HOLLYWOOD – In what could be a new celebrity trend, Matt Damon, announced he will give all his future earnings to the U.S. government.
Matt Damon believes that the rich are not taxed enough. He believes that the tax rate on wealthy Americans should be at least 80%. “England has the right idea, the wealthy should give almost all of their money to the government, so that wealth is spread around.”
Damon has come under fire from some on the right wing, but Damon has put his money where his mouth is. “I am going to give 100% of my future earnings on all money I make from every source, to the government. I trust the government to use the money in better was than I could.
Damon is reportedly worth over $200 million. He will hold on to that money – and vows to keep most of it in bank accounts in Switzerland, but anything that he earns from now on will go to the government.
Democratic leaders applauded Damon’s “contribution” and urged all Americans who make over $250,00 a year to donate any money they make over that amount to the U.S. Government. “If Americans gave 100% of their salaries – over $250,000 – to the government – we could wipe out our debt in ten years,” said Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, however, will not be donating any money to the government. “I have too many grandchildren. They all need money for college.”
Damon has asked Bono of U2 to join him in “donating” to his country. Bono is currently “hiding” most of his money outside of Ireland and has come under fire from Irish citizens for doing so. “Bono could make a $2 billion gift to Ireland tomorrow, and I think he should. Governments help people, we need to support them, ” Damon said.
Here’s a recent video of Damon talking about the rich paying their fair share: