Warren Buffett's Secretary: No Comment

His assistant doesn't want to talk about her taxes
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2011 4:31 PM CDT
In this March 24, 2011, file photo, Warren Buffett gestures at a news conference in New Delhi.   (AP Photo/ Mustafa Quraishi, file)

(Newser) – President Obama's deficit-cutting plan has put "Warren Buffett's secretary" smack in the middle of the "class warfare" debate—and she doesn't sound all that thrilled to be there. Annie Lowrey of Slate reached Buffett executive assistant Debbie Bosanek by phone today. "I'm sorry, I'm not doing any interviews on that," said Bosanek politely. When Lowrey pressed a bit, Bosanek said, "I've got to let you go. Bye-bye."

Bosanek can blame her billionaire boss for the attention, given that he started all this by complaining that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary and other workers in his office. Obama carried on the theme this week: "Warren Buffett's secretary shouldn't pay a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett," he said in laying out his plan to ask the rich to pay more. The AP, meanwhile, disputes the notion that millionaires pay less in taxes.

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