t have financial difficulty unless they invested in Enron or, perhaps now, SCO or maybe some mortgage company. Ya know… it’s all starting to make sense. Bad stock decisions will be the downfall of us all.


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