Given a chance to prove he's never opened up a book on basic economics in his life or keeping his mouth shut, Matt Damon's ego will get the better of him every time.

Remember when Matt Damon redefined “working for the middle class” as taking pictures of your crotch and posting them on twitter? Apparently, the guy who was itching to fund raise for Anthony Weiner like Anthony Weiner itches to take pictures of his naked body couldn’t resist Reason TV’s bait. Set up to spew nonsense, Damon delivered:

I really don’t mind paying more taxes. I’d rather pay for taxes than cut ‘Reading is Fundamental’ or Head Start or some of these programs that are really helping kids. This is the greatest country in the world; is it really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break…

“I didn’t go start a small business with my tax break, and I don’t know anyone else who did. No, everybody’s socking their money away,” he said. “I was against those tax cuts. I thought they were ridiculous. So little is asked of the upper class anyway.

Note to Matt Damon: No one is stopping you from donating millions of dollars to Uncle Sam. Do it! Lead by example for the next decade. One of the reasons why Matt Damon didn’t start a business with his money might be because he was gambling it all away in illegal Texas Hold Em’ tournaments! The reason why Matt doesn’t know anyone else who started up a company may have been because his friends are the same guys he plays poker with… It’s hard to start a business when you’ve got strippers on your lap, cigars in your mouth, and partners who are dipping out to take a cocaine break (if the reports are accurate).

But alas, back to the topic at hand—Matt and taxes. And the rich, who don’t pay their “fair share,” according to the actor. Some might find that odd, since in 2008 the top 1 percent of income earners paid 38 percent of all federal income taxes. Those numbers come from the IRS, as opposed to a butt (where Matt’s numbers tend to get pulled from).

Dear Matt,

Scotty doesn’t know basic economics. And Scotty doesn’t know when to be quiet. The next time you want to get up on a moral pedestal, you might want to think twice. The one you’re perched on is mighty high and mighty flimsy.


About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

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