Bestselling fiction author Stephen King took to the liberal publication the Daily Beast Monday to hurl some classically left-wing attacks, filled with some classically left-wing vulgarity, at fiscally minded conservatives such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a piece aptly titled "Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!" (serious vulgarity warning):
Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm.
That was the opening paragraph - and it was all downhill from there:
At a rally in Florida (to support collective bargaining and to express the socialist view that firing teachers with experience was sort of a bad idea), I pointed out that I was paying taxes of roughly 28 percent on my income. My question was, “How come I’m not paying 50?” The governor of New Jersey did not respond to this radical idea, possibly being too busy at the all-you-can-eat cheese buffet at Applebee’s in Jersey City, but plenty of other people of the Christie persuasion did.
Two fat references to Christie in the first two paragraphs from one of the nation's foremost fiction writers. Makes you want to cry, doesn't it?
As for that rally in Florida, NewsBusters wrote about it at the time debunking most of the points King made as utter nonsense. Take a look for yourself at one of America's most renowned authors making a fool of himself in public:
A year later, King wrote roughly the same non sequiturs this time filled with vulgarities from begin to end:
Tough shit for you guys, because I’m not tired of talking about it. I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing “Disco Inferno” than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.
Classy stuff, huh? Makes it difficult to believe this is the same man that last year published "11/22/63" which was honestly one of the finest books I've ever read.
I kid you not.
Sadly, the contents of this DB piece bore no resemblance to that epic novel:
The Koch brothers are right-wing creepazoids, but they’re giving right-wing creepazoids. Here’s an example: 68 million fine American dollars to Deerfield Academy. Which is great for Deerfield Academy. But it won’t do squat for cleaning up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where food fish are now showing up with black lesions. It won’t pay for stronger regulations to keep BP (or some other bunch of dipshit oil drillers) from doing it again. It won’t repair the levees surrounding New Orleans. It won’t improve education in Mississippi or Alabama. But what the hell—them li’l crackers ain’t never going to go to Deerfield Academy anyway. Fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke.
In reality, King's vulgar point was that even when rich conservatives give to charity, it's wrong because they're not giving to causes he supports.
But the fun was far from over, because King next attacked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney armed of course with profanity but clearly without facts:
I guess some of this mad right-wing love comes from the idea that in America, anyone can become a Rich Guy if he just works hard and saves his pennies. Mitt Romney has said, in effect, “I’m rich and I don’t apologize for it.” Nobody wants you to, Mitt. What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged. That it’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-fucking-American is what it is. 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.
The middle class "assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden."
It makes me weep, really.
When I think of the exhaustive research King did for his masterpiece - and let me make it clear, "11/22/63" IS a masterpiece - it amazes me how he refuses to get on the Internet and with a couple of simple keystrokes find out that: the top one percent of wage earners pay 37 percent of all the federal income taxes collected; the top five percent pay 59 percent, and; the top ten percent pay 70 percent.
It took me about ten seconds to find that article at the National Taxpayers Union.
Can't someone as intelligent and rich as Stephen King - his net worth is estimated at $400 million - perform a simple web search to find the truth concerning who does and who doesn't pay taxes in this country?
Or would the shock be too great for his dogma making ignorance a more preferable state?
If you're sensing my disappointment, you're correct.
How the person that wrote this poorly researched piece of garbage Monday could in any way be related to the genius - yes, I said genius - that totally enthralled and captivated me with "11/22/63" boggles my mind.
They can't possibly be the same person.
Clearly, time doesn't heal all wounds.
I nevertheless do recommend "11/22/63." Best thing I've read in over 30 years.
(H/T The Blaze)