“by the time i feed my family, i have maybe $400,000 left over”

ThinkProgress: Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) appeared on MSNBC with Chris Jansing this morning to attack President Obama’s new deficit reduction plan, which includes some tax increases on the wealthy…..

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…..”

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48 Responses to ““by the time i feed my family, i have maybe $400,000 left over””

  1. September 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hey, John Flemings, CRY ME A MOFO RIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • September 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm


      • 3 anniebella
        September 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm

        luci1119, yes that man is crazy. If I had a show and that Flemings were on my show, I would tell him man you better get out of my face before I slap the white off you. You have some people who work hard everyday and they don’t have a dime left and that fool is going to complain cause he only have $400,000 dollars.

  2. 4 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks, Chips! Already sent that quote out on Twitter!

  3. 5 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm


    THIS mofo!

  4. 7 GGail
    September 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    By the end of this day, he will have regretted he said those words out loud!

  5. September 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Hey give the guy a break! Caviar and Dom Perignon are expensive.

    • 9 Debz
      September 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      How much does his family eat???????????????? Poor baby can’t live on 400,000.

    • 10 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      I do sympathize with the good congressman. After all, the basic necessities in life such as exclusive country club memberships, 6-8 Vacation resort homes, 5-7 McMansions, daily visits to the massage parlors, 3-4 mistresses (and hush money), daily visits to fancy restaurants…I mean prices are staggeringly high these days. So I totally understand why at the end of the day, he has just a measley $400K in his worn out pockets…

  6. 13 Bill
    September 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Rep. Fleming, who is also an MD, joined the US Navy to finance is medical education according to Wikipedia. So the government finances his medical education, taking someone’s slot in medical school, and he gives up his medical career to run small businesses and to be a politician. He did not mention his Congressional salary on top of the $400,000. Disgusting.

  7. September 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Boy, they are giving us a lot of ads for the election. Dummies.

    • 15 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Yes, all these idiotic utterances should be compiled into a single PDF and distributed all over Twitter, Facebook, etc.

      Like Repub Strategist Ron Christie saying that he envies those earning in the bottom 47% who don’t pay any taxes.

  8. 16 Fred
    September 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    what punk 🙄

  9. September 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Hey Fleming, you can find sympathy in the dictionary between shit and syphillis.;-)

  10. September 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    More distractions- suskind will be on morning jackal, snd they will ignite the pushback from the WH, saying the book is full of lies!
    They will make the president have a press conference about this fucking book!

    • 24 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Jay Carney has already bitch-slapped Fake Tapper about this Suskind book. No need to worry my friend. The book apparently also plagiarized stuff from Wikipedia. If that is true, and can be proven then the MSM won’t have much to do with it.

    • 25 Bill
      September 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      It is very unlikely Joe will have anyone to defend the WH.

    • 26 Linda
      September 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Who will “make” him have a press conference…Surely not that Morning Joke crowd.

    • 27 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      Tim Geithner also bitch-slapped Fake Tapper about it.

      Morning Joke will NOT get as much traction as he thinks…when people are unemployed and bearly making ends meet, the last thing they are interested in hearing is gossip peddled in the form of a plagiarized book from an already insanely rich former Wall Street jounralist.

      • 28 jacquelineoboomer
        September 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        Saw that Keith Olbermann’s ratings on Current TV are half of what they were during his debut. They will all fall off the radar, soon (and hopefully take Morning Joke with them), for bashing PBO. Or they’ll all (Tapper, especially) move over to FOX, so we don’t have to see or hear them anymore.

        It’s fun following some of these “reporters” on Twitter – during their so-called workdays, they are tweeting about sports, each other’s wives or weekends, etc., while getting paid for it. Biggest disappointment: Luke Russert.

        • 29 L3
          September 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

          Luke Russert is a disappointment because that job was handed to him out of sympathetic tribute to his father, Tim. He is not a good reporter even by the current standards which are pretty low. People who scrape and scratch to achieve a great job are far more likely to work harder to keep it knowing they don’t have the benefit of a connected parent to cushion any potential fall. I do not begrude him his family connections but I do begrudge him acting as though he hit a triple when he was born on third. Most journalists hone their skills in smaller markets for years before even getting a shot at a network job.

          It appears he’s more influenced by today’s awful “journalists” than he is by his father’s brand of journalism. I get the impression that for all of them it’s just a game played by mostly priviledged people who make a lot of money for little work and then marry each other. It is an incestuous brew that’s fun for them and truly painful for us.

      • 31 Debz
        September 19, 2011 at 3:48 pm

        And how many of those people without jobs will spend any money for this book? No one is interested in this gossip.

    • September 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      Pres. Obama is not giving any press conferences on any book.

      • September 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

        THIS. poverty, joblessness, wars, a shitty economy, all brought to America by the Bush admin, HELL TO THE NAW! PBO ain’t trying to lend any creedence to this nonsense.

  11. 34 Linda
    September 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    What time is the pity party Congressman ?

    Looks like we paid for his education to become a Doctor

    He entered the United States Navy to help fund his medical education.[3] He was awarded his B.S. degree in 1973 and M.D. degree in 1976.

    Fleming is also a businessman; he owns 33 Subway sandwich shops in northern Louisiana[8][9] and owns Fleming Expansions, LLC, a regional developer for The UPS Store, which supports stores in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.[


    Your Welcome Dr. Fleming….

    • 35 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      Clearly, hjis family is not eating any of the Subway sandwiches…a food bill that is $200K/per couldn’t possibly be due to eating at Subway.

  12. September 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Andrew Sullivan on public support on Pres Obama’s tax plan:

    Every Single Poll …

    … shows that the American public overwhelmingly supports higher taxes on the wealthy as part of a package to cut the deficit. The margins are staggering: the NYT poll shows a majority of 74 – 21; even Rasmussen shows a majority of 56 – 34. What the president proposed this morning is simply where the American people are at. If he keeps at it, if he turns his administration into a permanent campaign for structural fiscal reform, I don’t see how he loses the argument.


    • 37 hopefruit2
      September 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Will the MSM breathlessly report these polls as they’ve been doing lately, or will they instead focus of Suskind’s plagiarized book peddling trivial gossip and lies?

  13. September 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Clearly this guy is way out of touch. It is amazing how dense and insensitive these folks can be. Go figure.

  14. 39 Lightfoot
    September 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    “…by the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over.” What a slithering piece of @!#%!
    How about by the time the rest of us gets paid all the bill collectors are already drooling and licking their
    chops from the feeding frenzy they’re about to have with our paychecks?

    Bleeping louse!

  15. 42 halo
    September 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm


  16. September 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Chart that shows where Pres Obama’s deficit savings come from. From Think Progress.


  17. September 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    DOJ: Tx redistricting plan violates voting rights act!


  18. September 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Here’s a video by MoveOn that counteract this butt wipe.

    I’m Warren Buffet’s secretary

  19. 46 halo
    September 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm



    The bottom line is that there’s no Republican “crazy person” strategy to gain leverage for the GOP this time around. Without the entire economy to hold hostage, no one cares very much if Republicans are willing to walk away from a reasonable compromise. My guess is that if Republicans do decide to deal, Obama will be just as ready as ever to bargain — but this time, he’ll be doing it from a much stronger position. And if it turns out to be true that Republicans are more afraid of the trigger than the Democrats are, then that suggests that the Democrats may have done far better in the summer debt ceiling negotiations — they won that trigger, after all — than many liberals have been willing to acknowledge.

  20. 47 Pamela
    September 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    By the time I feed MY family, I might have $400.00 left, but I doubt it.

  21. 48 Lovepolitics2008
    September 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Oh… I would LOVE to see President Obama and other democrats shame the republicans in using the same vocabulary but this time to describe the terrible choices poor families or middle classes families have to make. “By the time they feed their families, they’ll have trouble paying the rent”. “By the time they feed their family they won’t be able to repair the roof”. “By the time they feed their families, they don’t have any money to save for a college education for their kids”. The possibilities are infinite …

    And of course we can play this with the irony angle too: “by the time they feed their family, they can’t buy that house in Palm Beach”‘ , “by the time they feed their family, they don’t have money for that condo in Dubai”‘ etc… YOU get the idea ha ha ha…

    I hope this stupid comment by that republican becomes a national punchline !!!

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