Back home in America, 2013 has given us all an increase in the payroll tax (my taxes will now be about $2,400 higher this year) and an increase in the income tax rates for those Americans making more than $400,000 per year. This, of course, coming during a really slow economic recovery - the ideal time to raise taxes.
Mr. Obama tells us that this tax increase on the top 2% of the American people will promote "fairness" and help reduce the deficit. Of course when John F. Kennedy - a smart Democrat - did the opposite and cut taxes the 1960s had a booming economy and more tax revenue. No matter. This is the 2010's and we need not let something like common sense get in the way of fairness.
Here is what will happen next.
First, rich people will find a way to shelter their income from these higher rates. They will send more of their economic activity offshore, purchase tax-free investments, create more trusts and on and on and on.
Second, we will notice that the national debt is not going down as a result of taxing the rich.
Third, President Obama will announce that the tax hike was not enough and will push for even higher rates on income, estates, capital gains, diamond-studded poodle collars and whatever else our "never ran a business" President can come up with.
Fourth, more Americans will email or text Mr. DePardieu for a good real estate agent.