temporarily embarrassed millionaire

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temporarily embarrassed millionaire (plural temporarily embarrassed millionaires)

  1. a poor person who advocates against social welfare programs because they believe they will become rich in the future.
    • 1964, Louis Filler (maybe quoting someone), The President Speaks: From William McKinley to Lyndon B. Johnson
      One definition of an American is that he is a temporarily embarrassed millionaire. As such, he wants a job, but hates to pay taxes. If he needs a job, he demands that the government provide it one way or another.