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Monopoly Man is shocked.What is wrong with this Sonia Sotomayor, that she is not sitting on a fat pile of cash like most upstanding citizens? Her financial disclosure forms suggest she’s got in the neighborhood of $100,000 socked away, which is not terribly impressive for a fancy judge who has had her fancy judging job for a while.

Sure, most of us would not turn up our noses at $100,000, because that would be nearly enough to get us out of credit card debt and maybe buy some groceries besides! But doesn’t this gal want to save up for retirement, or the apocalypse or whatever?

Long-lost boyfriend Nate Silver explains why it would be dumb for her to save a lot of money: she’s got a fat federal pension to look forward to when she retires; there’s virtually no chance of her ever losing her job; and really well hookers and blow do take a bite out of the old finances.

At least she does not live in a simple backwoods shack like SOME Supreme Court justices.

Sotomayor Reports Financial Assets of Around $100,000 [Wall Street Journal]
Grandmother of World’s 23rd Best Economist Posthumously Offended by Sonia Sotomayor’s Spending Habits; Will Obama Withdraw Nomination? [FiveThirtyEight]

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  1. Sure, most of us would not turn up our noses at $100,000, because that would be nearly enough to get us out of credit card debt and maybe buy some groceries besides!

    I’d laugh if I wasn’t already crying.

  2. Now I see what the wingnuts are talking about: anybody who worked in as a corporate lawyer for ten years or whatever and never bothered to get rich has got to be mentally deficient.

    At least, that’s the way Republicans see it.

  3. AND SPEAKING OF HEALTHCARE….
    My girlfriend jus sent me this one:

    Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.
    The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.
    The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.
    Why the different treatment for the two patients?

    The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
    The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

  4. No, no, no. She’s just taking the long view here. You know how much it costs to bribe a district court judge? $10,000 maybe $20,000.

    Once you reach the Circuit Court, it’s more like $100,000 to $300,000.

    The Supremes? You’re talking $2 to $4 million.

  5. Am I the only one thinking, “student debt”? All you spoiled people who went to school on daddy’s money, bugger off!

    /end chip on shoulder

  6. [re=325449]Custerwolf[/re]: Now, don’t go raising the (OT) we-don’t-need-no-stinkin-single-payer-healthcare-system bugaboo here. We libtards want Medicare expanded to the whole population.

    And if you don’t think you like “socialized medicine*,” just ask anybody who has it if they’d like to give it up.

    Good yarn, though!

    *which is what the wingnuts call a Canadian-style single-payer system

  7. [re=325458]american mutt[/re]: I hear you. I have two friends who got their Ph.D’s at least 15 years ago and are still paying off debts. $100,000 would probably take care of them and let them buy groceries and pay the car off, even. Luckily for me, North Carolina had a good public university system that was dirt cheap for in-state through ’92 at least.

  8. [re=325461]V572625694[/re]: I just try to keep the issue off the table by staying as healthy as possible and taking care of myself. While I could suture up one of my dogs, I don’t think I could do the same for myself, unfortunately. I’d still prefer to have a scar instead of an overblown doctor bill.

  9. I love the first sentence from the WSJ article… “Federal judges are said to lead a monastic life, but Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor appears to have taken a vow of poverty too.”

    I guess my total net worth of $5,000 means I’m not rich after all. Damn.

  10. [re=325428]sevenrepeat[/re]: Poor people like you sicken me. I worked hard, went to college, got a degree, have a job, and that’s why I have almost $37 ($36.35) in my checking account right now. Maybe someday, if you really put your nose to the grindstone, and focus on pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, you’ll be as wealthy as me!

  11. [re=325453]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: I don’t think Diana Ross would take anything less than $10 million. She’s a classy lady, you know.

  12. [re=325471]Custerwolf[/re]: I watched a couple of guys sew themselves up. One did his arm, the other his face. The started with large amounts of painkillers and did their work between when the numb set in and the passout began. Didn’t look all that hard. If you get a chance to try it let me know how it works out. (ok that last was a poor attempt at joke)

  13. [re=325449]Custerwolf[/re]: Actually, The FIRST is a Golden Retriever (with an owner with plenty of money.)

    Other golden retrievers get great health care too, but unfortunately the only procedure they are offered is euthanasia.

  14. When is someone on the Right going to imply some illicit drug habit that sucks up all her cash.

    Or she gives it to the Scientologists.

  15. [re=325502]blueconversechucks[/re]: ‘Tis true. The difference between working at Westside Veterinary Center in Manhattan and the Sultan Vet Clinic located next to my local feedstore in rural WA, was about an 80% euthanasia rate. Phoebe Cate’s mom (very lovely woman) actually paid for a seat for her dog aboard the Concorde. Not cheap. I remember when her little maltese got sick all the vets were terrified the poor thing was going to die on their watch.

  16. My guess: Internet scams and repeat viewings of Harry Potter movies. There’ve been a lot of those goddamn things. Hot dogs and popcorn also.

  17. She’s only worth $100,000? That’s nothing if you’re a real U.S. American, but a fortune if you’re a Mexican from Puerto Rico.

  18. She wasted that old Hispanic chick wisdom she’s so proud of on that crowd in Berkeley. If M-A-R-I-A had taken her ass to Telemundo, she’d be richer than that Judge Judy bitch.

  19. [re=325494]x111e7thst[/re]: I’ll let you know if I ever try it – seriously. There are certain types of pain I can’t tolerate. Slivers, for instance. I’ll carve a 2-inch deep trench in my hand with a dull knife just trying to evict a sliver. It’s purely a mental aversion, but I just cants stands a silver.

  20. Remember when Karl Asshat was going to destroy the Democratic party with evil, nasty deeds?

    O’Bama is killing the Republicans with kindness. Bring it, assholes. Make fun of the mescun chick all you can. Alienate the fastest growing demographic in the US of A. Maybe the Republicans will see a silver lining when they lose this fight by taking comfort in what a good example an abortion-loving Supreme will be for the hispanic population.

    Shit, that may the meanest thing I’ve ever written, but I doubt it. My mood is black because I’m missing my black cat, who might have finally succumbed to the wild things. First cat (of five) we’ve lost since 9 years of country living. Our record in the city for traffic accidents and cats was much worse. Still, I wish she’d come back.

  21. Duh. She spent all her moneez on sugary foods and soda. Hence the diabetes and the other ailments (fatness). And there is another word for spitfire latinas drawing hefty government pensions after serving for a lifetime on a high court: Welfare Queens.

  22. [re=325583]DustBowlBlues[/re]: Oh shit. I’m so sorry for you. I have eleven – and with coyotes and owls frequenting the place – I’d say we’ve been unbelievably lucky. I hope she comes home.

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