You might have seen the furor over a Missouri farmer putting a tractor trailer on his property painted with the message “Are you a producer or a parasite? Democrats – party of parasites.” You knew this would end in irony, didn’t you? The Kansas City Star reports that the farmer, David Jungerman, has received more than a million dollars in farm subsidies since 1995. And here’s his excuse:
But David Jungerman says the payouts don’t contradict the sign he put up in a corn field in Bates County along U.S. 71 Highway.
“That’s just my money coming back to me,” Jungerman, 72, said Monday. “I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.”
After a story about Jungerman’s trailer ran in Sunday’s Star, however, some readers called him a hypocrite for criticizing others for getting government help while taking government subsidies paid for by taxpayers.
Jungerman said he put up the sign to protest people who pay no taxes, but, “Always have their hand out for whatever the government will give them” in social programs.
Sorry, still doesn’t fly. I bet he hasn’t paid a million dollars in taxes in the last 15 years. And if he has, and he gets all that money back, then he’s not contributing to any other government-provided service and he’s being a “parasite” when it comes to everything else the government does for him.