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Stephen King

King takes axe to tax

The sheik of shrieks, Stephen King, has joined the call for increased taxes for the mega-rich, who he says are not pulling their considerable weight.

The best-selling author swung his axe at the American tax system in an article published on The Daily Beast, where he chastised the system for continuing to allow the rich to contribute less than their fair share.

If this is all sounding a bit familiar it might be because billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett called for similar changes last year, insisting that the "extraordinary tax breaks" afforded to the mega-rich should be binned.

King said the issue still needed to be addressed, despite ongoing pressure for the changes.

"I'm not tired of talking about it. I've known rich people, and why not, since I'm one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing 'Disco Inferno' than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar," King said.

"This has to happen if America is to remain strong and true to its ideals. It's a practical necessity and a moral imperative," he said.

King warned that last year's worldwide Occupy movement, which protested economic inequalities between the rich and everybody else, were the first "real ripples of discontent" which signaled the beginning of the end for tax inequality.

"If this situation isn't fairly addressed, last year�s protests will just be the beginning. Scrooge ["Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?"] changed his tune after the ghosts visited him. Marie Antoinette ["Let them eat cake"], on the other hand, lost her head," King said.

"Think about it," he warned.