has been sounding mighty political lately. “The wealthy are paying less than they paid at any time else, certainly in my lifetime, and probably in the last century,” he said last week. “It’s criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much. 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.” Not to mention a few months ago when Damon punked a reporter and stood up for teachers? [Huffington Post
Apparently, his words truly impressed Michael Moore. When asked recently who he thought should run for president in 2012, he said Matt Damon without hesitation. Moore explained, “He’s been very courageous and not caring about who he offends by coming out and saying the things that need to be said.” Moore is a realist too: “And sometimes when you run an actor, you win.”
So will Matt run for office and join the likes of Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzennegger, Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, Sony Bono, etc, whose celebrity has catapulted them into office? Guess we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, other celebrities who have stated their political aspirations, plus a few who like Damon, are being publicly pressured toward it.
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