Willie Nelson: Those at the Top Get Their Share at the Expense of the 99 Percent

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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.