I was pleasantly surprised to see actor George Takei make a web video for President Obama’s re-election effort this fall. I’m a fan of Takei’s Facebook Page and saw that he was going to be on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell. In a recent post, Takei blogs about why he wants to be taxed higher:
“…But as an actor today, I enjoy a lifestyle my parents probably never dreamed of. Despite how this country has at times misstepped and mistreated us, I love America and believe in her promise of providing equal opportunity for all. I want to see her back on top. That is why I feel it is not only fair, but my patriotic duty to support higher taxes on the top 2% percent of incomes.
During the first few years of the George W. Bush era, when there was still a surplus, they cut these taxes a few percentage points. These marginal tax rate cuts were never meant to be permanent; none of us who got them expected them to be. We always knew theyâ€™d one day return to the levels they were during the Clinton era. To suggest that we now shouldnâ€™t give them up is silly, especially in a time where we are facing huge deficits and a looming â€śfiscal cliff.â€ť…”
It has been interesting to see Takei take a more open and active role in expressing his political beliefs in such a later stage of his life and career. I think most would agree that Takei is one of the most recognized Asian Americans in the United States today and I am glad to see him speak out more beyond his activism for gay rights – now for fiscal sanity and bring a new face to America that hasn’t necessarily been as involved as it should be into public policy discourse.