Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

France’s highest court has told Bernard Hollande to frapper sable (pound sand?)

France’s Conseil Constitutionnel sides with Gérard Depardieu:

France’s constitutional council has struck down a top income tax rate of 75% introduced by Socialist President Francois Hollande…

In its ruling on Saturday, the Constitutional Council said the new tax rate “failed to recognise equality before public burdens” because, unlike other forms of income tax, it was to be applied to individuals rather than households.

“Equality before public burdens”: what a beautiful concept. No chance of it catching on over here, alas. And there’s more:

The constitutional court lowered a series of other tax increases, calling them excessive or saying they also violated equality of treatment for taxpayers.

“Equality of treatment for taxpayers”: there’s another beautiful concept. Maybe John Roberts can arrange a judicial work-exchange program.

Snarky asides courtesy of Mark Steyn.

Depardieu had the best line, though:

Movie star Gerard Depardieu, 64, said he was leaving France “because you consider success, creativity, talent, anything different are grounds for sanction.”

Touché.

But here’s my favorite part:

The new rate was seen as largely symbolic since it would have only applied to some 1,500 people for a temporary period of two years.

When confronted with dire fiscal problems, the solutions of the Left are reflexively symbolic, temporary, and unfair. (Maybe Obama wasn’t born in Mombasa—I mean Maui—after all, but Marseille.) Courts ought not take into account the first two, but are required to consider the third. How unusual when they do, eh Jean Robérts?

1 Comment »

  1. Buck O'Fama said,

    December 29, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    Before Hollande, France had Sarkozy who tried to address France’s problems – he wanted to push the retirement age up two years, from 60 to 62. And “the people” screamed bloody murder and tossed him out in favor of Hollande, who offers symbolic “solutions” that do nothing besides make supporters feel good.

    That’s essentially how Obama got re-elected. You gotta come to the conclusion voters don’t actually WANT these problems solved, they want somebody to tell them there’s an easy way out (“tax the rich”) and then kick the can down the road and let them pretend it’s all being fixed. That’s what the PIIGS have been doing for 5 years at least, that’s what Japan has been doing for 20+ years, that’s what we’re going to do. This is what the majority wants, this is what we’re gonna get.

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