Eating Out of House and Home: Republican Opposes New Taxes By Noting That He Needs $200,000 a Year for Food

There may be need for an intervention in Congress after Rep. John Fleming, a Louisiana Republican, admitted to what appears an eating disorder. Fleming went on television to denounce Obama’s plans to tax the wealthy and explained how he really does not have a lot of income left over from earning $6.3 million a year from his string of Subway and UPS businesses. He insists that after paying taxes, salaries, and support for his businesses, he only takes home $600,000 — of which $200,000 goes to food for his family. Fleming is the father of four adult children and lives alone with his wife.

That is a lot of food. $547.95 a day. That would allow $182.65 for breakfast, $182.65 for lunch, and $182.65 for dinner. A shrimp po-boy at Copelands of New Orleans is $9.99. That would mean that Fleming could consume over 18 po-boys every night. At 414 calories a po-boy, that comes to 7452 calories just for dinner. No wonder he is the chair of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. His rate of consumption alone threatens the sea and forest stock of available consumable creatures.

In fairness to Fleming, he could have meant all of his expenses in “feeding his family” given his svelte image on the House website.

Source: Business Insider

124 thoughts on “Eating Out of House and Home: Republican Opposes New Taxes By Noting That He Needs $200,000 a Year for Food”

  1. Do you know another tactic beside “I know you are but what am I”, Roco?

    Because it still doesn’t work if you’re older than six.

  2. Maybe Roco and others are right “Why should this woman and her husband have part of their lives taken from them?” I don’t like paying taxes either. I don’t wanna do it anymore. I wanna pay the same percentage as the big cats. I wanna pay the same percentage as the big corps. I wanna pay the same percentage as, lets say, GE. Hey who’s with me. How bout we all pay the same percentage as GE. Of course there goes the budget. No more army, no more government employees such as senators and other congresscritters.

    I can only quote a man of such good sense he once said, “Roco,

    You are, once again, completely and staggeringly full of shit.”

  3. it takes quite a lot of work to make $350,000 and to have over $115,000 taken from you is a big hit. People making that kind of money work at least 16 hour days especially if they have their own business.

    Why is it OK to take over a third of their income? Most of it is wasted on stupid government crap like $16 muffins and bridges to nowhere.

    Why should this woman and her husband have part of their lives taken from them?

    I say if you make a million dollars a year or more you shouldnt pay any taxes at all. You probably already employ a bunch of people and spend a bunch of money and invest a bunch of money so other people can use it to make a bunch money. Those people do enough. They should keep it all.

  4. Has anyone done ALL of the math? I’ve read his 500 employees must average about $12,000 per year. The man is disgusting.

  5. For most of my working life I either worked two jobs, or 70 to 80 hour weeks. Before taxes the most I ever made was $100,000 and I busted my ass working, sometimes having to go in to work at 3:00am, in bad neighborhoods. I’ll take the $350,000, pay $150,000 in taxes and live oh so “frugally” on the rest. Poor servalmom, your life is so, so hard. Why I bet you’d love to not have to work and live like a “Welfare Queen”. The trouble is it wouldn’t be a life lived in your accustomed lifestyle, which on $200,000 net is a pretty good one compared to the rest of us.

  6. “Why bother.” -servalmom

    For the roughly $269,000 that remained.

    There are many in this country who work “long, hard hours” and end up with much less at the end of the year. Many people with the “problem” that you describe would consider themselves quite fortunate.

  7. Have you people ever heard of the Alternative Minimum Tax? My husband and I made $350,000 last year and paid $81,000 in Income Tax alone, in addition to Social Security Taxes, Medicare Taxes, State & Local Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, etc. Is this what is meant by “Taxing the Rich?” After paying my taxes, I don’t feel “rich!” We work long, hard hours to earn our money only to have a large percentage of it taken away. Why bother.

  8. Is this “gentleman” a veteran?
    Has he ever served his country in a war zone?
    If not, strip him of everything he has or ever
    will have.
    Also why is he feeding his “adult” children?

  9. Roco, your math still doesn’t equate to YOUR taxes going up. As for diverting from capital, I’d argue that tax breaks have done that. Incredibly rich people who got a 10% rate reduction during the George W Bush years, don’t appear to have created any jobs. They seem to have just gotten 10% wealthier.

    You said, “the right to bear arms is a Constitutional right as is free speech. I see you are against both.”

    You are creating two paper tigers, here.

    First, I own more than one gun. I’m just not afraid of losing them.

    Second, my arguing with you doesn’t abrogate your right to free speech, nor has anybody else’s arguing with you.

  10. //”…earning $6.3 million a year from his string of Subway and UPS businesses. He insists that after paying taxes, salaries, and support for his businesses, he only takes home $600,000…”//

    And how, exactly, does this logic fit in? If it’s your “income”, then all the business expenses come out FIRST, BEFORE you claim it as “income”. Either this guy doesn’t know how to manage his own finances and really DOES have $6.3 mil in income, but hasn’t taken out all those deductible things like overhead, or he’s lying through his teeth, and since he expects me to believe that he needs $200,000 a year to feed 6 people, I’m willing to believe the latter.

    Between my wife and I, we make around $75,000 total, and pay rent, utility bills, nousehold expenses, and the cost of children. We have 3 kids, and my brother in law is living with us while he goes to school(Putting $200/month toward total costs), and we live on that $75k, including food. Obviously we are way under-spending on fod if 3 adults, 2 tenage boys and a toddler only cost us about $7 or $8,000 a year.

  11. My boss is in the next room explaining how everyone he knows says they are going to get 3 deer this year, because meat is expensive.

  12. If by eating disorder he means “compulsive liar” then its totally understandable why he needs so much money for food. The story just proves U.S & U.K polititions are the same, they would rather fill their own pockets than do their job properly. I say gather up a load of polititions and put them in a house, big brother style and have them live on a meagre budget of just a few $’s/£’s a day, then see how they cope.

  13. Noah V:

    If 40% plus of the people in this country do not pay taxes and the rich pay between 40 and 50% of the tax burden and by “rich” I mean those making $250,000 or more, whom do you think picks up the other 50 to 60% of the tax burden? People who have a job making less than $250,000.

    Furthermore taxes taken from private citizens and industry is money which is unavailable for capital investment. Capital is needed to grow your business to hire more people.

    I dont shoot, I dont go to church and I dont think communist are pussies. I do however think they are murdering thugs as history has shown. The right to bear arms is a Constitutional right as is free speech. I see you are against both.

  14. “People like you keep the rest of us working stiffs having to work harder to pay for all the taxes you want to take from us.”

    Typical Republican obfuscation! When anybody suggests a progressive income tax, Republican politicians turn to their ballot fodder (middle-class voters who don’t want to register their guns, fear communists in the woodpile, and want to take attendance at church), and they shout “The liberal bleeding heart communist pussies are coming for more of YOUR taxes!” And these rednecks, who don’t earn anywhere near $250,000, scream no and run to their keyboards and type “People like you keep the rest of us working stiffs having to work harder to pay for all the taxes you want to take from us.”

  15. “Please define who is we should pitch in and help…..”

    Not him, from the nature of his previous posts.

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