Hypocrite Charles Barkley Spouts Economic Stupidity — Charles Barkley, who became rich playing a child’s game, provided this bit of economic wisdom concerning the just passed tax bill, Dec. 21, on TNT’s “Inside the NBA”:
“Shaq, they said it’s going trickle down, I’m going to trickle my fat ass down to the jewelry store to get me a new Rolex. They’re not going to pass it to nobody. Thank you, Republicans, I knew I could always count on y’all to take care of us rich people, the one-percenters. Sorry, poor people. I’m hoping for y’all, but y’all ain’t got no chance.”
Leaving aside he’s likely going to pay a hefty sales tax on that Rolex, leaving aside the clerk’s job became safer because he bought the Rolex and leaving aside the store owner — who is probably not a one-percenter — is going to put the profit he made from the sale to things like providing food and shelter and transportation for himself and family, what exactly is stopping him from just giving half his wealth to the poor?
He’d still be richer than most of us.