Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Stephen King On Being Rich Edition

Although I haven't read much of King's fiction, I heartily recommend On Writing.  I'm going to have to buy a few King books after reading this:
Here’s another crock of fresh bullshit delivered by the right wing of the Republican Party (which has become, so far as I can see, the only wing of the Republican Party): the richer rich people get, the more jobs they create. Really? I have a total payroll of about 60 people, most of them working for the two radio stations I own in Bangor, Maine. If I hit the movie jackpot—as I have, from time to time—and own a piece of a film that grosses $200 million, what am I going to do with it? Buy another radio station? I don’t think so, since I’m losing my shirt on the ones I own already. But suppose I did, and hired on an additional dozen folks. Good for them. Whoopee-ding for the rest of the economy.
At the risk of repeating myself, here’s what rich folks do when they get richer:they invest. A lot of those investments are overseas, thanks to the anti-American business policies of the last four administrations. Don’t think so? Check the tag on that T-shirt or gimme cap you’re wearing. If it says MADE IN AMERICA, I’ll … well, I won’t say I’ll eat your shorts, because some of that stuff ismade here, but not much of it. And what does get made here doesn’t get made by America’s small cadre of pluted bloatocrats; it’s made, for the most part, in barely-gittin’-by factories in the Deep South, where the only unions people believe in are those solemnized at the altar of the local church (as long as they’re from different sexes, that is).

4 comments:

caheidelberger said...

Holy cow! I've never read King getting political. I love the sound of his voice turned from one form of horror to another.

David Newquist said...

King is much more concise and coherent than Romney's buddy over at Bain Capital:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/magazine/romneys-former-bain-partner-makes-a-case-for-inequality.html?hp

LK said...

Dr. Newquist,

Thanks for the link. Ironically, I was reading the article about the time you posted.

Quite frankly, the fact that this vulture capitalist is going to gain some cache as an intellectual because of this book frightens me. At the risk of committing philosophy without a license, this book and campaign seem to be an effort to create a country where justice is whatever the strong/rich say it is. Plato should have had Socrates give a better answer.

LK said...

Cory,

I haven't heard King be this forceful before either. I'm impressed the way he took on the canard about just write the check.