Stephen King attacks the American tax system

Best-selling author Stephen King has come up with some of his most compelling writing in years. This time it’s not about a heartwarming jailbreak, or cute 60s kids stumbling over something nasty in the cornfield. King has turned his attention to the American tax system.

In an amusing screed full of swear words, King asks why he isn’t taxed more, despite being a very rich American. King pays income tax at 28%. In a piece for The Daily Beast, King says he would be happy paying tax at 50%. Go ahead then, some respondents have suggested.

"If you want to pay more, pay more, they said," King writes. "Tired of hearing about it, they said. Tough sh*t 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 d**ks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing 'Disco Inferno' than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar."

King donates generously to local charities, fire-fighters, libraries, schools and arts charities – to the tune of $4 million, but says that charity from the rich "can't fix global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny".

He ridicules the way the rich are idolised in America. "Don't ask me why; I don't get it either, since most rich people are as boring as old, dead dog sh*t." He addresses multi-millionaires directly, arguing that "It's not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It's un-f**king-American is what it is."

It’s a great story. Now who wants to buy the movie rights?

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