Stephen King On Paying One's Fair Share
I'm deeply disappointed by what seems to be the growing irrationality of our public and political discourse. I see it when looking at polling, when wildly popular ideas are still considered outside of the realm of political discussion. I see it in the media, when both sides of an issue are often given equal rhetorical weight, regardless of their actual merits. It’s particularly obvious among the conservative right, which now makes a point of pride out of denigrating education, science-based policy and often the very idea of governance itself.
I can't harness as much anger about the subject, however, as can Maine author and icon Stephen King.
In a blistering, hilarious, expletive-sprinkled rant published today at the Daily Beast, King lays into the wealthy individuals who now control so much of our politics and wish to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, as well as the Republican politicians who do their bidding.
"Mitt Romney has said, in effect, 'I'm rich and I don’t apologize 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 makes one of the best cases I've seen for the importance and American-ness of collective responsibility and ends his column with what the article's sub-hed describes as "a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America."
Read the whole thing here.