Jay-Z shared his thoughts on taxes, the wealthy and the Occupy Wall Street movement during an interview with CNN. Jay says that he doesn't mind being forced to pay higher taxes if he knows where the funds are going once they're taken.
"I think me personally, I wouldn’t mind paying more taxes if it went to things that really mattered," he said. "If it went to education and people in poverty, if it went to the right things, I wouldn’t mind. I think it should be clearly defined where all the money is being allocated."
"Again, with my answer, I was pretty much in the middle of both sides because you can understand paying so much for taxes and then things not improving," he continued. "You’re like, where’s everything going to? It should be open accounting of where everything’s going to. I’m sure if it was for health care and education and to help people, I think most people with a conscience and some integrity and moral fiber wouldn’t have any problem paying more taxes."
He praised the Occupy movement.
"I think it’s saying a lot all over the world that people can get their voice out there and fight for a better world. I support all sorts of movements," he says. "There are so many different fights that we must take on - education and health care and poverty - there are so many different fights that we must take on. It’s good that young people are getting out and getting their voice heard, especially in this time of social media where that argument on the block or that thing that takes place in a small place or a small neighborhood is being viewed globally. You’re really getting to recognize the power of your voice."