Tax the Greedy to Feed the Needy

John Fleming (U.S. politician)

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Pity poor John Fleming! It is so sad that the Louisiana Republican would have so little left over, after paying his taxes, should the tax proposal endorsed by President Obama come to fruition. A mere four hundred thousand, after he feeds his family! A mere four hundred thousand! It is common knowledge how expensive it is to live in Louisiana. Shreveport is nearly as expensive as New York City. Alexandria and Bogulusa rival London and Paris. How could a family make it on a mere forty percent of a million dollars after expenses were met? Perhaps Congressman Fleming could reinvest more of his business profit into his very successful Subway and UPS Store franchises before he pays his taxes, thereby lowering his taxable income. Maybe he could consider reinvesting in the American economy, rather than socking his money away in some off-shore bank account. That would be rather patriotic, wouldn’t it?  Yes, John, we’ve all heard about how getting rich should be looked upon as being virtuous. That follows Luther’s endorsement of doing good works rather than buying indulgences. It is commonly known as the Protestant work ethic. If you work hard, you get rich. Right? I don’t think that is what Martin Luther intended or meant. As a former Augustinian and very well learned in sacred text, I’ll bet Luther implied something very different; keeping in mind what his Lord is reputed to have said, “It is far easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to get into the Kingdom of Heaven!” You might want to keep that in mind, John, as you whine about your mere $400,000.00 overage, as many of your constituents languish in the American version of third world poverty! Oh, and let’s not overlook your salary as a US Congressman, paid by your impoverished constituents’ taxes. But, of course, a US Congressman from a poor state like Louisiana only makes minimum wage, and no health coverage. Right, John?

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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One Response to Tax the Greedy to Feed the Needy

  1. Keep ’em honest!!!!

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