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Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes'
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Posted on 12/14/2012 10:31:52 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/14/2012 - 11:23am

Why is it wealthy liberals don’t understand that if they want to pay more income taxes, they can each year on their 1040 form make an additional contribution to the federal government above and beyond what they owe?

Consider the case of actor Matt Damon who on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show Wednesday actually said, “I need to pay more taxes” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

TAVIS SMILEY, HOST: Do you think that ultimately on the things that matter to you, the things that matter to me, that Obama as president is going to be on the right side of history?

MATT DAMON: I desperately hope so, because we need that. And people need that. I don’t need that, I am in the one percent. So I need to pay more taxes. It’s the truth. You know, I don’t begrudge, I don’t drive by a fire house and see guys playing cards and begrudge the fact that my taxes pay them, because every once in a while, the bell goes off and those guys run into a burning building for people who are strangers, for people who are my friends, or their cats. You know? And I don’t want to do that. You know? I don’t know that I’m built to do that. Maybe I am, but I would rather pay another percent or two for some, you know, police who are going to make sure that, you know, our kids are safe and we’re safe. You know? Occasionally, they put themselves in harm's way.

And I like driving on nice roads. You know, I believe, you know, I just, I believe that we’re all in it together. And I don’t, and I wonder, you know, these people who get so angry about a couple more percentage points. It’s like, “What, I mean, what are you talking about? Really. You know. You want to see what life looks like without that? Go to the Congo. You know? There are rich people in Haiti, go check it out. Do you want to live there?” You know?

I mean, it’s like, so, for me, I, you know, those issues of social justice as well, like, for me, those are the most important. I’m reading a lot about Bobby Kennedy right now. So here’s somebody who writes about poverty, but those things that he was fighting against towards the end of his life, and fighting for, there hasn’t been a lot of movement, you know, statistically on a lot of that stuff. And that’s 40 some odd years ago, and that’s pretty sad.

Actually, if anything, despite the trillions of tax dollars that have gone to fight poverty in the past 50 years or so, there are more people living in poverty than there were when the "war" on it began.

As rich liberals hate "wasting" money on wars they oppose, why are they virtually all so willing to spend more on this "war" despite its obvious failure?

Far more importantly, if Damon was really concerned about the poor, why doesn’t he give 90 percent of his current wealth to charity?

According to our friends at CelebrityNetWorth.com, he’s worth $65 million and earns about $24 million a year.

As such, rather than paying more taxes, he should take $60 million and donate it to a variety of charities devoted to helping those in poverty.

He'll still have $5 million along with his astonishing income to live a much finer lifestyle than the 99 percent he claims to be concerned with.

Then he'd actually walk the walk he demands others far less well off than him do.

Just saying.


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Well write the check...........
1 posted on 12/14/2012 10:31:57 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Given the accounting structure of the movie industry, this statement is extra hilarious.


2 posted on 12/14/2012 10:33:43 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Sub-Driver

Then pay more damn taxes, Matt! None of us will stop you...


3 posted on 12/14/2012 10:34:15 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Some cultures are destined to remain stupid and we need to quit trying to uplift them.)
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To: Sub-Driver
It’s funny how all the “gift” contributions to reduce the debt still remain in the mere millions, isn’t it? None of the elites put their money where their mouths are.
4 posted on 12/14/2012 10:35:43 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Sub-Driver

Nobody is stopping you...Matt.


5 posted on 12/14/2012 10:35:43 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Sub-Driver

Exactly! The government takes voluntary contributions as well!


6 posted on 12/14/2012 10:36:18 AM PST by Shadow44
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Matt - there’s nothing stopping you from writing a huge check to the government - you know?


7 posted on 12/14/2012 10:38:12 AM PST by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Sub-Driver

All he has to do is fork over his income to the Fed!

He can keep enough for a jar of peanut butter and a beer.


8 posted on 12/14/2012 10:38:50 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Matt, gotta admit I like your acting but you don’t need to sound off like an idiot.


9 posted on 12/14/2012 10:39:13 AM PST by lesko
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To: Sub-Driver

People like this hire accountants that protect the money these Hollywood fools make from their deranged left-wing philosophy.

That is why they just dont cut a check. These guys will call them up and make it clear that the more they pay, the less they can party.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 10:42:18 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Sub-Driver

The little sniveling actor should just pay them . . . next time he’s at the Sundance Film Festival dressed like a little cowboy he can pass his cowboy hat around among his limousine liberal friends, and they can pay as much extra tax to Uncle Sam as their little phony hearts desire.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 10:42:37 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: Sub-Driver

YourAdHere: I need to stop seeing Matt Damon movies.


12 posted on 12/14/2012 10:44:45 AM PST by YourAdHere (FUBO!)
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To: Sub-Driver

What real conservative begrudges money spent on fireman RUNNING INTO A BURNING BUILDING...? The model is ridiculous. Whenever a lib wants to guilt you for ANY reservation about ANY tax, they reflexively trundle out the most innocuous forms of expenditure;

1. firemen
2. cops
3. hydroelectric dams

It’s profoundly dishonest.

How about public spending MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL GAMES...? It’s unacceptable to reduce payment to urban criminals for playing a GAME that they enjoy?

How about emergency reconstruction funds spent on SEIU people giving MASSAGES to welfare queens? Because it happened.


13 posted on 12/14/2012 10:46:10 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Sub-Driver

Wonder if he’d pay my taxes for me?


14 posted on 12/14/2012 10:52:15 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy (It's time to Repeal and Replace the Republican Party)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t know who is more annoying: Matt Damon, Ben Afleck or Brad Pitt.


15 posted on 12/14/2012 11:00:47 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: Sub-Driver
I mean, it’s like, so, for me, I, you know, those issues of social justice as well, like, for me, those are the most important.

Now who can argue with that?

16 posted on 12/14/2012 11:01:11 AM PST by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: Sub-Driver

If all they did was pay firemen and build roads and bridges I would be HAPPY with the taxes I pay, Matt... but they DONT

They pay millions of bureaucrats to sit on their fat asses handing out checks to millions more to sit around on their fat asses.

Do you know that there is THE EQIVALENT OF one good full-time govt employee for each family on welfare? and the full time employee gets paid twice as much?


17 posted on 12/14/2012 11:01:29 AM PST by Mr. K (some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: Sub-Driver
EVERYBODY here is going to give Matt the same advice....

....stop whining and JUST DO IT!

18 posted on 12/14/2012 11:02:59 AM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give WAR a chance.......)
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Celebrities are self employed. They all receive some kind of gain by using their celebrity status for sound bytes. They are owned by the highest bidder. It’s a financial decision for self-employed celebrities. Their celebrity is for sale.

When will this be recognized?

Further, the billionairs seeking to renew inheritance taxes will enjoy the benefit by purchasing large tracts of farms and ranches with water rights. Why isn’t this reported?


19 posted on 12/14/2012 11:03:51 AM PST by a5478 (a5478)
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Celebrities are self employed. They all receive some kind of gain by using their celebrity status for sound bytes. They are owned by the highest bidder. It’s a financial decision for self-employed celebrities. Their celebrity is for sale.

When will this be recognized?

Further, the billionairs seeking to renew inheritance taxes will enjoy the benefit by purchasing large tracts of farms and ranches with water rights. Why isn’t this reported?


20 posted on 12/14/2012 11:03:51 AM PST by a5478 (a5478)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Damon and other actors / actresses are likely unthinkingly reading their scripts just like Obama reads his teleprompter.


21 posted on 12/14/2012 11:05:12 AM PST by Amendment10
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To: Sub-Driver

Whip-out the check book and puy-up, dumbass.


22 posted on 12/14/2012 11:09:05 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Sub-Driver
Such a douchebag. I remember when Oceans 2356 (the one with Ellen Barkin Mad) was coming out, and Diane "Pills & Whine" Sawyer had the cast splayed out in a big ersatz living room.

Damon just had to spout off on politics, and I distincly remember Clooney glaring at him and Pitt giving him that snide 'you're a douchebag' look. Doesn't mean anything -- if anything, given they're all allied on Libtard politics, it only meant don't make promoting a sub-par Oceans movie that much harder ... but sometimes those snapshots stay with you...

23 posted on 12/14/2012 11:15:05 AM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Why is it wealthy liberals don’t understand that if they want to pay more income taxes, they can . . .

For Matt Damon, and other rich liberals, it's not about THEM paying more in taxes. They are not interested in what THEY pay in to the federal government. They are interested in forcing OTHERS pay more in taxes.

24 posted on 12/14/2012 11:17:49 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Sub-Driver

F*** these limo liberals and the hypocritical BS. They remind me of Judge Schmells from Caddyshack where the judge’s condescension is so obvious. Talking about how you need to be kept down - Society needs ditch diggers. I have my success and the fruits of it and I damn will make sure you don’t succeed yourself.


25 posted on 12/14/2012 11:21:12 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: Sub-Driver

Or, tell us how much is the right amount! They always just say MORE!


26 posted on 12/14/2012 11:22:20 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Matt Damon: 'I Need To Pay More Taxes'

Well, what's stopping you, butt-boy?

27 posted on 12/14/2012 11:22:48 AM PST by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? http://www.bigdawgmusicmafia.com)
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To: Sub-Driver
Make up Business cards with the Gift Contribution to the US government info and keep them in your wallet - anytime someone near you starts to crying that they should be taxed more, hand them a card . Fun AND educational!

front of the card: How do I make a contribution to the U.S. government? Citizens who wish to make a general donation to the U.S. government may send contributions to a specific account called “Gifts to the United States.” Money deposited into this account is for general use by the federal government and can be available for budget needs. These contributions are considered an unconditional gift to the government.

back of the business card:

Financial gifts can be made by check or money order payable to the United States Treasury and mailed to the address below. Gifts to the United States U.S. Department of the Treasury Credit Accounting Branch 3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D Hyattsville, MD 20782

28 posted on 12/14/2012 11:25:58 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is one of the biggest disconnects I witness on a day-to-day basis...the claims by liberals that we all need to pay more and the insurmountable difficulty they have actually writing a check to the IRS.


29 posted on 12/14/2012 11:33:55 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Damon is a big liar. Surely he has a team of accountants and lawyers who ensure that he pays as little tax as he can. If he wanted to pay more, he could just not take any deductions.


30 posted on 12/14/2012 11:37:02 AM PST by Sunbunny
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To: Sub-Driver

Everytime I hear his name, I think of the guys from South Park “Team America”. Matt Damon doesn’t have alot of influence. That’s a good thing.


31 posted on 12/14/2012 11:40:34 AM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: capydick

Heck, Matt no need to write a check, they will even take credit cards!!! Here’s the link:

https://www.pay.gov/paygov/forms/formInstance.html?agencyFormId=23779454

Donate all you want! Believe me, it will be wasted promptly.


32 posted on 12/14/2012 11:42:47 AM PST by Captain Rhino (Determined effort is the hammer that Human Will uses to forge Tomorrow on the anvil of Today.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The net worth of all the bleeding-heart Hollyweird and the other wholly weird libs must number in the trillions. I'm sure all those libs could live on a lot less money. By the way Damon, how do you and your equally liberal Hollyweird establishment morons feel about charging so much to go to one of your awful movies? Don't you think the poor and oppressed should be able to see your rot without having to pay an arm and a leg? The wife and I haven't gone to a movie in ten years, and judging by the crap that's on HBO and Showtime, we haven't miss anything.

p.s. I asked the wife to cancel HBO and Showtime, but she said it's cheaper to keep them as part of our cable bill than to get rid of them. We originally got HBO to watch the Sopranos. There's been little on HBO since The Sopranos went off the bill that's been worth watching. I refuse to watch any of Damon's flicks.

33 posted on 12/14/2012 11:45:30 AM PST by driftless2
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To: B.O. Plenty

America needs a major, big tax CUT if the economy’s ever to reverse its downwards spiral. But I’m so tired of these silly “I should pay more” remarks by actors that I’d support a great big tax increase just for them. How about it?


34 posted on 12/14/2012 12:09:44 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: gaijin
3. hydroelectric dams

Oh, the irony of that one, considering that their environazi cohorts on the left want to blow up said dams so the little fishies can swim up river.

35 posted on 12/14/2012 12:31:39 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Sub-Driver

36 posted on 12/14/2012 12:40:03 PM PST by gaijin
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Matt & all his Hollyweirdo friends should have benefit concert, call it IRS-AID!

Matt and all his rich friends could donate hundreds of millions and call upon all liberals to donate what they can to save Big Government.

37 posted on 12/14/2012 12:42:14 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Sub-Driver

Nothing’s stopping you, Matt. Either write the check or STFU.


38 posted on 12/14/2012 12:50:45 PM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: Sub-Driver
So I need to pay more taxes.

Because libtards are too stupid to know that saving and investing their millions would be better for the economy as a whole in the long run than giving it to the goobermint to waste.

39 posted on 12/14/2012 1:36:42 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Sub-Driver

I could certainly support a 97 1/2% Matt Damon tax...


40 posted on 12/14/2012 1:44:43 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: TexasCajun
Matt & all his Hollyweirdo friends should have benefit concert, call it IRS-AID!

Shhhhhh.....or it'll be on every damn channel on my cable six weeks from now.


41 posted on 12/14/2012 1:46:25 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Matt, you can pay more taxes now. No one is stopping you; but you won’t. Since you are a phony advocate of Obama you will be exempt so quit pulling that trash on us.


42 posted on 12/14/2012 1:47:00 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Sub-Driver

Matt Damon talks like, you know, a valley girl.


43 posted on 12/14/2012 1:49:08 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I won’t object if he pays mine.


44 posted on 12/14/2012 1:52:17 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sub-Driver

Damon has no clue on why this country became successful versus haiti or the congo. Freedom. These leftists are trying to turn this country into haiti.

His examples are essentially services like fire dept and roads. We will have less and less money for those things as entitlements grow. Obama’s policies actually hurt basic services like that.


45 posted on 12/14/2012 2:00:28 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Sub-Driver

Over use of “you know and uhm” is a sign of stupidity and ignorance.


46 posted on 12/14/2012 2:25:37 PM PST by Bruinator ("For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question")
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To: faithhopecharity
Me too...physical cliff ....lets try it. Can't hurt anymore than its hurting now.

I think the "stock market" is being supported by a bunch of rich Zer0 supporters just to make him "look good".

When they get tired of trying to shore up a rickety, worn out, and doomed ship, they will quit, and the market will crash.

Obama is not smart enough to keep his ship afloat much longer...and with welfare people making up a majority of the electorate, thus "in charge"...the only place they can take us is to the scene of the crash.

47 posted on 12/14/2012 2:53:42 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give WAR a chance.......)
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To: Sub-Driver
This should assuage your guilt,Matt
48 posted on 12/14/2012 3:20:29 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Fine, Mattie. Put your money where your piehole is!


49 posted on 12/14/2012 3:26:24 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: Sub-Driver

Just send the Feds a check, nobody’s stoping you. What are you trying to do, show your ignorance of econ. 101?


50 posted on 12/14/2012 3:57:38 PM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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