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article imageOp-Ed: Hollywood Liberals Get Conservative on Taxes

By Samantha A. Torrence     Mar 18, 2009 in Politics
Whoopi Goldberg is 'mad as hell,' and Alec Baldwin is in a tissy all over taxes. These Hollywood liberal heavy weights aren't upset about tax cuts, but tax hikes. How is that for irony?
Whoopi Goldberg made waves on 'The View' when she proclaimed she was "mad as hell," over more tax hikes. She has also railed against the death tax. However, a few months ago she was perfectly understanding of any tax increases no matter if McCain or Obama won.
Everybody’s taxes are going up and, you know, nobody wants to raise taxes, nobody wants to pay more taxes -- but if we want the freedoms that we talk about having, we want them for everybody,” she told CNSNews.com. “We want everybody to be able to go to the doctor. We want everybody to be able to do all the things they want to do -- then somebody’s got to pay for it, and it’s people making a lot of dough, and that’s the way the American system has always been.”
Now Whoopi is not truly a hypocrite, just a bit confusing. She says she doesn't mind paying taxes, but in the next breath she does. I guess it all depends. Perhaps she would like the Fair Tax where you only pay once. I am sure most people can find some favor in that theory.
Alec Baldwin, on the other hand, is a hypocritical as hypocritical gets.
Back in 2006, Alec was all about high taxes to pay for social programs, like dance lessons. He wrote in the Huffington Post a pitch against Republicans about tax cuts in hopes of convincing people to fund the Democrat party.
If you ever want to get a clear and determinative view of how our government works, and why, go to Washington. Go and see your Congressman or Congresswoman. Sit down with them and ask them why the richest nation on earth can't afford dance classes for little girls in underserved rural parts of this country that are affected by the NEA's budget. And beyond the issue of NEA funding, ask them who these tax cuts are serving? Who are they hurting? What, to the extent that any of them can reasonably defend these cuts, are their real purpose? Is their purpose to starve social programming in this, the "greatest country on earth?"
Prominent, veteran members of Congress tell me that, yes, that is their purpose. These tax cuts are not only to make Bush's wealthiest supporters richer, they are intended to hurt less powerful Americans by killing many of the social programs they depend on. That is the legacy of this Republican-controlled Congress. To hurt those who aren't wealthy enough to write Bush-Cheney a big check. I urge all Americans to keep that in mind during this election cycle. A Republican-controlled Congress is killing important social programs that we all depend on, so that Bush's friends can avoid paying a reasonable share of their taxes.
That sounds typical of a Hollywood liberal.
But wait, could Alec be turning into a conservative, at least when it comes to taxes?
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal:
We're constantly told that taxes don't matter to business and investors, but listen to that noted supply-side economist, Alec Baldwin. The actor recently rebuked New York Governor David Paterson for threatening to try to help close the state's $7 billion budget deficit by canceling a 35% tax credit for films shot in the Big Apple.
"I'm telling you right now," Mr. Baldwin declared, "if these tax breaks are not reinstated into the budget, film production in this town is going to collapse, and television is going to collapse and it's all going to go to California." Well, well. Apparently taxes do matter, at least when it comes to filming "30 Rock" in Manhattan
But apparently Alec was speaking for the entire Hollywood community! You want to know what I am talking about, read that article in the Wall Street Journal, but here is a little taste.
Believe it or not, Mr. Baldwin's views are shared across the movie industry, which is pleading in state capitals across the country for most-favored-tax status.
So the lesson here folks is this, liberals who become rich do not only not pay their taxes ( ahem, Obama appointees), but also favor tax cuts to support their businesses.
Now if only everyone can get on board maybe the recession will come to an end and people can afford to hire workers again!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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