A Thursday report from Open The Books, a government transparency nonprofit, revealed that Dr. Anthony Fauci is expected to earn a pension larger than President Joe Biden’s salary, making him the highest paid government employee in history.
Open The Books calculated that Fauci will receive a $414,667 annual pension payout upon his retirement after Biden’s first term concludes. Because Fauci received a 5% salary increase from 2020 to 2021 and a 5.4% increase from 2021 to 2022, an estimate of two more 5% increases leave him with a final salary of over $530,000.
Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, works as chief medical adviser to the president and has worked in the federal government for 59 years, currently earns more than National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins as well as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra — both of whom make $203,500 per year. President Biden earns $400,000 per year, while members of Congress earn $174,000 per year and Chief Justice John Roberts earns $258,100.
Fauci earns six times what the average American family does with the U.S. Census Bureau showing the average family income at $67,521.
Fauci told Politico this week that he expects COVID to be with us for at least a few more 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.”
He also said that most Americans don’t care what he has to say anymore.
“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 said that he expects Republicans to come after him politically should they win either the House or Senate in 2022.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway,” Fauci said. “I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job.”
Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is spearheading the effort to press Fauci for any information he has withheld about the origins of COVID, particularly after it was alleged that the NIAID used gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Anyone who dares to question Fauci’s smear campaign against other scientists is accused by Fauci of fomenting violence,” Paul explained. “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.”