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Tax Policy Expert Bruce Springsteen Criticizes Gov. Christie
American Thinker ^ | 04/02/2011 | Jack Kemp

Posted on 04/02/2011 5:56:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Los Angeles Times reports that Bruce Springsteen has written a letter to his local New Jersey newspaper criticizing the policies of his state's budget cutting Governor.

In a letter to his hometown newspaper, legendary rocker and Garden State icon Bruce Springsteen laments its recent report about how the state was slashing programs that help its poorest citizens while sparing more affluent residents from the budget axe.

"The article is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other," Springsteen writes to the editors of the Asbury Park Press.


That's very righteous of rocker Springsteen, but meanwhile, back in February of this year, Fox News reported that Springsteen (also his former drummer Max Weinberg and Jon Bon Jovi) have taken advantage of New Jersey's tax laws to significantly cut their taxes on country properties by producing a minimum threshold of $500 a year's worth of farm products.

Fox stated, both in a video report and an article, that Springsteen's "Cadillac Ranch." According to Fox reporter Barbara Nevins Taylor:


Springsteen pays more than $138,000 a year in taxes on his three-acre Colts Neck home, but just $4,639 on the adjoining 200 acres, which is organically farmed and has horses, according to the report.

Just $4, 639 in taxes on 200 acres? Looks like Bruce's image as a working class hero is "Going Down," to quote from one of his famous song titles. Springsteen's accusation has been unable to "throw that speedball" by Fox News and probably Governor Christie like Bruce's buddy could in his "Glory Days."

Hey, Bruce, did you ever think that if these faux farmers in New Jersey had paid their fair share of taxes, the working guys and gals of Newark and Hoboken who made up the difference in the state budget would have had enough spare money to buy the Fords made in that Metuchen plant you sing about in "Glory Days" -- and it might have stayed open?

Liberals often twist Jesus's famous words around and cast the first stone to claim that they are without sin. But for Bruce Springsteen, this does not look like "
A Brilliant Disguise."



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: brucespringsteen; chrischristie; newjersey; taxes

1 posted on 04/02/2011 5:56:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I am for a 90% tax on Rock Stars amd Movie Stars.


2 posted on 04/02/2011 6:03:21 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tax cheat.


3 posted on 04/02/2011 6:04:51 AM PDT by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hypocrite of the day - - - Bruce Stringbean.
If he didn’t make it as a singer he would probably be one of those having their theft of our tax $$$$ cut.
Please go away Bruce.


4 posted on 04/02/2011 6:06:21 AM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s too funny. Typical loud mouth liberal. All that money hes made and He’s pulling a stunt like farming to avoid taxes, while telling everyone else to pay. He’s always been an @sshole and looks like hes going to remain one


5 posted on 04/02/2011 6:07:31 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: certrtwngnut

And please take Bon Jovi w/you.


6 posted on 04/02/2011 6:07:40 AM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
Springsteen (also his former drummer Max Weinberg and Jon Bon Jovi) have taken advantage of New Jersey's tax laws to significantly cut their taxes on country properties by producing a minimum threshold of $500 a year's worth of farm products
I agree with screaminsunshine -- entertainment jackoffs should be taxed at 90%, or maybe 99%. How many yachts can they waterski behind? How much is enough?


7 posted on 04/02/2011 6:14:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

Clearly, Springsteen IS a tax expert. Evidently he manages to pay pennies on the dollar toward property taxes compared to his neighbors, merely by working the tax laws. He is a tax-expert who does everything in his power to make certain that only the working class pay taxes - he, of course, being “the boss” should not be expected to do the same.


8 posted on 04/02/2011 6:27:37 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: SeekAndFind
Apparently Bruce was Born To Run...

from taxes...

9 posted on 04/02/2011 6:30:54 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Looks like he sud divided his property to not pay his fair share. Evil Rich Rock Star, just hurting the children and penisions of their teachers.


10 posted on 04/02/2011 6:34:45 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: certrtwngnut

Bruce Stringspeen-Brit Hume
Is a Mimbo-Jerry Seinfeld
He should just shut up and sing.-Laura Ingraham


11 posted on 04/02/2011 6:37:04 AM PDT by gigster
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To: SeekAndFind

$138K a year for one house on 3 acres! That’s got to hurt. He could have the same house in Greenwich, and pay $30-40K.


12 posted on 04/02/2011 6:37:56 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: screaminsunshine

Mke that 90& capital gains tax and 90% estate tax before any and all loopholes. They already have their money and are living off capital gains. Yea add in 00% on any new income. These people make me sick.


13 posted on 04/02/2011 6:38:37 AM PDT by therut
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To: therut

OK.


14 posted on 04/02/2011 6:40:12 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: therut

That is suppposed to be 90% on any new income. Might as well make them pay 90% sales tax also. See how they like those odds.


15 posted on 04/02/2011 6:41:59 AM PDT by therut
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To: SunkenCiv
"Tax Policy Expert Bruce Springsteen..."

[laughs hysterically, nearly pukes, barely recovers]

Yeah, riiiiight. *snort*

16 posted on 04/02/2011 6:43:31 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SeekAndFind

Leftist righteous hypocrisy? No ... say it ain’t so!


17 posted on 04/02/2011 7:26:59 AM PDT by parisa
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To: SeekAndFind

Springsteen puts a horse on a plane to fly it all over the world so his daughter can compete in equestrian events - and then lectures the rest of America about excessive energy use. Bruce - you know what, Shut The Stuff Up! His most hypocritical action is getting agricultural exemptions on his Colts Neck estate so that he doesn’t have to pay property taxes on that 100 plus acre horse spa. He is not shy about using those ancient tax loopholes for pseudo farming. Which is his tacit agreement that the state property taxes in NJ are far too high - and they are!

Hey Bruce - do you know why the property taxes that you hypocritically avoid in NJ are so high?

He probably doesn’t understand the infamous Abbott Decision, in which the NJ Supreme Court have taken by judicial fiat, property tax monies from all the school districts in NJ to send it to 33 poor inner city districts with abysmal academic records (Newark, Camden, etc.). They claimed property tax funded education discriminated against poor areas and they, in their infinite liberal wisdom were about to make it fair. After 30 years, $40 billion spent and the effect of doubling property taxes for every family without a commensurate benefit, not a single grade in these inner cities improved. (But it was a boon to the teachers’ union.) This all came from liberal democrat social engineering which is one of the most dangerous and destructive forces in human history. As Springsteen avoids his fair share of property tax, he is thereby avoiding his responsibility that his sanctified liberal forebears put in place for the poor. Even though the program is useless, like most socially engineered programs to improve the lot of the poor, Springsteen should own it and pay his taxes before he criticizes Christie for cutting other such programs. So Bruce can stop being a hypocrite and pay his damn property taxes.


18 posted on 04/02/2011 8:00:29 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bump


19 posted on 04/02/2011 8:07:03 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind

The pose of many rock stars is that they are one with the working, blue-collar stiffs and the “poor and oppressed.” Springsteen has created and maintained that facade since he started making records. Whether it squares with reality, i.e. a multi-million dollar rock star like Springsteen, is another matter. I guess Bruce singing about the glories of Ayn Rand and rugged individualism just wouldn’t sell as many cds. Hey Bruce, how about doing a song about Joe McCarthy rooting out the Reds during the fifties? The Kids In The Hall did a skit one time about right wing folksingers, and one song was called “Root’em Out Joe.”


20 posted on 04/02/2011 8:42:53 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a hypocrite.


21 posted on 04/02/2011 8:45:27 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I live in NJ. Springsteen is an ‘’icon’’ of this state like a squashed bug is an ‘’icon’’ on your windshield. This guys music sucks and so does he.


22 posted on 04/02/2011 9:41:07 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another drooling half wit telling us what a moron he is.


23 posted on 04/02/2011 10:01:04 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another drooling half wit telling us what a moron he is.


24 posted on 04/02/2011 10:01:21 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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