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Tax the Celebrity Rich
October 9, 2006

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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We're all familiar with the Democrat mantra "Tax the Rich."

Perhaps the time has come to adopt a new slogan, "Tax the Celebrity Rich."

If put into motion, the tax plan could raise a lot of dough and possibly even reform some really bad behavior.

Let's take a look at the way some of Hollywood's Most Pampered have recently been conducting themselves in public.

After warming up with a nasty Nicole Richie co-star feud, Paris Hilton apparently revealed some Tonya Harding tendencies at a posh Hollywood nightspot. "The Simple Life" actress reportedly got into a physical altercation with former Playboy Playmate and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Shanna Moakler.

According to the hamburger-hawking Hilton, Moakler insulted her and then punched her in the mouth.

But Moakler claimed that she was actually shoved into the heiress and that Hilton's ex, Stavros Niarchos, twisted her wrists and then proceeded to use her body as a shot glass, dousing her with a drink.

Recently, on two separate occasions, Avril Lavigne expressed her dissatisfaction with celebrity photojournalists by spitting on them.

The most recent incident occurred as Lavigne was leaving a celebrity hangout and a paparazzo tried to get some pics.

Beckoning one of the photographers, Lavigne reportedly said, "Hey f*****, come here," and then spat on him.

The rock singer has apologized for offending her fans but not for offending the photographers at which she hurled lugies. Earlier in the year, Brandon Davis, grandson and presumed heir to oil magnate Marvin Davis and then-pal of Paris Hilton, rattled off a laundry list of invectives at actress Lindsay Lohan, another one of Hilton's bicker mates. The potty-mouthed patter was caught on camera.

After he finished smearing Lohan, who had been publicly feuding with actress Hillary Duff, Davis landed a knockout punch. He whacked Lohan in the wallet.

"She's worth about $7 million, which means she's really poor," Davis said.

A propriety vacuum exists, in part, because of the manner in which current tabloid faves are covered by the press. Celebs who act the most reprehensible get the most attention from the entertainment media, thereby encouraging more of the rotten behavior.

You have to admit, the behavior is very taxing. So why not assess it for some needed revenue?

A nice hefty tax bill might be just the solution for modifying the impudent and ill-mannered behavior of our errant celebrity youth.

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