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Financial Literacy - Taxes
SPOTLIGHT
Kinky doesn't mess with taxes
The former gubernatorial candidate of Texas says taxes aren't too terribly interesting.
Taxes made easy

Interview: Kinky Friedman

How do we love Kinky Friedman? Let us ponder the ways.

At a glance:

Is it as the outrageously irreverent titular head of country music's iconoclastic Texas Jewboys? Or the author of 16 amateur detective novels wherein "the Kinksta" and his eccentric East Village Irregulars solve the crime and never get the girl? Or as the Lone Star State's favorite son, whose 2006 gubernatorial bid as an independent candidate (battle cry: "How Hard Could It Be?") garnered him almost as many classic one-liners as legitimate votes (nearly 550,000, or 12 percent of votes cast)?

Whichever Kinky you prefer, even skeptics had to admit that some of his campaign programs were downright sensible and maybe even ingenious. Like "Texas Hold-'em," which would offer financial assistance to med students if they promise to practice in state. Or "Slots for Tots," which would legalize casino gambling in Texas and funnel some of the proceeds to education.

On other issues, his stand leaned heavily toward stand-up material: abortion ("I'm not pro-life, I'm not pro-choice; I'm pro football"), gay marriage ("I believe they have the right to be as miserable as the rest of us") and decriminalization of marijuana ("We've got to clear some of the room out of the prisons so we can put the bad guys in there, like the pedophiles and the politicians.")

You can reminisce with Kinky about his campaign against "wussification" in his new book, "You Can Lead a Politician to Water, But You Can't Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politics."

Bankrate wondered what the Kinksta's position might be on taxes. As it turns out, to paraphrase the state's clean-up campaign, he doesn't mess with taxes.

Thanks for fielding some tax questions.

Sure, go ahead. Try to make it succinct, 'cos taxes bore me.

As a recent gubernatorial candidate, you must have been bombarded with questions about taxes. Was it the No. 1 issue of this campaign?

Yeah, but not to me. Property taxes, yes -- they're way too high. Utility bills are way too high.

-- Posted: Dec. 17, 2007
 
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