Skip to comments.Taxing Matt Damon
Posted on 09/05/2011 4:59:19 AM PDT by Kaslin
In the name of shared sacrifice, its 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 arent 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. Im 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 Id like us to start thinking that way."
I dont 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 weve been under-taxing the citizens by so much for so long?
I think its time to take up Damons 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. Thats a small price to pay for being an American Matt.
Thats 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 wouldnt 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 Hollywoods saintly progressives, maybe its 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 Damons 6 percent isnt going change Warren Buffets 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.
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.
That’s right. Let’s up the ante and force Hollywood to pay reparations.
“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.
“I think its a great idea. Cut all tax breaks for Hollywood, close the loopholes the actors use and lets see how much they can contribute.”
Do the same thing for rockers, rapppers and overpaid basketball, football and baseball players.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice. I like your idea much better.
Makes sense to me and they couldn;’t possibly complain because they have already touted taxing the rich and the corporations as “patriotic”.
“Michael Moore, the mustard-stained Leni Riefenstahl of the progressive fascists”
Ooooh. That’s a keeper.
Big oil, big banks and big hollywood. It has a ring to it. Tax the idle rich in big hollywood.