Friday, September 23, 2011

Ironic Detachment

Poor Representative Fleming he needs a better PR hack, a more industrious accountant and someone with a more refined sense of irony to be his friend. Muddling up personal income with business income is a tough call. We have the lowest tax rates in the industrialized world, with the biggest corporate loopholes of which there are too many embarrassing examples recently publicized. Yet we have reporters not falling around laughing when these clowns make these ludicrous statements and act sincere. Meanwhile Representative Bozo thinks cutting pensions, unemployment benefits and medical care are acts that do not fall under the class warfare label. Why oh why can we not have some Democrat somewhere stand up and call out these monsters for what they are?

Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who earned $6.3 million last year, appeared on MSNBC Monday morning to express opposition to President Barack Obama's deficit reduction plan, which includes a proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy.

Fleming charged that the plan is a terrible idea which kills jobs provided by wealthy "job creators" who pay personal income taxes. When asked about his business ventures -- including his role in a number of Subway restaurants and UPS stores -- Fleming told MSNBC host Chris Jansing that his business expenses left him with little to tax "by the time I feed my family."

The $6.3 million, Fleming said, is "before you pay 500 employees, you pay rent, you pay equipment and food."

"The actual net income of that was a mere fraction of that amount."

“By the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over," Fleming said.

Jansing pointed out that to a person making $40,000 or $50,000 per year, making $400,000 annually is "not exactly a sympathetic position," but Fleming responded by calling his success a "virtue" and noting that “class warfare has never created a job."

"This is all about creating jobs," Fleming said. "This is not about attacking people who make certain incomes."

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