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  Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Apr 30, 2012 11:45pm
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AuthorStephen King
News DateMonday, April 30, 2012 11:45:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionChris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm. In February, while discussing New Jersey’s newly amended income-tax law, which allows the rich to pay less (proportionally) than the middle class, Christie was asked about Warren Buffett’s observation that he paid less federal income taxes than his personal secretary, and that wasn’t fair. “He should just write a check and shut up,” Christie responded, with his typical verve. “I’m tired of hearing about it. If he wants to give the government more money, he’s got the ability to write a check—go ahead and write it.”

Heard it all before. At a rally in Florida (to support collective bargaining and to express the socialist view that firing teachers with experience was sort of a bad idea), I pointed out that I was paying taxes of roughly 28 percent on my income. My question was, “How come I’m not paying 50?” The governor of New Jersey did not respond to this radical idea, possibly being too busy at the all-you-can-eat cheese buffet at Applebee’s in Jersey City, but plenty of other people of the Christie persuasion did.

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.
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SAP:262Gaear Grimsrud ( 6920.2134 points)
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Tue, May 1, 2012 05:49:19 PM UTC0:00
Poll Time!

 
D:479Brandon ( 1558.3782 points)
Tue, May 1, 2012 06:20:50 PM UTC0:00
That's possibly the funniest poll in a year.

 
R:1153J.R. ( 744.6801 points)
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Tue, May 1, 2012 11:05:21 PM UTC0:00
The governor of New Jersey did not respond to this radical idea, possibly being too busy at the all-you-can-eat cheese buffet at Applebee’s in Jersey City...

I don't mind offensive humor at politicians, but I don't think I would take shots at Christie's weight in an opinion piece about taxes. It sorta activated the part of my brain that told me to stop reading the article critically and stop taking the author seriously.

 
Un:352Ralphie (12176.8838 points)
Tue, May 1, 2012 11:40:40 PM UTC0:00
No kidding. It's even sadder that it's coming from supposedly one of the finest authors of our time.

 
Laf-W:2005Craverguy ( 773.7696 points)
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Wed, May 2, 2012 12:30:16 AM UTC0:00
Anyone expecting high-mindedness and sophistication from Stephen King's writings has obviously never actually read a Stephen King novel.

 
D:411Picimpalious ( 1229.6810 points)
Wed, May 2, 2012 12:31:45 AM UTC0:00
Ralphie: No kidding. It's even sadder that it's coming from supposedly one of the finest authors of our time.

Who supposes that? Stephen King is synonymous with middlebrow.

 
Un:352Ralphie (12176.8838 points)
Wed, May 2, 2012 12:51:10 AM UTC0:00
I hear it every day at work. It's all King and Gaiman, all the time.

 
Un:352Ralphie (12176.8838 points)
Wed, May 2, 2012 12:53:18 AM UTC0:00
And, for the record, I was expecting not sophistication so much as something approaching a writer's wit.