Tuesday, February 13, 2007

How to Win Friends and Influence People: Create a New Tax

The US is not the only country beginning to conjure up new ways to tax people.

One of France's potential next presidents, Segolene Royal, is scurrying around looking for good ideas to sell herself, so she went to her former leftist rival, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He lost the primary -- couldn't beat 'em, so he joined 'em -- and he has now become her campaign adviser.

[Thanks to galliawatch.blogspot.com for the photo.]

What's the precise idea? I read it at the galliawatch blog, who quotes le conservateur.

Well, Mr. SK must have heard about how the US taxes its citizens around the world even though they don't reside or work in the country, and he's decided this is just the thing to please his socialist electorate.

He's thinking about all those rich French who have left for Switzerland and elsewhere to avoid paying France's heavy taxes (see previous post); but obviously the idea will backfire. It will penalize all those middle-income French living abroad in England and the US and elsewhere, and cause the lot of them to regret their nationality. As Le Conservateur puts it:

"This proposal by Mr. Strauss-Kahn is preposterous. It is obviously counter-productive, because some Frenchmen who have settled abroad and founded a family there, would be tempted to simply renounce French citizenship."

This announcement by Royal has raised the ire of a huge number of people in France. An article about it in the French newspaper "Liberation" got over 650 comments from readers, a record according to a blogger named Polydamus, whose own reaction to Mr. SK's proposal is, "Prends mon passeport dans ta gueule!" (Something as vigorous as "Take my passport and shove it!")

One of the Liberation commentators says this:

"I propose (ironically) to tax: the dead, the extra-terrestrials, men and women who have slept with a French person, people who speak French, foreigners who make contributions to foundations for the preservation of French historical monuments (Versailles for example), all those who have a wish to be taxed by France..."

I cannot believe the stupidity of certain politicians and political philosophers who seem to believe that taxation is the solution, when in fact it is the problem. Their platform seems to be, "When you see a bad idea, imitate it."



Anonymous Polydamas said...

Thanks for the quote... ;-)

But sometimes, French socialists are so stupid.

10:23 AM  

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