Gov. Rick Perry is double-dipping, drawing retirement income from the state in addition to his salary as governor since late January, newly released records show.
Perry's move to begin drawing from his pension early this year while remaining governor, which his staff says is legal and consistent with state retirement rules, was unknown to the public until federal financial disclosures were made public on Friday.
...The governor's gross annual salary is $150,000; his net salary is $133,000. The net monthly annuity check Perry started receiving Jan. 31 is $7,698. Combined, his net pay from the state is now more than $225,000 annually.
To put this into perspective, the media was curiously silent regarding the timing of a raise of nearly $200,000 that Michelle Obama received after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Below you'll find a helpful chart and timeline explaining Michelle Obama's ultra-critical position at the University of Chicago Hospital (UCH), a position coincidentally created just after her husband's election to the Senate... and dissolved just minutes after she resigned to move into the White House.
Sandwiched, of course, by Sen. Obama's $1M earmark to UCH.
In 2002, Michelle Obama was hired by the University of Chicago Hospital as its "Executive Director for Community Affairs" at a salary of approximately $120,000.
In January of 2005, Barack Obama was sworn in as a United States Senator. "Coincidentally", in March of 2005, Michelle Obama was promoted to "Vice President for Community and External Affairs" and her salary bumped nearly $200,000 (from $121,910 to $316,962). This position was "newly created" for Mrs. Obama.
In February of 2006, Barack Obama requested a $1 million earmark for a new hospital pavilion at the University of Chicago.
Effective 9 January 2009, Michelle Obama resigned her position at UCH. And just five days later, effective 14 January 2009, Michelle Obama's VP position was eliminated, its functions absorbed into another executive's position. This prompted business writer Don Rose to ask "[If] that work can be folded into another guy’s, why was it separate in the first place?"
Operating with this kind of blatant double standard, you simply have to wonder how legacy media stays in business.
Although given their declining subscriber base, that question may be strictly rhetorical.