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Willie Nelson posted this at HuffPo:

The disparity between the top 1 percent and everyone else has been laid bare — there’s no more denying that those at the top get their share at the expense of the 99 percent. Lobbyists, loopholes, tax breaks… how can ordinary folks expect a fair shake?

The rich try to get richer via “lobbyists, loopholes, tax breaks”… er, he left out tax evasion:

Willie Nelson is the poster boy for tax evasion. In 1990, the IRS sent him a bill for $16.7 million dollars in back taxes. Faced with this rather large debt, Willie decided to try and pay the IRS back by releasing a double album entitled The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? The IRS, ever helpful, sped up the process by selling nearly everything he owned.

Lucky for Willie, his friends purchased most of the items and returned them to Willie either free of charge or for a nominal fee. He managed to pay back the IRS in only three years.

So Willie avoided taxes, was forced to work off the bill and then his upper one-percent friends bought all his stuff back for him? That’s not exactly OWS street cred, but given the level of hypocrisy in that so-called movement, Willie fits right in. Plus he’s got some really good weed, which I’m sure isn’t exactly frowned upon.

Nelson’s worth $15 million these days. He might not look like a member of the one percent, but he is — at the expense of the 99 percent of course, at least according to Willie.

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25 Responses to “Willie Nelson: Those at the Top Get Their Share at the Expense of the 99 Percent”

  1. backwoodsconsr on December 17th, 2011 7:56 pm

    Give the man a break. The effort required to sing through his nose so much probably created a lot of backpressure inside his head that made clear thinking rather difficult.

  2. SignPainterGuy on December 17th, 2011 7:56 pm

    I`m just guessing Willie subscribes to the fallacy that for someone to gain money at the top, someone at the bottom must lose his; or for every gain, there must be a loss. That ol` "only one finite pie" in the economic sense.

    I`m also guessing that he`s smoked enough weed now, he can quit before it cooks his last functioning brain cell. And, the wife who got tired of him coming home late, drunk and mean, sewed him up in a bed sheet and beat him black and blue with a broom handle (he told that`n on himself), should have used an ax handle !

  3. SignPainterGuy on December 17th, 2011 7:58 pm

    Aaaaah ha ha ha haaaaaa !

  4. backwoodsconsr on December 17th, 2011 8:03 pm

    "I`m also guessing that he`s smoked enough weed now, he can quit before it cooks his last functioning brain cell."

    Too late.

  5. Pasadena Phil on December 17th, 2011 8:21 pm

    Willie buys his favorite smokes tax free too.

  6. Marshall_Will on December 17th, 2011 9:12 pm

    "Who'll Buy My Roaches..?" I mean Memories! ( Those of 'em that I 'can'? )

    Good point Phil. 'Recreational' drug use counts for nearly ALL illicit drug activity in the country. Dealers can't survive doling out smack etc. to hardcore abusers. You no sooner 'develop' your market ( and they up and OD on you! )

    Willie's made a mockery of being 'square' or 'straight' as many dopers prefer. I have a good ear for guitar, not much of one for vocals but friends tell me his voice is as fried as his brain!

    Any idea how many guys have fallen prey to the IRS -nevah- to recover? That makes Willie part of the .1% You'd think he'd show a little more respect for those of us that can't pawn our way out of debt w/ memorabilia?

  7. WSG on December 17th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Nelson is just another drug fried musical "talent"( with a lousy voice) who never had the self discipline to realize that he was fortunate to get as far as he did. His "Farm Aide" concerts were and are a joke and a testament to his 'economy is a zero sum game' mentality.

  8. SignPainterGuy on December 17th, 2011 9:46 pm

    "economy is a zero sum game', yeah that`s it. I was shooting for that in my first comment ! Thanks !

  9. Pasadena Phil on December 17th, 2011 11:54 pm

    Someone should explain to Willie that farmers are arguably the most over-subsidized and protected of all industries and together with the over-subsidized and even more protected European farmers, are the main reason why the 3rd world can't break out of poverty. Just ask the Africans who make the highest quality cotton in the world who can't compete against artificially low prices.

    Tells how little Willie knows about those farmers he feels need bailing out with his self-serving "Farm Aid" concerts.

  10. clu seatoe on December 18th, 2011 3:59 am

    “…self-serving "Farm Aid…"”

    …which has now turned into his self-serving OWS bloviating verbosity.

    If he really cared about OWS he’d take his 15 mil to McD’s and buy lunch for the gang at the West Coast dock’s and see if anyone got real beef or if the patty will still melt on their tongue.

  11. Patriot on December 18th, 2011 4:54 am

    Proving yet again that America is such a great country, one doesn't even have to be smart or good looking to make it big!

  12. SignPainterGuy on December 18th, 2011 4:57 am

    Or even sound good ! Have you listened to rap ?

  13. backwoodsconsr on December 18th, 2011 12:17 pm

    "Rap"

    Isn't that supposed to start with a "C"?

  14. Pasadena Phil on December 18th, 2011 12:21 pm

    Farmers just had one of their most profitable years ever. It is a very profitable industry with lots and lots of subsidies. Willie could just as well be sponsoring "Too Big to Fail" Bank Aid concerts.

  15. Granny55 on December 18th, 2011 12:45 pm

    I saw him in concert in 83 and at the time I think I paid $15 for the ticket. Perhaps I should contact him for a refund. If he feels the pain of the 99% he needs to stop charging for tickets to see his stoned sorry a$$.

  16. Doug on December 18th, 2011 1:17 pm

    True… Willie says in America the lower end doesn't get a fair shake, and yet he grew up dirt poor and became rich and famous. He's a walking argument against the first paragraph of his own article.

  17. Doug on December 18th, 2011 1:19 pm

    When you pay to see Willie, you're paying $10 for the show and $5 for the contact buzz. Not a bad deal if your seat is close enough.

  18. Marshall_Will on December 18th, 2011 2:11 pm

    Phil,

    That's a sentiment and talking point to serve the TP well. Ending… The Era Of Endless Bailouts can and SHOULD start here____. With the added benefit for those that are T.E.A forced under penalty of prison to backfill the endless cycle of foreign 'aid' to the third world ( under the guise of high minded globull governmental 'concern' )

    Of which maybe 30 cents on the $ actually survive the boodle skimming operation?

    I'm sure Demos and Crooks & Liars et al will be jumping all over those Inconvenient Truths as we speak?

  19. cdl on December 18th, 2011 2:13 pm

    You gotta give it up to a guy that made a living writing lyrics like, "pickin' up hookers instead of my pen I let the words of my youth fade away."

    It's difficult to separate an entertainer from their politics or personal life enough to enjoy their talent. I wish they'd let the music do the talking.

    Momma's don't let your babies grow up to be America hating hypocrites.

  20. Pasadena Phil on December 18th, 2011 2:45 pm

    Despite the public shame being rained on Congress for such easily fixed problems as insider trading, alternative energy subsidies (including ethanol which is really a corn subsidy), and ear marks, neither party can be moved to pass them. We've seen many bills introduced that would fix all of the above but there is apparently a "gentlemen's agreement" to take turns killing them. it's all kabuki.

    We don't have a government that is interested in fixing anything. It's all about assimilating power and enriching themselves. The corruption is too widespread to eradicate without blunt force. Refusing to vote for either party is the best shot we have. But we seem to have a population of manchurian voters programmed to self-immolate every time a ballot is handed to them.

    So long as big blocks of voters continue to vote automatically for Dems or Reps, nothing can be accomplished. Jews keep voting for Dems even though they are determined to abandon Israel to Muslim destruction. Blacks keep voting for Dems even though they have impoverished and re-enslaved them. Conservatives keep voting for Reps for reasons known only to themselves. It's hopeless. The only alternative these people ever consider is to stay home.

    Voting for either party is surrender. Staying home is dropping out. There is only one alternative. Jack up the "none of the above" vote. The polling tells us that vote would be overwhelming if people would just have the courage to just do it. If the president were to be elected with 2/3s of the voters voting against him, it would turned the government on its head. One-third of voters does not constitute a validation of the government. It would underscore the level of corruption in America. We would have to finally admit that we are now a banana republic.

  21. SignPainterGuy on December 18th, 2011 6:04 pm

    "I" think so !

    Bumper sticker seen on the back of a redneck`s pick up; "You can`t spell CRAP without R.A.P." !

  22. SignPainterGuy on December 18th, 2011 6:12 pm

    Never saw WeeWillie in concert, but I saw / heard Hank, Jr ! His sponsors were Ruger Firearms, Jim Beam Distilleries and some Mexican PotFarmerGuy !

    When it was over, my group held back to avoid the crush at the doors and made a run thru the rest rooms to ease the pressure of the long shuffle to the parking garage ! In the RR, every flat surface that could hold an empty bottle did; mini-bottles, half-pints, pints, fifths, half-gallons and one gallon jug. His fans like to get rurnt ! One stumbling fan didn`t even slow down to spew beef chunks; he just turned his head and let fly. Ruined my swede cowboy boots. Durn his hide !

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  24. WSG on December 19th, 2011 10:07 pm

    Phil – AS an EX farmer you are speaking in overly broad generalities. WE were forced out in no small measure by "regulatory reform" under the Clean Water Act. Crop insurance of any meaningful sense WAS NOT available as we were in the livestock business and got the short end of the stick.
    In the 20 plus years we never made enough in the good years to cover the damage done by the weather or stupid government policies +> Carter's Grain Embargo being a good example.

  25. Pasadena Phil on December 19th, 2011 11:24 pm

    I realize I am generalizing. My grandparents were farmers and my mother grew up on a farm (in Quebec though). But agriculture is no longer viable for small farmers. Less than 5% of Americans are now employed in agriculture at any level and shrinking. And most of them are employed by big agricultural corporations.

    It seems to be that to bemoan the demise of the family farm is like bemoaning the loss of coal mining jobs to mechanization in much of West Virginia. It's time to move on. Farm Aid concerts are like unemployment insurance for people who don't want to work. They provide an excuse to not move on.

    BTW, I don't know if this is relevant but all of my grandparents were farmers in Quebec. My mother grew up on a family farm and my paternal grandfather would return to his family's farm for a couple of months each year after migrating to the US. Neither of those farms are family-owned today. It was never a good life. They always ate well but were essentially poor. There is no going back and no one wants to. I imagine it's the same for American farmers.

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