Matt Damon on debt limit: ‘I’m so disgusted,’ ‘it’s criminal’ the wealthy are not paying higher taxes

July 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, July 30 ( – Academy award-winning actor Matt Damon said he is “so disgusted” with what’s happening in Washington over the debt limit, claiming that the Tea Party is “willing to drive it all off a cliff” and adding that it’s “criminal” the wealthy are not paying higher taxes.

“I’m so disgusted man. I mean, no, I don’t know what you do in the face of that kind of intransigence. You know, so my heart does go out to the President. He is dealing with a lot,” Damon said in an exclusive interview at the “Save Our Schools March” in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

When asked if he agrees with President Obama’s call for a “balanced approach” as part of a deal to raise the debt limit, Damon said, “Yes, the wealthy are paying less than they’ve paid in any time else, certainly in my lifetime.”

He continued, “It’s criminal that like, you know, so little is asked of people who are getting so much, I mean, I don’t mind paying more. I really don’t mind paying more taxes. I’d rather pay for taxes than cut like ‘Reading is Fundamental’ or ‘Head Start’ or some of these programs that are really helping kids. I mean, why not? This is the greatest country in the world. Is it that much worse if you pay 6 percent more in taxes? Give me a break. You know, look at what you get for it. You get to be American.”

Damon did not say the highest percentage he would be willing to pay in taxes but argued for tax reform.

“I mean, why not raise it per million bucks? Right? And then cap it somewhere,” he said.

Damon also said those making over $250,000 per year are not job creators.

“Nobody went and started a business with their Bush tax cut. You know, I don’t know who would believe something – that just defies common sense so no, that’s – no. I was against those tax cuts. I thought they were ridiculous. So little is asked of the upper class anyway, you know. I mean, what percent of them or their kids are fighting in any of these wars?” he said.

Damon also called the Tea Party “completely intransigent” in terms of the debt ceiling debate.

“It’s true. They are absolutely willing to drive it all off a cliff. They mean what they say, that’s for sure,” he said.

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