Stephen King has joined the club of the 1% who want their taxes raised. He penned an op-ed entitled, “Tax me, for f*cks sake!” in The Daily Beast today. One good part:
Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm. In February, while discussing New Jersey’s newly amended income-tax law, which allows the rich to pay less (proportionally) than the middle class, Christie was asked about Warren Buffett’s observation that he paid less federal income taxes than his personal secretary, and that wasn’t fair. “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie responded, with his typical verve. “I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check—go ahead and write it.”
Here’s another crock of fresh bullshit delivered by the right wing of the Republican Party (which has become, so far as I can see, the only wing of the Republican Party): the richer rich people get, the more jobs they create. Really? I have a total payroll of about 60 people, most of them working for the two radio stations I own in Bangor, Maine. If I hit the movie jackpot—as I have, from time to time—and own a piece of a film that grosses $200 million, what am I going to do with it? Buy another radio station? I don’t think so, since I’m losing my shirt on the ones I own already. But suppose I did, and hired on an additional dozen folks. Good for them. Whoopee-ding for the rest of the economy.
King picks apart many of the arguments about charity over government, citing the BP oil spill as an example.
I think the most amazing thing about this piece is the comments afterward. After he argues against the absurdity of rich people just donating their money to the government instead of being taxed, many of the comments make that same assertion:
Mr. King is welcome to kick in all the extra money he wants if he feels he’s not paying enough.
You know, I am so sick and tired of left-wing millionaires whining that they are not paying enough taxes where there is NOTHING stopping them from giving all they want to the government. And, PLEASE, tell them to stop trying to donate MY money to the government.
Just send the check for F@%&’s Sake! You f@%&’ing hypocite!!!!
I love that last one about being a hypocrite. They apparently do not know what that word means:
A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.
He would be a hypocrite if he advocated higher taxes, and then when they were due, cheated on them or claimed that he had a special obligation not to pay.
You see a lot of this out there. A rich person is not a hypocrite if they advocate higher taxes on themselves. That is, well, virtuous. However, a rich person advocating higher taxes, less opportunity and safety netting for the poor, well, that’s just mean spirited. Or “serious” and “courageous” if you’re Paul Ryan.