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Before President Obama outlined his strategy Monday for America's millionaires to shoulder more of the tax burden, The Price of Fame asked show business types at the recent Toronto International Film Festival the burning question:

Should celebrities and other wealthy people pay more in taxes?

Ethan Hawke (pictured, above), actor, author and playwright: "Yes, and I think that rich people who try to get out of it are the most revolting to me." Hawke, who stars as a writer beguiled by a dangerous muse in The Woman in the Fifth, Analeigh Tiptonsaid some of the privileged have forsaken the common good. "Paying taxes is the greatest luxury in my life," he said. "I find it revolting that people would make $100 million and that they should pay the same amount of taxes."

Analeigh Tipton (right), the America's Next Top Model cat-walker who played the babysitter with a crush in Crazy, Stupid Love and now stars in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress: "Yes, I do. There's a lot of money that goes around. I know I'm doing something I love and I get paid where I feel guilty. Again, I can't be the only one in Hollywood that doesn't need [stuff], and especially these days."

Ryan O'NanRyan O'Nan (right), writer, director and star of the rock 'n' roll road movie The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best: "If you have a whole bunch of money, yeah, you should pay a little more because it comes from the community. As a community and fellow human beings, we all enjoy the same country. If you make a product that sells so much that you have so much money, that's because so many people purchased your product. It's all cyclical."

Michael Weston, from the movies Dukes of Hazzard and Garden State, and TV's House, M.D., also took a broader philosophical approach: "I feel like that even our deepest human ambitions are about connecting. The more we forget that and sort of isolate ourselves from that, from each other, the easier it is to close off our community. The more we can include each other and remember that we're all part of the same package, then I think we can solve so many of these problems." We'll take that as a yes.

Arielle KebbelArielle Kebbel (right) of Band Camp, John Tucker Must Die and The Grudge 2: "I don't think I as an individual can solve the debt crisis, but I'm a big believer in the energy in which you put intention goes a long way, and I think that will help others find an answer together."

In fact, The Price of Fame couldn't find any stars of the silver screen who didn't approve of paying a bit more of that silver to help balance the U.S. budget.

The above have super-supportive company in super-rich Warren Buffett. He has repeatedly said it's about time he and the rest of the nation's fully loaded assume more of the tax tab, explaining that loopholes allowed him to pay taxes at a lower rate than his secretary. The Oracle of Omaha's declaration led to part of Obama's proposal being labeled "the Buffett Rule."

Of course, the administration's plan to levy $1.5 trillion in additional taxes on the wealthiest individuals and corporations over the next 10 years isn't a smash hit. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said tax hikes on the rich will choke off employment opportunities. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, described the proposal as "class warfare."

In showbiz, they call that mixed reviews.

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Could Warren Buffett have the success that he had in the environment he proposes for others.????

September 22 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@ Shoelesspreacher: Even a European like myself knows very well that your country was founded on the separation of church and state. Your Founding Fathers never intended for god to play any role in politics - in fact, they would be horrified by your modern politics. Most of your Founding Fathers were agnostics or atheists, too.


September 21 2011 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear President Obama your next bill will you please have Congress, Senate, House of Representatives, all of their staff, and anyone I may be overlooking. #1Put GOD back in this country thats what we were originally founded on,(by the way HIS name is JESUS!)sorry that offends some but my founding forefathers knew HIS name.#2 they pay for their own vehichals to drive to work in. #3 They pay for their own gas (mine is sometimes over25% my takehome pay). #4 They pay for own car insurance (mine is over 5% of my take home pay). #5They pay for some their own benifits.#6They like myself and many others who have worked for years would contribute and collect Social Security, and the 401K they saved, instead of getting their pay for the rest of their life plus better benefits than our returning soldiers.#7 Everyone would have the same health insurance plus a supplemental to help pay for expenses, not what they have currently when they retire. (I will take what ever they feel they are entitled to.)#8 how about a salary cap and a 3% raise like most of the average working stiff. I feel these few simple changes would save this country $$millions$$ a month if everyone would step up and do their share instead of living of others. This in my opinion would make your campaign slogan true, CHANGE! Throw the ball in their court and ask them how do they want leave this wonderful country for their granchildren?

September 21 2011 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My 1st question does this mean that congress, senate, house of representatives, making over $100,000 dollers a year would actually have to pay true amount of taxes. Some of them making millions between their salary and contributions from the companies that pay them to keep them their currupt companies alive in the United States. I myself was once on $48,000 a year on medications. Do drug companies really need to charge $2,850 for 4 shots of Enbrel my insurance company paid most of this. I feel it is time for cooperate America to start contributing to this country and if the want to go elsewhere (wake up fellow AMERICANS stop buying their products) See ya later Apple CEO. Take your greedy self out of here, maybe you spend a week with families that send their children with no food for the day in the U.S. Barefoot Preacher

September 21 2011 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wish the author would find out how much they actually paid. Also, how much is a bit more. That is about as accurate as what is air? More useless reporting which they get paid for.

September 20 2011 at 10:30 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Okay, let's give Obama his tax hike but place these rules in the bill.
Eliminate all tax deductions except for housing.
10 % additional tax on 1mil of net income after all other taxes have been taken.
3 ways money can be used a Constitutional Ammendment only 2/3 can change in Congress.
1) each tax payer can give their 10% to a charity that meets Congressional approval as legitimate!
2) '' '' '' uses the 10% to hire more employees or gives to a company for hiring also on list.
3) 10% goes directly to paying down debt.
No money can be used by Congress, President or any other function of government to spend!
A Balanced Budget Ammendment must be included in bill.
A repatriation of all foreign monies and Corporate tax reduced to 15%.

September 20 2011 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lazarko's comment

That makes too much sense for our government to do it.

September 20 2011 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Imagine what would happen if we TRULY made all Americans "pay their fair share".

This would work pretty simply:

Take the US budget and divide by the number of Americans, then send each a bill for the amount owed. So for example, if the goons in Foggy Bottom wanted to spend $3.6 trillion of citizens money, and their were 300 million, we'd divide $3.6 trillion by 300 million. This would produce a $12,000 bill for each American. The debt of minor children would be owed by their parents.

So in the above example, a family of four with two minor children owes $48.000. After all, when the same family goes to the grocery store, nobody asks how much they make before ringing up their purchases. Instead, every consumer pays for what they consume at the same price as other consumers. I(n other words, their "fair share".

Ya think this problem might get solved THEN?

September 20 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to warrenbent's comment

I still say democrats should pay twice as much as everyone else because they are the ones that say they don't pay enough. I say make them put up to shut them up. If you don't pay income taxes you should not have a say in how it is doled out you don't get to vote either,

September 20 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I use the rule of thumb that every time the democrats raise my taxes, I fire a democrat that equals the amount they taxed me. They are easy to spot because they are the ones always complaining about everything especially their wages.

Sadly; they end up not paying any income taxes and voting for Marxists posing as socialist ,liberal, progressive,.democrats and I end up carrying their freight anyway. They eventually will end up rioting in the streets to try to get a free ride. Lefties were the first Mob Flash thieves.

September 20 2011 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I hear a lot of talk from actors and Warren Buffet as to how they should be paying higher taxes. The only question I have is why don't they? You are allowed to pay extra taxes in any amount or % or your income. Then why don't they? What a crock!!!! Just another drum beat for the Obama administration by the Huff and Post.
One of the greatest problems we have in this country is over 40% of American citizens don't pay any taxes and therefore do not have a vested interest in how this country is run or shall I say, run into the ground.

September 20 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to chapmanfield's comment

Which brings us to the primary reason Obama and company want to abolish the Bush tax cuts! You were conservative with the 40%. It's more like 47% and a good proportion of these folks earn $45K or less - and yes, they pay little or no tax on the income. Abolishing the Bush tax cuts will impact the very rich, but it's mostly a joke compared to the revenue the government will garnish by pick pocketing tax $$$'s from those not paying any tax at all. That results in less lower middle class discretionary spending; more government control and dependency, and of course a concurrent loss of personal freedom. Now we are getting to where Obama is taking this country. Fortunately for him, most in this low-level income range are too uneducated to understand what's going on under their noses.

September 20 2011 at 5:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Hooray, the "rich entertainers are in favor of paying more taxes. If we can do a good enough job of casting dispersion on wealth then pretty soon we can get all the high paid sports figures to also want to pay high taxes. What a great PR move. The rich may pay more in taxes but they get a bigger write off on their overall taxes. Paying the increase won't add very much to their expenses and for sure won't have a big impact on this nations deficit. But it looks good. Should pacify the vanishing middle class. It might be a better deal to pay these actors and sports figures a lot less and lower the cost of tickets so that the middle class could afford to go to the events. Be assured that any increase in revenue from increased taxes will only mean that our politicians have some more money to squander.It is absolutely disgusting how our leaders try to smother us with a lot of BS. Some of us do have intelligence!

September 20 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply