Everybody is having trouble making ends meet in these tough financial times. Just ask John Fleming. The Republican congressman from Louisiana is crying the blues because he nets some $600,000 on his annual income of $6 million from his business enterprises.
Fleming says that by the time he feeds his family, he only has $400,000 left over. really, how can a guy live on that kind of money?
That’s why Fleming opposes higher taxes on the wealthy, he said in a recent MSNBC interview.
When host Chris Jansing suggested that most Americans (who are making maybe ten percent of his income), might not be very sympathetic to his plight, Fleming replied that "Class warfare never created a job."
Fleming said that increased taxes on business owners will prevent them from growing their operations and from hiring new workers. Okay, I guess that might be right. However, taking that thought a little further, we have not raised those taxes yet, and how many businesses are hiring new workers now, when they do have that extra money that would be paid in taxes?
I’ve owned my own business all of my working life. I am sympathetic to the problems the business community has. However, I think the fact that elected officials like Fleming, who obviously have no concept what life is like for the majority of Americans, are a big part of what is wrong with the country today. How can they relate to the majority of Americans, when they have no idea how we all live?
Really, Mr. Fleming, it costs you $200,000 to feed your family? Here’s an idea, throw some burgers and brats on the grill, take off your rose colored glasses, pull your head out of your hiney, and take at look at how the rest of us live. A lot of us are saving up for a trip to McDonald’s on Friday night.
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