The guy responsible for the disastrous COVID response will leave his spot bagging the largest retirement package in Federal history.
“It’s the largest federal retirement package in history, an unprecedented golden parachute made possible by career-end salary spiking.” That’s what a new report from Open The Books concludes about the retirement pension they estimate Dr. Anthony Fauci will collect if he indeed retires at the close of Biden’s first term.
The salary analysis by Open the Books concluded that Fauci’s first-year pension payments would total $414,000, which is more than the $400,000 brought in by the president.
The 81-year-old currently earns a federal salary of $480,654 and is estimated to earn $530,000 per year by 2024. While members of Congress earn $174,000 per year and Chief Justice John Roberts earns $258,100.
Provided he stays with the 5% bump he has been getting for the past few years. He broke all headlines when he remained the highest-paid federal employee of 2020 and 2021 in all of the federal government. He has long served as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Moreover, Fauci was the front face of the Trump administration during the initial pandemic, but the relationship between him and Trump went stale as the then-President wasn’t fond of Fauci’s cautious approach to the lockdown.
According to Census Bureau, the Median household income was $67,521 in 2020, according to the U.S., implying that Fauci will earn more than six times what the average American family does.
More details of this report from The Daily Wire:
Fauci told Politico earlier this week that he expects COVID to remain with the global population for several years. “We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105,” he argued. “I think we’re going to be living with this.”
In any case, Fauci said that most Americans no longer heed his advice.
“It’s becoming more and more difficult to get people to listen, because even the people who are compliant want this behind them,” Fauci said. “What I try to convince them, with my communication method, is we’re not asking you to dramatically alter your lifestyle. We’re not asking you to really interfere with what you do with your life. We’re just asking you to consider some simple, doable mitigation methods.”
Fauci also expects Republicans — who will likely win the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate this year — to target him politically. “They’re going to try and come after me, anyway,” Fauci said. “I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job.”
Indeed, Fauci has faced criticism for his agency’s alleged use of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. In a hearing earlier this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) pressed Fauci on the origins of COVID.
“What happens when he gets out and accuses me of things that are completely untrue,” Fauci responded to the panel, “is that all of a sudden that kindles the crazies out there and I have threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children with obscene phone calls, because people are lying about me.”
According to The Daily Wire, Sen. Rand Paul told the outlet earlier this year that Fauci’s rebuke was irresponsible:
“Anyone who dares to question Fauci’s smear campaign against other scientists is accused by Fauci of fomenting violence. As someone who actually was the target of semiautomatic gunfire by a Bernie Sanders supporter, I never once accused Senator Sanders of being responsible for the attack and I resent Fauci avoiding the question by ginning up the idea that his opponents are the cause of threats.”