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Taxing Matt Damon
Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2011 | John Ransom

Posted on 09/05/2011 4:59:19 AM PDT by Kaslin

In the name of shared sacrifice, it’s time to impose a tax on the $7 billion in box office receipts that Hollywood generates.

I added up the domestic box office activity for the week August 26 through September 1st based on figures provided by Variety. The take for the week for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Our Idiot Brother, Spy Kids: All The Time In The World, plus 130 other box office leaders was $136 million. Year-to-date those films have grossed over $4 billion.

$7 billion in annual receipts can hire quite a few teachers. 145,228 teachers actually.

$136 million each week would pay the unemployment benefits for 461, 017 people at the average benefit of $295 per week.

Look, if people are going to talk seriously about taxing “the idle rich”, they should get serious about looking at the most idle members of our society- those who reside mostly in Los Angeles and Manhattan and make a living off of show business.

Being a sometimes starving writer, I have a lot of respect for the sacrifices that artists make to pursue their craft.

But Hollywood box offices aren’t funding starving artists.

They fund “Contagion,” the next in a series of socially redee…, excit…, err, movies by Matt Damon who gets paid enough to pay 572 teachers. Tell me which has more value for society? A rich, smug, preachy Matt Damon? Or 572 teachers?

And in what passes for political strategy in Democrat circles, Michael Moore, the mustard-stained Leni Riefenstahl of the progressive fascists wants Damon to star in a new role- as president of the United States.

Really. I’m not making that up.

“The Republicans have certainly shown the way — that when you run someone who is popular, you win," said Moore according to the Huffington Post.

Then he compared Damon to Ronald Reagan: "Sometimes even when you run an actor, you win. And I guess I only throw his name out there because I’d like us to start thinking that way."

I don’t know Michael.

You already have a candidate who can only manage prepared lines, has no experience at anything other than acting and thinks that paying taxes makes one an “American.”

"The wealthy are paying less than they paid at any time else, certainly in my lifetime, and probably in the last century," said Damon in the same article. "I don't know what we were paying in the roaring 20's; it's criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much. I don't mind paying more. I really don't mind paying more taxes. I'd rather pay for taxes than cut 'Reading is Fundamental' or Head Start or some of these programs that are really helping kids. This is the greatest country in the world; is it really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it: you get to be American."

Gee I wonder how we got to be such a great nation when we’ve been under-taxing the citizens by so much for so long?

I think it’s time to take up Damon’s suggestion and tax all of Hollywood at 80 percent of their net worth, and 80 percent of the gross going forward. That would still leave Damon with $3 million of his estimated $65 million net worth. That’s a small price to pay for being an American Matt.  

That’s certainly a better plan than taxing banks. Say what you want but banks generate an awful lot of economic activity by building hospitals and schools and roads. When was the last time a movie paid to fund a new school in a public school district or made sure that teachers wouldn’t get laid off?

When was the last time a Damon movie made money by anything other than glorifying violence or preaching a smug unreality to the rest of us who live in the real world?

Because after all the demonization of “big” oil, “big” banks and corporate profits by Hollywood’s saintly progressives, maybe it’s time for the Damonization of Hollywood in return.  

If you can do it to banks and CEOs, why not actors and film corporations?  

Raising the income tax by Damon’s 6 percent isn’t going change Warren Buffet’s tax bill one bit.

But introducing a Hollywood tax bill at 80 percent off the top may just get the millionaires of Hollywood to shut the heck up.


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1 posted on 09/05/2011 4:59:21 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
That's absurd. The tax on them shouldn't be more than 78% but it should be retroactive to 1964 to take into account the property and investments they've all already made by stealing from the masses.
2 posted on 09/05/2011 5:06:21 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is insane but kept medicated and on golf courses to hide it)
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To: Kaslin

I think it’s a great idea. Cut all tax breaks for Hollywood, close the loopholes the “actors” use and let’s see how much they can contribute.


3 posted on 09/05/2011 5:07:02 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: sauropod

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4 posted on 09/05/2011 5:07:34 AM PDT by sauropod (ObaMao: Let them eat peas!)
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To: Rashputin

That’s right. Let’s up the ante and force Hollywood to pay reparations.


5 posted on 09/05/2011 5:09:38 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Kaslin

“you get to be American”

picking a semantic nit:

actually you get to be AN American ... we are individuals, not part of some collective. at least that’s the way it used to be.


6 posted on 09/05/2011 5:11:45 AM PDT by fnord (Republicans are just the right-wing of the left-wing of American politics)
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To: McGavin999

“I think it’s a great idea. Cut all tax breaks for Hollywood, close the loopholes the “actors” use and let’s see how much they can contribute.”

Do the same thing for rockers, rapppers and overpaid basketball, football and baseball players.


7 posted on 09/05/2011 5:12:00 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: McGavin999

Yessssssssssss


8 posted on 09/05/2011 5:13:09 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: McGavin999

I agree, but suggest we exclude Keanu Reeves from the list. I don’t think he is a particularly good actor, but the guy has given away millions and millions of $$$ without fanfare or attention. Also, he doesn’t preach about politics or homosexuallity (to my knowledge).

So I suggest, we begin making asshats like Matt Damon pay draconian tax rates first, and see how that goes. Let’s make them pay every penny they have to support their liberal agenda.


9 posted on 09/05/2011 5:23:22 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Kaslin

What an idiot this guy is.

The problem is that the money NEVER goes to “Reading is Fundamental” or Head Start.

Give your money away to the government, you liberal moron, and watch how much of it goes to waste.


10 posted on 09/05/2011 5:31:50 AM PDT by incredulous joe ("No road is too long with good company" Turkish Proverb)
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To: Ernie Kaputnik
If we're going to have exclusions you have to exclude Denzel Washington and a few others. Better to just tax the hell out of all of them and rebate to them 3 times as much as they've donated to worthwhile things in the past. They should be like everyone else, in other words, take their money first and only later decide whether they get any back and how they get it back. For example, Denzel gave a lot of money to help veterans so he gets cash back. Matt may have given money to something but his “refund” should be in the form of building an asylum with his refund and then naming it for him to show that it was his refund that built it.
11 posted on 09/05/2011 5:34:23 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is insane but kept medicated and on golf courses to hide it)
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To: Kaslin
If you can do it to banks and CEOs, why not actors and film corporations?

This stymies me. The public abhors big oil, big banks, and big Wall Street, yet there is nothing but adoration for big Hollywood and big sports.

What's the difference? They're all making millions and are already paying more than enough to be considered "American". Nothing prevents Damon and other hypocrites like him from contributing all their wealth to the government, if they so choose.

12 posted on 09/05/2011 5:37:06 AM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
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To: Kaslin

I really don’t mind paying more taxes.....Then do your W-4 and put a note in the envelope : Here is an extra $4,000,000 for my conscience. Keep it.


13 posted on 09/05/2011 5:39:59 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Kaslin
After World War II, a 20 percent federal excise tax was imposed on movie ticket sales (actually the gross revenues of movie theaters). Hollywood produced a short film to attack the tax, saying it hurt ticket sales, cost jobs, and put theaters out of business. I saw this film on TCM not too long ago. The tax ultimately was removed.

Perhaps it's time to reinstate the movie excise tax to help reduce the deficit.

14 posted on 09/05/2011 5:57:32 AM PDT by Gee Wally
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To: Kaslin
Having preached this for a long time, I agree with the notion that we need to start putting these INDIVIDUALS for what taxes they are paying. More to the point, anytime these lefties speak out they should not only be asked what tax rate they are paying but to COMMIT to writing a check right then and there to the IRS to pay their fair share.
15 posted on 09/05/2011 5:57:40 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought ("The proposition that the government is always right is manifested either in corruption or benefits)
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To: Rashputin

Nice. I like your idea much better.


16 posted on 09/05/2011 5:57:51 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: Kaslin

Makes sense to me and they couldn;’t possibly complain because they have already touted taxing the rich and the corporations as “patriotic”.


17 posted on 09/05/2011 6:17:12 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Kaslin

“Michael Moore, the mustard-stained Leni Riefenstahl of the progressive fascists”

Ooooh. That’s a keeper.


18 posted on 09/05/2011 6:24:44 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Kaslin
"Sometimes even when you run an actor, you win. And I guess I only throw his name out there because I’d like us to start thinking that way."

Call us back, Michael, when Matt Damon can give a speech like this , rather than this. Right now, however, it seems we have Peter Sellers in the White House. For all of his "I" and "me", it seems that there is no one really there. It is all determined by focus groups.
19 posted on 09/05/2011 6:48:01 AM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: Kaslin

Big oil, big banks and big hollywood. It has a ring to it. Tax the idle rich in big hollywood.


20 posted on 09/05/2011 7:46:59 AM PDT by healy61
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To: Rashputin; McGavin999
The tax on them shouldn't be more than 78% but it should be retroactive to 1964 to take into account the property and investments they've all already made by stealing from the masses....
and let’s see how much they can contribute.

all great ideas and then maybe they really will move to
(the Workers' paradises of) N.K. / Cuba or a "Peaceful" Islamic Country


21 posted on 09/05/2011 4:57:19 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Who can take tomorrow, Spend it all today? Who can take your income And tax it all away? Obama Man :)
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