August 3rd, 2011
12:46 PM ET

Matt Damon's not to be messed with

As Anderson Cooper pointed out on the Ridiculist Tuesday night, it's not the wisest idea to mess with Matt Damon.

The 40-year-old actor, whose mother is an educator, headed to Washington over the weekend to rally against the use of standardized testing as an indicator of how well teachers, students and schools are performing, and he's spoken out about a few other topics along the way.

He not only challenged a reporter who questioned a teacher's incentive to put in work on the job, but he also went after a cameraman who proposed that 10 percent of teachers are bad...and that perhaps 10 percent of people in any profession should rethink their careers.

"Okay, but maybe you're a s--y cameraman," Damon replied. He wasn't done there, though.

In a video posted by Nicholas Ballasy, Damon responds to a question about the debt deal.

"I'm so disgusted," the actor says of the debt ceiling debate. "I don't know what you do in the face of that kind of intransigence, so my heart does go out to the president, he's dealing with a lot."

But although Damon acknowledged the compromise wasn't easy, he continued, "The wealthy are paying less than they've paid at any time, certainly in my lifetime and probably in the last century. I don't know what they were paying in the Roaring '20s, but it's criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much. I don't mind paying more, I really don't mind paying more taxes. I'd rather pay more 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 that much worse if you pay 6 percent more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it. You get to be American."

Are the wealthy who make $250,000 and above job creators? Damon doesn't think so. "I didn't start a small business with my tax break, and I don't know anybody else who did. Everybody's socking their money away. Nobody started a business with their first tax cut...that just defies common sense. I was against those tax cuts, they were ridiculous. So little is asked of the upper class anyway, what percent of them or their kids are fighting in any of these wars?...If you walk down Fifth Avenue, there's no sense of shared sacrifice."


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  5. avafromtexas

    I'll be more than glad to help Damon join the real "poor". I'm quitting paying any money to see any production with his name attached.
    His" intransigence" makes him hard to listen to.

    September 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bobbydee

    Mr. Damon is a very good actor, makes some great films, and speaks his mind. I don't necessarily disagree with his take here. But I'm always a litle uncomfortable when anyone from Hollywood gets a pedestal or forum because of who they are. Hollywood and the entertainment industry, like the media, have played their part in America's decline. I find it hard to admire many of them. I think of them as opportunists and hypocrits. And if you think about it, they always gets a pass and never come under the same scrutiny they dish out to others.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Grim Reaper

    Matt stick with entertainment. There is no law stopping him from writing a check for the extra 6% he thinks he should be paying. Why stop there Matt-go back to the Eisenhower years and really bump it up.

    August 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HSL

    "So little is asked of the upper class anyway, what percent of them or their kids are fighting in any of these wars?" Wonder what sacrifice he did. Do not see any military experience in his background. Seems kinda of hypocritical to throw stones when you yourself did not serve your country but gained immense wealth from it.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. uradaisyifudo

    The ultra-rich and the ultra-poor are the only ones that get welfare. The middle-class
    get no welfare. We call the welfare for the rich "bush tax cuts", "tax loopholes",
    "fraudulent mortgage loans", etc. We call welfare for the poor "food stamps",
    "welfare checks", etc. A duck is a duck no matter what you call it. Welfare needs
    to stop for the ultra-rich and the ultra-poor. The middle-class needs to vote Democratic
    from now on. Please study up on what is going on because only if the middle-class
    bands together is this country going to survive.

    August 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. abqTim

    See how nice Matt is. The camera man says something he believes to be true and instead of responding in a responsible way he resorts to name calling "Okay, but maybe you're a s–y cameraman," Damon replied. Yeah, his mom taught him well. I had 2 very bad teachers in public school, one in 3rd grade and another in 7th. That's 2 out of 12 hmmm someone do the math for me. What percentage does that work out to. Those teachers are still there and this was 15 years ago!!!! So for more that 15 years these crappy teachers have taught hundred and hundreds of kids.

    August 16, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Maddy

    "I didn't start a small business with my tax break, and I don't know anybody else who did.?

    Exactly Matt, which is why your words are irrelevant. If you want to hand more over to the government to waste, go ahead but you have zero right to call for me to spend my money YOUR way.

    August 16, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    Take it from a rich Hollywood liberal to say that they should pay more taxes.
    Doesn't know anyone who started a business? That's because he only hangs with ohter Hollywood elitists.
    What an ass.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rusty

    The fact that anyone thinks that what he said is intellectually rigorous is a sign of how little people know. I assume this is some kind of setup since the people asking questions were blindingly simple minded. "10% of teachers are bad" is just wild and silly thing to say. Some teachers are bad, I know, I lived it. But teachers are way underpaid and mismanaged to the extreme. Also I have to say that calling free markets paternalistic does not even make sense, even with "MBA style" thinking. The entire clip reminds me of two fifth grades fighting over how Start Trek transporters work.

    Anderson this is not news. It's gossip. Seriously I would hope people expect more from you. I do respect you, and now – most, of your work.

    August 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JH

    Since you don't mind sharing, I'll be waiting for the check, Damon.
    What do you have to say NOW?

    August 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arglebargle

    Matt's heart is in the right place. Raise taxes on the wealthy. Then if they can PROVE they actually created jobs, let them take a little deduction. It'll hurt a little, but it's not gonna kill them to do without that 3rd yacht or autumn home in the Hamptons.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Badabing

    The most frustrating video I've ever watched. Anderson Cooper just wouldn't shut up. Ruined the flow of the whole story, which would have had more impact if left alone. Who wrote this crap?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. dumber

    ceo bonus and salary in corporate america has no correlation to performance though.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. dumber and dumber

    Giving bonus to teachers who students do wall in standardized test. Now that is dumb. So the teachers assigned to dumb schools and dumb students don't get bonus and less funding to dumb schools? There should be more funding to dumb students. Bonus to students but no bonus to teachers?. It's not fair for teachers assigned to schools with dumb students who don't get the bonus. Teachers are only as good a students.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      You have that backwards.A student or kid is only as good as what effort you put into them.

      Kids arent old enough to know better,but adults are.

      August 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. dum

    standardized testing is not an indicator of schools or teacher performance BUT is an indicator of student acheivement. Teachers and schools take too much credit for the success of students. All that teachers do is handout homework make sure student beat other students up and show up for class. The failure or sucess is on the students.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • keldan

      Are you kidding me? I am a teacher and get paid to work for 40 hours a week but routinely work an average of 60 hours a week. I tutor students during my contractual "duty free" lunch and spend hours outside of school grading and planning how to re-teach when students don't understand the first time. While I work for one of the wealthiest counties in the nation I have not received a pay increase in three years and also can not afford to live in the county I work in. I commute an hour each way to work and additionally work a part-time job so we can pay our mortgage and for day care. However, we are constantly criticized by the media saying that all teachers are lazy and we should be thankful we have a job. I work harder than most people and have more degrees and certifications than most people but make far less than most people. But according to people like you we (teachers) still aren't doing enough. So I guess nothing worse would happen to the school systems if we all just quit and found other jobs where we would be paid for the hours we work.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. JackDW

    Damon is spot-on, but sadly, most Americans are known the world-over to be a stupid lot. A little bit of millionaire funding to Fox News to produce easily disprovable nonsense of how the rich "need every penny they have, because they are suffering", and Americans wimp out and roll over like lap-dogs, kissing their butts like total cowards.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Anna

    I can't help but comment on the people telling Matt Damon to pay more if he wants to give his money away. Seriously? Who do you write that check to? Where do you send it? The Federal Government is legally bound to return any funds paid into over your obligated amount. I think he made some very valid points. Especially about teaching, which was his focus. And I get so tired of reading generalizations about the "lower class" citizens in this country. It's obvious the posters don't know a thing about being poor in the United States. So here's a generalization for you... Most people in the top income bracket haven't worked a day in their lives. They're living off daddy's money.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ibn8

    Why didn't he just start a private school with his money? Then he starts a new business, educates the youth and doesn't have to pay the government to do it. Just a drop of common sense and this whole argument would be moot. Since we let the US Gov run our education system, we have dropped in double digits in every subject compared to the rest of the world. So why is the Gov the right group to educate our kids? NE1?

    August 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. _aleph_

    I, for one, am grateful not to be getting all the government for which I pay. The idea of giving the feds additional money voluntarily is absurd. They would just spend it and borrow more, like they always do. Let them balance the budget and I'd contribute to the reduction of the debt. I suspect that if the budget were balanced, there would be a number of people willing to give more for a stronger America.

    August 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ryan

    Matt Damon is one of the hollywood elite who thinks he knows more than everyone else in America. Maybe he should either step out of the closet or quit frequenting the Faultline.

    August 7, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  25. Cade

    This message board should be evidence enough of the lack of education in this country. It's amazing how you can read a statement like, " I don't mind paying more, I really don't mind paying more taxes." and somehow think he is advocating super high tax rates. Just because he is a liberal doesn't mean he hates his money. He's wiling to pay a small amount more to fund vital programs because its the right thing to do.
    Teachers deserve our respect and admiration, especially for dealing with the spoiled narcissists they are forced to put up with.

    August 7, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. Minerva

    Damon is clueless as well as those who boo hoo the poor teachers. As a life time office worker my days would often begin an hour before actual starting time and end well after official quitting time. And there was no pay for this. I had many jobs to do and precious little time in which to do them. The stress was overwhelming, the pay low and the threat of being fired for any little infraction always imminent because there were no unions to protect us.

    As far as pay goes, I would have loved to have been able to make a teacher's salary. I had to retire early due to a medical disability with no pension or medical benefits unlike teachers who get both.

    Poor teachers. Cry me a river. I know of many people who got into this profession because it was way more lucrative than anything they could find in the private sector.

    Damon and others like him act the the rest of the world gets a better deal than teachers when in fact it is just the opposite that is true.

    August 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. PJ Richardson

    Yes. I agree. One pervasive problem is that many of the people who make > $250 and don't want more taxes, could care less about public schools. Many of them send their kids to private school. Also why they don't care who has medical insurance, they do and/or have enough money to pay for medical expenses with no issues.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  28. PJ Richardson

    JonQWriter said this...
    Matt Damon couldn't be more right on this. Taxing a house cleaner at the same rate as the multimillionare who's house s/he works in is completely unfair. You give a middle-class employee $10,000, they'll likely pay off bills, spend it on something for their family, or save it for retirement. You give someone like Matt Damon $10,000, they'll just leave it in their bank account. They don't need it for anything. Why can't even the smartest Republicans figure that out?

    The smartest republicans have figured this out. They just don't want to give up any money. And they use this excuse to get the , evidently not the smartest, republicans to go along with it even though the not wealthy republicans are also getting taken.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Clyde M

    While I respect Matt Damon and what he is trying to do, his argument that you don't take a job like teaching–with the low pay, long hours, and other hassles–unless you really love to do it is meaningless in that "loving" to do something and "wanting" to do something does NOT mean that you actually do it well. The fact that lots of crappy teachers "love" teaching doesn't mean that they aren't still crappy teachers. Lot of people "love" baseball, but 999 out of every 1000 aren't good enough to play it professionally. The question posed was not one of passion, but of actual ability.

    August 5, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  30. JakesTake

    Is Dick Cheney advocating that the government immediately cease and desist from contracting with Halliburton? Why does governmental spending in Afghanistan and Iraq not count against caps according to the latest budget deal? I continue to find it incredulous that there are those in this country that are outraged at the spending in OUR country but yet grow eerily silent when it comes to building schools in Iraq and Afghanistan (those kids deserve good schools!), building roads in Iraq and Afghanistan (they need infrastructure!) and the US continues to pay to play "world police" for other countries . . . For every 100 "Support Our Troops" signs, I see 1 "Support Our Kids" sign. if a soldier comes back from the Middle East with no prospect of employment, that is somehow deemed a tragedy but if a teacher is laid off due to a lack of public funds, that is cheered? Seriously? Really?

    Bottom line for me? This country has gotten way too wrapped up in talking points, sound bytes and a "win at all costs" agenda to realize that we are going to hell in a handbasket fast and there are more people interested in pointing blame than coming up with viable and workable solutions. And I stress the words VIABLE and WORKABLE.

    Now I hear people who call themselves Democrats complain about the budget deal; I hear people who call themselves Republicans complain about the budget deal. The only party that seems to be crowing a bit is the Tea Party who claim to have "changed the conversation." Well . . . how did that change work out? By adopting a "our way or the highway" approach to the budget, the Tea Party essentially forced a large wing of the Republican party to avoid any effort at compromise, drove the talks to near default and, because no realistic deal could be reached without gimmicks, our economy is headed for a crash.

    I hate to write this but bin Laden got exactly what he wanted. We may have killed him but he wanted to put this country into economic chaos. He knew full well that, with George Bush as president, taxes would not be raised and that the 9/11 attack would result in the U.S. going to war in Afghanistan against the Taliban and that George Bush would likely invade Iraq as well. The attack on 9/11 would cause the economy to stall. The economic pressure of two wars with lower revenue due to a faltering economy would result in a huge financial hit to this country. Revenues which could have been spent within our borders were now being spent overseas. Resources that could have been used here were being used elsewhere. 9/11 doesn't explain all of this country's woes but a large portion of it can be tracked back to bin Laden and, given the way our country is fighting itself and how divided we are, bin Laden is likely laughing in his grave.

    I keep thinking that we will realize that "we are better than this" but, instead, I hear the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin and Bachmann on one side and Maddow, Olbermann, Reid and Pelosi on the other side and they seem to have a vested interest in making us "hate" our fellow citizens who may have different thoughts or ideas. This country was not built on division or hatred. It was built on diversity of thought, compromise and an unwielding desire to make this a great place to live for everyone. We have evolved immensely and most of it for the better. No truer words have been spoken "United we Stand, Divided we Fall." And we are falling right now. Hard. Time to suck it up people and start listening to one another and to start working together and abandoning this internal "our way or the highway" war.

    I'm off the soapbox . . . .

    August 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Carolo

    People are something else. They want their kids to go to nice schools. They want them to be able to go to college. They want to enjoy their time in nice clean parks, have their trash picked up on time and drive down roads that are safe and cross bridges that won't fall down. They want their homes and neighbors homes protected by the police and fire department and don't want to wait an hour in an emergency. They want the borders protected. They want, They want, They want until it's time to pay taxes and then they cry, cry, cry.

    I live on social security and get $9468 a year to live on and even I would be willing to pay another couple hundred if I had to. We pay less taxes in the US and get more than almost every other country and still the crying continues.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. msLorraine

    my new hero, Matt "You get to be American" Damon <3 <3 <3

    August 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dan Bateman

    Teachers should be paid better. Yes. A lot better. Yes
    Some teachers should be fired. Definitely.
    Ten percent should be fired. Probably.
    Every teacher is great, because Matt Damon's mom is a teacher. Not.
    Teachers should be held to a higher standard than nearly every other profession, and every good one should be making over 6 figures. Great teachers should be getting downright wealthy. Bad teachers should be fired and banned from the profession. The acceptance, even protection, of mediocrity by teachers for teachers is the biggest problem in the system, which has plenty of big problems. When excellence is demanded of teachers by teachers, money will flow into the system.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Proud American?

    Just abouy all of you disgust me. Republicans this, democrats that. You're just as bad as congress, which is full of bickering, childish, high school-esque cliques. They care more about beating the goths/beating the preps than realizing this is bigger than party lines. They need to grow up, work together, and actually get things done. Also, to about four dozen of you (or maybe the same three people with too much time on their hands) : acting is a real profession that requires real work. In addition, telling Matt Damon to pay more taxes will not fix the deficit, sadly

    August 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  35. MattDamon

    I went to Harvard. You idiots went no where. Go kick yourselves in the chops.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jason

    It's always great from someone who reads lines into a camera for a living is treated like a policy expert. what qualifies him to have a public forum for his views? oh wait, he's a celebrity who receives undue praise and undue respect. like our glorious, hapless president. hooray

    August 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Tony

    Matt Damon has no idea what he is talking about related to small business. If he thinks a tax credit that saves me $10,000 on a machine tool is not incentive to buy that tool now versus later, he is a tool.
    I guarantee he also has a tax attorney to assure he doesn't pay a dime more in federal taxes that he is required.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Greg

    Matt Damon didn't slap anybody down in public. He's too classy a guy to do that. Anderson Cooper exaggerates.

    "Okay, but maybe you're a s–y cameraman" was a perfectly appropriate response to a man who said that 10% of the people in any profession are no good. In other words, he was telling the man not to make sweeping generalizations like that without any proof.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  39. moveon-ny

    I guess I don't understand why "educators" can't be hel to the same standard that the rest of the working world has to adhere to. As in any industry there are excellent and terrible workers. I can't speak for every state but after 10 years a teacher is tenured. After that there job is pretty secure and only a severe violation would they possibly be fired. After 10 years there isn't much incentive to keep teaching the future of our children. I don't see anthing wrong with this and I encourage testing the teachers. Most of America has yearly job performance reviews. I think this should go a step further and base increases, promotions etc. on ALL jobs paid by the taxpayers and not automatic merit raises

    August 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  40. tj66

    I've never understood how feeling like you can afford to pay more taxes or feeling a cause is worthy justifies forcing others to do what you you think they should.... There's a big difference in saying "Head Start is a good program and I think you should consider supporting it" and "Head start is a good program so Government should take your money to support it".

    August 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  41. April

    Matt should be our next president of the U.S.!

    August 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  42. joenotdaplumber

    "So little is asked of the upper class anyway, what percent of them or their kids are fighting in any of these wars?...If you walk down Fifth Avenue, there's no sense of shared sacrifice."
    ...Oh really? So which theater of operations did you sacrifice in? Hypocrite. And just because neither you nor your holllydud friends didn't start any businesses or create more wealth for others doesn't mean none of us did!

    August 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Stevie J

    Wow, AC seems to have quite crush on Matt Damon, I don't get it, he is a horrible actor....just god awful

    August 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Bubba

    A lot of funny stuff, but the funniest is about John Kerry "hiding his yacht." You could see it from his office; he parked on the other side of the river where parking was cheaper. Look this stuff up before you post; it wasn't illegal or deceptive, but the revenue didn't go to his home state. Just bad PR.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  45. JohnSmith

    I wonder what Coolio thinks about all this.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Scott

    Why do so many of you think that people making over $250k pay the same amount in taxes as someone making $25k?

    Fact: even if Matt Damon doesn't participate in this, people making over $250k are far more likely to create a job than someone making $25k. Most people making that kind of money are making it by either owning or managing businesses.

    Fact: people making over 250k do in fact pay more both as a percentage of income and as an actual dollar figure than those who make 25k.

    Fact: the top 1% of wage earners account for 21.5% of all federal and state tax revenues. The tax code is progressive.

    Fact: fix the economy (<6% unemployment, home values at least maintaining parity with inflation) and the tax revenues would grow by approximately 18-32% depending on which think tank study you want to read.

    Revenue (increasing taxes) is not the issue, a poor economy limiting people's ability to make a taxable income is the issue.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jenn

    I am a professor at a community college with a Ph.D. My salary started at 41,000 and only because I had experience teaching at a University or it would have been lower. I understand why people think teachers are complainers – because on the outside, we have a lot of perks...vacation time, and usually good benefits. Also, you can stay forever, have job security, and in 15 years be making a pretty nice salary.

    But, I will likely be leaving academics for the downside – the pay is horribly low compared to private business, your work never ends when you are working (multiple committees, research during summer, grading until late at night, on weekends, etc..), and the significant student loans you take on to get this degree are as much as a mortgage. Granted, I took them on by choice, but I was the first in my family to go to college, was a straight-A student, and wasn't aware of scholarships. However, I live modestly, have no credit card debt, and bought a home that required massive repair for under 100K because it's the only thing I could afford with my loan obligations. Oh, and I not only have all the taxes of others...I have a city tax, and I have to pay union dues whether I am a member or not.

    People complain about teachers, but in the end, it's more about policies than teachers. We are the ONLY industrialized country not to have a mandatory vacation law (France, everyone gets 6 weeks!), our education system is terrible, we have horribly expensive healthcare (that will not get better under Obama), and there are no real maternity/paternity leave guidelines that are adequate.

    Why do we hate teachers – because they get the things EVERYONE should have – time off, time with family, good healthcare and retirements, and a secure job. But let's be clear...it comes with a tradeoff...and in the end, it's not the teachers fault. If you hate the system, change it. Until then, I'll likely be trading it in for more money.

    If you want to see spending go up – forgive student loans for those actively working in underserved communities. Otherwise, like me, they are likely going to leave....and the inner city will be stuck with what it's always had – tons of bad teachers who can't work elsewhere. I love teaching those kids, but I won't be poor over it. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  48. The republican hidden agenda

    lost in the endless drama of the debt-ceiling negotiations, but last week, the Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives launched an unprecedented attack on the U.S.'s environmental protections. GOP Representatives added rider after rider to the 2012 spending bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department, tacking on amendments that would essentially prevent those agencies — charged with protecting America's air, water and wildlife — from doing their jobs.

    Economists call Bush Tax cuts a redistribution of wealth to the wealthiest Americans from the middle to lower class.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  49. Hollywood

    typical brain dead actor. you can pay extra taxes there sonny, just write the IRS a check. that way they can waste your money better than you. may as well flush it down your gold plated toilet.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  50. CEC

    ... Steve

    I come from Canada, too, and you're an idiot. Please pack and move south.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  51. I have a question

    Who do you all think should be elected in 2O12, your next president ? There are so many different points of view, you all have me confused. I get to vote for next election and I don't know what to think. One person says one thing and another says something different. Please help me. Thank you in advance.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • TheBeardedOne

      Honestly, every politician is lying and every supporter is just relaying the lies. Your best bet is to ignore what everyone says and look what the candidates views are, not what their promises are and decide who you feel is better for the position based on that.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  52. TheBeardedOne

    So... Matt Damon doesn't think that that tax breaks for those making over 250,000 are going to job creation in companies or starting new companies. Fair enough. Follow up with quote about how Matt Damon nor anyone he knows did so. HERP! You know, I don't believe that anyone has ever bought a Ford Mustang. I've never bought a Ford Mustang and I don't know anyone who has.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  53. east skywatcher

    Hollywood stars of TV/Movie fame should keep their pie hole shut! I don't want to hear what any of them believe – or have to say about political matters.

    They should do what they do best – ACT – let them exercise their 1st amendment right or give large amounts of money to the candidate of their choice- but I for one do not care to hear their opinions.

    Have any of you ever heard Janeane Garofalo (has been comedian/actress) speak about the tea party, conservative, independents or republicans who have a different opinion then she does? She comes out with both barrels blasting withinsults & personal attacks. She calls tea party members racists red necks, others hiding behind the American Flag and Jesus and of course they are all stupid. You just have to love Janeane

    August 4, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Check Your Self Before You Wreck Yourself!

      Seems as if you have an issue with an actor comedian or Hollywood personality with a liberal view saying anything at all even if their level of intelligence is slightly higher than the average conservative and more over than any Tea Party freak of nature.

      These people no matter what level of income bracket they are in seem to have a pretty educated opinion and last I checked they have a right to free speech. Not one of the Hollywood liberals I have heard from have ever said they would oppose a tax hike to the upper 1% which includes almost all of them. Now you want to attack public service and charitable donations? Refer back to my name and get back to me.

      Listen you guys have Clint Eastwood, Gary Sinise and Charlton Heston. Fox should be available to give them a soapbox if they can drag Glenn and Ann off of it for a few minutes.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  54. cypher20

    If Mr. Damon wants to give more money to the Federal government he can write a check to the IRS. No one is stopping him. If he wants to give more money to me, that would be cool too :-) I mean, "spread the wealth" around right?

    August 4, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  55. east skywatcher

    Hollywood stars of TV/Movie fame should keep their pie hole shut! I don't want to hear what any of them believe – or have to say about political matters.

    They should do what they do best – ACT – let them exercise their 1st amendment right or give large amounts of money to the candidate of their choice- but I for one do not care to hear their opinions.

    Have any of you ever heard Janeane Garofalo (has been comedian/actress) speak about the tea party, conservative, independents or republicans who have a different opinion then she does? She comes out with both barrels blasting withinsults & personal attacks. She calls tea party members racists red necks, others hiding behind the American Flag and Jesus and of course they are all stupid. You just have to love Janeane.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  56. Brooke

    Matt Damon obviously doesn't know the salaries of teachers in Maryland. In my county, they make $60,000-90,000 for 10 months of work. Don't even get me started on their hours. They can whine and whine about their LONG hours, but really it pales in comparison to many jobs. In their first year or so of teaching, teachers might have extra time spent at home or after school making lesson plans and setting up the room but after that time period, they work the school hours. The teachers that live in my neighborhood even get home before my child gets off the bus. They even have kids grading papers,etc....plus a BUTTLOAD of volunteers doing THEIR work. Teachers (and I am generalizing here) are the biggest group of complainers, whiners and "every else's job is so much easier than mine" that I have ever seen. I guess it goes with that old motto "Those who can't do, teach."

    August 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • @Brooke

      Brooke, you forget, you are talking about Maryland. The average home costs 450k. Earning that much here is like 30k anywhere else (except for new england).

      August 4, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  57. Tammy

    The most important thing he said was "Look at what you get for it. You get to be an American".
    Take your money and move if you don't like it. I am sure there are other countries that would love nothing more than to give you tax breaks and loop holes... Oh wait, no there's not.
    This country being free is the reason people get to own their own business', have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to start your own business and build it up from the ground. I don't think that just because you work harder for it you should be able to pay less. Where are my tax breaks? I went to college. Where are my tax breaks? I have worked just as hard and if not harder than some of these people. Paris Hilton anyone? What has she done to deserve all the money she has? She was born. And she will continue to enjoy the loopholes and tax breaks with out ever having to lift a finger, only a small dog in a designer bag, which, incidentally, costs more than my home!!!

    Matt Damon is saying it will not hurt these rich people to give back to the country that made them rich. Would they be as rich as they are if they were in any other country? I think not. They are not creating jobs, no matter what bs they try to sell the American people. They are taking jobs away from the American people by building mfg plants in other countries so they can save money on wages, insurance, and benefits. Just about everything you buy nowadays is made in other countries, using US Materials. Check the labels people!! We ship the materials and pay a small fraction of the wages to have foreigners put it together for us! We simply are not capable of such difficult tasks here in the USA. Try to buy a decent entertainment center. It comes in about 50 pieces with instructions in every language but English. What happened to taking pride in being an American? What happened to pride in your workmanship? What happened to keeping your mfg business in the United States? There are millions of people from all around the world who would love to live here because for the freedoms we enjoy. What is wrong with paying your fair share for those freedoms? Flat tax rate-no loopholes-no tax breaks. Everyone pays their share. Welfare needs to be changed to a lifetime limit, just like my healthcare. You get 5 years of assistance and you are on your own. I am sick of going to work everyday while others sit home and collect. Free rent, free healthcare, free utilities, free food, free cell phones...when will it end? If you can't afford it, you shouldn't have it handed to you. At a time when companies are posting record profits and yet the country is in a recession, something is broken and needs to be fixed. We need need representatives in government that are not afraid to stand up and say no more! Unfortunately, there are none and none seem to be coming forward to help. Political positions should have term limits, they should not be a career choice.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  58. Mike

    Well Matt send in that check then if you don't think you're paying enough. If every rich liberal sent in a huge check, somewhere in the millions of dollars, I would at least respect you for backing up your words with actions.
    You want the government to force increased taxes on everyone or you yourself won't pay them.
    What a hypocrite.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  59. CJ

    Very well said. There was an article in our newspaper on Sunday about a couple (in TX I believe) – a CEO making too much money and paying too little in taxes that had a tree house built for the grand kids at a whopping $248.000. Now that is ridicules. I guess that's what they are doing with the money they should be paying in taxes. The tax cuts should never have happened and be rescinded and the wealthy should have to pay appropriately.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  60. pepette

    I wish highly paid people would protest and make changes in their own industry. Why do I have to pay $9 for a movie that insults my intelligence and leaves me feeling wanting? I think I would respect people who pull in the big bucks more if they protest and play activist closer to home . Matt Damon and people who are lucky enough to hit the lottery need to count their blessings. And if actors and directors, etc just said no to the high pay, then maybe movie ticket prices will be more affordable to poor slobs like me.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  61. Steve

    One, I like that Matt Damon was volunteering his time to help in a cause he believes in. Sure it was his mom, but I'm guessing his mom doesn't really have work to get by and that Matt probably was taught to give a chit by his mom. Both of them out there to support our most important investment, our youth and their education. I think his mom and he are standup people.
    Second, The teachers year round pay comes from 10 month pay being recalculated over 12 months so they collect an even amount all year. Helps them budget and what not so when they are not teaching in the summer they can still pay their bills.
    Third, when you think about all the ways we are taxed, retail sales, capital gains, income, inheritance, gift, winnings, gas, sin tax on alcohol and tobacco products, and on and on and on the top 37% wealthiest people are not paying 90% of the taxes as some conservatives like to think. We all get screwed with taxes every which way but loose. Being that most of what wealthy people purchase stuff and write it off.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  62. Carol

    Run for public office, Matt! I'll vote for YOU! Give em heck!

    August 4, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  63. Phil

    The notion that the US citizens with $mutli-million incomes cannot afford to pay a little more and the working stiff gets to keep just a little more – that cannot possibly sound unreasonable.

    August 4, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  64. Till Eulenspiegel

    The gist of the reader responses is this: People complaining and spewing invectives about M. Damon, stand on the opposite side of Damon's political beliefs. So, anything he says is a target of ridicule or hateful insults. That's about the same level of discussion on CNN or other news site reader comments. He / she is not on our side, hence we can throw manure. And of course everybody seems to know more about education politics than, ehmm, Matt's mom, an education professor. Well, she's probably another one of those lazy teachers. Matt's my man – feisty and funny.
    (Happy Birthday, Mr. President)

    August 4, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  65. Matty Knowitall

    Matt Damon may be the most outspoken dumb-a s s in hollywood today, and that's hard to believe with all the brilliance resinating from that shi t hole state (who just passed a vote to allow illiegals to receive private funding and scholarships for college, while the rest of america has to actually study and work for it)...come on people you have got to be out of your dam n minds. Obama deserves no sympathy here...he is THE WORST president this contry has ever seen, hands down.

    Who creates the jobs in the US..the rich...tax them...and their money sits on the sidelines - have you morons not seen this trend in the last 200+ years...IT WILL NEVER END!!! GET OVER IT
    Or....
    You can empower Obama to do his thing and flood the market with fictional $$ creating surplus.. then create govt jobs (most likely for those who arent qualified (blacks and mexicans), because by god, they have a right, not the priviledge of earning it – gimme a break) whilst taking one step closer to socialism. We arent smart enough to spend our own money now have you forgot...wow - try that BS on me and you will be eliminated.

    Speaking of RIGHTS...now the poor have the right to have a cell phone, paid for by you, the tax payers..not the priviledge of owning one because they went out and earned a check to pay for it themselves..i swear this country just likes to hold their hands out and recieve..and thats got to stop. there have been too many hand outs, too much govt spending, too much taking from the people who have earned just to give the crackehead black mother with 8 kids...im sorry but nothing anyone can say or do will ever make this ok...and THIS MORON WANTS TO FUND THAT!!!!

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!! GET THAT IDIOT OUT OF OFFICE IN 2012 - FOR YOUR KIDS SAKE!!! (sadly, it may be too late)

    Oh yeah, MATT DAMON, switch jobs with me and then talk to me in 2 years...your views would change instantly you narrow minded neanderthal...god you're a stubborn, stubborn man. You and 90% of hollywood have been blinded by what actually IS going on in this country and what this country needs.

    I agree with EDUCATION enhancements..lets start with cutting Obamas overpaid administration, welfare subsidies, the cell phones, things of that nature...lets begin drug testing welfare recipients..that'll free up billions..ohhh but then we have a hunger problem because they have no money...and thats my problem why?? because he's/she's a friggin idiot drug user and i owe him/her something...GFY MATT DAMON!!

    August 4, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Till Eulenspiegel

      Know-nothing, what a sad flood of mouth diarreha. You have no problem with the rich being rich. Why then don't you shut up about a fairly rich Hollywood actor, eh? He should be in your class of protected species. But noooo, he supports the wrong party, and therefore, a sad excuse for a human like you, thinks (ah the irony) he has the right to throw manure at him. Why don't you go take a hike?

      August 4, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • PJ Richardson

      You said this... Who creates the jobs in the US..the rich...tax them...and their money sits on the sidelines – have you morons not seen this trend in the last 200+ years...IT WILL NEVER END!!! GET OVER IT
      What history books have you been reading. Check back at Reagan, Clinton, both Bush's etc and you will find that your statement is false. There is actually a negative correlation.
      Also, do you really think that wealthy business people are going to put off a business venture because they had to pay a few more percent in taxes. No they will not. They will continue to do what makes them money. Not to mention, that many of the biggest Job creators are corporations and not individuals. The rich just want to keep their money, and forget everyone else.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  66. unbiased

    Respectful response to JonQwriter:
    I agree the wealthy should have less tax loopholes while the middleclass loses theirs, but the government should not tax on the premise of whether or not they need the money.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  67. jim

    Funny how he doesn't go after the people in D.C. that spend the millioms/trillions. If his mother is a teacher she did a bad job. I wouldn't go see one of his movies on a bet.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  68. boka

    Remember – he is trained killer with those Jason Borne skills. Oh that's right he just thinks he has those skills. Just kidding. I'm not hating. He's a good actor.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  69. Bryan Herber

    Matt Damon is probably the largest ass hole celebrity today both with too much time on his hands and more money than he knows what to do with.

    As many people have pointed out, countries with higher tax rates on the top tier are more inefficient, because the government engages in waste with the taxpayer dollars, cannot manage the money effectively, and the country as a whole does worse. If anything, the tax rate needs to be lowered on the upper tier. Damon's statement that the rich are paying less in taxes than ever before in modern history is just untrue. Take a look at when the tax rate was 90% on the the top bracket, before Kennedy lowered it to 70%. With extremely high tax rates, the revenue coming in was actually much less because there is a lower incentive to make more money when the tax rate is higher.

    When Reagan lowered taxes in the 80s to the 30 percentile range actually boosted tax revenues more than any other president comparatively.

    Most teachers are actually very inadequate, and a lot of effective learning comes from individual effort and having good parents. I had very few teachers through my time in public school that I could actually call "good". And the cameraman's challenge to Damon that 10% of teachers are bad, was a legitimate question, and if Damon is such an expert, he should have had an answer for it, not just shoot an insult back.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • timThorp

      Bryan, your response shows 2 things: You obviously like insulting language, see ur response. You obviously didn't have good teachers. But your parents didn't help much either, judging by your response: "Most teachers are actually very inadequate, and a lot of effective learning comes from individual effort and having good parents."

      If the cameraman throws out a very unsubstantiated number, no wonder he gets ripped. He didn't like Matt's reply (funny though it was), maybe said cameraman should take the hint and not make summary judgments about another profession.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  70. Bob

    I'll mess with him. He has an opinion, but so does everyone else. Why does his opinion matter any more than anyone elses? He showed himself to be a typical pompous, Hollywood jerk.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  71. Ginamero

    I never fail to be amazed at how the wealthy sit and bemoan about the poor....instead of doing the right thing and giving his money away or figuring out a way to get parents to do right by their own children (head start and riff are for kids whose parents are too busy using government money to buy drugs – a free day care so they can lay on the couch and make more babies they don't care about)...he wants the government to take my money away.

    August 4, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  72. JS

    Damon is a girly-man and so is Cooper. A perfect match.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Till Eulenspiegel

      JS, you're dumbed down "little boy I am afraid of girly girls and gays"-answer is too funny to ignore, but should also be pointed out for its sad hatefulness. RIP.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  73. James

    Sorry, but Matt Damon speaks in glib sound bites that sound lovely, but have no substance. He offers no solutions, but he points out what he feels is wrong on this issue, which any critic can do.
    His water program is great, but what he knows about education isn't very much at all.
    There are bad teachers out there, and he and his mother are both in denial about that. Many teachers teach not because they have passion for the job though at one time they probably did, but because they are unable or unwilling to do anything else, or because of tenure in the system.
    The teacher's unions have worked in concert with government standards to dumb down the educational system over the years. You can't blame one without blaming the other. They're two fingers on the same hand.

    August 4, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  74. Debbie

    Sorry Wade - thought I was hitting reply instead of the abuse key..

    Anyway, as someone else pointed out the wealthiest may pay more of the TOTAL taxes; . however, individually, their percentage is on par with the working stiffs. As the saying goes "there are lies, damned lies, and statistics".

    http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html

    August 4, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  75. Carole Kovac

    Matt, First off, I love your movies. You help me, an everyday working small-business owner escape life's realities temporarily. Secondly, my husband and I own and operate a small diner....7 days a week. Used to be only 6, our lovely economy forced the 7th day a few years back. Been doing this for 30 years. Looks like we'll be buried under our diner. Tax breaks should go to small business owners across America who have employed hundreds of people over the years. We don't like to raise our prices....yet when all our vendors raise theirs....well, we just lose more money, because we're not gonna stick it to our customers. So, Matt, look to small business America...we could use some of your excess money!

    August 4, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  76. kathryne lee

    So Matt, how are we supposed to measure what our kids are learning in school? Do you really think all teachers are good teachers? Do you think some kids fail because there is no two-parent factor in their lives? Do you plan to send your kids to public or private school? I don't like standardized tests either but no one has come up with a better way to measure progress and you just can't pass kids to make them feel good. There are bad apples in every profession and you need to recognize that. YOu also need to remember that the rest of us are managing with a lot less money and privilege than you but my husband and I managed to put 3 sons through college without them incurring any debt and we went without a lot to do that. We asked no one for hand outs or help. We did it with hard work and are proud of what we accomplished. Let's hope you can say the same some day. Our president does not have a clue what is going on with the people in this country who don't complain and just carry on. None of our politicians do because they are too busy pontificating and raising money for the next election. Get a grip Matt and get down here with the rest of us and see how you do on $30,000 a year and quit inferring Tea Party People are crazy. If they are, they are right up there with the unions, politicians, and every other special interest group. At least they want this country to be true to its ideals and all you bleeding heart liberals want to do is spread the wealth. Why don't you just adopt a couple of poor families and pay them $100,000 a year tax free and see what they do with it.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  77. MichaelinSingapore

    Anderson Cooper is a tool. So is Matt Damon. Both those idiots can pay all the tax money they want to the IRS. No one is stopping them.

    August 4, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephen Falk

      Geez...what a baby
      The Guy make some salient points , and all any of you little girls can do is whine..because he's wealthy..

      August 4, 2011 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  78. Joey

    Some teachers have it easy and others don't. But I have to agree with everything he said about tax breaks for the wealthy. Not sure if there is an honest republican or democrat looking out for the livelihood of the average american.

    August 4, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  79. Faith

    I'm really surprised by this, and VERY impressed. Matt Damon has entered my List of Actors Whose Name Will Get Me Into a Movie Theatre, 100%. Very well done sir.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  80. jneuy

    hey matt... it isnt that we should tax more, its that the govt is wasting more than every.. Giving them even more money isnt going to stop the problem. Stop the senseless wars and spending. Hey Obama, you dont fly commercial so stop complaining about jets

    August 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Equallee

    I believe in equality and freedom for all. In America – everyone should pay the same rate%- if you earn more, you pay more. 20% of a million is more than 20% of ten thousand.
    I also believe that you are free to spend or invest and keep your money any way you see fit. We talk about the wealthiest americans like some separate class of people. I happen to work for a couple weathly guys, I can't say what they would do differently if their taxes were higher- but I know they are generous to their employees, and charities.
    I like the idea that they can be generous with money however they see fit.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Alex

    When Matt Damon knows more about economics than me, he can lecture me on economic items such as tax policy. Do I lecture Matt on how to be a better actor? That's what I thought...

    Love,
    A Hedge Fund Manager

    August 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeHouston

      Alex, you're a hedge fund manager? If that's true, then I don't care who lectures you about economics. I hope whoever
      does it tears you a new one. You and all your Wall Street cronies (the bankers, the traders, the Insurance and reinsurance
      thieves) are responsible for the mess that we all have to endure now. I hope we can find a way to TAX your behinds
      right out of business.

      August 4, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  83. Gwen Lebec

    Actually a good number of wealthy people have stated that they should be taxed more and have said that they support that. Warren Buffet has been talking about it for years as he openly admits that his actual tax rate is lower than his secretary's and he does not think that is appropriate. Most of the Internet and entertainment industry weathy support higher taxes for themselves. But it is Wall Street, the banking industry, the oil, defense and health industries who really run the show and they all oppose higher taxes (or any taxes) on the rich. They only want working people paying for everything and giving them their hard earned wages.

    August 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  84. fernace

    Thanks to Matt Damon for standing up for the working class, his fellow Americans, which is more than I can say about most posters here! Most of you are not wealthy, but you seem to be fine about the rich being coddled & given preferencial treatment, in fact you are fighting for their "right" to have this arrangement! All that mumbojumbo about half of America pay no taxes, do y'all even know what that hype is based on? I advice you to look it up & educate yourselves! Another thing people seem to have such a hard time grasping is that the Government doesn't really pay for anything! We do, our tax $$ does, so we actually have a right to demand that the Washington crowd spend our $$ wisely! Finally actors live, work & pay taxes in this country so they also have a right to voice their opinions! Btw, Obama will stay for the next 4, get used to it!!

    August 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Me

    Matt Damon I think makes a good point. I know the schools where I live will probably not survive making any more cuts to their budget, they can hardly make it the way it is. My children would then have to ride the bus for at least an hour or more to get to the closest school. Our teachers here are wonderful, and if I could afford to give them my tax return I would! Yes I had a child when I was 17 and still in high school, I moved out the day I turned 18. I was still going to high school full time and working two full time jobs to support myself and my son! I am now married and have four children, all of whom are in school and getting good grades! Even though my family qualifies for every kind of assisstance that's out there we don't use it. Every bit of our tax return goes to pay off debt for medical bills and rent. If I made enough money to pay my bills and support my kids needs I would give anything extrato the schools. When people keep cutting the education budgets what do they think is going to happen when those children grow up and are elected to office, what will get cut then, social security when they they need it? Or will there be a lot of un-educated people running this country because the school funding was cut?

    August 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      I just want to say that I have read all of these posts and yours is the one that got right to the heart of everything. I agree completely, our children are not learning as they should be, because people are not prioritizing education as they should. Education should be our top priority. We need all the intelligent brains we can get to keep this country afloat. No child left behind does our children (and grand children) a huge disservice. If they cant read, how will they take care of theirselves, or their families. We need more teachers, not less.

      August 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  86. disco_fever

    Not sure why anyone would really pay attention to him beyond his movies. He does not come off as the most intelligent person.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  87. daveindenver

    Damon is an idiot, people that make $250,000 haven't created any jobs? Well probably not lately since they don't know how just how much of their savings Obama is going to take away and how many more regulations he will put in place to drive them out of business. HOLLYWOOD is based in fantasy and that is exactly where Damon's comments are based.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  88. majortom

    Anyone that is socking away their money is an idiot. Everyday the dollar is worth less and less, so they are fools to not be investing it or spending it. People that spend it or invest it are creating or providing work for others that pay taxes. The more that happens, the fewer tax dollars go to welfare. It's really that simple.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Matt

    NOT copies to make? OMG!! Americans work 250 days a year, teachers 185. And if they are paid bad, that news to teachers where I went to public HS.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  90. 19random35

    If people aren't willing to pay to have an educated populace, I hope they have no problems paying to build prisons. Downgrading the teaching profession is going to lead to poorer schools, and poorly educated students. Those kids are going to grow up with no skills or prospects, and they are going to do whatever it takes to survive. I would rather pay school taxes than pay to build new prisons.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  91. 19random35

    Why do some working class people side with millionaires and billionaires to fight against the interests of other working class people? Some Americans are so stupid it's beyond understanding. Teachers are destroying America? Really? Oh, it's teachers unions? How is eliminating benefits and lowering wages going to improve public education when all that will do is drive the best teachers to other employment?

    Fox News made the argument that you have to pay top dollar to CEO's on Wall St. if you want the best performance, but somehow that argument is at the same time totally invalid regarding teachers?

    August 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  92. KeithTexas

    Rich people don't create jobs unless you are a gardener or a Nanny. Rich people take advantage of other people, that is how they get rich. No one ever got rich working hard and saving their money.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Lima Charlie This

    I would wager that the majority here, judging by the gross negative comments written, are either tea party members or just run-of-the-mill radical republican conservatives. Like most famous people he is in the news every now and then and from what I've read he does more with his money to help others (getting clean water out to third world countries, feeding famine victimes, helping to rebuild in areas hit by diasters, etc.) then probably most on here including me. I agree with his point of view on standardize testing since most of the problems are not due to teachers but administrators and lack of parents caring about thier kids education other then to blame teachers. Most on here have no clue what teachers have to put up with and I suggest you get more involved with your child's education instead of treating schools as babysitters. I also agree with people making over 250,000. dollars paying more taxes. You that are middle class must not be old enough to know that it has always been the lower middle class tax payers that bore the brunt of financial burden. When Richard Nixon paid less taxes then my father did ( US Army Sargeant) then I would say something is wrong and its been that way since income taxes came into being. And for GOD"s sake get off of the Socialist President label, he inherited this mess and has done nothing but try to fix it.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Chris

    It never ceases to amaze me how a group of MEDIA ILLITERATE LOSERS can argue against FAIRLY TAXING MILLIONAIRES, when they themselves are the ones who would benefit.

    But why stop there? I say that in order to create jobs, we should get the poor and middle class to donate half their salaries to new entrants! You know, take some of the burden off the rich with this whole "job creation" thing? And honestly, a guy working two jobs to support his family should be the first one to stand up and say "hey, sacrifice is my department!" Not surprising, the evil liberals were behind this (now defunct) plot to share the wealth with those who work the hardest, instead of those who work the system. Silly rabbits!

    Of course, I happen to be a privileged CANADIAN with free health care, a fiscally responsible government that's only HALF as corrupt as yours and lots of other great lefty, commie-loving stuff (despite there being a right-wing government in power)...so I guess that disqualifies me from commenting on the poor working man's plight to defend the six, seven and eight-digit incomes of his master. But rest assured my fellow pencil-pushing, larry lunchbox friends: so long as your brothers to the North have blood (and maple syrup) coursing through their veins, we will defend your right to defend the rights of the millionaire elite, in the hopes that one day...ONE DAY...you will realize a brighter future for ALL millionaires...and not just those who vote for Republicans.

    Shame on you, Matt Damon! With all your "rich guy free time," you've chosen to speak for those less fortunate than you are. Have you no respect for their love of the millionaire elite, much less the box office dollars they've sacrificed to ensure your boundless success and utopian tax breaks? The next time you decide to "stand up for the little guy," may I suggest standing ON the little guy instead? They'd much rather see you do that.

    Also, what's up with this whole "caring about teachers" thing? YOU COULD BE GOLFING!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Herber

      Chris, it's funny when I read your post, it was almost identical to mine. It amazes me that Matt Damon somehow thinks he's qualified to speak on the issue like an expert. He does have extremely too much time on his hands, and no concept of what the tax code should be.

      Liberals like this, who know nothing about taxation only ever have ONE argument. Raise taxes on the rich. Even if the tax rate were 100%, so that the rich gave all their money to the gov't they'd still say raise taxes. My argument is that 35% is too high of a rate, and that if it were lowered, tax revenues would increase as they did in the 80s when Reagan lowered taxes dramatically from the Jimmy Carter rates.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  95. Nyarlathotep

    What Would Shakespeare Do?

    Given that he was also a grain merchant and a small-time money lender (read: capitalist), I don't think he'd be on Maaaaatt's side.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  96. jewelz

    Just wrote a huge message...it didn't appear. Checking to see if this one will and then I'll repost.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Bruce Wing

    Who cares what an actor thinks? Who cares what Matt Damon thinks? Make your movies and keep your public comments to a minimum. You are not working in the real world. Unless you own a production company and create jobs stay mum on the political side. We don't want to know what you think.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Nyarlathotep

    The moment Maaaat Daaaaamon donates "his" tax cut to unemployed Kentucky miners, I might stop to listen what this thespian has to say.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  99. maryrm

    @ steven – so you live in Canada do you and pay 50% tax? that is very surprising, you must be making more than $250K/year if you are paying such high taxes, which I doubt. bonuses tend to get almost a 50% slice but you get it back in your tax refund if they take too much off the top. Canadian income tax is based on a progressive scale:
    15% on the first $41,544 of taxable income, +
    22% on the next $41,544 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income between $41,544 and $83,088), +
    26% on the next $45,712 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income between $83,088 and $128,800), +
    29% of taxable income over $128,800.
    Our roads have some problems in some urban areas, that is the problem of cities that don't spend on infrastructure, our federal taxes are spread throughout the country to assist municipalities with infrastructure. The collapsing bridges are only happening in Montreal, the school cuts are another local issue – talk to your mayor if there are problems, these are not federal issues. As far as health care, there have been a few issues, especially wait times but these are being addressed.
    We had politicians spending like drunken sailors during the 70s and 80s in Canada (both from liberal and conservative governments) and got downgraded as a result. Over the last 15 or so years both liberal and conservative governments have had to deal with deficit cutting and have not "thrown the baby out with the bathwater". Instead of constantly cutting from the bottom, how about the U.S. look at a 5% saving throughout every department and agency from finding efficiencies and cutting duplication? Or Cutting expense accounts 10%? Cut the fat, don't throw out the meat that makes America great.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Glamazon

    Frankly, I have had more mediocre and poor teachers than good or great teachers. Let's get over this myth of the Mythical Great Teacher Who Cares, shall we? If you really took pride in your profession, particularly such an important profession, you should demand higher standards from your peers. If education were really that important to educators and to parents, we would not have kids failing. And save it on the "oh, I spend all my money on supplies" wailing. Chalk + Chalkboard + Pencil + Paper worked for our parents and grandparents and me. Since when do kids need glue sticks or crayons to learn math and science? Glitter never got anyone into Yale. Learning did.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Keith Ward

    Is there any reasoin CNN insists on listing the comments in random time order, with no start and end point for reference?

    August 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  102. jeff

    I would have to agree that the evidence is slim on $250k+ earners creating jobs. I used to believe the Republicans when they used that as an excuse. But it turns out is BS. Unemployment is up in most cities – see the report today. One problem the job creators and hiring managers are facing is uncertainty from our leaders.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  103. tg

    thanks matt, my thoughts exactly............................................................ tell them before its too late

    August 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Mimi118

    Very cool, Mr. Damon. I applaud your views on taxes and on education. You are right - the most wealthy Americans are the ones who can most afford to pay their taxes, and those that have the income shouldn't be griping about paying their fair share or paying for loopholes to avoid paying their fair share like everyone else. And I agree with you that educational programs should not be cut - many think the U.S. will continue to be a global leader if our population is not educated, but they are very wrong. When are Americans going to wake up and wise up and actually GET the importance of education, and that the educated are the superstars along with celebrities and athletes? (gasp!)

    August 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  105. brainiac

    Another actor who thinks he knows what he is talking about. He is as qualified as the next guy on the street.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • herrsonic

      actors and athletes are very qualified to speak on matters such as the economy and taxation

      August 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyarlathotep

      Actors are qualified because they all need to major in Economic Theory and Public Policy before they graduate Jullliard? Hey, that's some training!

      August 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Serp

    Let's see, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, Ron Paul and Warren Buffet all believe taxes should be higher on the ultra-rich, are ultra-rich themselves, and don't think tax cuts create jobs.

    But Joe the Plumber and his fox-watching far right brethren that earn less than $30k a year believe the rich must be defended at all costs. Yes, this makes sense to me. The red states take the most federal money too which is what makes this so stupid. Does hypocrisy never have any bounds? Those of us in the middle class are the ones that get killed the most, yet most of the rich and poor that don't pay much in taxes think we should cover the bill for them both, and when any rich speak up the poor people shout them down.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Saying

      Ron Paul DOES NOT support higher taxes; on the contrary, he supports lower taxes and/ or abolish federal taxes.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  107. NakedApe61

    Come on you self-righteous people. Just because Mr Damon made the most of his opportunities doesn't mean he should give his money away and treat every 'working class' person like a saint. He does more than most with his status and money. Maybe the cameraman was acting badly? Ignorance and generosity are not linked to your 1040. Wealthy can be generous and working class can be jerks.

    Mr. Damon should be commended for being honest and seemingly well-read. Some people, even the greatest actors, cannot even fake common sense, let alone intelligence.

    As for taxes, everyone should pay their percentage and stop working overly hard at sheltering it. You use more. You make more. You pay more. Common sense. Of course, any politician will use more than what is collected no matter how much is collected.

    Suggestions: No new taxes. Remove tax breaks. Get over this trickle-down idea the corporations and the wealthy move the economy. Make the government live off of a fixed percentage of GDP. Productivity goes down, then so does the government budget, starting with politician pay.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyarlathotep

      My common sense says that he who works more. makes more and should therefore keep more.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Happy in Alice

    @ Edward Novak – you're a complete idiot if you think teachers only work those hours per day. All of the ones I know have a class during those times but then they have class planning and grading and any number of other things to prepare for classes each day. Not to mention having to put up with someone's "little darling" who is a constant pain in the bum each day...every class has at least one. Most of those so called months off during the summer are dedicated to planning for the next school year. If a teacher is only working the class hours then they are in a very small minority and really don't care about their students. You obviously have no bloody idea.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Norcalgal

    Good thing you take yourself seriously, Matt...no one else does.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  110. sharky

    Hey Matt, since no Government is stopping you from paying more, how much money have you given to the US Treasury Gift Donation Fund to bring down the Public Debt? There is a link, you can easily donate. Are you? Or are you going to give your money to Obama's campaign for re-election instead? Yeah I am sure the latter. Hypocrite.

    August 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  111. charlie crack

    Plenty of $$$....he can send some this way....oprahs @ss can too...

    August 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Alvinjh

    Yeah don't mess with and actor. They might insult the hourly wage guy. They may say something somebody wrote once that struck them as neat. They may puff up and ACT indignant.

    Don't walk in on them while they work up a "creative" rage either.

    Right Christian Bale?

    August 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  113. RacerX

    Yeah, incentive shouldn't figure in right Matt? Just keep paying all teachers the same regardless of ability and effectiveness. How about this, you take the same salary per movie as Pauly Shore regardless of the talent and effectiveness gap. Oh wait, that's not the same right? Hypocritical moron.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Gee3

    Almost 50% of taxfilers pay no Federal tax, and through transfer payments such as child credits some actually get money from the Gov. they never paid in. To be fair, everyone should have skin in the game and pay tax. The budget won't be balanced even if you tax at 100% everyone making more than 250K, yet Mattie thinks the problem is that the parasite government can't suck enough blood out of the people to pay for its socialist expansionist dreams.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  115. portalpunk

    There are bad teachers, bad actors and bad politicians. I always had respect for Matt, but if he is going to act like an idiot, then we get to make fun of him.

    Matty is a dooo poooo, Matty is a dooo poooo, Matty is a dooo poooo, Matty is a dooo poooo, hahahaha

    August 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Art

    The government reflects the will of the people and the will of the people is every man for his or her self.

    Greedy, self-serving people equals a greedy, self-serving government.

    Protect and defend our own (i.e. family and those who are like us) and let everyone else fend for themselves. In the natural world this is called thinning out the herd.

    It's the logical end of social Darwinism.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  117. jj

    Matt Damon should donate all his money to charity and the homeless
    I'm sick and tired of seeing him flying around the world on private jets, complaining about global warming and wasting fuel when he could fly coach like the rest of us . The he takes a cheap shot at journalists ... give me a break
    He talks about shared sacrifice ... what's his .... a Ferrari instead of a Bentley ?!?!?!?!?

    give me a break

    Liberal elite schmuck

    August 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  118. FaithinGod

    LOL! Are you kidding Matt Damon, s__t salory? Adverage teacher makes $50k plus for working 9-10 months out of the year, most paid National holidays off and State benefits...........give me a break. There is incentive to be the best at anything you do.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw

      Do you know any teachers? Do you know how hard they work? Even in the summer time?

      August 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      The average teacher makes $50K???? Where do you live, because I'm obviously teaching in the wrong part of the country. You know, since I only took this job as a last resort so I could be as lazy as possible.

      **Let me just point out the sarcasm, since some people won't get it.**

      August 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Russ

    perhaps the rich should be taxed more than today. perhaps 50% of what they earn could go to tax and then the US can pay off their debt.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      No one is stopping the rich from paying more. The US Treasury has a link on their site where you can make a Gift Donation to the Public Debt as a way to paying it down. So anyone can fork over their money as opposed to taxing everyone to death. Yet funny enough last year the gift donations only amounted to less than $3million. YET how much was raised for Obama's 2008 election, and how much has now been raised for his 2012 re-election. Yeah the liberals screaming tax the rich are massive hypocrites.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Joe

    Did anyone actually read the article? He mentioned that he never started a small company. So he has no idea what it takes. He makes more money making one movie then most people make in a lifetime. If he doesn't want his money, there are millions that do. The Gov may be legally required to send him a check but he is not legally required to cash it and he plainly admitted that accepted it, although he did not create any jobs with it. And its fantastic that he gives to all of those charities. And you can be certain that he takes credit for those donations on his tax return as well. You here about these huge millionaires and billionaires agreeing to pay more taxes, but where are the ones at the bottom of that bracket? $250K is sure as crap a lot less than what Matt Damon makes in interest from his money sitting in a bank or investments in a year. Why should those who try to do good and get a high school diploma and even higher education, who put their dreams of family and marriage off until they were secure pay for those that dropped out of high school and had 4 kids? What incentive do they have to better their lives? None because they can do whatever they want and continue to get money from me for it.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  121. megalo

    Eat the rich

    August 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Matt

    You all are idiots. Increasing taxes on the rich wouldn't do a d a m n thing to fix the debt trouble this country is in. You want to tax the rich just to do it, because you think they stole their money from the poor. If any of you had any economic sense, you'd know that raising taxes on anyone in a recession is a STUPID idea. And any revenue generated from tax hikes wouldn't put a dent in the debt. It's the heinous spending of the loser in the White House that has to stop NOW.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  123. D

    Its unreal that anyone could actually disagree with what Matt Damon is saying.

    August 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It's unreal that you think it's unreal to disagree with him. Go take a basic economics class and then you'll see why.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw

      Matt, the same could be said for you. We cannot get out of this debt hole without some revenue increases, and most economists agree with me. Get real.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  124. radioactive redhead

    To address K and Bob you are both IDIOTS who are too stupid to breathe if it wasn't automatic within your body that God designed. The rich get passed all those paying more on taxes due to creative accounting and I FULLY SUPPORT Matt Damon for doing saying what he did!!!by the way I'm a Psychological Profiler, so I understand and know how the govt works. Obviously a lot of you idots K AND BOB are living proof people can live without a brain!

    August 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Judging from your post, I would guess that you don't have any education at all. Psychological profiler? For what? You clearly have no clue how the government works.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      You mean an Offender or Criminal Profiler as there is no such thing as a Psychological Profiler. I am guessing you probably buy a lot of true crime books and watch a lot of tv programs to make you believe you are a so called profiler. If not that, then you are in undergraduate school studying criminal justice or forensic psychological, but my guess is most likely not if you do not even know the correct terminology. But the personal attacks in your post reveal a young age, or a person that is not well educated. So no, you are not a profiler.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  125. siren4song

    It just occurred to me, that liberals have a 'victim' mentality. News flash: Life isn't fair. I'm your average middle-class citizen–a divorced mother who raised two children, one disabled. I could go to organizations who would write me a check for this and that, because of my status. But I DON'T. Because there are people who need those benefits more than I and my family do. At the same time, I don't look at people who have more than I do, and want what they have. I don't think they OWE anybody anything because they have money. I AM for a flat tax and closing all the loopholes, however.

    I take issue with Matt Damon, Angelina, Sean Penn, et al because they fly a chartered or private jet into an impoverished country, don the local attire and have a few pics taken, then rush back to Melrose Street in LA to select their latest designer outfit for the next awards show. Laughable.

    Also, don't give teachers a hall pass (no pun intended). I could give you a list of them who shouldn't be in the classroom with our children.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Junkpile

    Wow everyone is so stressed.....relax.....there is some humor to this blog. I mean just look at Anderson Coopers picture doesn't he look like a peter puffer disappointed that he doesn't have a peter to puff????

    August 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Fred

    He's from Boston, what did you expect?

    August 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Lori

    Can't stand Obama, but LOVED what Matt Damon said. The rich have been paying less taxes for a while...and where are the jobs they supposedly provide? I also agree that standardized testing is a joke. Teachers are teaching to the bottom 10% of the class just to get them to pass while the rest of the class sits and picks their nose. I've worked in the schools and have seen it. Teachers are working longer hours, kids are going to school longer and what do we have to show for it? Nothing good. Matt Damon, I thought you were a far left, liberal jerk; but, you changed my mind today.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Dale

    I wonder if Matt Damon knows how many jobs are created when he makes a movie. The total is in the hundreds maybe thousands, all making a fraction of what he will earn for making the movie. It is the rich who invest into his movies not the poor; so before he complains about rich not creating jobs, he should look around and see all the people who are working because of rich people like himself.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Dale...you do realize that the people who are getting the biggest tax breaks....the major corporations... are all outsourcing the jobs they were supposed to create as a result of the tax gift outside the United States...right? Of course you do.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • RacerX

      To D, not Dale,

      D, educate yourself my man. American Corporations pay THE highest corporate tax rates in the world. Look it up smart guy. You think U.S. Corporations just willy nilly want to outsource jobs overseas? The fact that they do should tell you what kind of ridiculous monetary obstacles they face right here at home. Give them incentives to stay, to be here. Why do you think Obama's buddy and "Jobs Czar" is sending the newest GE corporation to China? Get a clue before opening your mouth, (keyboard) again.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Erik

    Good citizenry commentary, Matt Damon! We need the additional revenue you said and taxing those households making above $250k/y, including mine, is the right thing to do. Alongside that, however, the right thing also to do is to cut spending.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RacerX

      Yeah, we should do because Erik says it's the right thing to do. Great job Erik, way to think it out. I happen to NOT think it's the right thing to do. Why is it that people like you feel the need to decide what is the right amount for others to pay. How about worrying about yourself? Oh, and like Matt Damon, feel free to send as much money to the Govt. as you wish. Go ahead, you can send as much as you like. Tell them it's a gift.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Marty

    I don't think the majority of new jobs are going to be created by large corporations, but by small business. When many small business people file their taxes their gross earnings show up as over 250K, but if you tax them too heavily (or add too many hoops to jump through with government red tape) they can't create any jobs.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Mark

    Matt Damon is an idiot and an embarassment to this country. Just because he read scripts that other people write, he thinks he has a brain. He should stick to making movies. He obviously knows nothing about economics. I think the chimp in his Planet of the Ape move is more intelligent than Matt Damon.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Woanan the Barber

    But what about virology and vaccines, Matt? Do you think that the Adjustment Bureau people will trim taxes just in time for the evil taxmen to stop raising germs?

    August 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Mike

    Once again, Matt Damon proves how completely OUT OF TOUCH Hollywood is.

    The highest Tax bracket under Reagan was 28%. Under clinton, around 37%. Under Obama, NEARLY 43%!!!!!!!

    JUST THE FACTS. Damon is just another dope smoking tree hugging pro everything bad LOSER who needs to keep his MOUTH SHUT. People that don't create jobs? Really? Did this idiot SLEEP through the 80's when the Reagan tax cuts spurred MASSIVE growth in the private sector? Matt is just another Communist in American's clothing. GO AWAY, "Dummin"

    August 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ned

      Reagan cut taxes the first year in office. He then proceeded to execute the largest tax increase in US history. Perhaps it is your facts that need correction. Also, Matt Damon can buy and sell you like a loaf of 2-day old bread. I guess you lose. Twice.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  135. 1040

    Liberals like to play the class warfare game against the "upper class." This is not India, we do not have a class system. Someone who is rich on year, might be poor the next. And someone who is poor can someday be rich.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      Lol...you really believe that? That might have been true long ago, but no longer. You've got mom and pops trying to make a run of it, but mega corporations like Walmart swoop in and put them all out of business. I don't care how hard you work, if someone cuts in offering the same products for 25% less, you aren't shopping with mom and pop. Then after destroying an industry, they will hire mom and pop back for minimum wage and no benefits. That's just one industry. Any mega corporation can just decide to swoop in on your poor little company and put you under, at any time. It's all about money, leverage and scope. You can't compete with Amazon, Walmart, Tire Rack, etc. Sure, you might have one guy like Zuckerberg make it big, but for every one of those, you are going to have hundreds of thousands of failures.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  136. George_W_Dufus

    Here's some other things Matt Damon can add to his "FIX IT LIST." Things that should really be done to get the economy flowing smoothly:

    FIX the free trade agreements sending jobs overseas to slave labor nations while collecting no tarriffs from those imported goods.

    FIX the criminal investment banksters gambling with our currency and commodity prices (food, oil, gold).

    FIX the tax cuts that reduced revenue.

    FIX the loophole allowing our government representatives to literally bet the country will fail.

    FIX the private contracting crony schemes used by politicians to funnel money to buddies in return for campaign donations and cushy jobs when out of office.

    FIX the wasteful spending on jails, war on drugs, war on muslims, war on the middle class, war on everything.

    FIX our ability to unionize so we can have an honest democratic counter to big corporations.

    FIX the healthcare system by outlawing the middle men insurance crooks skimming dollars off the top and contributing NOTHING.

    August 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  137. 1040

    I love how liberal idiots love to spout of about what they know nothing about. Please identify a tax "loophole" that you are aware of? I can think of a few – like the 40 percent of moochers who pay no income tax. Drug dealers, ticket scalpers and the rest of the no-checking account society. And with free health care, there will be even less incentive for the underground economy to get a real job.
    That is why we need a national sales tax instead of an income tax. So those that want the benefits pay something into the system. instead of asking other people to support them.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Paul N. Yutesler

    Stick to acting.
    You look foolish talking about things your Mommy tells you.
    just start paying more in taxes and get your friends to join you.And be quiet about it.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      Except he's right. Standardized testing and "no child left behind" was one of the worst legacies (of many) Bush left us saddled with. Well, those and the budget cuts to important programs. Funny, in the latest round of debt ceiling negotiations, we actually slapped our graduate students across the face by requiring them to start paying their student loans while IN school. Now, I don't know if you know many grad students, but they aren't usually the ones with tons of free time partying 5 nights a week. People love to point fingers trying to find who to blame for the fact we are falling behind as innovators in the world, but it's pretty clear.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  139. humtake

    Those same people who make over 250k a year also pay for greater than 80% of this country's tax income. Taxing them more without raising taxes for everyone is discrimination. You treat them differently because they have something you don't. I agree with getting rid of tax breaks FOR EVERYONE. But trying to make the rich pay for everyone else isn't democracy, it's discrimination.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Steve

    People on this board who suggest that we adopt a flat tax really don't understand economics.
    Let's say it costs $15k for a single person to subsist annually. If a worker makes $20k – the bare minimum – and we tax everyone at 25%, he has a net disposable income of $0, or 0% of their gross income. A common cold could send them into homelessness.
    A middle class individual making $40k a year would have a tax bill of $10k, and assuming they live in the same conditions would have a net disposable income of $15k, or 38% of their gross.
    A wealthy person making $200k would have a tax bill of $50k, giving them a net disposable income of $135k, or 68% of their gross.
    This is why the sliding scale exists. A flat tax grants an enormously disproportionate advantage to the wealthy. A flat tax all but guarantees a wider wealth gap and would be the nail in the coffin for anyone trying to achieve the American Dream.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Phillie

    Matt Damon lives in a bubble where unintelligence abounds. Ignorance is bliss, Matt, until you force it on to others.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Matrix

    Matt, you don't mind paying more in taxes?

    Gifts to the United States
    U.S. Department of the Treasury
    Credit Accounting Branch
    3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
    Hyattsville, MD 20782

    Put your money where your mouth is. Don't demand others pay more of their money. Just send what you feel is your "fair share" and be done with it.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Nah Mr. Damon would rather spend his money on Obama's re-election campaign.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  143. herrsonic

    Matt Damon is a nice guy and a very good actor. But he doesn't understand what it takes to own a small business. Also it sounds like he doesn't realize that people who make more actually pay more in taxes by the virtue of the fact that they make more and if you tax those people, you're really taking hard earned money from one group of people to give to another group of people who really didn't earn it. That's socialism.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  144. iseeitallnow

    it suddenly struck me. the people running our country are the same (type of) people who post on these boards. endless, meaningless, mindless, hateful bickering. i hate you all. i hate myself. i fear for my children's futures.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Mike

    Well, he sure told it like it is. I am proud that someone like Matt Damon would take the time to give a hoot. And, not only that, he comes across as real.

    It's true, the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and there is barely a middle class any more.

    Say goodbye to a healthy economy, because luxuries are only something the ordinary person can afford by going into debt.

    In my own industry, finance, the company execs are so greedy for immediate bottom-line profit, they are shipping out jobs to India. So, when all of our jobs are gone, how are we supposed to contribute to the economy?

    This will create a wicked downward spiral for the West. The federali's get no taxes out of us, because we're not working, caused by politicians who are too scared to tackle big business and enact legislation to force them to employ local perons in the jurisdictions where they operate.

    The double-whammy is, those same politicos will get to pay us and our families welfare when we're not working, but where does the cash come from? Yep, you guessed it. More borrowing, and more cuts to essential services.

    Down and down we go!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  146. walruswaspaul

    it makes me laugh to see tea baggers rail on about obama being done in 2012. I am not a huge fan of his, but he isn't going anywhere anytime soon. That idiot house speaker has dug his party into another hole. The only people who have one grain of trust for republicans are the rich and the bible belt.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  147. bitealib

    why not just have a flat tax and sales tax? no deductions for anything. wonder how many deductions mr damon uses?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Goldenstate

    Matt Damon and other celebrities don't make anywhere near $250k, their salaries are so far from reality I could see how he feels guilt about it... set the benchmark for those who make $2M and more a year with higher taxes... my manager who is a well educated civil engineer makes about $270k a year and he is just getting by paying the home prices in CA, sending two kids to college and saving for his retirement (no pensions at our company). Celebrities need to get real, they cannot relate to common man salaries so its easy for them to want to magnanimous at our expense.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Jim

    Matt Damon for President!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  150. SierraMikeDelta

    Don't mess with him? Give me a break. He's a communist from his communist ass to his communist mouth, and I'll call him a communist to his communist face.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Robert

    Heck yeah! You go Matt Damon.

    He just earned a little more of my respect!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm Matt Damon

      Mr. Damon is an idiot. The reported asked a honest question about teacher tenure. Explain to me Mr. Damon, please, how tenure doesn't make one lazy in any career? He feels sorry for President Obama, boo whoo whoo. If Obama was leading this debt crap, how come he didn't take the initiative 2 years ago. Jesus people, it's not like this hasn't been known for years. Pass a friggen budget and stick to it.
      Oh, an Mr. Matt said, sure heck, I don't mind paying more in taxes. No Sh$t Dizk weed, you make $30M a year. There is a little line in everyone's tax return that allows you the make an addtional payment. So do it.
      And the rest of you Libs can insert yourselves into the Matrix to do us all a favor. Think about it, a win win all around. Conservatives get you out of their lives and they don't have to pay for your freebees anymore, you get to save the planet's energy problems by making body energy and you get everything you ever dreamed in fantasy land. Everything free. All Bliss!!

      August 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  152. John O

    Lee Iococca once said, and I quote, "In an ideal society, the best of us would be teachers, and the rest of us would have to settle for something less." I hope I got it right, Mr. Iococca.

    Sounds like Matt Damon has the same idea.

    Thanks for your support, Matt, from a committed and passionate teacher, 31 years in the classroom, loving it, and still going. I wouldn't dream of doing anything else. I am rich beyond belief in what is truly important in this world...shaping our future leaders and citizens.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Elmeaux

    So they come up with a program to tax the rich. The rich will just hire lawyers to find loopholes and ways to keep from complying.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Etta Sandwich

    All you hero worshiping idiots that pine over the likes of Barbara "The Nose" streisand, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Harry Bellafonte' etc are just plain lost and stupid to boot.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  155. fidgetwidget

    Hey Matt – Any chance you'll be running for president? I'd vote for you.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Matt Damon

    You ALL will agree with the Matt Damon philosophy/regime or I WILL kick your asses.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Matt, you couldn't win a fight with a high school girl. Don't confuse movies with real life. In the real world, fights aren't scripted. You would cry if you ever got in a real fight.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  157. bitealib

    he is such a hypocrit....he could pay more without it being forced upon him.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Takin a Deuce

    Liberal dream ticket...

    Opuh for Pres,
    Matt for VP.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Vicki

    In his statement he said that he wouldn't mind paying more taxes three times.....oh, the hypocrisy of it....if he felt that strongly about paying more taxes, he would have already done so without it being a requirement by law.

    August 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Pamela Vee

    I think Matt Damon should seriously consider running for office.

    I think he's amazing, right on target, thoughtful, educated about the issues, and fearless.

    Go MATT!

    August 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      He's fearlessly spitting out liberal talking points, instantly memorized as only a veteran actor can.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Karin

    I think the term "job creator" has been vastly misunderstood. I, too, balked at the notion that a person making $250,000 a year creates jobs, but then I realized that when my husband and I had our backyard re-landscaped (i.e patio, pond, pergola, etc.), we created a job. When we hire the plumbers, electricians, etc. to do routine maintenance or repairs, that is job creation. We would not do it if we didn't have the extra money. Anyone, no matter what income, is a job creator if they hire someone to do a service. I consider myself to be a right-leaning independent who believes in cutting spending and reasonable taxation. I also believe that health care is a human right and see nothing wrong with "socialized medicine."

    August 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Good point, as I said above; Matt Damon says he didn't create jobs... but the big name movie stars, like him, who draw paying customers to the theaters, are the reason hundreds of other cast and crew members have jobs. So yes Damon, you are a job creator as long as you keep making your good (Bourne) movies and even your bad (Hereafter) movies.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Joe

    Does Matt Damon realize that the only reason he doesn't care about paying more taxes is because he has so much money already that no tax rate will materially affect the way he lives his life?

    August 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      @ JOE Hello! That was his point genuis. He was stating that people with the same income as him should pay more to get closer to the percentage of income tax that the middle class pay. Did you realy not realize that?

      August 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  163. dee

    I am no longer a Matt Damon fan after seeing this. He's good at "acting" intelligent but how naive can he be? There are A LOT of teachers (mostly high-school) that took a teaching job as a "Plan B" and really don't like or care about the importance of their job. I guess he would just want them to "go out and teach!" God I wish I could live in the fantasy world he enjoys.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Judge Dredd

    I AM THE LAW!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Lou

    I only hear about taxing individuals that make $250K or more. How come we don't hear elevating the taxes of those companies that lay off American workers and oursource the functions to other countries? Those are the companies the government should be after when proposing higher taxes.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  166. the_dude

    Wow we are all so impressed. Mr Damon is for the little guy whoopdedoo!!!!! He says all this BS about the poor guy and the downtroddem and then will jet off to monte carlo for the weekend. Just another typical limosuine liberal so common in california. I like how he doesn't even mention the 50% of the usa that don't pay anything. Go back to your super models you are fooling anyone.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Hahaha

    Really, Gerry? Really? I'm sorry public school has failed you.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  168. CalDude612

    Wow. Matt is so intelligent compared to a banana.....

    August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Mike

    What Damon fails to realize is that he is his own small business. How many people does he employ full or part time? A bodyguard? driver? stylist? trainer? accountant? attorney? agent? maid? gardner? nanny? pilot? butler? personal assistant? If he had to pay more taxes his entorage wouldn't diminish his quote per movie would just go up.

    Regular salaried or hourly working people can't go and demand a raise because our taxes went up 6% and our gardner's kids need to go to Harvard. These actors need to stop talking about issues that don't affect them. It's easy to say that you will give away x percent of your disposable income because you can. Please Matt I love you movies now be quite.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Gerry

    Matt Damon for President. At least he gets it unlike so many others.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phillie

      ...but where "he gets it" is the real question. Matt Damon lives in a bubble where unintelligence abounds. Ignorance is bliss, until forced onto others.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  171. go back to school matt

    You're wrong Mr. Damon. The real problem here is too many pay no taxes at all. They want the government to take money from someone else's pocket to provide what they could get on their own with a little hard work and perserverance. The top 10% of earners pay 78% of the taxes already. It's. Time for the FAIR TAX. Do your own research. You will see that I am right.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  172. will

    I never understood this. The poor spend every dollar they get, they have to. The rich don't, they put in the bank and it disappears out of economy, that's where most of our money is right now. They admittedly can afford to pay a little more, and it wouldn't hurt job creation at all. The middle class spends more of the money, creating more jobs than the rich. And it really wouldn't hurt the rich to fork over a little.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • go back to school matt

      It doesn't disappear, Nimrod, it gets loaned out at interest to build homes & businesses, buy cars, send kids to college, all of which create jobs. You musta flunked Economics 101.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hahaha

      Your lack of knowledge of basic economics is astounding. Most wealthy invest and job creation is the result. I don't know any one who just sits on it. Also, if wealth redistribution is always the end result, there is no more initiative, innovation, or hard work All of these things have helped made America what it is.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  173. PhilB

    I think Matt's absolutely right!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Hahaha

    Matt, Matt, Matt. Wow.
    So the wealthy don't open businesses? They're paying less than any other time in your lifetime? Both statements were just laughable. The top 5% pay 60% of all income taxes while the bottom 50% pay none. Silly liberals with their one-dimensional views and complete lack of real world knowledge.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  175. ummmm

    So you say Obama is out in 2O12, that's fine. Tell me this, who will take his place? A republican? Oh Lord, mass suicides coming up! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE ! Nah, Obama will stay another 4.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Please bite your tongue – God spare us from another 4 more years of this BS administration that has done nothing but spend our hard earned tax dollars to bail out the same corporations that got us into this mess without accountability, conditions or consequences to show for it.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  176. martinmunson

    "anyway, come see my new movie, The Bourne Something Or Other due out this fall."

    August 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  177. lalizzie

    "it's criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much" – Matt, people don't just "get" more money than others, they work for it.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • herrsonic

      Maybe Matt doesn't feel like he worked for his money as an actor.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Thomas

    He's an actor, and like many in his profession, he thinks he knows more than the rest of us.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  179. katherine

    I've been pretty against the idea of raising taxes on anyone period, but honestly he makes a good case for raising taxes on the over $250k set...I've gone with the idea that they were the folks creating jobs but I'm not sure that's really happening and if it's not, no, I'm not a big fan of giving people who already make 5 times what I do additional tax breaks. I wish I really knew which side is telling the truth about how money is being spent by our government but I suspect the truth lies somewhere between the two sides.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalDude612

      All I know is that my mom taught me that if it's not your money, keep your hands off of it.
      It's wrong to want someone else's money.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  180. George

    Matt Damon is awesome. Go Matt – you tell em like it is!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      Sadly, Matt Damon has no idea how it is, but he just keeps yammering on anyway.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Sith Empire

    You tell em Matt! Maybe we should go interview all those fantastic teachers down in Georgia. I'm sure they can shed some light on why they modified student scores. It wasn't to protect their jobs and fatten their paychecks. It was for the benefit of the kids! /sarcasm

    "The wealthy are paying less than they've paid at any time, certainly in my lifetime" – According to the latest cbo.gov data, the top 5% paid 18.4% of federal taxes in 1980. In 2006 (latest data I could find), the same 5% were paying 28.5%. So in reality, the tax burden on the upper class has increased over 50% in your lifetime Matt.

    "Are the wealthy who make $250,000 and above job creators? Damon doesn't think so." – Last time I checked, the government claimed that approximately 75% of all jobs created came from small business operators. Small business owners are typically the ones making over $250k a year Matt.

    You know, I'm a pretty lenient guy, I always give someone the benefit of the doubt, and I always respect a person's opinion, even if it doesn't agree with mine. But for God's sake, form an opinion based on facts, don't be a talking parrot for the extremist left or extremist right.

    Matt, I think your an awesome actor, but you've just shown America your inability to think on your own. Stick with the movies and leave thinking to those of us who can adequately use our grey matter.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      well said.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • moore

      You could use some help with basic logic. I urge you to seek help. It'll make your life better.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • illogical, captain

      Mr. Damon, your logic is flawed. Do your research, get the facts. Don't be a liberal stooge parrot.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChristyinFL

      "Small business owners are typically the ones making over $250k a year Matt." Really? And I'm thinking it's the corporate fat cats making WAY over $250k a year. And then you have the world's most overpaid athletes. Don't forget them. Small business owners are scraping by – hoping to stay in business one more year.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  182. James

    The rich are getting the richer, the poor, poorer. We need to do something. Our system is obviously flawed and im not sure why people don't see this yet? Why are we trying to only bandage a system that has had its legs blown off? The fundamental problem is not that the rich don't pay enough, its how they are getting rich..... on the backs of the middle class. Why is this okay? I understand the need for incentive but no company should be allowed to give their top employees 25 million dollar bonuses without also giving their lowest employees are fair share of the profits too... That alone would fix a lot of our problems. I vote for a % system. Top earners in a company cannot make more than a certain percentage of the bottom, lets say 20%. So if a CEO makes 200,000$ a year, the lowest employee should be required to make 40,000. (Obviously i am talking full time..) Part time employees should be determined based on their weekly employment percentage. Ie if you work 20 hours a week, your minimum for be 50% of the bottom, which is 20,000$. Now the numbers I am throwing out are just for example, not actually the numbers I would necessarily say are right.

    We currently have a system where profits are generated by everyone but only shared, unless its a good company, with the top. This makes absolutely no sense. Profits should be shared with all employees. If a company makes a profit and has money to share with one person, they should have money to share with everyone.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I am only referring to publicly traded companies. I don't think this system should be mandatory for small businesses. Also, I think this should apply to bonuses. If a company has money to give bonuses, everyone must receive (with possible exceptions, ie bad employees) if anyone receives, including stock shareholders. It the company wants instead to no share a bonus with anyone maybe due to a need for capital for future investment, then that is their decision and I believe that is okay.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Yolanda Weiner

    You liberal idiots wanna see how Obama dream govt would work? Look to the EU. Country after Country going broke over there. And that style of govt is PRECISELY waht Obama wants to install in the USA.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betternu

      The EU is not a government. You look like a fool saying things like that.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael T Murphy

      Just because people have a different opinion then you on how to govern doesn't make them idiots. What is idiotic is following an Organization or party that is run by the Wealthy for the wealthy. The Republicans are owned by big oil, the Tea Party was started by the Koch brothers to benefit themselves at the expense of the middle class. Get your facts straight before throwing rocks at others

      August 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glamazon

      Michael – the Dems are funded by Soros, etc. If you think the Democrats are funded by the working class, you need to read up a bit more. Both parties are funded by the rich.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Peter

    Without complete information on all aspects of this topic, we are all forming judgments based partly on evidence and partly on emotion. I tend not to look to actors for my economic and political information, though.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  185. ummmm

    Rodger Rectum-If the name fits....you wear it well.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  186. TC

    MAAAAATT DAAAAAMOOOOOOON!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  187. pritch

    Why doesn't matt damon donate more money if he doesn't mind paying? You can always send the government as much money as you want, they will take it. so matt damon, go ahead and send in 6 percent more of your money. Why wait for it to be mandated. If you choose not to, then stop spreading your nonsense.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Noochy

    It's not that the rich should pay more taxes, just the same as everyone else. Im not American but its really the only fair way. i do like what Damon stated about rich people creating jobs ... that is not the case for the most part I'm thinking. Just because you have lots of money doesnt mean you own a business.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      My good sir, you are quite ill-informed. The top 25% of earners pay 88% of taxes....what are you talking about?

      August 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  189. ummmm

    Yes, TY Mr Bush for those favors to your fat wallet friends. The creator of loopholes and the death of the USA. (Let us not forget to blame Obama, tho)

    August 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doodee Rustler

      Sorry Ummmmm...at this point ObaManure owns it. Its his baby. ObaManure said he could fix it. He cant because he is a liberal shythead but let not your heart be troubled.

      ObaManure will not see the Whitehouse after Nov 2012 because America is awakening and ObaManures ass will be tossed.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  190. RedWings

    All you liberal ObaManure loving idiots need to get out your checkbook and write to the IRS. They will accept all donations...ya COWARDS.

    Come Nov 2012 your hero ObaManure will be O U T OUT!!!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Matt Damon Sux

    ^^^^ EXACTLY^^^^^

    August 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Ed

    You don't have to wait for a tax hike, Matt. You can donate to Reading is Fundamental at their website.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Outspoken

    Matt Damon is a f'n idiot...

    August 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  194. ivory67

    Feel free to give more of your income when you pay your taxes, Damon. Nobody's stopping you. If you feel the government can better dole out your money to the needy that you can, go for it.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Matt Damon

    MMMMMAAAAT DAAAAMMON

    August 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  196. End Wage Discrimination

    Flat tax, no loopholes/tax breaks for anybody, rich, poor, corporation. Save money by disbanding the IRS and putting H&R Block, Intuit, etc out of business. The only fair tax is a flat tax.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Walter

    Damon can squawk all he wants. It's clear that the Secretary of Education doesn't share his views. Guess who has more clout?

    August 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Jon

    We are going to take our political and economic advice from Matt Damon, please. He should stick to what he knows, acting, not try to revolutionize our system. As Matt Damon says, America is a great country, but it didn't get there by being socialist, it got there by providing anyone the opportunity to do whatever they want. Taking that incentive away by forcing those that went out and created wealth to subsidize those that choose not to do that, doesn't get us anywhere

    And can someone please tell him that using the longest word in a spot in a sentence doesn't make you sound smart or be more intelligent, to those of us who know what those words mean, he actually looks like a fool. I love the interview where he says "Intrinsically Paternalistic", I would have loved to explain to him those words don't fit in that sentence, he should have went to more English classes, he would know that.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      you might want to brush up on your history....this country got to where it WAS because those that COULD do more DID do more....

      August 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ya know what I love about Americans that decry Socialism – the hypocrisy. Let me guess Jon, you and other repuglicans probably like the NFL – yes? Sure ya do – I do too. Hell you might even be a packers fan – small market team huh? You know how small market teams survive Jon? Revenue sharing from the big boys like Dallas. Do you know what revenue sharing is – socialism....rich teams giving money to the poor teams. Hallelulah brother Jon sees the light! Now....and this is where it get s a bit complicated so I will try and use little words....teams like Dallas are willing to revenue share – they don't give away the whole kitty and they shouldn't – but they do contribute enough to keep the entire league strong. Now, if it is good enough for Jerry and the Cowboys, isn't it just maybe a good idea for the wealthy to contribute more so that the whole country stays strong?? If you can't stomach that idea then I suggest you limit your time watching socialist football this year.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Tealiaseven

    We can always count on Matt Damon to tell it like it is. He is a real person.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Justthefacts

    Here's the thing...it's not that the rich should pay more than the middle class in taxes. The reality is that there are tax loopholes out there for the wealthy that actually make it possible for them to pay much less that the middle class. You have to increase their tax rate to even things out with the current tax structure or equalize the tax percentage and eliminate the loopholes. I have relatives that are wealthy and they paid less in taxes last year than I did – and I mean dollar for dollar and not as a percentage of income. That's ridiculous. Oh, and at least Matt Damon takes the time to participate in gov't instead of just sitting back and blogging about it.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      define wealthy relatives and give me an example of these tax loopeholes. I make 250000 plus and my biggest write off is my mortgage

      August 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  201. erich2112x

    So what are these opinions based on? Does this dude have a college degree, any real training at all that would validate any of these assessments? I mean, we all have to deal with the terrible 20's, when our kids suddenly wake up one day knowing everything and everyone else knows nothing. It's just that phase they go through at about that age, but actors tend to hit that skid in life much later. This guy is 40 for crying out loud.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  202. JT_Spartan

    This is the type of stuff that hurts liberals. Matt Damon has a stage to speak his opinions but he is, at best, only marginally more informed about these issues. How does he know that lower tax rates for the wealthy won't lead to job creation!? Matt doesn't even recognize the fact that the government has to spend an extra $0.50 for every $1.00 that is actually used to fund those programs. If the government would just spend money like every conservative AND liberal spends their own money (i.e., efficiently), then there would be plenty of money to fund programs and not have to levy more taxes on anybody (rich or poor).

    August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ole Grandad

      I would like to visit the cute yet misinformed Matt Damon and shut his big yapper with my schnitzengoober.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LJ

      he "knows" because the wealthy have the lowest taxes they have in DECADES and they are NOT creating jobs in the US and havent been for about two years.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      the taxes have been lowered for 10 YEARS, so i have to ask where are the jobs?.................................................crickets

      August 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  203. SmarterthanU

    I'm starting a dot com business and we are looking for funding that will provide jobs, so fund us instead of stocking it up.

    Lead by action, instead of words.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      the idea is that his words will inspire more than one person to act....even all of Bill Gates' wealth couldn't save everything...it would take universal reform...

      August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Barbara Velivis

    Thank you, Matt Damon – love your movies. But I admire your entire philosophy much more. Please continue to be an outspoken advocate for what you believe in!

    August 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  205. ummmm

    Brendan and Nel-Are you stupid or what ? You both need to stfu !

    August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      I know, right? Seeing a conservative on CNN is like seeing a polar bear in the Sahara! And obviously since we disagree with you, we must be stupid, right? That's certainly not the definition of egotism!

      By the way, you've made a very mature argument. You can always tell that you're winning when you finish your post with "stfu", which I won't. See? I ended it with this.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  206. steve jackson

    I am so sick of hearing left wing rich liberals whine about them not minding paying more taxes...THEN DO IT. you can send more money to the government. You can instruct your tax accountants to not take any credits, deductions, etc.

    But the fact of the matter Hollywood elite just like any rich elite take every line item they can find to pay the least and then preach to the rest of us that we should pay higher taxes to cover their pet projects.

    Well Mr. Damon...are you REALLY worth $20 million for doing a couple of months of filming? You like to whine that Wall Street and smaller business owners don't earn their money..."THEY GET SO MUCH" why shouldn't they pay for it. Well they are sir. They are paying for it. Half our country pays ZERO taxes. And I would venture to guess that the average person making $250K a year as a small business owner uses less of the governments services and programs than a lower or middle class person. So who isn't paying their fair share?

    Perhaps Mr. Damon will donate $19 million of his next $20 million payday to these education programs and ideas rather than blathering on about all of us paying for bloated unionized teachers salaries and administrative salaries. Teachers are not underpaid...sorry to break it to you. But they work 9 months a year and the average pay nationall is more than $50,000 a year. And they have great retirement programs, insurance, pensions and it is impossible to get fired even if our children are some of the dumbest in the world.

    Go whine so where else.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      amusing....you'd venture to guess...and you'd be wrong....

      August 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Basturd out of Carolina

      No Bob my KnobRob...YOU are wrong.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      "Half our country pays ZERO taxes."

      No, imbecile, they paid zero INCOME taxes. There are plenty of other taxes. The poor and middle class pay FICA/SS/Medicare taxes at a vastly higher rate than the rich, sales taxes at a higher rate than the rich, etc.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Sidd M.

    Hi Rusty:

    The 'poor dumb and lazy' are too busy attending teabag rallies.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Lala

    Maybe if he actually WORKED for his money he'd feel a bit differently. Acting is a lot different than building a successful business from the ground up. If you work your butt of then you deserve the rewards, including more money than your neighbor who would rather sit back and let Obama take care of him and his children. Wealthy shouldn't pay a higher percentage than anyone else...that is absurd. You get what you WORK for, unless Obama and his minions get their way.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Matt Damon doesn't work? While it isn't nursing or construction, acting is a form of employment. Given that he's been nominated twice for an Oscar for acting and once for writing with a win, I'd say Damon is quite good at his job.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Oh, you mean like Warren Buffett, who has said the same thing?

      August 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      What's particularly hilarious about your moron post is that in order to believe that the rich should keep all of what they earn, you have to believe that anyone who is rich deserves it. You have to believe that the market values everyone's contribution fairly, and therefore that if you have money, you worked for it and deserve it. And yet, moron, you fail to apply that logic to precisely one person: Matt Damon.

      Gee, half-wit, maybe the rich don't really deserve all that money after all.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Sidd M.

    Dear Teabag_Tom

    Why is a 6% tax not the answer ? Stop spewing teabag rhetoric.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      On the same note: SHUT your liberal and socialist pie hole. Not everyone in this country wants to rely on the US Government to tell them when to flush.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve jackson

      Because Sidd...the top 50% already pay 98% of all taxes. The top 1% already pay 40% of the taxes.

      You are penalizing those who have made smart choices in their lives, moved ahead and created something for themselves and those they employ simply because they did. Yet you do not ask the loveable middle class and lower class to pay even a fair portion of what they get. The average rich person uses far less of the government services and programs than the poor and middle class.

      iF LIBERALS truly wanted fair they would be for the fair tax. You make $40K a year...you bring home $40K a year. The only taxes you pay are for what you buy. Rich people who are rumored to buy private jets, vacation homes and yachts would pay far more in consumption tax than if all you did was buy groceries and some entertainment. Rigth now if you mkae $40K a year you bring home about $28K and then have to pay sales, property, etc taxes on top of all that.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Steve, you're a moron....people that buy "luxuries" like jets and homes DO pay a "luxury tax"...a consumption tax is based on things like GROCERIES...BUT the wealthy do NOT spend significantly more on consumables....there is a certain limit to what an individual can consume....rich people don't go through more toilet paper than poor people...your fundamental understanding is just plain wrong!

      August 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Why is a new 6% tax suggested by Matt Damon not the answer? Really? That's your question? And I'm not a teabagger, F teabaggers.

      The liberals said we needed to raise the debt ceiling, the conservatives said we need make harsh spending cuts, and the real problem is: They're both right.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gobsmacked

      Steve, The rich pay that percentage of all the taxes that are paid because they are the ones holding all the money! Keep the economic divide going, and soon they'll be paying 100% because you can't pay taxes on money you don't have. The top 1% hold 97% or so of the country's wealth, yet they only pay 40% of the taxes is another way to look at it.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      "Because Sidd...the top 50% already pay 98% of all taxes."

      Uh, actually, moron, they only pay 96% of all INCOME taxes. There are still FICA/SS/Medicare taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, etc.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Rusty

    The poor, dumb, and lazy need to get off their a$$es and social security/welfare and start contributing. Those that have are not the ones to blame. Damon is just another talking head.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricki

      Um, do you realize that most of the people who benefit from social security paid into it? Sooo, technically, they deserve it, just like those receiving unemployment benefits.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      nobody is giving me Social Security. i paid my contribution along with my employer paying his share for the past 40 years.but please feel free to refuse yours when the time comes.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreeForAll

      Tell me about it. I have a whole family of cousins who are on some kind of financial aid. Most of them didn't graduate from high school and don't have jobs–mostly because they would lose their handouts if they started to work. Their kids have kids and most aren't married or working. It's really annoying to hear them talk about all the freebies that they get when there are so many hard-working people out there who can't find jobs. Oh, and they are white.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gobsmacked

      Oh, and, who CARES what color they are. What point was it that you were trying to make with that last comment, exactly?

      August 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Sidd M.

    Axis:

    Thanks bro.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  212. axis eternal

    MATT is a great personification. he also has a cool charity google MATT DAMON WATER CHARITY

    August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Sidd M.

    Dear Dave:

    Matt gives more to charity than you earn in a year. So please put a sock in that teabag orifice and post your drivel in freeperville.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  214. tom

    Wow, such naivete. You're not actually a politician Damon, you just played one in the Adjustment Bureau. Adding a 6% tax to the rich is not the answer. I'd say a workable solution would be to cut the tax breaks on income received by those that make over a million per year, or end income taxes and do the flat sales tax option that many other countries do. As far as cutting programs, it sucks, but you have to pay for those programs out of a pot that has a certain amount of money. So if you spend your cash on Planned Parenthood, you might not have any left over for 'teaching kids to read good and do other stuff good too'.

    And don't be fooled, you can bet that Damon has an accountant that saves him beaucoup bucks on ridiculous tax breaks the rest of the US knows nothing about. As far as not being a job creator, he puts butts in seats in movie theaters across the country... and I think all the people whose names you can see in the credits of those movies thank him and other big name moviestars for creating a job for them to put food on the table.

    So Matt, shut up and do your job. If a program means that much to you, you can fund it; as you said, you don't mind.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • How ironic

      do have ANY clue what you are talking about? Your entire comments screams NO!

      August 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      tom you bring up a good point. many people get out of paying the taxes that they owe now by using loop holes and other crafty tax tricks. if the government just closed the loop holes and made everyone pay what they were supposed to pay in the first place perhaps that would go a long way to solving part of the problem without even raising the tax rate.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Greg

    Shut up and act Matt Damon

    August 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Bob

    Damon is a loser who has no idea how the world works.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • courtney

      Really Bob? It seems clear to me Mr. Damon has a pretty good idea of how the world works and it is you who is lacking in knowledge.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      Courtney...
      Matt Demon is an idiot.
      Why would anyone take what he says seriously. He is an actor.
      The "rich" pay more today. There ARE terrible teachers as there are terrible people in EVERY profession. There are crappy doctors AND lawyers which is why there is malpractice. The difference is you can't FIRE A TEACHER! Why is that?

      August 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      *** The "rich" pay more today. ***

      No, you pathetic imbecile, they do not. Their tax rates are at modern low. Capital gains rates (which is how the wealthiest make most of their money) have been cut to a fraction of rates on wages. Inheritance taxes have been all but eliminated.

      How is it that you're so stupid that you actually think the rich pay more?

      August 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Courtney, That is your comeback? Seriously?
      Your response sounds very much like a kindergarten playground argument.
      "you're stupid"
      "No, you're stupid"
      "No, you are"
      At least you can have some kind of intelligent response other than simply using your agreement of Mr. Damon's remarks as justication for them.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • History

      Samuel. – yeah why would anyone listen to an actor....it's not an actor has ever been president before....oh wait...Ronald Reagan

      August 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Nel

    The rich should not have to pay more just because they can. Everyone should pay an equal percent. Come on – it's like going and asking for free food at McDonalds every day. Just because they can afford to give you a burger doesn't mean that they HAVE to. By the way I am not wealthy, at all. I am an ordinary person working 40 hours a week, clocking in and out every day. But I do not believe that people who make more money should be required to pay a higher percentage in taxes – it's crazy. The gov't will still get more money from them.......

    August 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBK

      HEY NEL....THE POINT IS NOT THAT THE RICH PAY MORE TAXES, ITS THAT THEY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!! WHICH IN MOST CASES WOULD BE A LOT MORE THAN YOU OR I. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD PAY A FLAT TAX..NO MATTER HOW MUCH YA MAKE....I PAY 22% OF MY GROSS.A LOT IF YA EARN $50,000=$11,000.00...$500,000.00=$110,000.00–GET THE PICTURE

      August 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Nel to an extent I agree. I however believe we need to remove the hard to find tax loop holes that only the wealthy usually enjoy. Additionally, I believe the corporate structure should be altered to mandate profit sharing throughout the organization and not just the top. Its criminal. 25 million dollar bonuses are not okay and completely undeserved. This curtail the growth of the 'gap'.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Nel, YES, we SHOULD.....it is in everyone's best interest....do you think only the poor people will suffer from economic collapse? Do you think only poor people will suffer from crime at the hands of those that didn't get an adequate education? We live or die as a society....

      August 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • vechron

      Actually the rich should pay more; they get far more out of the system than a poor person(previously known as the middle class).
      1) Their rich. They get significantly more from the system than the "poor", allowing them full use of all the "free" things they love to moan about having to pay taxes for(education, roads, museums, libraries, etc.) AND tax shelters to drop those taxes almost down to nothing anyway.
      2) Productivity has increased by 80% since the 80's, yet minimum wage in the same time has only gone up by 14%... yet things are more expensive... figure out how a worker is suppose to afford things in that sort of system.
      3) "And I would venture to guess that the average person making $250K a year as a small business owner uses less of the governments services and programs than a lower or middle class person" – Mr. Jackson I lover how you avoid the vast number of free resources the SBA offers you to start or run your business not including the grants that every state passes out to start a small business, thereby lowering your costs and assisting your small business... but then if you brought that up it would blow your point out of the water...
      4) "Wealthy shouldn't pay a higher percentage than anyone else" – Yes they should; the benefit off the backs of the "poor" and "middle class"(really both the same at this point btw) and take every opportunity to cut a dollar from them when they get a chance...

      August 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • WizardOfOz

      Let's say for argument's sake that a flat tax of 20% becomes the new system. Now let's say Person A makes $20,000/year and Person B makes $200,000/year. After the flat tax, the adjusted gross incomes become $16,000 and $160,000, respectively. Food, gas, utilities, rent/mortgage are constants and NOT priced based on income...here is where the tax burden becomes greater on the lower class. Let's say person A lives a very modest life with monthly food expendatures at $200, rent is $500, gas is $50, utilities $75, health insurance $100 (bargain health plan!). Person A's net income after a year is $4900 ($975/mo expenditures x12 subtracted from adjusted gross) or 24.5% of their gross income. Person B lives a bit more of a lavish life: food is $600 a month, mortgage of $2000 a month, gas is $100 (because they drive a bigger vehicle), utilities $200, health insurance $200; heck, let's give them a car payment of $500 too. B's net income after a year is $116,800 ($3600/mo expenditures x12 subtracted from AG) or 58.4% of their gross income. Please explain how a flat tax is fair when a person leading a more lavish lifestyle is allowed to keep a much greater percentage of their income? A flat tax places a MUCH greater burden on the lower classes.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  218. dave

    Well if he doesn't mind paying more, why doesn't he just give all his money to pay off the debt, or just fund those programs himself ? I am sure he has an extra few dollars since he just socked it away.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Dave, how many million dollar bills (if they existed) does it take to pay of the debt? 14? 100? thousand, million? No, it would take 14 million ( million dollar bills) or in regular terms 14 trillion dollars. He doesn't have that kind of coin. Even if he had 100 (million dollar bills), we need 14 million of em.... get it?

      August 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      You shouldn't try to confuse dave with math. He's a republican who doesn't believe in funding education. Dave isn't too bright.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gobsmacked

      Why is it that, when one person suggests that we should ALL share the burden, the ones who don't want to share the burden always retort, "since you are asking us to give a little, why don't you give absolutely everything you have and then shut up"?

      August 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Brendan

    It's really generous of Mr. Damon to volunteer other people to pay more taxes. As we all know, there's now other way to help people OTHER than raising taxes. You can't donate to charities or even send as much money as you want in taxes. OH WAIT YOU CAN...Oh well. Those rich people probably didn't earn it like Matt Damon. We all know actors are the hardest working people on the planet aside from models and people who pretend to be sloths.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Damon could donate his every last dollar, but his alone wouldn't make that much of a difference. In any case, we ALL need to pay more taxes, and it's pretty hard to convince the middle class to pay more while they're losing money to the wealthy. We've been spending for two wars over the past 10 years and we've paid for them with tax cuts? Somebody please explain to me how that works without running up deficits.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Well, Brendan since you ask - " Throughout all of this, though, he has maintained his steady and generous philanthropic endeavor. He has not only donated funding but also played a role in founding a number of celebrity charities.

      Damon co-founded H2O Africa, its name changed to Water.org in 2009, an organization whose mission is to raise funds to purify water in developing countries. First, Water.org identifies the countries most in need and funds local partner organizations that will sanitize the water, promote health and hygiene, and organize community involvement. The foundation has assisted communities in gaining access to safe water in Africa, Asia and Central America.

      Along with celebrities George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub, Damon co-founded Not On Our Watch, an international advocacy group bringing awareness to global crises. He has also supported the ONE Campaign which combats AIDS and poverty world wide. He is also an ambassador for ONEXONE, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children. ONEXONE hosts a number of annual charity events with Damon in attendance and has featured musical performances by Snow Patrol, Mary J. Blige and Collective Soul."

      Now ...what have you done? Shut your pie hole unless you know what you are talking about.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • wilcu

      @Riding your mothers doookie-hole

      OK smart ass... name a government program where money is wasted. Probably for your welfare check you a$$clown.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fed Up

      @ Tom–

      Isn't it wonderful that Matt and so many other celebrities start charities that help people in other parts of the world... And adopt children from other parts of the world... HELLO, aren't there worthy charities in the US? And children in need of adoption in the US? I wish more celebrities would act closer to home to be able to feel good about themselves.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      Thanks a lot Tom, for missing my point completely. I wasn't saying he didn't donate money. He keeps saying "I wouldn't mind paying more in taxes so just raise the taxes on rich people." He can pay as much to the government as he wants. He's not being generous, he's volunteering other people to pay more the the government (which is pretty much the founding principal of liberalism). If he wants to pay more taxes, he can just go ahead and do that. There's no reason for him to "wait" for the government to do it for him (one of the secondary principals of liberalism, obviously)

      And, you're right. I only donate a little of my money to charities, largely because I'm not making very much money. I need what I make to live. Matt Damon has more money than I'll ever have in my life, and if he really wants to help anyone, he should put his money where his mouth is and do it for the sake of doing it, not just to "look" compassionate.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan Needs to Learn Economics

      @ Brendan

      You, and numerous others on here are missing the key factor involved in your flawed statement. He can write a check as large as he wants to the government, but it will do nothing to balance the budget. It's about projected income (of sorts), and balancing what is spent with that income, including debt, public service programs, and unfortunately the salaries of those who are balancing said budget. A constant inflow of taxes is looking at this point in time to be quite necessary, and he is making an intelligent statetment on how those that can pay more, should. It's one based on intelligent and logical thought, and not on the emotional reaction of having to pay more taxes. Unfortunately people vote for politicians based on emotional reactions to the issues, instead of pulling from logical thought processes. Politicians are not smart enough to run a government, or most aren't, only smart enough to appeal to the majorities emotional responses.

      I find it utterly absurd that the people who make the most money, pay the least amount of taxes, percentage wise compared to their salary, and that I have to pay more than some people who make three times what I do dollar for dollar.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      Matt Demon is an idiot.
      Why would anyone take what he says seriously. He is an actor.
      The "rich" pay more today. There ARE terrible teachers as there are terrible people in EVERY profession. There are crappy doctors AND lawyers which is why there is malpractice. The difference is you can't FIRE A TEACHER! Why is that?

      August 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee Dee

      @Samuel What do you mean teachers can't get fired??? I'm a teacher and teachers have been fired in my building the last two years!! And they were both "TENURED." With competent principals there is no way an incompetent teacher will not be fired. That is just fiction and hogwash and I get SOOO tired of hearing it. There are also MANY right to work states that make unions pretty much powerless, so PLEASE know what you are talking about before you start spouting BS left and right.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Uh actually, you useless imbecile, he was suggesting his own taxes be raised as well. You are dumber than a sack of hammers.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      *** The "rich" pay more today. ***

      Uh, actually half-wit, they do not. By any measure, taxes on the wealthy are at a modern low.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Ali

    Why is Matt Damon still rich? I would've thought he'd have donated all of his ill-gotten gains to the poor or the Treasury by now. He doesn't need the money any more than any of the other rich people do.

    August 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Montrose

      He was speaking of "shared sacrifice" and was willing to pay more taxes, maybe you can't read. He wasn't suggesting anyone giving up everything they have but that the wealthier can afford to pay more. He's also absolutely right about "job creators", what jobs?

      August 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Montrose, thanks. It is nice to see some people around here have enough brain cells to figure that out.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      Amen to that! All these elite snobs saying that rich people don't pay their fair share can feel free to write any check they want to the government as a donation, but none of them seem to do that. What they do is get really good tax lawyers to shield them from as many taxes as possible, but that doesn't make for a good soundbite though. The top 5% wage earners pay 60% of the tax bill, the top 10% pay 70% of the tax bill...at what point do we call that a fair share?

      August 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polly

      typical idiot response. No one (not even Matt Damon) is suggesting that the wealthy give away all their money. He's only suggesting that higher taxes isn't quite the burden on them that republicans make it out to be. He's simply saying that cutting the taxes for the wealthy does not, in fact, create jobs. Try a legitimate argument and not a moronic one.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      What is up with the non-rich defending the ultra-rich? Ali, like me, is wasting his time posting here instead of eating caviar in a first class seat of his private jet. Like me, Ali is not rich. Unlike me, Ali seems to adore the ultra-rich and thinks that they shouldn't have to pay any taxes and that we should all do our part to allow them to fly around above us while we look for jobs here on the ground. What's the deal with people like Ali?

      August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I don't know how much money Matt Damon gives to the Treasury and the poor, but I am confident that it is many thousand times more than you do.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • FairyTales

      He's probably donated more to charities than you make in a year. What would be the point of donating ALL of your salary? Doesn't make any difference how much you make. The secret of living is giving, not complaining about people who have more money than you do.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      Re: all the commenters... oh, darlings. I'm well aware that he's talking about "shared sacrifice," and what I'm saying is that he needs to be the change he wants to see in the world. What I'd like to know is if he wants to pay more taxes, why is he not already doing so? There's no law against cutting a bigger check to the Treasury than they ask for, is there? He doesn't need the money. I agree that he probably donates more than I make in a year. All the more reason he should donate more. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Matt Damon has WAY too much money, and he needs to start giving it to those who need it most... the poor of our country, and the legislators who need it to keep getting themselves elected. Shame on Damon for keeping his wealth when he doesn't need or deserve it, insisting that someone forcibly take his money via legislation before he offers it up.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • KT

      If you send more taxes in, the IRS will send it back. A donation is another story, but you can't voluntarily pay more taxes.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bkbad

      Wade, your numbers are absolutely correct, but they are a reflection of earnings....not unfair tax rates. The top 1% and 10% have had skyrocketing income expansion over the last 30 years while the bottom 50% have had stagnating wages over the same span. So of course the majority of federal tax receipts come from the top 5, 10%.....they're the only ones increasing their financial standing!

      August 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Wade

      The top 10% control more than 70% of the wealth, so I think it has to go up to become their fair share. Sorry you fail at math.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      The 400 highest-income people in the U.S. paid 18.1% in taxes in 2008, while taking home an average of more than $250,000,000. What was your rate?

      August 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluemountain

      You think you might be envious?

      August 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Granted, the IRS will send you a refund on what you don't owe, but you can refuse to take any deductions, and they do allow you to donate to the treasury. What he needs to do is to start a campaign among all his big actor friends, that they do not take any deductions on their income taxes, so they pay the maximum tax, and that they all donate to the treasury to pay down the deficit. Anyone is allowed to do that. If he thinks he is not being taxed enough, then he should use all his powers to make sure he pays the maximum allowed by law.

      August 6, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  221. Shan

    I really admire Matt Damon for speaking up about such an important issue. He brings up a lot of great points! The rich should pay more...because they can afford to! Why is education always the first to get cut???

    August 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evel Knievel

      Because poor people don't pay attention in class anyway.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      Because poor people do not have the means to fight back.

      August 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • malasangre

      "paying higher taxes is patriotic" Joe Biden said. this is true because it puts "Country First" which if you remember was the Republican motto of '08. i wonder they were just posing

      August 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh, come on...

      @ Ronbo42: Seriously? There are plenty of uneducated democrats as well. When you reduce political affiliation to such foolish stereotypes, you only hurt the discussion.
      As long as you portray the opposition as stupid or evil you aren't going to accomplish anything. Try making a fair argument and presenting your side respectfully. Then you have a chance of changing some minds or at least engendering an atmosphere conducive to compromise.

      August 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Ronbo's right. The reason uneducated blacks vote Democrat is because Democrats are for workers and the little guy. Most uneducated white people are too dumb to figure that out.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pappa Smurf

      Ok so let me get this right... uneducated people vote Repub.? Well I would think that 95% or so of uneducated people (high school drop outs) are probably poor and would vote Dem.

      So what your are saying is that the evil rich Repub's allow thier children to drop out of school and not go to college.

      Yea I like how Bush was dumb (and went to an Ivy league school) yet Kerry and Obama are super smart becaue they went to an Ivy league school.

      And of course rich Dems don't mind paying more in taxes thats why J Kerry hid his yacht in a different state with a lower tax rate until of course he got caught.

      The saddest thing about America is that most of you idiots actually think that either party has anyone best intrest at heart. They are ALL a bunch of liars and cheats!!!!!

      August 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mnjoe

      Bush went to an Ivy League school because his dad went to any Ivy League school and was a high-ranking government official.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMAN

      I agree with you Shan, the thing that most people fail to realize is that 1. People typically vote for the political party that their parents voted for because it has more or less been instilled in them. 2. If you earn $150,000 and only need $50,000 to live on then give $100,000 away what happens on your rainy day. Why not take your money donate, invest, save, spend... (some of us call this diversification) Then with your star power or contacts, urge them to do the same. 3. Finally don't vote someone into office just because they are democrat or Republican or because your daddy liked him.... look at the issues at hand, how this person has performed or voted in the past and typically this will tell you what they will do in the future. It's not about identifying externally with an individual it's about idealistically and morally relating to this elected officials. At this point, the only colors that matter are red (blood) and green (money) – not that that we could or ever should forget red, white, and blue!

      August 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      He brings up good points. The wealthy aren't creating jobs. They are hoarding money. Many of the companies that got bailed out by our government actually sat on the money. You know how most of us wish we could get back to where we were years ago? The rich are already there! For them, it's as if the recession never happened, they have all long since recovered, and the list of millionaires and billionaires grows yearly. They ship their jobs overseas where they can pay people 1/10 of what they make here, and some companies didn't pay any taxes this year! Meanwhile we sit at 10% unemployment and Wall Street couldn't care less, until it hits THEM in the pocketbook.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      So....the rich are hoarding money and corporations are sitting on money? What does that mean Saboth? They physically withdrew the cash and put in the mattress? If they put it in the bank, then it was loaned to businesses and individuals. Then those folks spent it. If the rich folks spent it on ridiculous luxury, then they helped sustain the economy through consumption. He doesn't need to start a small business, just save or spend the cash.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dos

      We give tax breaks to corps so that they can put it in the bank so that it is available for others to borrow? Borderline retarded reasoning... THAT is why when the goal is creating jobs, stimulus in the form of public works projects, etc. is always going to be more effective than tax cuts... because we can't rely on business to actually spend the dough we hand to them. Just look at the failure of the Bush tax cuts.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chitown Jason

      College graduates vote Democrat on a 2 to 1 ratio over voting Republican.

      That's not to say that all college graduates are necessarily smarter than all non graduates, but there certainly is a correlation.

      August 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @ dos. The U.S. doesn't give tax breaks to corps for the purpose of allowing the corp. to put it in the bank to be loaned out to other businesses and individuals. But what do you think happens to the money? It goes somewhere. And the way the system works, wherever it goes it will be used. Large companies will invest cash that sits in their accounts overnight. Cash that will sit for literally a few hours will be invested. The funds are invested with a bank (deposit) or another corporation (stocks or bonds). Deposits are loaned out. Stock equity or bond debt is spent. The reasoning is only "retarded" because you don't know anything about financial systems.

      As for public sector projects creating jobs, most democratic leaders in our past would disagree with you. JFK said the only way to increase government revenue is to lower taxes. Clinton slashed government spending to ceate a balanced budget (even a surplus). The former Soviet Union was the ultimate Keynesian economic experiment, total government spending. It didn't end well.

      Don't take acting lessons from an economist, nor lessons on money and banking from an actor.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      uneducated voting Republican? Seriously? Quite the contrary.
      The data shows that the uneducated make the least amount of money and therefore life off social programs more than the educated. The same social programs advocated by Democrats.
      The uneducated are forced to vote Democrat to simply continue getting their government check every month.
      I'd like to know where you come up with your "uneducated vote for Republican" concept.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  222. Peace

    Wow! I wish more wealthy thought like him. I, now, have a diff outlook on him!

    August 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • DamonDemon

      WOW... Did you read what he said? don't think so.... hes against all this BS, but yet he says " I didn't start a small business with MY TAX BREAK" So hes against it, BUT he sure as hell took it ! (the tax break)

      KEEP in mind people... HES an ACTOR and a very good one at that, BUT that doesn't mean hes RIGHT about politics, if so, quit acting and be a politician. He wants ALL his privacy, but yet he makes remarks like that, and disses the WORKING class camera man... Yea, hes cool....BS

      August 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DamonDemon

      sorry, replyed to wrong person, My bad....

      August 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loni

      His point with the whole "I didn't start my own business" was that it was what the Government wants the wealthy to do, it is their excuse for not taxing them very much. Matt is just trying to say that it is not a good reason becaus very few wealthy people do that.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      I agree with you Matt!!!!

      August 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      It doesn't mean he's WRONG about politics either, half-wit. And in this case he's right. The highest-income 400 people in the US paid 18.1% of their income in federal taxes last year. What was your rate?

      August 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taio

      ugh...fool. @DemonDamon...he's agreeing with you. He's saying the reason for keeping the taxes of the rich low has always been ostensibly so that the rich would use that extra money and start business and hire people, but that is not the case. They end up saving the money. Damon is saying that he's an example of a rich person who doesn't start business with tax breaks, and neither are his friends, so the theory is flawed, and the rich should instead pay more taxes and let the government take care of job creation...

      Get it now? Or shall I draw a picture?

      August 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  223. madhater

    You go girl.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Right, that's a great idea. Let's make our tax system voluntary. You're right about Mr. Damon not volunteering more of his money to the federal govt. It's shameful. I'm sure he's the exception amongst all the millionaires who voluntarily inflate their taxable income numbers each year so they can give more. But a rich guy who gives up a day to go and argue for more benefits and salary to people who make hundreds of times less money for arguably one of the most important professions in society should be called out on this. You're right.

      August 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • HarleQuinn

      Dan and Co. – You do realize tax refunds result from overpayhing your taxes, correct? And yes, the government is legally required to give any overpayment back to the taxpayer, no matter who they are. Also, Matt Damon gives his time and money to the tune of millions of dollars a year not only to his own charitible foundation, but a number of others at home and abroad. And before anyone accuses me of defending a celebrity who I don't know and have never had any contact with apart from paying the ticket price of a movie, I am not. This is about factual statements. And while there are probably an number of extremely wealthy people who don't care about helping others, at least give credit to those who do seem to. The majority of information about active involvement in social causes by celebrities is available on from a number of reputable online sources.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      In Canada they take almost half my pay check and we still have problems with roads, collapsing bridges, school cuts, hospitals etc... Here in Canada we love to give our money to our honest politician who are not corrupted hahah. save your money and no tax hike, it will just go in some politicians pocket at the end... my two cents.

      August 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Did anyone actually read the article? He mentioned that he never started a small company. So he has no idea what it takes. He makes more money making one movie then most people make in a lifetime. If he doesn't want his money, there are millions that do. The Gov may be legally required to send him a check but he is not legally required to cash it and he plainly admitted that accepted it, although he did not create any jobs with it. And its fantastic that he gives to all of those charities. And you can be certain that he takes credit for those donations on his tax return as well. You here about these huge millionaires and billionaires agreeing to pay more taxes, but where are the ones at the bottom of that bracket? $250K is sure as crap a lot less than what Matt Damon makes in interest from his money sitting in a bank or investments in a year. Why should those who try to do good and get a high school diploma and even higher education, who put their dreams of family and marriage off until they were secure pay for those that dropped out of high school and had 4 kids? What incentive do they have to better their lives? None because they can do whatever they want and continue to get money from me for it.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • @EdwardNovak

      You obviously don't know any teachers that well. I'm at work by 7:30 every morning and rarely, if ever, leave before 5-5:30. The students may leave by 3:00, but the job doesn't end there. There is planning to do, there are copies to make, papers to grade, after school meetings, etc. And my summers "off?" I spend thousands of dollars to take classes to maintain my license – not to mention the work that goes along with them. I get paid for a year-round position, but I truly work all year to get it.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • I read the article

      he says "never started it with a tax break"; he does NOT say he never started a company period, I think he has some companies, one with Afleck that is a production company for example

      August 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      So what is stopping Damon (or any other wealthy liberal) from paying more? Nothing. It's all lip service and nothing else.

      Matt, put your checkbook where your mouth is and ante up- after all, you don't mind, right?

      August 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • money where your mouth is

      you have zero knowledge of how much time, money and effort he donates, you need a does of stfu

      August 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pops

      While I can't speak for Matt Damon, I can say that my wife and I took our state tax refund and gave every cent of it to our local high school. And were just average working class shlubs, not anywhere close to the $250K bracket.

      August 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Of course you don't give a crap about being taxed YOU MAKE 30 MILLION A YEAR.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JonQWriter

      Matt Damon couldn't be more right on this. Taxing a house cleaner at the same rate as the multimillionare who's house s/he works in is completely unfair. You give a middle-class employee $10,000, they'll likely pay off bills, spend it on something for their family, or save it for retirement. You give someone like Matt Damon $10,000, they'll just leave it in their bank account. They don't need it for anything. Why can't even the smartest Republicans figure that out?

      August 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ayrifeek

      It's so funny, because a lot of you are clearly skimming through what he said and not paying attention. The very thing you're attacking him for is the very same point he is making.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ayrifeek

      Another note, if you have zero knowledge of what this guy does with hi s money, then you really should not presume what he is or isn't doing with it. A lack of evidence does not equate to evidence of absence.

      August 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I could have done without the color commentary, Anderson. Let the clip play out entirely before you try to riff.

      August 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      MATT DAMON

      August 4, 2011 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnnie Boy

      Steve Jobs is the one who needs to look to his conscience. More disposable cash than the US and not a cent given to charity. He should be ashamed of himself.

      August 4, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      To Dan – you're exactly making his point! Matt is out there speaking up and out for those who are not using any of their tax breaks to benefit out country like is insinuated would happen if taxes were lowered for the upper class. He's exactly saying that they are only using that break to benefit themselves individually. Therefore taxes should be raised – you agree with him!

      August 4, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Georgia Hull

      I agree that Damon has many points. Using standardized testing to evaluate teachers and students inhibits a person's ability to learn and postulate new concepts.

      August 4, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      The point he was making is valid about the extra cash – people are socking it away, because you don't expand operations in the face of little to no demand. Right now the prevailing opinion is that a dollar invested in your business is not producing more in gains, so don't invest in your business, sock it away.

      The whole "free capital to job producers will create jobs" argument is complete hokum even when demand is up, anyway. Any solid business owner (such as myself) will borrow any extra capital they need from the bank if there's more money to be made by satisfying unmet demand (or demand that can be met at a lower cost that is still profitable to provide).

      If what you're talking about is being able to make bottom line recurring costs such as salaries and other expenses, and that's what you're looking for low taxes to address, then that's called a handout. I thought Republicans were supposed to be against those.

      August 4, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Loni

      People! He is making a point about the government making a change overall, I have not done my research but I am pretty sure he does give a considerable amount of money to people who need it. Who are you to judge this man who has taken time out of his day to support teachers and does not go around bragging about how great he is. He was asked his opinion and gavce it THE END. Calm down about it! Sheesh!

      August 4, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • davis

      to all you liberals (that includes matt damon), the u.s. gov't happily allows donations if you are so inclined to give more of your money. sadly, not much has ever been freely given.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • C Bea

      I'm not interested in Matt Damon's opinion. Ever since he commented on issues he has no clue about earlier this year. You can have an opinion but then let it be an educated opinion. Otherwise you come across as nothing but an emotional teenage girl!!

      August 4, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • rick

      Damon is as good an actor as I've ever known but his take on debt and taxes is off the mark. He is mega-wealthy so paying 6% more won't hurt him. I make between 250,000 and 500,000. Paying 6% more for me means no new deck on my house and no nice family vacation this summer. You may not feel sorry for me but don't forget my building a new deck and going on vacation helps people have jobs. "Wealthy" people create jobs through consumption. If my money went straight to the government they would waste it.

      August 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The only way to shut you all up is to have a flat tax with ZERO deductions.
      decide on a percentage and you pay that.
      That way the rich pay exactly the same percentage as the poor. The difference is that they can't shelter income from taxes because with all loop-holes gone they will be paying tax on any and all income.
      And givine tax refunds to people who never paid a dime in income tax? Where is the sens in that? And you wonder why we are bankrupt.
      Tax refunds should be obsoleted with a flat tax system. That means we won't need the IRS either. Good riddance to them. They are one of the biggest wastes of government funds that exists.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      JohnnieBoy – get your hand out of someone's pocket. You are the one who should be ashamed. You have no idea what Steve Jobs does with his money nor should you. If he wants to pile it up in a big pile, set it on fire and then dance naked around it – its none of your concern. You have no say so. Anyway... Liberals like to demonize the wealthy yet the wealthy pay 70% of the taxes and only make 40% of the wealth. Its the 50% who pay no taxes at all that should share the sacrifice. Everyone should contribute even if its a small amount. I never liked Matt Damon much. Ben Affleck either for that matter. I still dont.

      August 4, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom Chambers

      Typical juvenile emotional response. Why not think about the question and respond in a rational thoughtful manner instead of acting like a pompous brat. How about something like “While there certainly are teachers who do a poor job perhaps due to a lack of incentives, there are also many that do a wonderful job. It is our task as citizens to measure and monitor this. Then react accordingly.”

      August 4, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • PW

      Um, he's mad because people "squirrel away" money? No one puts money in their mattress anymore. Money that is saved in a bank helps people like me who have almost none get a loan and buy a house. I want tax cuts for the rich, though I will never be one myself, because they IMMEDIATELY pass on any cost increase/profit loss to we who buy their s**t/work for them. Tax increases to any income bracket will always hurt every other bracket.

      August 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • b

      Of course he doesn't mind paying more. If you take another 6% off of his $10 million paycheck he's still got a mulitmillion dollar paycheck.

      August 5, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Rodney Shipley

      My respect for Damon just went up a few notches. Bravo young man.

      August 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sando

      I will continue to enjoy the Jason Bourne action flicks and will pay no attention to the liberal tripe from Damon's uninformed little rich guy mouth. CONGRESS NEEDS TO CUT SPENDING, PERIOD!

      August 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • some guy

      If Matt gets paid 30million a year and the tax raised to 20% he would pay 6 million in Tax. Still have 24 million dollars to do what he wants with. More than I will ever make in a life time. The most I will make in 60 years is 4,560,000 and that is making 76,000 a year. I am live pretty dam good. I am ok with paying taxes and giving to charity. Because crap happens to everyone.
      If someone that makes 250k a year has to pay 20% raise he would have to pay 50k a year and still make 200k a year.
      Middle class person gets paid between 26k to 200k a year the Average income to 56k a year and if they paid 20% they would make 44,800 still ok.. I don't see why the Taxes does not go up to 20% for the rich. The poor ppl of this country already live a crappy life. They make about 0 to 24k a year and some are working two jobs(most are single parents). Average poor person makes about 12k a year and if you take 20% from them what do they get 9.6k a year.. really... it would take a poor person with just 12k a year to make 250k in 20 years. If you make 13 dollars an hour and work 40 hrs a week you are poor. If you are poor/ middle class and you vote a for a republican to reduce taxes on the rich your retarded.
      They pay alot yes but to them its not that much. To regular ppl 50k is something we make in a year or less. So, everything they pay seems like a crazy amount of money but its like comparing a country to a city. Of course the Country in itself pays more becuase it has more. well I am done.

      August 8, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Some Guy

      I am just saying if a rich person wants to switch lifes with a poor person so he/she does not have to pay 20% on taxes they can at anytime. Hell I would switch life with a rich person and pay 30% taxes, hell lets make it 40%. I would still make more than I ever will. You think they worked hard for their money? most like but what says i did not. I went to college and worked at the same job for 11 yrs. They talk about cutting ppl and down sizing. well guess i join the rest of the population in the 24k and below. so, some rich guy can make a little more and buy him another expensive car or house he/she does not need. Dam 6 years of college gone down the tube and 11yrs of working in a crap hole.

      August 8, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • IBN8

      Well it sounds like Matt Damon has his opinion and your just plain dumb if you don't agree. There are so many complexities in the education system that his approach seems simple. Too simple. To be honest if he doesn't think that there are 10% s!#% teachers out there, then he obviously went to private school. Just like there are bad actors, there are bad teachers. Perhaps he doesn't realize that he is the leader of the 10% of the bad actors because he was educated by the 10% teachers...

      August 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  224. md

    What a loser!

    August 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  225. val malone

    And I wonder how educated YOU are? No, wait – I already know..your'e NOT but apparently you are a bigot

    August 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |

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