February 26, 2011 03:28:32 GMT
'I hope our politicians will not think that they (cultural initiatives) are expendable and they can just get rid of them and nobody will feel the pain,' Legend reveals his thought over U.S. tax cuts.
John Legend is calling for U.S. authorities to tax wealthy citizens instead of cutting funding for the arts - insisting he has no need for tax breaks as a millionaire. The singer is adamant politicians should do everything in their power to stop arts programs from being axed when making budget cuts.
Speaking ahead of his performance at the White House on Thursday, February 24, the singer voiced his frustration over the matter and stressed the need for community choirs and arts councils.
He told the Associated Press, "I hope our politicians will not think that they (cultural initiatives) are expendable and they can just get rid of them and nobody will feel the pain. Because I think society will feel the pain. I'm really frustrated with some of the discourse that's coming out of Washington."
And Legend insists he is happy to give up more of his fortune, adding: "People fought to give me - a millionaire - a tax cut this year. I didn't need it. And all the other millionaires didn't need it either."