Stephen King demands to pay more taxes because ‘rich people would rather light themselves on fire’ than do it. The actual quote is: “‘The majority (of rich people) 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,’ he wrote in an article for The Daily Beast.” Sounds like the makings of a new reality show where millionaires light themselves on fire and the one who burns the most pays the most taxes. They could call it “Weenie Roast.”

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Matthew S. Harrison April 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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So I take it, Mr. King, being the smartest guy in the room mind you, has taken every single tax break he possibly can, has his publishing empire based off-shore-and is probably in discussions with his tax attorney at Baker McKenzie, on how he can save even more next year, by moving everything off-shore. Hmmmmmmmm, seems like we have yet another billionaire hypocrite on our hands. Mr. King, may I suggest you be the example needed to get all these greedy rich folk to give more money to the groveling poor folk, and stop taking deductions-and pay 40% + in federal income taxes? I think you may start a trend!
By the way-you are a fucking sicko-I’ve read one of your books-it was enough to make me gag-you are just too sick for words, and should be in a rubber room.

PsychoDad April 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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He’s a jackass. I like horror type stories, and I used to read him, but I haven’t touched his crap in ages.

GhostntheMachine April 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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Know what you mean, I haven’t read any of his new stuff but one since Needful Things and that had to come out in the early 90′s.

drb April 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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I’ve read most of his books. “Desperation” is prolly my favorite of his books that I have read. But still, I think he is off the mark on his political opinions. Good story teller though.

GhostntheMachine April 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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The literary version of Shut Up and Sing!

Elrond Hubbard April 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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I’ve never read a Stephen King novel and, based on his bizarre rant in the Daily Beast, I haven’t missed anything.

In any event Steve, write a check payable to the Depatment of the Treasury, nobody’s going to stop you. Just don’t presume to tell others what they should be paying.

BTW, I have a can of lighter fluid you can borrow if you decide to set your wee-wee on fire.

CO2Insanity April 30, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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One thing about King. He must have about the only house in Maine that’s not painted white.

RKae April 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm

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I’ve always hated his shit. He makes it up as he goes along, then just… I dunno… runs out of paper, so he stops. It’s like listening to a crazy old coot ramble on the bus and praying to God that the next stop is his.

Progressive Hemrrhoid May 1, 2012 at 2:05 am

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All I can say to Mr. King is Please feel free to send a sizable check to the IRS, because you’re a millionaire if I remember correctly.

poppajoe49 May 1, 2012 at 3:53 am

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Never read any of his stuff, I’m not big into horror anyhow.
I did see Christine, Cujo, and part of Children of the Corn. At that point I couldn’t take it any more and stopped the tape.
My statement to him is to lead the way and send a few billion extra to the IRS with a note on the check telling them to use it to pay down the debt. The worst thing you can do with money is just let the government use it however they want, because they will spend it on more stupidity and never pay the bills.

Noelegy May 1, 2012 at 7:08 am

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Oh, dear. Stephen, I love your writing (even though you have to work your politics into the most convoluted and unrelated of references), but stick to writing fiction…that’s what you’re paid for.

Trickie May 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

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Does he also demand to pay more for a car than the sticker price ?

flashingscotsman May 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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And then have them give the car to someone else, whom they have decided is more deserving of it?

GKS May 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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By my (Turbotax) calculation (and making some assumptions), King made about $27,000,000 last year, and paid over $7,800,000 in taxes after about $4,600,000 in deductions (guessing at his state taxes and property tax). Unless he’s just sitting on this cash, it is invested in the private sector and therefore it’s creating jobs. He creates jobs in bookstores, movie studios, TV studios, theaters, and venues where he makes personal appearances. He’s a charlatan who does not understand economics (nor good taste in this instance). Until the government can demonstrate it is spending our money wisely, there is no reason to give them more.

MGAP May 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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Another guy with more money than he’ll ever be able to spend saying he won’t mind paying higher taxes. Let’s make it an 85% tax rate for those making more than 5 million a year and see how fast “popular support” dwindles.

Sidekick May 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

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Go after non wage income (read old money) and see how they scream.

KimmyQueen May 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

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Nothing is stopping him from paying more taxes and nothing stops anyone who wants to pay more taxes to do so. What is it with liberals and wanting to force taxation upon people? It is so strange. I want to see his tax returns.