DC Trawler

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!