BBC News – France’s richest say: Tax us more

France’s rich offer up more taxes.

They said: “We, the presidents and leaders of industry, businessmen and women, bankers and wealthy citizens would like the richest people to have to pay a ‘special contribution’ […] When the public finances deficit and the prospects of a worsening state debt threaten the future of France and Europe and when the government is asking everybody for solidarity, it seems necessary for us to contribute.”

Call me cynical, but this is a rather self-serving position. To say “it seems necessary for us to contribute” smacks of a sense of entitlement to decree when and under what terms they should contribute.

There is much to admire in the French system, but for the rich to ignore that they owe their very existence to the social structure that underwrites the economy is putting on airs that they are not entitled to.

10 points for style. Minus 20 for trying to sell the emperor new clothes.

via BBC News – France’s richest say: Tax us more.

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