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Isn’t This Kind of Like a ‘Women’s Issues Task Force” Made Up Entirely of Men?

Late last week, Obama announced the creation of his “Middle Class Task Force.” From Obama’s announcement:

We know we need to create jobs, but not just any jobs. We need to create jobs that sustain families and sustain dreams; jobs in new and growing industries; jobs that don’t feel like a dead end, but a way forward and a way up; jobs that will foster a vibrant and growing middle class, because the strength of our economy can be measured directly by the strength of our middle class. And that’s why I’ve created the Task Force on Middle Class Working Families, and why I’ve asked my Vice President, Joe Biden, to lead it.

Members of the Middle Class Task Force include the chair, Vice President Joe Biden . . .

. . . whose annual salary for 2009 will be $227,300 . . .

the Secretaries of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Commerce . . .

. . . all of whom will earn $196,700 in 2009 . . .

. . . and the directors of the National Economic Council, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Domestic Policy Council, along with the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Not all of the salaries for Obama’s appointments have been disclosed, but in 2008, President Bush’s Director of the National Economic Council made $172,200; all of these appointees will probably make something in the neighborhood of that amount.

Now, “middle class” is a pretty elastic term–recall Obama and Biden kept shifting the definition during the campaign–but I think most Americans agree that $172,000 per year (for one earner) and up is the highest of the high end of the definition of “middle class.”

Shouldn’t a “Middle Class Task Force” include someone who is, you know, actually in the middle class?

UPDATE: Reader Dale asks, “Hey, wouldn’t this be a good spot for Joe the Plumber?”

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