You know it's election season when Republican candidates get angry phone calls from liberal musicians telling them not to use their old music (like "Survivor" whacking Newt Gingrich for using "Eye of the Tiger" from 1982). Meanwhile, Democrats are handed new anthems on a silver platter written with their re-elections in mind.
Bruce Springsteen's new album has been hailed as a soundtrack for Obama's re-election, especially the song "We Take Care of Our Own" ("wherever this flag's flown"). Springsteen is lauded for going on "a tear to raze Wall Street and raise Main Street." This is where author Jason Mattera comes in to laugh and point with the facts in his new book "Hollywood Hypocrites."
Mattera takes down liberal entertainers with the devastating truth of their two-faced political lives, and Springsteen isn't spared. He's one of the worst.
In 2008, Springsteen's song "The Rising" was a staple on the Obama campaign trail, and Springsteen performed at his inauguration. He lectured the public that Obama was necessary because, "We granted tax cuts to the richest one percent ... increasing the division of wealth that threatens to destroy our social contract with one another and render mute the promise of 'one nation indivisible.'"
Mattera's book reports the problem for Springsteen is he's a "first-rate tax evader." He owns more than 200 acres in Colts Neck, N.J. The taxes for his house and three acres are more than $138,000. But because of a state tax break for farms, "the Boss" grows a few (organic) tomatoes and has horses, so the tax bill on the 200 additional acres is less than $5,000.
"We granted tax cuts to the richest one percent." How do these people say these things with straight faces?
In another part of Monmouth County, rocker Jon Bon Jovi has an estate on the Navesink River. Taxes on the mansion add up to $295,680, but his tax bill on an additional 6.85 acres is $104 because he raises ... honeybees.
Bon Jovi was named in December 2010 to President Obama's White House Council for Community Solutions. The White House press release honored how, "These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation." That's probably not praise for the beekeeping. It wasn't necessarily a community solution, but hey, it sure did solve his tax bill.
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