Saturday, December 22, 2012

Daniel Mitchell: Depardieu goes Galt!

Tired of paying 85% in taxes? Non, il n'est pas possible

Excerpted, from International Liberty, by Daniel J. Mitchell, "Another Frenchman has “gone Galt.”"
First, it was France’s richest entrepreneur.

Now, it’s the nation’s most famous actor. Gerard Depardieu has officially announced – in a letter to France’s thuggish Prime Minister – that he is tired of paying 85 percent of his income to finance the vote-buying actions of France’s kleptocratic political elite.

Instead, he is going to move to Belgium (which is hardly a tax haven, but there’s an old line about how you should surround yourself with fat people if you want to look skinny).

Here are some of the amusing details from the UK-based Telegraph.
The French actor whose eccentric personality has come to symbolise a certain, old fashioned form of Gallic love for good food and the pleasures in life, also known as a “bon vivant,” said he is finished with the country, in a letter published in the Journal du Dimanche.It is addressed to Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French prime minister, who called Depardieu “pathetic” for wanting to move just over the French border to the wealthy Belgian town of Néchin, where he will evade the current Left-leaning government’s tax hikes.”I am handing over to you my passport and social security, which I have never used,” he said. …The actor asserts he has always been an upstanding citizen, deserving “respect,” and who has employed 80 people, always paid his taxes, and “never killed anybody.” He said he paid 85 per cent of his income in taxes in 2012, and over 45 years, has paid 145 million Euros – or £118 million – in taxes. …”I leave because you consider that success, creation, talent, difference, in fact, should be sanctioned,” he writes.
Gee, why is Depardieu complaining? In an act of generosity and mercy, France’s President has said he doesn’t want anybody to pay more than 80 percent of their income to the state. So if Gerard is paying 85 percent this year, he’ll get a tax cut!
Read the full article at the link above.

13 comments:

Erich Domdero said...

Your whole 'Going Galt' term never fails to make me laugh.

Eric Dondero said...

Umm, okay. Do you know where it originates from?

Erich Domdero said...

Of course I do. That's why it's so fucking funny!

Eric Dondero said...

So, then what's the problem? I'm truly baffled here. Is Depardieu not escaping taxation tyranny similar to the character in the Ayn Rand novel?

Erich Domdero said...

Government bad! People good! It's an overly simplistic bunch of pablum fed to a bunch of poor put upon rich people as justification for greed. Discover a book that tells you what you want to hear and you act as though it's profound truth. There's nothing funnier.

Eric Dondero said...

Aha. Profit is "greed" 'eh?

Erich Domdero said...

So you have no argument? Surprise.

Chuck said...

According to this ape, a person's life is the property of any armed gang that calls itself government. This is simply how such animals think. To engage these apes is a waste of time.

Erich Domdero said...

Aw. Did chuck's mommy not give him a pudding for desert?

Chuck said...

Nice move, ape.

To whom do people belong, ape? Tell everyone, you subhuman coward.

Erich Domdero said...

You certainly ask a lot of questions little boy.

Chuck said...

Nice evasion.

To whom do people belong?

It's easy for a human to answer. A monkey? Not so much.

Erich Domdero said...

I think it's sad the way you constantly change the subject with these childish questions and then accuse others of evasion. I think many things about you are sad.