We gaan nog even door op Amerika's ultieme politieke twistpunt: het belastingstelsel. De volgende die zich aansluit in het belast-mij-aub-rijtje van Bill Gates en Warren Buffett is horrorschrijver Stephen King.
En dat doet King in een zeer lezenswaardige open brief met de frisse titel Tax me, for f@%&'s sake! Tuurlijk, zegt King, veel rijken doen allerlei leuke liefdadigheidsdingen. Maar dat is niet genoeg volgens King.
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.
[...] I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share. That our civics classes never taught us that being American means that—sorry, kiddies—you’re on your own. That those who have received much must be obligated to pay—not to give, not to “cut a check and shut up,” in Governor Christie’s words, but to pay—in the same proportion. That’s called stepping up and not whining about it. That’s called patriotism, a word the Tea Partiers love to throw around as long as it doesn’t cost their beloved rich folks any money.
Mooie rant. Lezen.