Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great moments in Barkley-isms

A bit of a tanget-alert here, but sometimes you just have to take witness to the beauty of someone who has no internal editor. Doubly so when that person is Charles Barkley.

Ever lovable, ever t-rrrible, ever opinionated. Thanks to Deadspin, I ran across this (emphasis mine):

Brown: So are you going to run for governor?
Barkley: I plan on it in 2014.
Brown: You are serious.
Barkley: I am, I can't screw up Alabama.
Brown: There is no place to go but up in your view?
Barkley: We are number 48 in everything and Arkansas and Mississippi aren't going anywhere.

And also this pearl (emphasis mine):

Barkley: I know that, but this thing didn't start with him. It started with President Bush and these gifts to rich people like myself -- all these tax cuts and things like that. That's my biggest problem. Uh listen, John McCain, you gotta respect anybody who goes to war. But these Republicans who ran this economy into the ground. We've got to end the war in Iraq and we got to stop giving rich people like myself and people who run big companies tax breaks. We've got to do that.

Wonder if the casinos will give him gifts and tax breaks.

(10/28/08, 4:20pm)
: Reader Steve clued me into this one, which is so far over the line it's astounding.
In discussing ways in which the Knicks should be improved this season, Barkley said, "I think they have a better coach. This coach probably won't try to kill himself."


tadthebad said...

Here's an idea...make everyone pay the same percentage of income! You make more, you give more. You make less, you give less.

Same treatment = fair(er) treatment.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

I won't dive into a tax discussion but 35% someone making $35K is a MAJOR chunk of someone's live-sustaining resources. 35% out of a $250K salary is less onerous but still lifestyle changing. 35% out of a $1M salary, while painful, still leaves lots to use to buy the essentials. People lucky/good enough to earn multi-million dollar salaries SHOULD have to pay proportionally more.

A flat tax rate will never work for that reason.

That's why a sliding tax scale has been in effect.

/end tax discussion

Steve said...

Chuck had another quote that was half ha-ha funny and half "did he really say that".
From USA Today:
"According to Neil Best of Newsday, the TNT analyst was asked how the Knicks had been improved this year and the Barkley said. "I think they have a better coach. This coach probably won't try to kill himself."