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  •  Talk about a massively overrated (3+ / 0-)
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    Chi, kat herder, freedapeople

    actor.  The guy was never anything special, just cool with cinephiles because he was French.  Now he's a big fat right wing lunatic.  But he was never a significant artist, and I doubt he has all that much money.  Putin is enjoying sticking his thumb in western eyes with this, Depardieu is being played like a fiddle, and the whole story is stupid.  I hope he ends up being fleeced for all he's worth by a Natasha working for some Moscow gang.


    •  No more a big fat right wing lunatic than (3+ / 0-)
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      Chi, doc2, debedb

      U2, the Beatles, or the Rolling Stones, all of whom changed residency or set up corps abroad to avoid high tax rates.

      •  No there is a big difference (2+ / 0-)
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        First, those artists have talent.

        But yeah it's skanky when Mitt Romney does it, and when Mick Jagger does it.  I have no problem agreeing with that.

        But I believe Depardieu's right wing politics go well beyond this episode, unlike any of those musicians.

        •  Or in other words (1+ / 0-)
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          In case it isn't clear, in my opinion the only reason Depardieu is at all rich and famous is because he is a French actor.  Were he British or American he'd be doing summer stock.

        •  the Stones were in a different position (2+ / 0-)
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          they had a lot of money stolen from them, and the marginal rates were so high in Britain they had literally no way to raise enough money to pay their back taxes.  The result was recording Exile on Main Street in the basement of Nellcote, so I think that's rather an argument for Britain's old tax regime.  (Good documentary, "Stones in Exile" about this -- Bill Wyman complains about living in the French Riviera because they didn't have the kind of pickles he liked.  So ENGLISH.)

          The other examples were, I believe, of incorporating subsidiary management or licensing businesses in offshore or secrecy jurisdictions.  U2, for example, licenses songs thru a Netherlands corporation, which is odd since Ireland is also a bit of a tax haven in its own right.

          Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

          by Loge on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:12:08 AM PST

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    •  Mr. Creosote. (2+ / 0-)
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      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:04:46 AM PST

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