THE 1%

‘Wire’ Creator Slams Mitt’s Tax Rate

Someone had to say it. David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, posted a scathing reply to Mitt Romney’s recent tax admission on his blog, calling the 13 percent rate the millionaire pays absurd. "Am I supposed to congratulate this man?" Simon wrote. "Thank him for his good citizenship? Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?" Simon added that a rate of 13 percent is a third less than what would normally be paid by "a gentleman of his economic benefit."