Stephen King: Tax Me, For Fuck’s Sake!

Stephen King, ComiconStephen King is so rich and so famous that he can say whatever he likes and it won’t matter a bit to him or his readers … so he does, in the Daily Beast:

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.”

Heard it all before. At a rally in Florida (to support collective bargaining and to express the socialist view that firing teachers with experience was sort of a bad idea), I pointed out that I was paying taxes of roughly 28 percent on my income. My question was, “How come I’m not paying 50?” The governor of New Jersey did not respond to this radical idea, possibly being too busy at the all-you-can-eat cheese buffet at Applebee’s in Jersey City, but plenty of other people of the Christie persuasion did…

[continues in the Daily Beast]


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  • Disinfonaul

    what’s stopping Mr. King from simply *giving* more of his money to the government?

    I’m a little confused: Disinfo generally says that government power is bad, except when government power is used to tax wealthy people.

    Can someone explain this double-standard?

    • Disinfonauled

      Can a troll shut the fuck up? When are you going to learn there is not one voice here…?

      • Disinfonauleded

        Why don’t you STFU? When are YOU going to learn that just because someone asks an uncomfortable question, does not make them a troll.

    • Tand

      Taxes go to buy weapons that kill Arabs. Anyone who calls for more taxes is putting their first world comforts over human life. The state worship ideology is an ideology of racism and hate. Stephen King may not know it but he’s a racist.

  • SPET67

    This is bullshit.  If Stephen King wants to give more money to a government, he can just write it a damn check.   They’ll take it.  

    What he really wants is for the government to tax other people at higher rates.  

    I’ll give him some credit for volunteering to go 1st.  But, he’s got no business volunteering other people’s money.  

    • Tylenol Jones

      I think you might be missing the point he’s trying to make, here. Sure, King can just write a check. Problem solved, right? Wrong. The government needs to tax wealthy people on the same scale as the middle class. If he just writes a check, then all the other one percenters will chuckle to themselves over a nice glass of port while counting their massive tax refund. What I BELIEVE he’s trying to say is that the government should tax all those as wealthy as him, not give them a choice in the matter. Ask yourself, honestly, if you didn’t HAVE to pay taxes, if you could just write a check if you wanted to, and keep the money if you didn’t, then would you? Unless you’re incredibly altruistic, then I doubt you would (I might be wrong about your particular case, but I’m fairly certain a good 75 to 80 percent of Americans would spit in the eye of the IRS if they weren’t worried about going to prison). Paying fair taxes shouldn’t be a choice, it should be mandatory.  /rant

      • Tand

        translation: “I hate Arabs – the government needs more money so it can slaughter them on a wider scale.” 

        Every $1 in taxes, whether from a prince or a pauper, is one more dead Libyan. You’re fine with that, though, if ten cents of that dollar goes to put a little minty-winty on your pillow and have your dream gummint come tuck you in at night you little darling. 

        Everyone who makes more than $19K in the U.S. is part of the global 1%. Let’s bleed the 1% … without regard to borders. That means you too. 

        • Adamsshadow

           Lonely up there in your tower?

      • SPET67

        The government should restrict itself to those duties given it by the constitution.  And, it should avoid wars of aggression.  Then we could finance our government with excise taxes.  

  • Dkr6954

    Sure it’s his business.  He’s a U.S. citizen and he has a right to speak his mind!  Tax the greedy rich as hard as we’re taxed!

  • Squidink

    Fix where the money goes, then talk about asking for more.

    • NicePeopleSwallow

      This is a fantastic point and one which frequently gets lost amongst all of the other petty arguments. The question then becomes: how do we fix the system? Occupy – or some other similarly-minded group which is not afraid to nominate a candidate – needs to make this a key issue within their platform. 

  • Okarin

    the current tax system is so bad it even scares him XD. i’m a supporter of flat tax

    • Bobbie Jean Pentecost

      Flat tax is a horrible, horrible idea. It unfairly affects the poor. 15% of 30K is a HUGE deal where as someone making 300 Million won’t even notice 15%.

  • Miguel


    I guess accuracy and good sloganeering don’t go hand-in-hand. 

  • Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    I say raise taxes in the uber-rich but DON’T waste the money. Our government is so stupidly wasteful and complacent with our tax dollars.

  • Mrtchops

    i see from the comments thus far that it’s the usual measured and logical discussion of taxation..
    for the trolls and simpletons here’s a simple formula:
    bad govt taxation/spending = bad
    good govt taxation/sending = good
    so in general, good govt = good and bad govt = bad NOT govt = bad