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Gerard Depardieu Meets John Galt
Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 12/19/2012 4:32:46 AM PST by Kaslin

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.

Depardieu

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!

Methinks that Depardieu doesn’t trust Hollande, Ayrault, and the rest of the thieves. In any event, it’s obvious – and understandable – that he resents the French government’s attack on “success, creation, talent.”

So we’re going to see the Laffer Curve in action. Depardieu has pad nearly $200 million to the French tax authorities over the past several decades. Now that the French government has tightened the screws even further, he’s going to pay them a lot less.

Maybe there’s a lesson there for Obama. But I’ve already tried to educate our taxer-in-chief about these issues, so I doubt this new evidence from France will make any difference.

“Dan, you are such a giver!”

P.S. Going Galt is a bit of a national pastime in France. In 1999, Laetitia Casta was chosen to be “Marianne,” the symbol of France. A couple of years later, as my friend Veronique de Rugy wrote, she decided to move to the United Kingdom to escape confiscatory taxation.

Because I’m a selfless person and a bit of an expert on tax havens, I hereby offer Laetitia my services to help with her tax planning.

I’m even willing to work 24/7 to help her protect her earnings, even if it requires an overnight stay.

No sacrifice is too great, after all, to help the cause of freedom.


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1 posted on 12/19/2012 4:32:50 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
"I’m even willing to work 24/7 to help her protect her earnings, even if it requires an overnight stay."

Your selfless generosity should be an inspiration to us all.

2 posted on 12/19/2012 4:42:56 AM PST by NicknamedBob ("P" for present, "C" for coal, right, Bernard?)
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To: Kaslin

I remember all the abuse directed at George Harrison by the usual suspects i.e socialist thieves after “Taxman” came out on vinyl. Yes, because Harrison balked at handing over 95% of his hard-earned moolah to the thieves in the British government, he was raked over the coals as being a greedy, uncaring monster by most of the rock press who thought everybody was as socialist (and nutty) as they were.


3 posted on 12/19/2012 4:45:32 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Kaslin; All

I can "help" lick any envelopes...on the tax forms. :-D....



4 posted on 12/19/2012 5:16:47 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today; who can take your income & tax it all away..0Bama man can :)
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To: Kaslin
Belgium? UK? What's wrong with these people. How about Texas, or Tennessee, or Florida. Oooops, I forgot, The Premier Kommissar whats to raise taxes on all who make over 250K.
5 posted on 12/19/2012 5:17:18 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: mosaicwolf
How about Texas, or Tennessee, or Florida.

Sounds great. We'll run him through Ellis Island (quickly, lest Bloomturd sink his hooks into him), where the immigration officers will anglicize his name to Deeperdoo, and get him on down here to San Angelo's grape country and a temporary setup in a doublewide.

Welcome, Mr. Deeperdoo, to By-God Texas!

Loved you in Green Card!

Now, let's go shopping for a couple of guns and a quad-cab doolie.

6 posted on 12/19/2012 7:34:01 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

85 percent taxes guess why Obama wants the cliff deal to happen?.


7 posted on 12/19/2012 10:16:53 AM PST by Vaduz
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