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(Bloomberg)   Cory Booker releases financial info, is definitely more in the Tony Stark/Bruce Wayne category of superhero   (bloomberg.com) divider line 40
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2013-09-07 09:54:56 AM
Meh, more like the Oliver Queen category.
 
2013-09-07 11:27:42 AM
$3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.
 
2013-09-07 11:29:09 AM

HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.


Whoops, I copied it wrong.  $3.86 million = $257,333 per year.  Either way, not Tony Stark.
 
2013-09-07 11:37:06 AM
How come crime is on the rise in Newark? So much for your "superhero" wank fest
 
2013-09-07 11:40:00 AM

HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.


Well, he's blah and not an athlete or musician.
 
2013-09-07 11:58:47 AM
I always suspected he has the theme song from Shaft running through his head on a continuous loop.
 
2013-09-07 12:03:43 PM
$3.98 mil over 15 years isn't anything crazypants at all.
 
2013-09-07 12:18:06 PM

The Drawing Board: $3.98 mil over 15 years isn't anything crazypants at all.


It's less than 20% of what Mitt Romney made LAST YEAR.

Booker is more in the Clark Kent/Peter Parker range...
 
2013-09-07 12:25:24 PM

dantheman195: How come crime is on the rise in Newark? So much for your "superhero" wank fest


Violent crime is down in three of four categories, with the overall rise in crime fueled by an increase in robberies.

So you're right, but also a little misleading.
 
2013-09-07 12:25:54 PM
what a socialist.
 
2013-09-07 12:58:47 PM
The majority of political candidates at a federal level are millionaires.

Good for him.
 
2013-09-07 01:03:19 PM

Bontesla: The majority of political candidates at a federal level are millionaires.

Good for him.


I'll add, though, that this is horrible.

Not Booker personally, just the idea.
 
2013-09-07 01:04:50 PM
Just under $4 million over 15 years.... He's running for the US Senate.

By Senate standards he's a farking pauper. The other senators will probably throw rags at him and laugh derisively as they taunt him about how few yachts and summer homes he has.
 
2013-09-07 01:18:40 PM

dantheman195: How come crime is on the rise in Newark? So much for your "superhero" wank fest


Do you have "Cory Booker Fark thread" in your Google Rage Alerts? Seems like you never miss one.

Some advice from Don Henley:
[Musical note]There are people in your life who've come and gone
They let you down, you know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you baby, 'cause life goes on
If you keep carryin' that anger, it'll eat you up inside, baby[Musical note]
 
2013-09-07 01:23:39 PM

dantheman195: How come crime is on the rise in Newark? So much for your "superhero" wank fest


Because Christie cut funding to the police forces in cities like Newark, Paterson, and Camden by massive amounts.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012 /05/after_heavy_police_layoffs_i n .html

How the hell do you link on mobile?
 
2013-09-07 01:26:22 PM
As a democrat, I'm increasingly feeling "meh" about candidates releasing their tax returns.

They all tell the same story: political candidates tend to be wealthy and can hire excellent tax attorneys and CPAs to pay the bare minimum in taxes. At worst it reveals some level of hypocrisy. There's never any bombshells in there, evidence of wrong doing, etc.

The financial disclosure form candidates have to complete are far more telling about potential conflicts of interest as well as shady dealings. More concern should be placed on them, as well as making the required data more comprehensive.

And of paramount importance is better campaign finance laws, but the SCOTUS has dashed those hopes.
 
2013-09-07 01:54:37 PM

thornhill: As a democrat, I'm increasingly feeling "meh" about candidates releasing their tax returns.

They all tell the same story: political candidates tend to be wealthy and can hire excellent tax attorneys and CPAs to pay the bare minimum in taxes. At worst it reveals some level of hypocrisy. There's never any bombshells in there, evidence of wrong doing, etc.

The financial disclosure form candidates have to complete are far more telling about potential conflicts of interest as well as shady dealings. More concern should be placed on them, as well as making the required data more comprehensive.

And of paramount importance is better campaign finance laws, but the SCOTUS has dashed those hopes.


No they didn't, we just have to use a constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform, whatever form it takes. Surprising that there isn't much of a movement to restrict money in politics (via amendment) since it seems anathema to the voters of both the major parties and is constantly decried by the minor parties.
 
2013-09-07 02:03:43 PM

HMS_Blinkin: HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.

Whoops, I copied it wrong.  $3.86 million = $257,333 per year.  Either way, not Tony Stark.


Or according to fox news - he's poor.

/ not applicable to union workers
 
2013-09-07 02:05:57 PM

thornhill: As a democrat, I'm increasingly feeling "meh" about candidates releasing their tax returns.

They all tell the same story: political candidates tend to be wealthy and can hire excellent tax attorneys and CPAs to pay the bare minimum in taxes. At worst it reveals some level of hypocrisy. There's never any bombshells in there, evidence of wrong doing, etc.

The financial disclosure form candidates have to complete are far more telling about potential conflicts of interest as well as shady dealings. More concern should be placed on them, as well as making the required data more comprehensive.

And of paramount importance is better campaign finance laws, but the SCOTUS has dashed those hopes.


I agree, but that's also why NOT revealing your tax returns is such a red light.
 
2013-09-07 02:21:35 PM
I'm not too familiar with comic book canon, but I'm pretty sure Wayne & Stark are supposed to be billionaires. Booker averages less than 300k a year over the past 15 years. That's not not filthy rich.

That' said, how is it that Public Speaking Engagements have more or less become a legitimate form of bribery?
 
2013-09-07 02:42:50 PM
Doesn't Ultimate Stark have a net worth over $500B?
 
2013-09-07 03:21:40 PM
Which Stark are we discussing? He booms and busts on a regular basis and has lost control of his company to about every Tom Dick and Harry since the 70s. I have comics where his shiat gets bought out by SHIELD (a few times over), gets taken over by a villain named Midas, gets taken by Stane.

Realistically, Tony Stark losing control of his assets is a common thread. That said he always recovers. Guess being a genius has advantages. When he DOES have money, he tends to have rather a lot of it, and so far MCU Stark hasn't suffered this. Either way, Stark and Wayne are billionaires.

/reading through late 70s Invincible Iron Man next to Vol4 Invincible Iron Man is a trip, man
//my favorite standalone is Iron Man: Industrial Revolution, during which he's actually homeless
///I would love DC and Marvel to stop slapfighting because Stark and Wayne totally travel in the same circles
/IronBat's a cool ship
 
2013-09-07 03:33:41 PM

HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.


That's "sadface"/middle-income by the standards of Wall Street and the GOP:

i.huffpost.com
 
2013-09-07 03:35:53 PM
So he's a clever, fairly forward thinking Democrat. How long before he's tweeting his gnarled branch to some young intern?
 
2013-09-07 03:42:52 PM

Phil Moskowitz: So he's a clever, fairly forward thinking Democrat. How long before he's tweeting his gnarled branch to some young intern?


Now that I think about it, when's the last time a black politician got into a sex scandal?
 
2013-09-07 03:50:22 PM

super_grass: Now that I think about it, when's the last time a black politician got into a sex scandal?


I guess the uzebekibekibekistanstan dude doesn't actually qualify.
 
2013-09-07 04:00:59 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.

That's "sadface"/middle-income by the standards of Wall Street and the GOP:

[i.huffpost.com image 550x362]


I never understood that image. Did they do any research at all?
 
2013-09-07 04:14:44 PM
He hasn't done anything good since Stand By Me.
 
2013-09-07 04:25:40 PM

The Drawing Board: $3.98 mil over 15 years isn't anything crazypants at all.


THIS. Also the fact that this story comes to us from Bloomberg is mildly amusing in and of itself.
 
2013-09-07 04:27:45 PM

Phil Moskowitz: super_grass: Now that I think about it, when's the last time a black politician got into a sex scandal?

I guess the uzebekibekibekistanstan dude doesn't actually qualify.


He wasn't an actual politician, he just played one on TV.
 
2013-09-07 04:27:56 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.

That's "sadface"/middle-income by the standards of Wall Street and the GOP:

[i.huffpost.com image 550x362]


Wow. What single woman/mother is making over 230k a year?
 
2013-09-07 06:10:49 PM

phenn: Forbidden Doughnut: HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.

That's "sadface"/middle-income by the standards of Wall Street and the GOP:

[i.huffpost.com image 550x362]

Wow. What single woman/mother is making over 230k a year?


Strippers at high end places.
 
2013-09-07 06:25:23 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: HMS_Blinkin: $3.98 million since 1998 = $265,333 per year, on average.  That's a fine salary, but no Tony Stark.

That's "sadface"/middle-income by the standards of Wall Street and the GOP:

[i.huffpost.com image 550x362]


Just move the decimal point one place...
 
2013-09-07 07:08:38 PM

Aldon: thornhill: As a democrat, I'm increasingly feeling "meh" about candidates releasing their tax returns.

They all tell the same story: political candidates tend to be wealthy and can hire excellent tax attorneys and CPAs to pay the bare minimum in taxes. At worst it reveals some level of hypocrisy. There's never any bombshells in there, evidence of wrong doing, etc.

The financial disclosure form candidates have to complete are far more telling about potential conflicts of interest as well as shady dealings. More concern should be placed on them, as well as making the required data more comprehensive.

And of paramount importance is better campaign finance laws, but the SCOTUS has dashed those hopes.

I agree, but that's also why NOT revealing your tax returns is such a red light.


At the end of the day, all people are hiding is some questionable deduction or allowance which is ultimately no different than what everyone else does, or that their tax return is an example of how the rich can get away with paying less than everyone else.

My point is, whether a brilliant scheme by politicians or totally unintended, we've turned disclosing tax returns into the most vital act of transparency for a political candidate, diverting attention from the need to have more robust financial disclosure requirements and better campaign finance laws. Even before the Citizens United ruling it was already way too opaque where money was coming from, and there were too many loopholes.
 
2013-09-07 09:18:00 PM
So, yeah.    Subby/etteneeds a maths refresher course.

1,000 millions = 1 Billion; Wayne & Starke are Billionaires, not Millionaires.

Cory couldn't pay their yearly taxes with all he's got; let alone hang with them financially.
 
2013-09-07 11:49:56 PM

Third Day Mark: So, yeah.    Subby/etteneeds a maths refresher course.

1,000 millions = 1 Billion; Wayne & Starke are Billionaires, not Millionaires.

Cory couldn't pay their yearly taxes with all he's got; let alone hang with them financially.


People like him is why the politics tab will never have a rational discussion on the national budget/debt.
 
2013-09-08 04:51:46 AM

Deneb81: The Drawing Board: $3.98 mil over 15 years isn't anything crazypants at all.

It's less than 20% of what Mitt Romney made LAST YEAR.

Booker is more in the Clark Kent/Peter Parker range...


That's being a bit generous to Pete.
 
2013-09-08 05:07:48 AM

CSM101: Deneb81: The Drawing Board: $3.98 mil over 15 years isn't anything crazypants at all.

It's less than 20% of what Mitt Romney made LAST YEAR.

Booker is more in the Clark Kent/Peter Parker range...

That's being a bit generous to Pete.


The Peter Parker I grew up with would web-swing home, because he couldn't afford bus fare.  But I've heard he's sometimes done better for himself, working with/for Tony Stark or something.
 
2013-09-08 06:47:32 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Meh, more like the Oliver Queen category.


IIRC that'd put him in about the same tax bracket as Ted Kord, at least prior to catching a bullet to the head.
 
2013-09-08 06:51:19 AM

Deneb81: The Drawing Board: $3.98 mil over 15 years isn't anything crazypants at all.

It's less than 20% of what Mitt Romney made LAST YEAR.

Booker is more in the Clark Kent/Peter Parker range...


I know Kent had that stint in TV during the 70s but I'm thinking you're not being too realistic about how well newspaper reporters are paid these days. Definitely wrong about how well compensated freelance news photographers are too...
 
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