Tea Party's John Fleming Can't Make Ends Meet on $600K a Year

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

With lawmakers like Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, it's easy to see why Washington is at a standstill and people despise those on Capitol Hill.

Speaking on MSBNC this week against President Obama's proposed tax increase on the richest Americans, Fleming whined about not being able to make ends meet on a net income of $600,000 per year.

Fleming is the owner of several Subway shops and UPS stores that grossed $6.3 million last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. However after taxes and paying employees and whatnot, Fleming said he is left with a "mere fraction" of that -- just $600,000.

"So by the time I feed my family I have, maybe, $400,000 left over to invest in new locations, upgrade my locations, buy more equipment," he said.

Ignoring the fact that somehow his family eats $200,000 of food every year, host Chris Jansing asked, "You do understand, congressman, that the average person out there who's making maybe 40, 50, $60,000 out there, when they hear you only have $400,000 left over, it's not exactly a sympathetic position. You understand that?"

Fleming dodged the inquiry and talked about job creation.

Here is the interview: