Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tea Party Congressman Cries Poverty

Pity the plight of poor Congressman Fleming, a Tea Partier from Louisiana. From TPM:

Fleming -- a businessman who owns Subway sandwich shops and is responsible for more than 100 UPS stores across the south -- said that taxing wealthier people hurts job creation. Jansing pointed out that, as the Wall Street Journal estimated, Fleming raked in more than $6 million last year. Chump change, Fleming said!


"The amount that I have to reinvest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 of that $6.3 million," Fleming said. "So by the time I feed my family I have maybe $400,000 left over to invest in new locations, upgrade my locations..."

Poor fella only has $200,000 a year to feed his family. Rep. Fleming has a wife, four adult children, and two grandchildren. It is unlikely that he is feeding all of them, and even if he is, that should cover it.

There's also his $174,000 a year salary as a Congressman, free health care, and a military pension. He was a medical doctor in the US Navy. He's also a family physician.

Apparently those of us who are amongst the long-term unemployed are supposed to feel sorry for him.


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1 comment:

DissedBelief said...

Amazing isn't it? I saw this first on Atlantic Wire then Huffington Post and many comments echoed my own. And many if not most tea farters have no idea what the minimum wage is and that almost 60 million of their own neighbors and families can't even earn that. What is terrifying, is that the GOP will probably win every election in 2012 and gain absolute control. Exactly what is planned by Norquist and the club. Aside from warmongering conservatives have no idea how to fix anything except out of rifle barrel.