Did you know Mary Burke is rich?

Potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is a One-Percenter. You are supposed to be amazed. Or at least I think that’s what’s meant by Dan Bice telling us he picked up a few years of state tax returns and estimated her income.

Records show Burke has paid $516,965 in state income taxes over the past five years. That would mean she reported an adjusted gross income of at least $6.8 million from 2008 to 2012.

The figure could be even higher.

Here’s the Department of Revenue document.

I have two thoughts about this revelation past my original, “She’s rich? No shit, Sherlock.” First, won’t it be fun explaining to Democrat voters how the very type of person they have been trained to hate over the last few years will be the better choice for their future in Wisconsin? Using past Democrat rhetoric, one would naturally have to choose incumbent Scott Walker over their own candidate because rich people are evil.

The rest of my opinion on this revelation is rather personal. Why the hell would anyone bother to run for office if every time you had a run in your pantyhose it gets argued as newsworthy? The other thing that gets me is how arbitrary the news houses can be at determining what gets printed and what doesn’t. At times it feels quite malicious. What I’ve come to learn over the years, though, is that nothing can kill a campaign like a slow news cycle. Failing to flush a toilet can land you into a full week of stories that just keep on giving.

By the way, any person can request such a summary from the Wisconsin DOR like the one in the link above. I did it when I was being sued to determine if Niebler had any regular income. However, since I’m just a housewife, I’m restricted by state law from ever divulging my very interesting findings. The newspaper has special permission to tell all.

And yes, if someone makes this kind of request of your records you will know. The state sends you a letter with all of the requesting party’s information.

But really? That stuff is all just trivia. The big news is that the Democrats in Wisconsin will be trying to buy the governors office. Won’t that be fun to watch.


  1. The Lorax says:

    Bankrupt logic here, Cindy. Democrats are not “trained to hate one-percenters.” We disagree with the assertion that the super-rich shouldn’t pay higher taxes. Ostensibly, Burke’s views are consistent with that of the Democrats, and by extensions, most Americans. Just like Warren Buffet. Or Bill Gates. Or many other wealthy people.

    Here she talks from one side of her mouth about how a slow news cycle can kill a campaign–most notably her own for mayor. Then from the other side, creates a non-story because of a slow new cycle. Classic “fairly” conservative chain of events.

  2. I’ve written and erased a couple of replies. I think I need to finish laughing first.

  3. Ok, show me that Mary Burke is paying what you consider to be her fair share of taxes and we’ll talk.

    I didn’t create this story. I’m commenting on Bice’s creating the story.

    And dang it. Didn’t I have to convince you to stop stealing the opponent’s yard signs during my “failed” mayoral campaign? I seem to remember that was the case. 😛

    (Nope. No grown ups here.)

  4. The Lorax says:

    She probably pays the taxes she owes, and she probably is in favor of higher tax rates on top earners. I don’t have to show you that she pays a high percentage to have a discussion about your assertion that Democrats hate one-percenters.

    I’m not sure what yard signs has to do with this, but I do believe it was a mutual acquaintance who was responsible for those deeds.

  5. The Lorax says:
  6. Lots of probably in there.

  7. In other words, Dems are going to have a tough time talking this one down.

  8. The Lorax says:

    I’d wager that you’re wrong.