Then do it. All he needs to do is check off a box on IRS form 1040 and send in the extra money.
TAVIS SMILEY, HOST: Do you think that ultimately on the things that matter to you, the things that matter to me, that Obama as president is going to be on the right side of history?
MATT DAMON: I desperately hope so, because we need that. And people need that. I don’t need that, I am in the one percent. So I need to pay more taxes. It’s the truth. You know, I don’t begrudge, I don’t drive by a fire house and see guys playing cards and begrudge the fact that my taxes pay them, because every once in a while, the bell goes off and those guys run into a burning building for people who are strangers, for people who are my friends, or their cats. You know? And I don’t want to do that. You know? I don’t know that I’m built to do that. Maybe I am, but I would rather pay another percent or two for some, you know, police who are going to make sure that, you know, our kids are safe and we’re safe. You know? Occasionally, they put themselves in harm’s way.
And I like driving on nice roads. You know, I believe, you know, I just, I believe that we’re all in it together. And I don’t, and I wonder, you know, these people who get so angry about a couple more percentage points. It’s like, “What, I mean, what are you talking about? Really. You know. You want to see what life looks like without that? Go to the Congo. You know? There are rich people in Haiti, go check it out. Do you want to live there?” You know?
I mean, it’s like, so, for me, I, you know, those issues of social justice as well, like, for me, those are the most important. I’m reading a lot about Bobby Kennedy right now. So here’s somebody who writes about poverty, but those things that he was fighting against towards the end of his life, and fighting for, there hasn’t been a lot of movement, you know, statistically on a lot of that stuff. And that’s 40 some odd years ago, and that’s pretty sad.