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Warren Buffett’s secretary pays so much in taxes, she can’t afford a third home

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America has a brand-new sweetheart: Debra Bosanek, Warren Buffett’s executive assistant secretary. She sat next to Michelle at the State of the Union address, so Barry could use her as a prop in his latest lecture on how your taxes aren’t high enough.

Then she went home. But which home?

The Smoking Gun reports:

Despite a heavy tax burden, Warren Buffett’s secretary last year was able to purchase a second home in Arizona, a residence complete with a swimming pool and a “professional PGA putting green,” according to real estate records.

Debra Bosanek, 55, and her husband Gerald bought the 2100-square-foot home in Surprise, a city outside Phoenix. The Bosaneks paid $144,000 for the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath property (the purchase was financed, in part, by a $115,200 mortgage).

The principal Bosanek residence is in Bellevue, Nebraska, several miles from Buffett’s corporate headquarters in Omaha. The couple’s 2568-square-foot home, built in 2000, also has four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. But the modest property, which Sarpy County assessors last year valued at $217,716, offers no outdoor amenities for swimmers or golfers.

Surprise! And you thought you had it bad? She! Is! The 99%! She! Is! The 99%! (Come on, chant.) She! Is! The 99%! (Why aren’t you chanting?) She! Is… oh, forget it.

P.S. Bosanek: “I just feel like an average citizen. I represent the average citizen who needs a voice.” And a personal putting green.

P.P.S. John Hayward: “Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debra Bosanek, is unquestionably one of the most important people in America, and her paycheck stub is one of the most significant documents in the world… I recommend every free American citizen insist on either seeing some hard, well-documented numbers, or insist that we never hear another word about Debra Bosanek, ever again.”

P.P.P.S. Everybody should pay their fair share in taxes… unless they work in the White House.