Stephen King, author of Carrie and The Shining
In an opinion article published by The Daily Beast
, Stephen King argued that rich people, such as himself, should be forced to pay higher taxes.
According to King, it’s "tough sh*t" for those who claim to be "tired of hearing about" taxes, because he is far from tired about talking about the issue. King further asserted that asking the middle class to assume a large tax burden is "un-f*cking-American."
"It’s true that some rich folks put at least some of their tax savings into charitable contributions," King writes
"My wife and I give away roughly $4 million a year to libraries, local fire departments that need updated lifesaving equipment (Jaws of Life tools 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."
King also ranted about current presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who recently said
, "I’m rich and I don’t apologise for it."
"Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money
—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without
America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged," King said
King is certainly not the only rich person in America who is fighting for higher taxes on the rich. Billionaire and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has also expressed support for such a tax, whils Hollywood actor Matt Damon recently accused
President Obama of "rolling over to banks and extending Bush-era tax cuts."
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also stated that the Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy people should expire.
Even less famous faces have voiced their desire for higher taxes to be placed on millionaires. Last year, a group called Patriotic Millionaires
sent a letter accompanied with 200 signatures to Congress, calling for the taxes to be implemented.
Stephen King’s full opinion piece, titled "Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!", can be read at The Daily Beast