March 5, 2024

Samuel L. Jackson Asks Why USA Can’t Get Billionaires to Pay Taxes

  • Samuel L. Jackson recently spoke to Vulture about his acting career and upbringing.
  • The “Pulp Fiction” and “Avengers” actor has never been shy about his politics.
  • He has already criticized Donald Trump and the Republican Party with F-bombs.

Samuel L. Jackson had it with these motherfucking billionaires without paying their youth taxes.

The Academy Award-winning actress shared her notoriety in a recent interview with Vultures after being asked about his political activism.

“I pay a lot of taxes, and it’s fine because I know I should. But why can’t we get billionaires to pay their fucking taxes?” said the actor. “If those mothers paid their taxes we could solve a lot of shit. And they’d be even richer than every single brother walking around.”

The “Avengers” actor is not alone in his frustration. A Pew Research Center Survey of 5,000 US adults found that about 60% of Americans feel the wealthy “don’t pay their fair share” in taxes. About 61% of people feel the same way about corporations.

It could also be argued that a wealth tax on billionaires could “solve a whole bunch of shit.” A joint report from the Institute for Policy Studies, Patriotic Millionaires, Fight Inequality Alliance, and Oxfam found that introducing a wealth tax could subsidize several government programs, including extending the child tax credit and the US defense budget.

The analysis from the left Americans for Tax Fairness found that 26 of the country’s richest people, including Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk, paid an average federal income tax rate of 4.8% from 2013 to 2018 as they saw their fortunes grow. (This is in part because most of his wealth comes from assets, not paychecks.)

Jackson, 74, has never been one to shy away from politics.

The actor told Vulture that his political activism began around the time he was a college freshman in 1966, toward the end of the civil rights movement. He went on to say how, decades later, hearing the phrase “Make America Great Again” – Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan – made his “blood boil” and that “the economic gap is crazy.”

“Being of a certain age and looking at the world and recognizing it for what it is and what it becomes, and that’s why as soon as I hear ‘Make America Great Again,’ I go, ‘When are we talking about it again? Are we talking about it back when we had apartheid?’ I grew up segregated in Tennessee. I went to school with Black kids because we couldn’t go to school with white kids. I saw Klan marches and Klan rallies. So I know what America used to be like,” he said.

Jackson was also open about his feelings on the current state of the Republican Party. In 2019, three years into the Trump Administration, the actor bluntly said Esquire how he felt about the president who was there.

“This motherfucker is like destroying the planet and all kinds of other crazy shit. And people think that’s okay,” he said.

When asked by the magazine if he was worried about angering some fans, Jackson dismissed the concern: “I know how much I hate mom. ‘I’m not going to see a Sam Jackson movie again.’ If you’ve never gone to another movie I’ve done in my life, I’m not going to lose any money. I already cashed that check. Fuck you. Burn up my videos. I don’t give a fuck.”

Jackson’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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