Stephen King lambasts LePage as ‘a stone brain,’ one of the Three Stooges

SARASOTA, Fla. — Stephen King is calling the governor of his home state ‘a stone brain’ and comparing him to one of the Three Stooges.

In a rally last week in Sarasota, Fla., supporting education, unions and veterans, the horror author and outspoken Democrat compared Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Florida’s Rick Scott and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, all Republicans, to “Larry, Curly and Moe. That’s what we’ve got right here.”

All three governors have drawn fire from unions over pensions and, in Wisconsin, state worker union rights.

In a video of the speech posted on YouTube, King also asked why, “as a rich person,” he doesn’t have to pay more in taxes. He said the explanation by Republican leaders that it will discourage jobs is “bull. It’s total bull.”

“Now you might say, what are you doing up there? Aren’t you rich? The answer is, ‘Thank God, yes.’ Because I grew up poor,” King said. “And you know what, as a rich person I pay 28 percent tax. What I want to ask you is, why am I not paying 50? Why is everybody in my bracket not paying 50?”

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MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Stephen King suffers from ...

... the Garrison Keillor syndrome. Whenever he steps out of his area of expertise, he comes off as a babbling idiot.

I see the editorial board has taken over the front page. Today a third of it is wasted on "news" like this.

Jerome Young's picture

One more thing, is Mr King a

One more thing, is Mr King a resident of Maine, or is he a legal resifent of Florida?

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

He owns houses in both states

He owns houses in both states and has said that as he gets older he prefers a warmer climate. It would be interesting to know which one is his primary residence. Is it Maine? Or is it income-tax-free Florida?

Jerome Young's picture

Mr King is a panderer. Our

Mr King is a panderer. Our "stone brain" is the first in 35yrs addressing the issues.

Sadie Roberts's picture

WHEN MR. KING SAYS HE SHOULD

WHEN MR. KING SAYS HE SHOULD BE PAYING 50%, HE'S SAYING THIS AS AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL RICH PEOPLE IN THIS STATE SHOULD BE PAYING THIS MUCH.
WE ALL KNOW THAT THE REBUBLICANS ALWAYS TAKE FROM THE POOREST AND FILL THERE FAT POCKETS WITH MORE MONEY.
KING YOU ARE MY HERO AND I AM ALL THE WAY WITH YOU.

Larry Worster's picture

well...talk

is cheap. If Mr King had said "that I pay an extra 20% in income taxes just because I believe in the government efficiency", then thats one thing. Saying he (and others like him) "should", is just hype.

This isn't a Republican/Democrat thing...this is a Capitalism thing. The private sector is not taking money away from the goverment, its the other way around. Well, unless of course you are in a large union and needed a bailout - but thats a whole different topic. So do you call all the union members that got a bailout of their pensions, fat cats?

Larry Worster's picture

Go ahead..

pay 50% if you want.

86% of federal taxes are paid by the top 25% of income earners.
The top 50% pay 97% of all income taxes
The top 1% pay 39%!
*Data above released from the IRS

In 1980, the top income tax rate was 70%, the richest 1% only paid 19% of all income taxes, so with the current "lower rate" they actually contribute more!

Mr King(and any other rich people), what is stopping you from paying 50%? Knock yourself out...I am sure the government will use that money so much more wisely.

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and the man in the moon is

and the man in the moon is made of cheese, and donkey eat green apples. Any other relevant facts you wish to contribute? Mr. King gives much of his income to charitable causes, unlike people like you and lepage.

Larry Worster's picture

mixed message there..

First, you didn't refute the facts - only used diversion to try to avoid them ( typical liberal tactic ).

Second, Mr King ( or whoever ) can donate as much as they wish to whomever they wish...its their money!

 's picture

first I didn't need to refute

first I didn't need to refute your 'facts', because they are true, just meaningless, typical conservative tactic. There is no context for the information you provide, such as, among others, what percentage of the total INCOME did those poor burden taxpayers make? Start providing the proper context, then you could make an argument, although you'd probably have no ammunition, then.

Larry Worster's picture

who cares

what their total income is??? If they earned it legally, its THEIR money!!! I don't care what "their" income is...if I want more income, then I have the right and freedom to make it happen.

Are you suggesting there should be some sort of personal income or wealth limit? If so, who decides that limit? The President? Congress? You?

Our Constitution says we all have a right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness( which at the time of its writing meant PROSPERITY - look it up ) It mentions NOTHING about "limiting" Prosperity. Thats a "progressive/liberal" mindset(aka spreading the wealth) - which the facts show doesn't produce the intended effect.

The "meaningless' facts - as you say - show the direct impact of what happens when the rich are more heavily taxed. Their percentage-wise contribution drops. Hmmm...and guess whos percentage-wise contribution has to rise???

So again, if MR King is THAT upset about being unfairly undertaxed - then write a check to the IRS. My take is he was playing to the union crowd.(which they need lately, because I haven't been hearing a whole lot of non-union public support for them)

Bob Stone's picture

Then Pay 50...

I am sure the Maine State Treasurer would gladly accept a 50% payment from Mr. King.

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Finally!! The voice of

Finally!! The voice of reason prevails. It must really bug all the right wing wackos, when intelligent people speak. Of course, they feel 'if it ain't on FOX, it ain't true."

Martha Burnell's picture

"intelligent people"

LOL.. I find that rather questionable. For all the tripe Mr King puts out there, I can't think of anything of his I'd have any interest in reading.

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