Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Buddy, Can You Spare A Few Hundred Thousand?

I'm so pissed I can't even see straight.
First let me say that I like the Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, Mark Roosevelt. I think he is doing a fine job.
BUT I am seeing red after reading this article in the Post Gazette.
So Pittsburgh philanthropic community is helping pay poor Mark Roosevelt's tax bill???
Here is a man who went to Harvard. He is Teddy Roosevelt's grandson. He makes $227,000 per year plus who knows how much in bonus'.

Excuse me, but I am having trouble paying my taxes. Shit, I never even thought to call the Hillman's, Scaif's, Mellon's, etc. Or even the Roosevelt's for that matter. Stupid me.

And just think, last week I went to a fund raiser to benefit Lawrenceville Library which was on the chopping block to be closed because they can't find funding.
I spent my hard earned money because they are pretty desperate.

Does anyone out there have a few extra dollars on their access card so that poor Mr. Roosevelt can maybe buy a can of soup of something. Wouldn't want him to go hungry now, would we?

I'm not even going to mention the fact that the premium on his life insurance is over $28,000 per year? WTF????

Am I missing something here?
If I am, please feel free to enlighten me.


KSL said...

I am having trouble understanding two things: 1. the law requiring the incumbent to pay taxes on funds from which he or she is not now benefitting--why simply tax the subsidy when it is paid?
2. the city of Pittsburgh, which can't even afford to keep its own road in working order, is going to pay taxes on what will effectively be a private person's benefit.

Eileen, Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

I know. It just does not make sense to me.
But I don't think the city is paying the tax. They got around it by soliciting funds from foundations.
I think those funds could have been put to better use. For example saving the Libraries. Just to name one.

Judi said...

Now you got me all fired up! And they are taxing students....?????

Lisa E said...

I agree with you, and Judi, I too find that the mayor's idea to tax students is ridiculous. Stop the madness!

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