‘If you don’t like it, get out,’ Michael Caine says to the wealthy who complain about their tax payments.
During a heated debate with broadcasting legend Michael Parkinson, MICHAEL CAINE ripped into wealthy citizens who complain about paying taxes.
During a classic episode of Talking Pictures, British actor Michael Caine slammed the rich who complain about paying taxes.
Caine told veteran broadcaster Michael Parkinson about his financial struggles in his twenties, which he believes contributed to his father’s death.
Before declaring that the wealthy who don’t like paying taxes can “get out” of the country, the actor told Parkinson that money was “terribly important” to him.
The newly discovered episode of Talking Pictures, which aired in 1974, focused on actor Michael Caine’s life, using never-before-seen television interviews and classic archive clips to tell his incredible story.
An in-depth interview with Parkinson was featured in the episode, in which the award-winning actor discussed his humble beginnings in South London.
“How important is money to you?” Parkinson inquired of Caine.
“Oh, terribly, yes, very important,” Caine replied.
It’s critical; to give you an idea of how critical it is, when I was 24, I was broke and jobless.
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“And then my father died, and later on, when I had money and met people who had money, I realized that if I had money when he was sick, he would still be alive today.”
“Anyone who says to me, ‘Money isn’t terribly important,’ I tell you, comes the closest they’ve ever come to strangulation.
“It’s vital to me.”
In this country, my perspective on money and taxes is that I want to live here, so I’ll pay the taxes.
“I suppose if I ever gave it much thought, I’m a socialist, an emotional socialist, which I believe is what they call a liberal.”
“My own personal opinion is that if you have a lot of money and want to live somewhere where there are people who are less fortunate than you, you should be taxed,” he added.
“Get out if you don’t like it.”
“I’d rather be half as rich with people collecting taxes than twice as rich in a country with abysmally poor people,” says the author.
“Yes, but one wishes we could see what’s going on,” Parkinson interjected.
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