From Celebrity to Politician?

Posted on August 11, 2011

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Anyone who is anyone is a fan of Matt Damon. He’s an outstanding, versatile actor. We’ve seen him in:

All these and so much more! But there’s more to Matt Damon than you may know. In addition to being a talented actor, he has long been politically outspoken.  He recently had a stand-off with a conservative reporter:

“The wealthy are paying less than they paid at any time else, certainly in my lifetime, and probably in the last century. I don’t know what we were paying in the roaring 20’s; it’s criminal that so little is asked of people who are getting so much. I don’t mind paying more. I really don’t mind paying more taxes. I’d rather pay for taxes than cut ‘Reading is Fundamental’ or Head Start or some of these programs that are really helping kids. This is the greatest country in the world; is it really that much worse if you pay 6% more in taxes? Give me a break. Look at what you get for it: you get to be American”

Fine words by Matt Damon, in my opinion. Part of living in a democracy is paying taxes to support it. Taxes are a percentage of income, so the wealthier you are, the more you pay. But in my eyes, this is not a system that robs the rich of money they earned; it is not “unfair” to them. By paying more taxes they play a large part in keeping our country and our government up and running. Without their taxes, we could not be the country we are today. We could not be “American” as we know it.

Matt Damon, who supported Obama during his campaign, has become critical of our president:

“I really think he misinterpreted his mandate. A friend of mine said to me the other day, I thought it was a great line, ‘I no longer hope for audacity’. He’s doubled down on a lot of things, going back to education… the idea that we’re testing kids and we’re tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We’re training them, not teaching them”

I’ve certainly noticed that in my education. In my grade school years, my learning was very mechanical. We were “taught to the test”. We didn’t learn for the sake of learning. We cared about getting a high grade in the class, not about being knowledgeable. I experience much less of this in college. Being educated is valuable in and of itself, instead of a means to getting a job (but don’t get me wrong. Job =good!). Still, I’ve witnessed people choosing a major based on what will lead them to the highest-paying job, not based on what they’re genuinely interested in.

The whole damn package

So, Matt Damon scored major points with me. He’s a total stud, he’s an amazing actor, he’s knowledgeable. He’s the whole damn package!

President material?

Michael Moore thinks so. My initial reaction was, you’ve got to be kidding me. He’s great and all, but president? I don’t think so.

Now that I’ve had time to think about it, I still don’t think he’s cut out for president. But it’s not ludicrous to think of him going into politics in some capacity. He attended Harvard, but didn’t graduate. If he completed a degree in Political Science, then who knows, maybe he’d make a great politician.

What’s the worst he could do? Cause our country to go into massive debt and come dangerously close to default?

Haha. Been there, done that.

Future NYC mayor?

On a related note…Alec Baldwin is considering running for mayor of NYC. However, it wouldn’t be until after 2013 and he’d first like to get a Masters in politics and government, which he’s talked to a couple universities about already.

I’m still unsure…can a celebrity become a successful politician? Furthermore, what does it even take to become a successful politician??

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