Matt Damon Weighs In On Debt Ceiling Fight, Says Not Hiking Taxes Is ‘Criminal’

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 03, 2011

After a fight by both the left and right to raise the debt ceiling, a plan was ultimately hatched by President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders. However, those on left as well as some Tea Party members were not ultimately happy with the plan. For example, those on the left were furious that tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans weren’t on the table. Even outspoken liberal actor Matt Damon has lashed out on the deal.

At the Save Our Schools March, he said that “The wealthy are paying less than they paid at any time else, certainly in my lifetime, and probably in the last century,” he said. “I don’t know what we were paying in the roaring ’20s; 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 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 really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it: you get to be American.”

Damon, a supporter of President Obama in the 2008 election, believes that tax hikes are necessary in order to get us out of the financial hole we’re currently in. Regarding the Bush tax cuts, he said that he was “against those cuts,” adding that they “were ridiculous”. He noted, “So little is asked of the upper class anyway. I mean what percent of them or their kids are fighting in any of these wars? What percent of their day is occupied by the fact that there are men and women in positions over the world, risking their lives? If you walk down 5th Avenue, there’s no sense of shared sacrifice.”