Skip to comments.Gerard Depardieu Meets John Galt
Posted on 12/19/2012 4:32:46 AM PST by Kaslin
Another Frenchman has gone Galt.
First, it was Frances richest entrepreneur.
Now, its the nations most famous actor. Gerard Depardieu has officially announced in a letter to Frances thuggish Prime Minister that he is tired of paying 85 percent of his income to finance the vote-buying actions of Frances kleptocratic political elite.
Instead, he is going to move to Belgium (which is hardly a tax haven, but theres 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 governments 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, Frances President has said he doesnt want anybody to pay more than 80 percent of their income to the state. So if Gerard is paying 85 percent this year, hell get a tax cut!
Methinks that Depardieu doesnt trust Hollande, Ayrault, and the rest of the thieves. In any event, its obvious and understandable that he resents the French governments attack on success, creation, talent.
So were 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, hes going to pay them a lot less.
Maybe theres a lesson there for Obama. But Ive already tried to educate our taxer-in-chief about these issues, so I doubt this new evidence from France will make any difference.
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 Im a selfless person and a bit of an expert on tax havens, I hereby offer Laetitia my services to help with her tax planning.
Im 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.
Your selfless generosity should be an inspiration to us all.
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.
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.
85 percent taxes guess why Obama wants the cliff deal to happen?.