12/16/12, "Taxes: Depardieu, Delon escape Hollande," Reference Frame, Lubos Motl
"France has a left-wing government that codified a breathtaking 75
percent tax rate for the rich that should come into force in 2 weeks.
Now, would you be pleased to work hard and pay 75 percent of your income
to a group of dirty gangsters who call themselves the government? If
you would, you are a psychopath; it's a kind of a psychiatric disorder
that many other people may support you in having – for various not too
mysterious reasons – but that doesn't change anything about the fact
that you're profoundly sick. ;-)
Needless to say, there are many mentally healthy people among the
wealthy Frenchmen. And you have heard their names. Many famous people
moved out of France. They include Asterix and Obelix.
The first one, Gerard Depardieu, moved to a Belgian town right behind
the borders where he pays no taxes designed for the rich. The latter,
Christian Clavier, moved to London.
Karl Lagerfeld, the German creative director of French Chanel, has
informed Mr Hollande that he (Hollande) was an idiot. It's clearly not a
terribly original insight but it may still be important for Mr Hollande
to memorize it at this stage. Alain Delon is leaving the country to
become a resident elsewhere, too. The same is true about Johnny
Hallyday, a singer. Well, that's quite a brain drain, or clown drain or
whatever is the appropriate term. ;-)
All of us understand what's going on and we don't have to use too strong
words. On the other hand, it's still interesting to ask whether these
transfers are too different from what we have known as emigration in the
socialist bloc. Hundreds of thousands of Czechoslovaks have escaped the
communist country since the coup since 1948 – for reasons that were
always a mixture of political ones and economic ones. Of course, their
separation from the homeland was "more irreversible" – although it
turned out to be reversible in many cases, after all – than it is in the
case of the French actors who may still visit France.
However, the "motivation side" of their decision isn't too different.
France is currently led by imbeciles representing jealous losers who
either don't have a clue how wealth is produced or they have a clue but
they dream about "maliciously screwing the rich", anyway. They either
don't understand that the policies will chase a part of the elite out of
country and reduce the investment and production in the country
(including the birth of culture) in general; or they don't mind. I don't
know which of those is more typical and which of them is more
justifiable and I don't really care; it wouldn't change my verdict on
these individuals (or, more precisely, mobs; I mean those that brought
Hollande to the power) much.
The Depardieu case is the most interactive one. He has upped the ante in his battle when he threatened (or announced?) to return the French passport. This is really getting closer to the stories of the emigrants from the communist bloc. He has offered his explanation
through the media. He says that he has worked hard as a printer before
he became an actor. He always paid all his taxes, fulfilled all duties,
loved the French nation, but now he's so insulted that there are no
doubts about his next steps.
In 2012, he paid a 85% tax on his income. Whatever he exactly counts, it
is just insane. In the last 45 years, he has paid 145 million in taxes.
Wow. Now, he's going to be a true European, free cosmopolitan citizen.
The prime minister of France has called Depardieu "pathetic".
Depardieu vows to remain polite but asks the prime minister:
I join Mr Depardieu. Who is the French prime minister? I have never
written down his name (because I don't remember what it is, even though
I could have been looking at it just 10 seconds ago) and I wouldn't
recognize his face. I can recognize Mr Depardieu but not the current
French prime minister.
Could the French prime minister please fully exploit the opportunity to
shut his arrogant socialist mouth up (or down, whatever is more
appropriate)? And to adjust his behavior according to his being the
ultimate embarrassing socialist zero that the prime minister undoubtedly
is? He hasn't contributed 1% of the things (or paid 1% of the taxes) to
France or the world that Mr Depardieu has. Still, he seems to believe
that he has not only the right to steal most of the income from Mr
but even to be unbelievably arrogant towards Mr Depardieu.
The prime minister's behavior is what many people have called the
"arrogance of power". It may sound a bit intimidating when the prime
minister of the country where you live calls you "pathetic" just because
you don't want to do something that no sane person would want to do –
to pay 75% taxes." via Tom Nelson