Stephen King Writes Awesome Op-Ed, Joins Legions of Wealthy Who Want to Be Taxed

"That annoying responsibility stuff comes from three words that are anathema to the Tea Partiers: United American citizenry."

The disproportionate and unfair tax rate disparity between the rich and poor is going to be a major hot-button issue this election, particularly when Romney's meager 13% tax rate is even lower than Obama's (because he's richer). Over the past year, a number of super-rich progressives led by Warren Buffett have come forth asking the federal government to tax them more, noting that the discrepancy is making the country worse for everyone. The latest to join the chorus? Best-selling novelist Stephen King, who just penned a plea for the Daily Beast called, "Tax Me, For Fuck's Sake!" Proletariat language: that's partly why we love him. King writes:

I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing “Disco Inferno” than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar. It’s true that some rich folks put at least some of their tax savings into charitable contributions. My wife and I give away roughly $4 million a year to libraries, local fire departments that need updated lifesaving equipment (jaws of life are always a popular request), schools, and a scattering of organizations that underwrite the arts. Warren Buffett does the same; so does Bill Gates; so does Steven Spielberg; so do the Koch brothers; so did the late Steve Jobs. All fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough.

What charitable 1-percenters can’t do is assume responsibility—America’s national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. Charity from the rich can’t fix global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny. That kind of salvation does not come from Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Ballmer saying, “Okay, I’ll write a $2 million bonus check to the IRS.” That annoying responsibility stuff comes from three words that are anathema to the Tea Partiers: United American citizenry.

King then goes on to call the Koch bros "right-wing creepozoids" and breaks down the lies about taxes told by the Republicans as "a crock of bullshit." As purple as the piece might sound, it's actually incredibly important—tantamount to an Oprah endorsement—considering the breadth of his fanbase. And because he's a great writer (and prone to cursing!), the piece makes the wonkier aspects of his point much more palatable. This is a huge win; read the full piece here

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 30, 2012, 7:35am

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