Goodbye

Hey, not all of the elites were swilling champagne for Romney last weekend.Some have given up on the country entirely:

July 9 (Reuters) – Denise Rich, the wealthy socialite and former wife of pardoned billionaire trader Marc Rich, has given up her U.S. citizenship – and, with it, much of her U.S. tax bill.

Rich, 68, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and glossy figure in Democratic and European royalty circles, renounced her American passport in November, according to her lawyer.

Her maiden name, Denise Eisenberg, appeared in the Federal Register on April 30 in a quarterly list of Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship and permanent residents who handed in their green cards.

By dumping her U.S. passport, Rich likely will save tens of millions of dollars or more in U.S. taxes over the long haul, tax lawyers say.

Yes, this is the ex-wife of Marc Rich, the fugitive financier who was pardoned by President Clinton on his last day in office. Republicans accused Clinton of trading the pardon for Denise Rich’s generous Democratic Party contributions (she took the fifth). This was a pre-Citizens United world, y’all. These days such prid quo pro is just the cost of doing business, amiright Koch Industries?

So Denise Rich is pulling an Eduardo Saverin — apparently she has Austrian citizenship through her late father — and you know what? I have no problem with this. None.

Go. Buh-bye. See how the Austrian embassy helps you out if, God forbid, you wrap yourself around a tree heli skiing Chile’s Maipo Valley. Or your yacht gets comandeered by Somali pirates while you’re traveling through the Seychelle Islands. Or some other disaster befalls you doing whatever it is you rich people do with your vast amounts of wealth. Don’t come crying to us.

Oh hell, we’d probably intervene anyway just because that’s what we do. Look, we all know the rich are different; they inhabit a rarefied world that we can’t even imagine. No use fighting it! Hey: labor has been globalized, capital has been globalized, why not our rich people? So go, Denise. Take some of your rich friends with you. Take all of them. Pack up a couple of Lear jets with all of your fabulous friends and self-deport yourselves to wherever the grass is greener and the streets are cleaner.

I mean seriously, who is shocked to learn these people care so little about America that they’d rather hand in their passports than give back a teensy bit of wealth to the country who made it possible for them to get so rich to begin with? Anyone in the room surprised? Not me.

We’ll manage without you. Trust me on this one. The country will be perfectly fine without all the whiners and complainers filling the airwaves with their butt-hurt about not being sufficiently appreciated by the hoi polloi.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

5 thoughts on “Goodbye

  1. Tommy T says:

    Oh my.
    Austria individual income tax rates for 2009 are progressive up to 50%
    Income tax rates in Austria increase in progressive steps up to 50% for income exceeding €60,000. Income tax table for Austria is as follows:
    Taxable Income (€) / Marginal Tax rate % / Effective Tax Rate %
    € 0 – 11,000 0% 0%
    € 11,000 – 25,000 36.5% 20.44%
    € 25,000 – 60,000 43.21% 33.73%
    € 60,000 and more 50%

  2. Yes but according to the link, they’re only 50% that for people who live elsewhere 6 mos of the year. She’s living in London.

  3. Fearguth says:

    Well put!

  4. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    Oh, the amusing tax games of the richy-rich richest.
    If Rmoney ever gets around to releasing his 2011 and 2012 tax forms (don’t hold yer breath), it will be discovered that during the GOP primaries he was “brain-dead that year, for tax purposes”.
    And who are we to dispute it? Perry saves a bundle that way.

  5. pansypoo says:

    they have guillotines for this you know.

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