Gérard Depardieu has said he is handing back his French passport and social security card, lambasting the French government for punishing "success, creation, talent" in his homeland.
A popular and colourful figure in France, the 63-year-old actor is the latest wealthy Frenchman to seek shelter outside his native country by buying a house just over the border in Belgium in response to tax increases by the Socialist president, François Hollande.
The prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, described Depardieu's behaviour as pathetic and unpatriotic at a time when the French are being asked to pay higher taxes to reduce a bloated national debt.
"Pathetic, you said pathetic? How pathetic is that?" Depardieu said in a letter to the weekly newspaper le Journal du Dimanche.
"I am leaving because you believe that success, creation, talent, anything different must be sanctioned," he said.
Kinda sounds like some of our Democratic leaders, doesn't it? It's "unpatriotic" if you don't let them confiscate more and more of what you earn to pay off their donors and professional non-workers.
***You mean, reality shows aren't REAL? Knock me over with a feather...
***Everything you wanted to know about the McRib. I've never had one, and don't plan to. Those don't look appetizing to me at all.
***Our Attorney General, Eric Holder, was a militant in college.
A while ago, The Daily Caller reported that, as a student at Columbia University, Eric Holder participated in an armed takeover of the University’s former ROTC office. John wrote about this at the time, but I want to expand.
According to the Daily Caller, Holder was among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the “Malcolm X Lounge.” The change, the group insisted, was to be made “in honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood.”
It's getting harder and harder to find men and women of honor in our government. Which is why the country is going to hell.
***Obamacare gets stunning rebuke from 25 states. Good.
December 14 has come and gone — and President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — has received a stunning blow.
State governments had until December 14, 2012 to decide whether or not they would build their own health insurance exchange, an online service that would allow individuals to purchase private health insurance if it wasn't provided for by their employees.
That date has now passed and the exchange has been rebuked by half the states — with 25 state governments refusing to participate in this critical component of Obamacare.