Actor John Leguizamo a Big Fan of Big Government

Actor John Leguizamo refuses to employ any cagey politically correct speak about his love for big government. There’s no dancing around or soft-pedaling with him. For Leguizamo, big government is all good.

In a recent interview with Nicholas Ballasy, the actor asked “What’s wrong with big government?”

“I’ve never had a problem with big government. I’ve felt our country’s always done best during Eisenhower, FDR, when we had we had big government … We’re not in a fascist state, so what’s the problem with big government? It’s not a problem. It makes things better,” the actor said.

Leguizamo also went on to push for more regulation on Wall Street and claimed that there needs to be more government funding “in the arts.”

He also seemed to have no problem paying even more taxes than he now does.

“I think with the taxing the rich now that’s finally happening now which we need to do – I mean, back in the 50’s and 60’s, if you made money you paid like 70 percent in taxes or even higher than that, and that’s when we started booming and creating a middle class,” he said.

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  • cirby

    Oh, look – Leguizamo’s another one of those idiots who doesn’t know the difference between marginal and effective tax rates. It’s always hilarious to let the air out of their balloons when you run into one of those in the real world.

  • Commander_Chico

    John Leguizamo is a hell of an actor. I’ll always watch a movie he’s in, and he’s a funny stand-up comedian, too.

    Who really gives a shit what his political opinions are? He’s got a right to express his opinion.

    I guess Warner is doing him a favor by propagating his opinions more widely.

    • Brucehenry

      He was absolutely terrific in “Summer of Sam.” Check it out.

    • Brucehenry

      Who gives a shit what his political opinions are?

      Who gives a shit what ANY movie star’s political opinions are?

      Gary Sinise did the best George in “Of Mice and Men” (1990) I’ve ever seen. That’s one of my favorite movies of all time, largely because of his performance. Kelsey Grammer was great in “Cheers” and in “Frazier.” Patricia Heaton’s show on ABC is quite funny and she’s great in it. Eastwood was not only a terrific action/Western star, he’s one of the best directors ever, with fantastic movies to his credit, including “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and “Gran Torino.” Even Tom Selleck is pretty decent; I’ve watched his CBS show a couple of times, not too shabby.

      I don’t understand boycotting particular movie and TV stars. You’d miss out on a lot of good stuff.

      • jim_m

        Agreed. They are actors. They are not geniuses in economics or in diplomatic relations. These are people with highly inflated egos and who are used to others fawning all over them.

        I’d take advice from someone who actually held a regular job over a transient like an actor.

        • Oysteria

          Unfortunately, a lot of people give a shit what an actor’s political opinion is. And they actually think that if [moviestarx] has a political opion that it’s well informed, that they know what they’re talking about.

          Take Leguizamo’s remarks: “I mean, back in the 50′s and 60′s, if you made money you paid like 70 percent in taxes or even higher than that, and that’s when we started booming and creating a middle class,” Cause/Effect! And there ya have it!
          Why these people don’t just stick to acting and realize that because they can act, and their fans like them so much, that we’re all just dying to hear their opinions on complicated issues like the economy.
          I’m sure Leguizamo didn’t take any deductions when he filed his taxes and threw in a few thousand extra when he paid his bill to the IRS. Right? Since he’s got no problem paying more taxes and all.

          • Brucehenry

            Well, he might not have shared his opinion if the guy from the conservative website hadn’t asked him.

          • Oysteria

            And your point is … ? That a representative of a conservative website asked him negates my point?

          • Brucehenry

            My point is that maybe Leguizamo WOULD HAVE just stuck to acting, and spared all these wingnuts the unpleasantness of hearing an opinion with which they disagree, if Tucker Carlson’s boy hadn’t asked him to weigh in.

            I don’t see any indication that Leguizamo thinks anyone is “just dying to hear” his opinion except the interviewer. Who, you know…….ASKED him to give his opinion.

          • jim_m

            So what you are really complaining about is that Leguizamo is ignorant and you would rather that he and others like him should be left in his ignorance. After all, if they actually know better they won’t vote for ass hats like obama.

          • Brucehenry

            Huh? I’m not complaining about anything.

            Others here are complaining about this actor shooting his mouth off about politics. I’m just pointing out that he didn’t say a word about politics, as far as we know, until this guy asked him to.

          • He fails to understand that such revelations are one of the features of free speech; an opportunity for those of us who would otherwise not care what such an individual thought to take notice and then act in accordance with our values.

      • retired.military

        Thank you Bruce. Agree totally with everything you said.

        As long as they are acting I may watch them. They want to open their mouths about anything from what shoes to wear to global warming to how to decorate a house they are wasting air as far as I am concerned.

        Also I dont understand the negative marks Bruce got on his statement. I totally disagree with them.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Leguizamo hasnt been funny since margeret cho was straight.

  • Another for the “not on my dime” list.

    He has the right to have and express his opinion, I have the right not to pay to see anything which profits him.

  • RichFader

    Leguizamo is a Borsalino-grade asshat.

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      Well if he’s a European hat, I’d prefer he go there and leave us alone.

      • retired.military

        actually he is from Columbia I think.

        If he has something to say about acting I might pay attention. Any other subject is just noise coming from him.

        • MartinLandauCalrissian

          A Borsalino is a hat company in Italy. I was sort of replying to Rich’s “Borsalino-grade asshat” comment.

  • Wild_Willie

    I love the stupid liberals that keep bringing up that old kinnard about the 50-60’s tax rate but they fail to mention the multitude of deductions you can itemize to bring down your taxable earnings. The libs are not a bright bunch although they will shout about how smart they are. ww

  • jim_m

    Forgive me if I give political advice from Sid the sloth the weight that it deserves.

    • Brucehenry

      But Leguizamo does a good job in that movie too. The first one, at least, was damn funny.

      • jim_m

        Yep. And much in the same way his political advice makes me laugh to. Sid was no genius, very much like Leguizamo.

        • Brucehenry

          To be fair, he was at what looked like a Hollywood-type event and the guy from Daily Caller (Tucker “Do You Like My Bow Tie?” Carlson’s outfit) ASKED him what he thought about these matters.

          Why ask him?

          • jim_m

            Probably because they expected him to deliver a stupid left wing answer and he fulfilled expectations.

          • Brucehenry

            And so the righty circle-jerk can continue, with guys like WTH rousing the rabble about silly airheaded lefties. I’m sure articles like Warner’s are all over the web by now. Wingnuts in dudgeon, lol.

            The comments over at DC are borderline retarded. I thought some dumb stuff got said here. We’re all a lot of geniuses compared to THAT comment section, ladies and germs!

          • jim_m

            There is nothing wrong with exposing idiocy for what it is. If you don’t expose it you cannot correct it.

          • Brucehenry

            Yep, that’s what I’m doing with the DC comment section.

          • jim_m

            Yeah, I rather doubt that. But it’s nice that you think so.

          • Brucehenry

            Tough room

          • MartinLandauCalrissian

            That’s what you do here, too. Only you are exposing your own retardation on a daily basis.

      • I’ve enjoyed all of them so far… primarily for Scrat’s antics, I’ll admit. And the last one was kinda… okay, contrived. But still fun.

  • GarandFan

    So Leguizamo is VOLUNTARILY paying 70% in taxes to the government. Right?

  • Brian_R_Allen

    One needs an only slightly higher IQ, it seems, to fret and strut ones stuff upon the stage, than, these days, to pretend at what presently passes as the “presidency.”