All of my life, developing credentials to cover my field of work, and now I’m up against a guy named Vinny in an efficiency apartment in the Bronx who hasn’t left the efficiency apartment in two years.
Williams himself is careful to maintain his own credibility. According to a 2007 report, Williams “lives in a restored farmhouse in Connecticut where he parks his 477-horsepower black Porsche GT2 (that is, when he’s not decamping on the Upper East Side).” How else would you spend a $10 million annual salary?
Some have insinuated that Williams was trying to help his bosses when he failed to report on NBC’s parent company’s low tax rate. But perhaps it’s more likely that government spending just doesn’t register on Williams’s radar. Poor Vinny, cramped in his studio apartment, may worry about someday needing Medicaid, home heating assistance, or help for his mom in a nursing home. He might wonder why all these programs are under attack, while small changes in the tax system could support them for years, and larger changes could support them for decades. But those are not the serious concerns of serious people with seriously large houses. Perhaps only people like Williams should be able to vote, too.