From CNN comes a pretty interesting little blurb from Wolf Blitzer interviewing Charles Barkley. Personally, I just assumed that I wouldn't get to see Barkley for a few more months, and was just plain happy to see him.
However, there were a few interesting points brought up. I especially like the infographic concerning the new tax plans. The first thing I thought was, "I'm getting screwed! My bracket isn't anywhere near that!" The next thing I heard was Barkley claiming that he makes a lot more than $2.9 Million a year (this can't possibly be true, I don't care how well TNT pays). But then Barkley goes into a whole discussion of being rich, and saying how he doesn't mind throwing around "a few hundred thousand here and there." Love it. Barkley's viewpoint on higher taxes essentially boils down to him tipping America more.
Another thing that's interesting is that Barkley has long claimed to be a Republican. He even boasts about it openly to Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson on TNT with such bravado as, "when I was growing up I wasn't rich enough to be a Republican." The Round Mound has apparently switched sides. Not sure if that's good or bad, or for which party it's good or bad. Time will tell.
Finally, I'm glad that Chuck hasn't backed off of his aspirations to be governor of Alabama. Sure, that whole gambling thing might come back during the mudslinging, but that's really not that big of a deal. Of course, if they really wanted to get dirty, they could roll footage of Barkley bloodying up David Robinson's face with a sinister voice-over saying, "just look at how he treats our veterans." But I digress. Moving along, for the first time in my life, I heard the guy who originated "I am not a role model" say something insightful and pertinent about the condition of American society today, opining on the growing gap between rich and poor. Is Charles grooming himself for a run? One can only hope.