Fast forward to this year's White House Correspondents' dinner. Pleased to be invited, Kind gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter. After praising President Barack Obama as "the smartest man in the room," Kind offered his opinion on what issue he "cares most about": "The disparity between the ultra-rich and the next level is as disgraceful as anything that has...
Perhaps a 33% excise tax on movie, theater, and sports tickets would generate some different thinking amongst the Hollywood elite. And suppose it's true that the gap between, say, the top 5% of earners, and the median earner has increased in the past 10 or 15 years. Has the widening of the gap hurt the median earners? Or has the freedom to get ridiculously rich in this country helped the median earners by increasing the supply of jobs, capital, and the availability of goods and services?
Richard Kind is a funny, talented actor. I had the pleasure of working with him when I did a cameo on the show "Spin City," where Kind co-starred. He was thoughtful and helpful on set, even though I was a dreaded non-lefty.
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