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WATCH: Bishop Stands Up for the '47 Percent'

Southampton native Congressman Tim Bishop tussles over taxes at civic meeting.

The conversation got heated Monday at a Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook meeting, where U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, of Southampton, attended to deliver updates from Capitol Hill.

An audience member told Bishop, "All the federal government does is try to regulate our lives" and decried the Americans who do not pay federal income taxes, commonly known at the "47 percent" since an infamous video of Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney making remarks to campaign donors on Boca Raton was released. The man told Bishop that the government is giving away money to half the country, so the wealthy get attacked and have their taxes raised.

Bishop took exception to the suggestion that the government is "attacking" high-earners.

"First of all, let's look at who the 47 percent are who you are derisive of," Bishop replied. "Sir, 65 percent of the 47 percent of the people that don't pay taxes, are seniors. A significant percentage of them are members of the active duty military, so I am not going to be dismissive of them, and I am not going to characterize them in any way other than that they are our fellow citizens."

For the full conversation, watch the video above.

Maxwell Smart April 02, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Good for Tim Bishop standing up to the bullies. I was taught that you are to help those less fortunate then you. It is easier for a rich man to pass thru the eye of a needele then to enter the kingdom of heaven. Shame on those that are selfish.
David D'Agostino April 02, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Thank you, Mr Bishop.
Doe, John April 03, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Tim Bishop is the epitome of a hypocrite. He has enthusiastically voted for every tax increase that the Democrat party has perpetrated on Americans. He is a co-conspirator with Pelosi in forcing on us Obamacare which is going to dramatically raise our health costs. Unemployment in New York is 8.3% before including all the people who are no longer looking or who are unwillingly part time. He should resign immediately.
Doe, John April 03, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Spoken like a person who does not do his own taxes. Try it some time and then tell us how much you like Tim Bishop.
Sparky Jabrones April 03, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Bishop may ''stand up'' for the 47%, but he turns around and bends over for the 1%.
DrSique April 03, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Our federal government continues to undermine the economy with cronyism, corruption and socialist policies. Then, they assure the people that it isn't a problem, they will merely shift the tax burden to the rich. Except that they line the tax code with loopholes for all of their friends, like Jeffery Imelt of the General Electric Corporation, a company that paid zero taxes, last year. Washington has devolved into nothing more than an organized crime syndicate and Tim Bishop is a Capo. He attempts to fly under the radar by not introducing any meaningful legislation and then supports the radical left 97% of the time. He needs to be removed from office so that he can retire to a lifetime of shame.

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