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.'"
Dear Representative Fleming:
Re. your MSNBC appearance of this morning, September 20, which has now gone viral: I would suggest that, in the event of higher taxes, you do what I do. Don't see a doctor or dentist or veterinarian. Don't eat out. Don't take a vacation. Don't own a car. Sell what you can on eBay. Buy generic foods. Give up new clothes. Take out books from the library. Make minimum payments on credit cards. Pay high interest on taxes you can't afford to pay on time. Forgo air conditioning. Move to smaller home. Write loving Christmas cards instead of giving presents. Cut your own hair. Terminate Showtime and HBO.
Just some well-meant words of advice.
If you, too, want to offer advice for living in tough times, here is Dr. Fleming's email address: