Sunday, December 8, 2013
Stephen King dives headlong into the tax-the-rich debate in a long, expletive-laden piece for The Daily Beast.
King takes sharp aim at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently said that Warren Buffett should just "write a check and shut up" if he was so concerned that he was paying less taxes than his secretary.
To Christie's response King had this -- and much, much more -- to say:
"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, “OK, 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."
There's more, but many of King's arguments contain language that could get a reporter fired.
Here's Christie's interview:Tweet
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.