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Monday, April 30, 2012

Stephen King: Shut up and make the rich pay more because societal needs require more than charity

Stephen King: It's un-American not to tax the rich more

Editor's note: Stephen King did not mince words in that piece at the link, which includes many of the four-lettered sort. If you don't want to read it because of that, his primary point seems to be that it is silly to believe the answer to our problems is to tell the rich people who want to see changes in the tax code to just write an extra check to the IRS.

From the piece: 

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.

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