The most important misconception is this: it's simply not true that retirement income is not taxable. I pay more taxes than Mr. Romney. My retirement check is enough that it makes my Social Security taxable. File that one right next to "Indians don't pay income tax." Judges are often the lowest paid lawyer in the courtroom, as I was many times, but it's true that lawyers make good money. I remained a judge because I cared more about the work I did than the work I was able to do as a lawyer. for every civil rights case I took, I had to fund it with a lot of divorces and business litigation and criminal defense. As a judge, I never again had to ask people how much justice they could afford. When I left the Bench voluntarily, chasing my dream to be a teacher, my kids were out of school, so I was not putting them in a hard place over what I wanted. I quit a job that paid $106,000 a year to take one that paid $36,000. I think I'm in a position to deny having lived my life chasing money. It's true that ICT pays me. I need it to fund the travel that comprises my "bucket list" and for the emergencies that come up when you have four kids and nine grandkids, but I'm fortunate enough that I don't need it to survive. I was born poor and I'm no longer poor. So shoot me.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 17:11