May 1, 2012
Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!
The iconic writer scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America.
I guess some of this mad right-wing love comes from the idea that in America, anyone can become a Rich Guy if he just works hard and saves his pennies. Mitt Romney has said, in effect, “I’m rich and I don’t apologize for it.” Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged. That it’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-f***king-American is what it is. I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share. That our civics classes never taught us that being American means that—sorry, kiddies—you’re on your own. That those who have received much must be obligated to pay—not to give, not to “cut a check and shut up,” in Governor Christie’s words, but to pay—in the same proportion. That’s called stepping up and not whining about it. That’s called patriotism, a word the Tea Partiers love to throw around as long as it doesn’t cost their beloved rich folks any money.
This has to happen if America is to remain strong and true to its ideals. It’s a practical necessity and a moral imperative. Last year during the Occupy movement, the conservatives who oppose tax equality saw the first real ripples of discontent. Their response was either Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake”) or Ebenezer Scrooge (“Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”). Short-sighted, gentlemen. Very short-sighted. If this situation isn’t fairly addressed, last year’s protests will just be the beginning. Scrooge changed his tune after the ghosts visited him. Marie Antoinette, on the other hand, lost her head.
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Hilarious that King is so self-unaware. He laments the coarsening of American because Governor Christie said Warrent Buffett should just "write a check and shut up" but is oblivious to his own juvenile use of profanity.
As a tax policy analyst, King makes a great horror writer.
Posted by: Peter Terranova | May 1, 2012 2:59:05 PM
King might as well comment on tax policy, for he hasn't written any truly original fiction in at least 10 years, and arguably longer.
Posted by: Jake | May 1, 2012 7:53:07 PM
Thank you Stephen King.
Near-sighted perspective shows history progressing forward in a straight line. Historical perspective shows history to be a circle, like a dragon about to consume its unsuspecting tail. As a nation, unless we slay the dragon, we will be consumed by the dragon. Unless we regain balance, we are doomed, starting with our unsuspecting tail.
Posted by: cyclist | May 1, 2012 10:59:21 PM
Loony King needs to stick to writing fiction...
Posted by: TaxDudeSC | May 2, 2012 2:20:15 PM
Richard Bachman is really Stephen King. And Stephen King is apparently really Elizabeth Warren.
Posted by: Mike | May 2, 2012 11:12:22 PM