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French prime minister: Curse these greedy rich people fleeing the country

posted at 7:40 pm on December 11, 2012 by

More shock and outrage from the French socialists, aghast at the lack of ‘patriotism’ and ‘generosity’ of their wealthier fellows in electing not to remain in a country that taxes seventy-five percent of their income. …The mind reels:

Jean-Marc Ayrault’s outburst came after France’s best-known actor, Gerard Dépardieu, took up legal residence in a small village just over the border in Belgium, alongside hundreds of other wealthy French nationals seeking lower taxes.

“Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor,” the prime minister declared after unveiling sweeping anti-poverty measures to help those hit by the economic crisis.

These individuals are leaving “because they want to get even richer,” he said. “We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit of generosity,” he added.

“Thankfully, few are seeking exile to exempt themselves from being in solidarity with fellow Frenchmen.”

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Apparently Denial is also a river in France these days…….

TKindred on December 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Earth to the Prime Minister – IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY!

Also how do they know generous these people are to the poor? Just because they don’t want to give it to the government doesn’t mean they aren’t generous.

gophergirl on December 11, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Don’t worry, they won’t have anywhere to go in a few years.

MelonCollie on December 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

We cannot fight poverty

LOL! Now where is it they learned the causes and solutions to poverty?

yhxqqsn on December 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Oh come on! You can do better that mere slandering and name calling!

Why, since you are the first Socialist PM in France for decades, why not just make the leap like Chavez did and start Nationalizing their assets?

Seize them.

Why not? The good people of France will be behind you!

Go all out Jean-Marc Ayrault!

Get yer’ freak on baby!

Opposite Day on December 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Hard to believe we’ve been allies 1/2 a$$ed and otherwise since 1776. I wouldn’t spend a dime in their country.

gsherin on December 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

If capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth, than socialism is the equal distribution of poverty…

JohnGalt23 on December 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

These individuals are leaving “because they want to get even richer. We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit of generosity. Thankfully, few are seeking exile to exempt themselves from being in solidarity with fellow Frenchmen.”

Yeah, that ought to stop people from trying to prevent you from taking 75% of what they earn and, also, get those that have already left to return.

Some advice: Flies, honey, some assembly required.

Resist We Much on December 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

The left has a patriotism problem… you can’t expect people to be patriots and deal with heavy taxes if you’re going to give the country away to foreigners. Hollande would not have been elected if only the ethnic French were allowed to vote.

The capitalist right also have a patriotism problem… you can’t expect foreigners to care about your property rights. Capitalists in the west are selling out their country to a people that will take their descendants wealth.

ninjapirate on December 11, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I miss the days when the use of the word solidarity was in reference to defeating communism.

ButterflyDragon on December 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Read it and weep…

france24.com/en/20121210-row-over-white-snow-miss-france

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Camp_of_the_Saints

Socialism isn’t the problem with Europe… the problem with Europe is that they’re trying to emulate American mythos with regard to immigration.

The American Right that really cares about Europe needs to get over their fascism-o-phobia. There are a lot of grey areas around fascist thought that need to be explored(google Oswald Spengler… Conservative Revolutionary movement) if Europe is to survive.

ninjapirate on December 11, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I miss the days when the use of the word solidarity was in reference to defeating communism.

What we really need is solidarity to defeating a globalist, capitalist order that destroys nations and peoples.

ninjapirate on December 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Yep… You know what I hate the Internets, being able to purchase a Starbucks in Paris, driving a decent Japanese car rather than an American piece of junk… That evilll globalization.

Illinidiva on December 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Yep… You know what I hate the Internets, being able to purchase a Starbucks in Paris, driving a decent Japanese car rather than an American piece of junk… That evilll globalization.

Yes, and where muslims gangrape women in Europe and and the police don’t do anything because they worry about being racist…

ninjapirate on December 11, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Rich people cant take it with them, so to speak. They spend their money which creates jobs.

Blake on December 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Yep… You know what I hate the Internets, being able to purchase a Starbucks in Paris, driving a decent Japanese car rather than an American piece of junk… That evilll globalization.

BTW, why the hell would you want to buy starbucks in Paris?

BTW, Japan is a mercantilist state… they actively resist globalization infecting themselves while trying to benefit from it.

Europe needs to learn from Asian countries and not from the United States.

ninjapirate on December 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM

What we really need is solidarity to defeating a globalist, capitalist order that destroys nations and peoples.

ninjapirate on December 11, 2012 at 8:20 PM

it is not capitalism it is the modern version of feudalism. ther eis nothing about capaitalism is the blend of government/business that is going on today. We are all serfs now.

unseen on December 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Europe needs to learn from Asian countries and not from the United States.

ninjapirate on December 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Hardly. Japan has lost an entire decade and is in a demographic death spiral only rivaled by Russia.

You think things are bad now? Get the birth rate well under replacement and it will put everything on 8x fast forward.

CorporatePiggy on December 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Boy, am I glad those folks back in the day – what did we call them – oh, right, patriots – during the American Revolution – didn’t let it ride and play nice with King George. I mean, they were downright disrespectful of the crown, going and revolting like they did. Thank goodness.

But, what I’m wondering lately is, did they do all that for nothing?

Does it matter whether we pay homage – and taxes – to King George or to King Obama? Is there a difference?

I mean, if we could get rid of the Atlantic Ocean, we could just join up with France and live as one, big, happy, destitute family.

IndieDogg on December 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

The degree to which there is any daylight between Hollande and Obama is the extent that the electorate would accept a 75% tax rate right now. Ideologically, they are at best exactly the same, but who here thinks Obama wouldn’t turn himself into a Morsi if he could get away wih it?

The Count on December 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Notice that they do not use the term “patriotic”. The left has spent years investing in the idea that Nationalism and Patriotism are “jingoistic” evils (only amongst Whites) and serve to delay the glory of the coming One World Utopia.

Suddenly, when people start leaving the sinking ship of socialist state, they find that they can’t use “unpatriotic” as a weapon.

Life for a leftist is hard.

Bulletchaser on December 11, 2012 at 9:29 PM

it is not capitalism it is the modern version of feudalism. ther eis nothing about capaitalism is the blend of government/business that is going on today. We are all serfs now.

unseen on December 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I am afraid I have to agree. With the political control of business through licensing, insurance and regulation the Government is Fascist, controlling through arbitrary reward and punishment those businesses and institutions that serve it. For example: it is fine for black churches to organize and preach political commentary, but nearly impossible for White churches to do so. Clinton can speak at a black church and fund raise, but Whites doing so in White churches lose their tax exemption. They are silenced not through direct action, but through the bureaucracy. A car dealership that donates to Republicans is shutdown, where a donor is protected. Getting your dealership back can involve years of litigation, or a payoff to the right Political figure. Thus the Government has as much power as a Socialist state, where by definition the State owns the means of production but in this way bears none of the responsibility for the failure.

Bulletchaser on December 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

If capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth, than socialism is the equal distribution of poverty…

JohnGalt23 on December 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I like it!

Is that yours?

Galt2009 on December 11, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I thought dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Seriously, these communists have no idea what generosity is, it does not come from the government seizing the property of the productive and giving it away to buy votes. As if nobody saw this coming, get ready it is also coming to America. Capital will flee.

Ellis on December 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I bet the French poverty programs are going to be extremely successful. I bet President Obama is already modeling off their system.

DeathtotheSwiss on December 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Read “Fiat Money Inflation in France” — it used to be free on Kindle.

Lots of people back then were castigating those who tried to preserve their wealth as being “unpatriotic.”

And we have learned nothing.

Revenant on December 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

ninjapirate I was in Paris for four months during grad school and sometimes just wanted an American cafe mocha.. Darn it.

As for everything else, the world is flat and America has always benefited from globalization. No globalization and the country doesn’t exist.

Illinidiva on December 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

These individuals are leaving “because they want to get even richer,” he said. “We cannot fight poverty if those with the most, and sometimes with a lot, do not show solidarity and a bit of generosity,” he added.

Generosity.

There’s that word again.

A man — I don’t want to hypothetical a woman here because I’m too old to avoid this particular kind of sexism and too sexist to care — A man is mugged, and his mugger bends over him and says, “I thank you sincerely for your generosity.”

Makes no sense at all. Anyone reading it would assume the mugger was sardonic. If they found out the mugger’s words were intended by the author to be actual sincere thanks to the victim’s actual generosity, the readers would either read the rest to see what other bizarre things the book contained or throw it away with a frown. But it wouldn’t be a story anymore — because it would be idiotic, and real people don’t act that way.

Some advice: Flies, honey, some assembly required.

Resist We Much on December 11, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I think they may know how to use only the one tool. False guilt. Yet another thing the crazy Russian got right. :)

Axe on December 12, 2012 at 4:12 AM

The biggest problem we have here in the United States with poverty is obesity.

mixplix on December 12, 2012 at 5:53 AM

I guess Socialist frogs like him think everyone’s supposed to surrender to tyranny. Isn’t that what the French always do?

WannabeAnglican on December 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I wonder if Johnny Depp has started to pack yet…

cajunpatriot on December 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

To which they reply, “Au revoir, MFer!”

Ward Cleaver on December 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I wonder if Johnny Depp has started to pack yet…

cajunpatriot on December 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM

And go where? I thought he hated America. But, maybe that was just when Bush was in office.

Ward Cleaver on December 12, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Socialist think you are supposed to like it as they rob you.

Axion on December 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Dumba$$ Socialists- Phony outrage…..again….

ITS YOUR GOAL TO RID YOUR COUNTRY OF THE RICH. (Except in the ruling class rich, of course)

Mission being accomplished.

FlaMurph on December 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I think the Governor of California is using the same swear words and getting the same results. They never learn.

mixplix on December 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

French wines are generally very good, and affordable.

Too bad I won’t be buying them anymore, at least until they remove this socialist from power.

UltimateBob on December 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM