Comedian Chris Rock told The Associated Press this week that he would gladly pay more in taxes if it meant more Americans have jobs.
Speaking to reporters at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Rock commented that he was “gonna lose the money,” suggesting that he would rather see his tax dollars being used by the government to support jobs than having his children’s teacher ask him for a loan.
“I look at it this way: I can pay higher taxes and people can have jobs, or I can pay lower taxes and have my kids’ teacher asking me for a loan because she’s gonna lose her house, which is true,” he said. “Stuff like that happens. So, I’m gonna lose the money no matter what.”
Rock, an Emmy and Grammy award winner who’s written films and starred in several of his own HBO specials, reportedly has a net worth of over $70 million.
He’s only the latest in a string of wealthy individuals, like billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, to come out in favor of higher taxes on America’s wealthy. Because of their immense wealth, Rock, Buffett, Gates and other rich Americans would fall under a plan proposed by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies that would raise the tax rate on millionaires to 30 percent.
The top 400 earners in America paid an average effective tax rate of just 18.2 percent in 2008. Approximately 94,500 millionaires pay a lower effective tax rate than millions of families earning less than $100,000, according to the Congressional Research Service (PDF). Tax rates on the highest earners are at historic lows thanks to a massive tax break for the wealthy passed during the Bush administration, which if revoked could close the country’s budget deficit.
Facing a $15 trillion national debt, President Obama has called the need for more government revenues a moral imperative, and even quoted scripture to his Republican rivals, who accuse the president of engaging in “class warfare” for his efforts to make tax rates for the rich and poor more equitable.
This video was published by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.
‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies
The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.
"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.
"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."
‘Our police are protecting Nazis’: Detroit cops criticized for ‘marching’ with Nazis at Pride event
Members of the Detroit Police Department are being criticized for accompanying a group of self-described Nazis over the weekend at the city's Pride parade.
Activists reacted in alarm on Saturday after being informed that the Nazi group had been given a permit to protest at the Pride event. According to The Detroit News, police were assigned "to keep the protesters and attendees apart as they marched through the festival."
"Our police, when they should be protecting us, are protecting Nazis," one protester could be heard complaining in a video on Twitter.
Video catches white couple getting butt kicking on freeway after calling Latino family ‘beaners’
A fight broke out on highway 118 in California after a white couple allegedly called a Latino family "beaners."
According to a Twitter user with the handle @PattyMonstercx, her parents were cut off in traffic by the white couple.
An included video shows the white couple getting out of their SUV to confront Patty's family. A fight soon breaks out, which the white couple appears to lose.
Members of the Latino family can be heard calling 911 emergency services before the video ends.
Read the tweets and watch the video below.
Here’s a video of my parents fucking up an ugly ass racist couple who were trying to cut my parents off, and referred to my parents as “beaners” on the off ramp of the 118 today pic.twitter.com/W7wgRpgbXy