Stephen King, master storyteller, has posted his thoughts on the rich who refuse to countenance the raising of their taxes. As a filthy (rich) liberal scum, he was not particularly kind to them:
"Cut a check and shut up, they said
"If you want to pay more, pay more, they said.
"Tired of hearing about it, they said.
"Tough @!$%# for you guys, because I'm not tired of talking about it. 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."
This is not the first time Stephen King has laced into the greedy right. His book, Under The Dome, might as well have been titled How The Right Will Kill Us All. It was a bit heavy-handed but still a decent read and gave us a microcosm of the hypocrisy of the right on religion, ethics (or lack thereof) and climate change denial.
King takes on the argument from the right that the rich know better than the government how to handle their money:
"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.
"And hey, why don't we get real about this? Most rich folks paying 28 percent taxes do not give out another 28 percent of their income to charity. Most rich folks like to keep their dough. They don't strip their bank accounts and investment portfolios, they keep them and then pass them on to their children, their children's children. And what they do give away is—like the monies my wife and I donate—totally at their own discretion. That's the rich-guy philosophy in a nutshell: Don't tell us how to use our money; we'll tell you."
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