Guess Who Else's Secretary Pays Higher Tax Rate?

White House says Anita Decker Breckinridge pays higher rate than Obama, pushes Buffett Rule
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2012 11:54 AM CDT
Guess Who Else's Secretary Pays Higher Tax Rate?
Secretary to investor Warren Buffet, Debbie Bosanek, applauds as President Obama delivers his State of the Union on January 24, 2012.   (Getty Images)

Turns out Warren Buffett's secretary isn't the only one paying a higher tax rate than her rich boss: Anita Decker Breckenridge, the president's own secretary, pays a "slightly higher" tax rate on her $95,000 salary than the 20% Obama paid on his $790,000, reports the New York Times. The White House is using the disparity to hammer home its support of the Buffett Rule (or Romney Rule, as it were), which heads to the Senate tomorrow. This “is exactly why we need to reform our tax code and ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share," says a White House spokeswoman. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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