One curious trait of liberals is that they’re very generous with other people’s money, but not with their own. It’s part and parcel of the Left’s hypocrisy.
As an example, super-rich billionaire financier Warren Buffet recently opined that “the super rich” should be glad to pay more in taxes. Then it turns out the IRS has been wrangling with Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, over tens of millions in taxes owed the U.S. government. Mysteriously, the super super rich Buffet’s super super rich company has not fully paid its tax bills for years!
Super rich Matt Damon, who makes a very good living pretending to be people he’s not, is another example.
On July 30, 2011, in an exclusive interview at the “Save Our Schools March” in Washington, D.C., Damon said he’s just “so disgusted” with the then-negotiations between Obama and the GOP over the debt limit, and with the “criminal” wealthy for not paying higher taxes. He then blamed the dastardly Tea Party of being “willing to drive it all off a cliff”. This is what Damon said:
“I’m so disgusted man. I mean, no, I don’t know what you do in the face of that kind of intransigence. You know, so my heart does go out to the President. He is dealing with a lot. Yes, the wealthy are paying less than they’ve paid in any time else, certainly in my lifetime. It’s criminal that like, you know, so little is asked of people who are getting so much, I mean, I don’t mind paying more. I really don’t mind paying more taxes. I’d rather pay for taxes than cut like ‘Reading is Fundamental’ or ‘Head Start’ or some of these programs that are really helping kids. I mean, why not? This is the greatest country in the world. Is it that much worse if you pay 6 percent more in taxes? Give me a break. You know, look at what you get for it. You get to be American. I mean, why not raise it per million bucks? Right? And then cap it somewhere.”
Damon also said those making over $250,000 per year are not job creators: “Nobody went and started a business with their Bush tax cut. You know, I don’t know who would believe something – that just defies common sense so no, that’s – no. I was against those tax cuts. I thought they were ridiculous. So little is asked of the upper class anyway, you know. I mean, what percent of them or their kids are fighting in any of these wars?”
Damon’s diatribe prompted John Ransom of Townhall Finance to propose that “In the name of shared sacrifice, it’s time to impose a tax on the $7 billion in box office receipts that Hollywood generates.” $7 billion in annual receipts can hire quite a few teachers — 145,228 teachers actually.
Ransom further writes:
“Look, if people are going to talk seriously about taxing ‘the idle rich’, they should get serious about looking at the most idle members of our society- those who reside mostly in Los Angeles and Manhattan and make a living off of show business. […] Matt Damon…gets paid enough to pay 572 teachers. Tell me which has more value for society? A rich, smug, preachy Matt Damon? Or 572 teachers? […] When was the last time a Damon movie made money by anything other than glorifying violence or preaching a smug unreality to the rest of us who live in the real world?
[…] I think it’s time to take up Damon’s suggestion and tax all of Hollywood at 80 percent of their net worth, and 80 percent of the gross going forward. That would still leave Damon with $3 million of his estimated $65 million net worth. That’s a small price to pay for being an American, Matt.”
Holly Won’t of Deceiver.com has an even better idea:
“It’s too bad there’s that pesky law preventing Damon from voluntarily paying more in taxes. Wait, what do you mean there isn’t?
In fact, the U.S. Treasury does accept donations to help pay down the public debt. The problem is, no one gives to it, at least not in droves — not even the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength. In 2010, the Treasury collected only $2.8 million in donations. Year to date, the fund has raised only $1.9 million in gifts for 2011. That’s about enough to keep the $1.6 trillion budget deficit afloat for one second.
Consider that Matt Damon received a $26 million payday for the last Bourne film. That paltry ‘6 percent more’ he’s calling for would have totaled a little over $1.5 million extra off his take — and that’s for just one film he’s made. (CelebrityNetWorth.com pegs his assets at around $65 million, commanding about $24 million per year.)
I’ll alert the Treasury they can expect a check in the mail.”
H/t my dear friend Bill O.