Hollande’s Win in France sends a Message to the Wealthy and Job Creators – You are Not Welcomed Here
Week in Review
The French elections are over. Hollande is in. Sarkozy is out. As are the job creators. The wealthy. Who are looking to leave France with their talent and skills. Because they got the message. Hollande doesn’t like them. And he’s coming after their wealth (see France Entrepreneurs Flee From Hollande Wealth Rejection by Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Jacqueline Simmons posted 5/10/2012 on Bloomberg).
France, the fifth-richest country and home to some of the world’s wealthiest people, including LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault, doesn’t celebrate its affluent. Hollande, a Socialist who once said “I don’t like the rich,” and who plans to slap a 75 percent tax on income of more than 1 million euros ($1.29 million), reinforces the sentiment that in France to be rich is not glorious…
Hollande’s rhetoric against wealth and finance is prompting some in France to consider leaving, and European rivals are welcoming them. “Bienvenue a Londres,” or welcome to London, Mayor Boris Johnson quipped in January. Switzerland and Belgium have been just as warm…
“Seen from abroad, France is the last country where an entrepreneur wants to go,” Marc Simoncini, the founder of French dating site Meetic.com, said in an interview on BFM TV yesterday. “I don’t know of any British person who’s come to set up a business in France. But I know plenty of young French people who’ve gone to London to do that…”
The attitude toward business and wealth creators is driving people away, said Diane Segalen, founder of Segalen & Associes, an executive search firm specializing in top management and board members.
Talent and skills will go where they are welcome, she said…
On the other side of the Channel, Conservative London Mayor Johnson laid out the welcome carpet.
“This is the global capital of finance,” he said. “It’s on your doorstep and if your own president does not want the jobs, the opportunities and the economic growth that you generate, we do.”
Here’s another reason for those who aren’t rich to hate those who are. Because they won’t just sit there and take it. These selfish bastards won’t stay in France and continue to use their talent and skill to make great wealth so the state can take it away from them. You just can’t depend on the rich, can you? Only those who aren’t rich are caring and decent. With other people’s money, of course. For if they won a fortune in a lottery they’d want to pack up their wealth and leave just like everyone else that has wealth. Because it’s an entirely different picture when it’s YOUR wealth. Taking wealth from others, why, that’s okay. But it just isn’t fair to take YOUR wealth.
People need jobs. And government needs people to have jobs. So they can pay the taxes that fund their welfare state. And to create jobs you need people with talent and skills. To create wealth by investing wealth. Because that’s the only way you can create jobs. And tax revenue. For only someone with a job can pay an income tax. So it all starts with jobs. You gotta have them. And they just don’t spontaneously appear. If they did France wouldn’t be in the economic mess they’re in requiring a 75% tax rate on millionaires.
This is the future of the welfare state. High taxation that encourages all those with talent and skill to leave your country. Leaving only those consuming the benefits of the welfare state. Without anyone left to pay for it. Which leads to more government borrowing. Greater deficits. Higher debt. And, well, you can look to Greece to see where it goes from there.