Leona Helmsley, the Queen of Mean, has posthumously passed on her award for saying-stupid-and-disconnected-things-that-only-rich-New-York-women-could-say to journalist Emily Singer.
Saving $1,000 a year on taxes is nothing. Less than $100 a month.
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) September 27, 2017
Because only someone so isolated and pampered inside the pink uterine walls of New York costume parties and gossip mills could make such a disaffected and idiotic statement. As you remember, Leona Helmsley, in the days before Twitter, constructed the perfect tweet-length diss to people-who-are-not-billionaires:
We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.
The IRS felt differently. Prisoner Number 15113-054 ended up discovering new ways to make orange the new black at the Danbury minimum security prison camp highlighted in the book and Netflix series. But I digress.
Perhaps in New York City, where $1,000 a year is tip money for your pedicurist, saving that amount on taxes is nothing. But to people for whom $83 a month is the difference between eating meat once a week or not (because they don’t shop at Whole Foods), these numbers take on a whole new significance.
For people who don’t get gold-plated health care, who have to pay ridiculous ($20,000/year) premiums for a family of four, sometimes more than their mortgage payment, that $83 is very, very meaningful.
But it’s nothing to Ms. Singer, so I suppose she wouldn’t mind giving it away. The twitterverse has offered plenty of suggestions.
Emily, I can give you my Venmo name so you can send me $100 per month.
— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) September 27, 2017
She could fund a recent college grad’s retirement fund.
A 20 year old, entering the work force, that had an extra $83.30 per month to put in an IRA with an S&P Spider would have $400K @ retirement
— Rob Eno (@Robeno) September 27, 2017
She could help a widow get out of debt.
She could save on taxes by giving it to charity.
Please donate a new $100 monthly to your favorite charity, and post a pic of the check each month.
— Razor (@hale_razor) September 27, 2017
Or she could keep her “nothing” pedicurist tip money and ensure that Trump wins another term.
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) September 27, 2017
In any case, this simply shows how much ignorance there is among insulated, even bored New York journalists who write for Mic.
Read this before saying that $1000 extra dollars a year is nothing
— Daniel Froelich (@danfroelich93) September 27, 2017
If I had a spare $83.33, I’d buy an actual “Leona Helmsley Only The Little People” award with a bust of her dog “Trouble” and send it to Ms. Singer. But I don’t.
It’s nothing, anyway.