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Class Warfare

Kim Kardashian Should be Taxed More in California, Video by Courage Campaign Says

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Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:02 AM

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We once joked that "Occupy that ass" could be the silly title of a porn spoof but, as they say, this shit is real.

The class-warfare train is about a six-pack away from literally marching with pitchforks to the good side of the tracks, and the latest salvo aims at millionaire tabloid candy Kim Kardashian who, it would seem, hasn't been paying her fair share of taxes.

No, even with allegations of a big, mutlimillion-dollar payday for a Kardashian-Kris Humphries wedding that went nowhere fast, the tax man don't cometh for the rich and self-obsessed like he comes for you and I:

The Courage Campaign along with the California Federation of Teachers and other groups are behind a new video that asks Kardashian to give it up for Uncle Sam (or, more accurately, California).

A video released by the Campaign notes that Kardashian made $12 million in 2010 but paid a state tax rate of only 10.3, one point above the 9.3 percent someone making $47,000 that year would have paid.

The Campaign says:

Millionaires like the Kardashians only pay a tiny bit more in taxes than a middle-class Californian. That's not OK, especially when budget cuts are decimating our communities. Watch our video that clearly demonstrates the unfairness of the situation.

They want millionaires (and billionaires) in the Golden State to pitch in an extra 3 to 5 percent, which could add a much-needed $6 billion to state coffers and, perhaps, fend off cuts to education.

It's an idea that even some billionaires and Republicans, L.A.'s Eli Broad, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and former governator Arnold Schwarzenegger among them, have backed.

The Campaign wants to put the millionaire tax increase before state voters in November.

In the video, Kardashian is seen saying, " ... Being on TV has changed my life, because you get lots of free stuff."

We wonder if the Calabasas queen will, er, get behind this tax-the-rich scheme. We'll be watching TMZ to find out.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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