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Stephen King doesn’t think his taxes are high enough

Big Hollywood’s John Nolte passes along this clip of the Master of Horror at some sort of anti-Rick Scott rally in Florida yesterday:

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Here’s the key bit, where King addresses any skeptics in the crowd:

Now you might say, what are you doing up there? Aren’t you rich? The answer is: thank God, yes. Because I grew up poor. I lived in a family where my mother asked donated commodities from a Republican administration and got turned down. That’s where I came from. And you know what, as a rich person I pay 28% tax. What I want to ask you is why am I not paying fifty?

What I want to ask you, Stephen King, is… who’s stopping you? If you don’t think you’re giving enough of your money to the government, if you think they need it more than you do — that they can make better use of it than you can — don’t waste it on charity. Write a check, for whatever amount assuages your guilt about being successful, and send it right on over to the government!

According to the official site of the Treasury Department:

Citizens who wish to make a general donation to the U.S. government may send contributions to a specific account called “Gifts to the United States.” This account was established in 1843 to accept gifts, such as bequests, from individuals wishing to express their patriotism to the United States. Money deposited into this account is for general use by the federal government and can be available for budget needs. These contributions are considered an unconditional gift to the government. Financial gifts can be made by check or money order payable to the United States Treasury and mailed to the address below.

Gifts to the United States
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Credit Accounting Branch
3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
Hyattsville, MD 20782

They’ll take your money. You’ll feel better about being overpaid. And the rest of us can continue to do what we want to do with our own dough. Or at least the portion we’re still allowed to keep.

P.S. Loved you in Creepshow!

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  • SteveM

    The important subtext is that the government spends tons of money and someone has to pay for it. Who should it be and how?

    George Bush was the “set-up” guy for our economic conflagration. When he announced the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, he should have gotten on television and told Americans how he was going to pay for them. I.e., a war sur-tax for the duration.

    But he didn’t. He debt funded war and he debt funded entitlements out the wazoo. He was a catastrophe that enabled the election of an idiot-savant “closer” Barack Obama who will merely finish the job of overseeing America’s dissolution.

  • callenlaw

    When someone of King’s income level claims he’s not paying enough in tax, as seems the Hollywood/Silicon Valley fad de jour, the IRS should make his tax returns public. Then, we can see whether, inspired by bouts of patriotism, they can voluntarily decline to take the exemptions and deductions for contributions, capital losses, etc. that probably reduce their taxable income by half. Then, everyone wins!

  • csm53

    Don’t you wish, just once, that someone would point this out to the unhappy rich? Granted, the U.S. government would be the last place I would give my extra 22% disposable income if I wanted to make a discernible difference but better that than spouting pompous drivel.

  • blatantplayer

    What’ s his income? $80,000 per year? How does he manage THAT? I pay more than he does and I am confident in stating King is wealthier than me by several orders of magnitude. Two possibilities – 1) King has no idea what he pays and just spouts the nonsense frm Sgt Ed or, 2) he has one heck of a CPA.

  • partymanrandy

    Giving his own money to the government doesn’t force his will on others, and what’s the fun in that?

  • homebiscuit

    Of course Steven King and all the other rich lefty celebrities are perfect examples of ‘wealthy’ business owners struggling to make payroll, expenses, and overhead to keep folks employed. Something Stephen King, or this administration, seems unfamiliar with.