Depardieu Bids France Adieu!

Like the character he portrayed in the film version of Les Miserables, actor Gerard Depardieu, formerly of France, renounced his French citizenship to flee social justice, not to mention France’s onerous taxes on the rich (75 percent).

There is talk that Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin will personally hand Depardieu his passport.  Russia has a flat tax rate of 12 percent.  Everyone pays the same rate whether they are Jean Valjean or Monsieur Madeleine.

Russia, the model of fair taxation.  Who would have believed it?  But the Communists drove (or executed) their millionaires almost a century ago and eventually someone must pay the taxes.  The only thing to do is tax everyone at the same rate.

Most of the money lower middle income Americans pay in taxes is refunded to them.  While it might be the charitable thing to do, it’s hardly fair that I will pay so little in taxes in my new, part-time job (beginning next week) my older brother must take up the slack.  He works longer hours at a much more stressful job than mine.  What exactly is supposed to be fair about taxing him more?

Depardieu’s renunciation of his French citizenship was as heroic as any feat of Jean Valjean’s, carrying his future son-in-law through the sewers of Paris to safety.  Depardieu was wealthy enough to pull off such a move.

We should be protesting Congress’ fiscal cliff deal.  We ought to be out on the streets carrying signs that say, “Taxed Enough Already.”  But we’re not.  We’re afraid someone will accuse us of being “radical,” of being Fox News fanatics, or of just being plain crazy.  That’s the drawback of our adolescent culture.  Intellectuals think our crusade against confiscatory taxes is as futile as the student barricades of Paris in 1832.  They failed to stop the trolley car of progress.

In Victor Hugo’s novel, as Jean Valjean lays dying, he tells Cosette not to worry; although he had been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread, the money he earned once he was free was come by through industriousness and hard work.

“It is honest money,” he tells Cosette and her husband.  “You can be rich without concern.  You should have a carriage, from time to time a box at the theater, beautiful ball dresses, my Cosette, and then given good dinners to your friends, be very happy.”

He also points them to a five-hundred franc bill in his bureau.  “I have not touched it.  It is for the poor.”  It is his tribute to the priest who saved his soul.

A new George Washington coin has been minted; it does not contain the words, “In God We Trust.”

How very French of us.  Congratulations to Gerard Depardieu for his courage in leaving France and Socialism.


Published in: on January 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm  Comments (1)  

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