The 52-year-old Snow, the father of three children, earns $168,000 as an assistant to the president but made considerably more as a conservative pundit and syndicated talk-show host on Fox News Radio. He was named press secretary on April 26, 2006.Doesn't every family wish they had a $168,000.00 job that they could afford to leave for more money. This is why the Republican party is out of touch with the common man. They live on a different planet financially. Unfortunately too many middle class Americans vote based on where they hope to be and not where they actually are. What they don't realize is that voting based on where they hope to be makes it harder to actually get there.
White House press secretaries in recent administrations have found the speechmaking circuit to be lucrative once they've stepped down. Snow was eagerly sought by Republican audiences before the elections last year, and in a break with tradition he made a number of fundraising speeches for GOP candidates.
Most families in the United States have children and struggle on much less than that. Mr. Snow has been battling cancer but that does not seem to have been a factor in his resignation. He is also privileged to have great health care. His illness would bankrupt many families. I wish him a complete recovery from his cancer. This is not a post to ridicule Tony Snow for this personal decision to leave but a post to point out the complete disconnect the current Republican party has with the middle and lower classes. If you think they can really feel your pain, you are kidding yourself.