Politics & Policy

Rapper Demands to Know What Government Is Doing with Her Tax Money

Cardi B at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Rapper Cardi B demanded that the government explain how it spends her tax dollars in a profanity-laced video posted to Instagram Thursday night.

The 25-year-old star explained that she contributes 40 percent of her income to the government and called for greater transparency in how those funds are spent.

“Uncle Sam, I want to know what you’re doing with my f***ing tax money,” she said before complaining about the lack of adequate public sanitation in New York City and the squalid condition of the city’s prisons.

“I’m from New York and the streets is always dirty. We was voted the dirtiest city in America….There’s still rats on the damn trains. I know you’re not spending it in no damn prisons because y’all be giving n***as like two underwear, one jumpsuit for like 5 months.”

The Thursday video is not Cardi B’s first foray into tax policy; late last year she posted a video complaining about the IRS and asking that anyone who owed her money delay payment until after her 2017 taxes were paid.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and a leading advocate of the recent Republican tax-reform bill, summarized Cardi B’s sentiments in a responding tweet.

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