Poverty-Stricken Louisiana Congressperson Forced to Feed Family on Less Than Half-Million Dollars a Year
By now, I'm sure you've heard about Barack Obama's newly proposed "Buffet Rule," a plan to undermine the creation of American jobs by forcing millionaires to pay as much in taxes as their employees? Class warfare! Socialism! Demonic witchcraftery!
Only problem is, most Americans are demonic class-warring socialists who actually want millionaires to pay more in taxes? And, so far, no one's been able to adequately explain to them how stupid and greedy and anti-American they are for wanting that.
That is until Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) stepped up to the plate with this amazingly simple and thoroughly relatable argument…
[Rep. John] Fleming is himself a businesses owner, so Jansing asked, "If you have to pay more in taxes, you would get rid of some of those employees?"
Fleming responded by saying that while his businesses made $6.3 million last year, after you "pay 500 employees, you pay rent, you pay equipment, and food," his profits “a mere fraction of that” — "by the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over."
Whaaaaaat??? I never thought of it that way! Only $400,000? Why, that's only several hundred thousand dollars more than the average American makes! Barely enough to keep up the payments on the kids' used yacht or maintain a fresh supply of fois gras in the fridge. And if you don't have a belly full of fois gras, you can't very well get down to the business of creating jobs
in Indonesiahere in America. (Basic Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs stuff, you untutored ruffian.)
Sorry, Barack Obama, but this argument just killed all your plans for overhauling our tax system. Once the American people hear this, they'll be too busy vomiting bitter tears out of their eye sockets to march behind your red flag of socialism.
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Tags: Barack Obama, House of Representatives, Louisiana, Money, Republicans, Taxes, Unemployment