Actor/Comedian Tim Allen Slams Big Government and Taxes in Recent Interview
By Tess Farrand, Staff Writer
Actor and comedian Tim Allen is popular for family-geared projects like THE SANTA CLAUSE, HOME IMPROVEMENT and voicing the character Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s TOY STORY trilogy. Allen’s latest TV series, LAST MAN STANDING was picked up by Fox after being canceled on ABC, largely due to an outcry of fans and the efforts of Allen. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Allen opened up about the controversies of his own political attachment’s, which tend to air on the conservative aisle.
The star received all sorts of questions surrounding his political party, but he claims to just want effective results for the greater good. “I’m for responsible government that actually does what we pay them to do.” He continued, “I’ve worked different jobs, and I’ve had a colorful past, and I pay a lot in taxes. I wish we got more for our money. Whatever political party is for more responsible use of our money.”
As for making real change in communities, Allen thinks people need to stop relying on the government and should go out and make the difference they want to see. “I’m concerned about the 26,000 homeless people, and I do the best I can,” Allen commented. “I’m concerned about keeping my roads and stuff clean in North Hollywood. Generally, the government is no help, and people have to do that themselves.”
To people who simply complain, the actor says, “Jump in! Do whatever it takes to get people engaged — not putting on a hoodie and screaming in the streets — but actually figure out how to help North Hollywood or Encino or wherever you live to get better.”
When it comes to taxes, Allen says, “My political party is that I’ve never liked taxes, period, so whatever that means … . I don’t like paying people who never seem to do what I would do with my money. I always thought it would be funny if I had a little menu on my tax returns where I could tell them where my money would go.”
Although LAST MAN STANDING hits high notes with many conservative audiences, Allen believes the show isn’t a commentary for political life. “I’d just want to say again: It’s not a political show. We talk about politics because everybody does.” He continued noting that the series might not be his platform to talk about his political stance, “If you want to see me talk politics, come see me at The Mirage in Las Vegas, or any of the concerts that I do throughout the country. My politics are really irrelevant.” He ended, “What I do in my family, what I do in my neighborhood, that may be more of an indication of what I believe.”