Targeting “bad” industries for special taxes, especially when they have deep pockets and are not part of a favored class, has funded government forever. Lately, Wall Street, Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Insurance and Big Pharma have been singled out—not just as a source of cash, but often because they were deemed “unworthy” of what they earn in the marketplace.
Now comes a suggestion by Hot Air's Doctor Zero for a new source of revenue:
Let’s tax the crap out of Hollywood.
Hollywood actors are generally outspoken in support of “social justice,” so they shouldn’t mind picking up the tab. Will Ferrell, recently named Hollywood’s most overpaid actor by Forbes, is an aggressive advocate of socialized medicine – but strangely enough, he hasn’t used any of his millions to buy insurance for the poor. We can change that with some carefully targeted taxes...
Ferrell is (a) Salvation Army kettle full of undeserved loot just waiting to be rolled into the soup kitchens...
Okay, the suggestion is tongue-in-cheek. But it's a good one to float around the braying class in Hollywood.