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Famous actor supporting higher taxes on the wealthy not a fan of new French President’s proposed tax rate

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By Doug Powers  •  May 17, 2012 04:42 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Actor Will Smith supports President Obama’s call for America’s top earners to pay more taxes. But where would he draw the line? Let’s just say Smith won’t be moving to France any time soon.

Here’s a brief transcript from an interview with Smith that ran on French television. Video via Real Clear Politics:

Will Smith: I have no issue with paying taxes and whatever needs to be done for my country to grow. I believe very firmly that my ability to sit here—I’m a black man who didn’t go to college, yet I get to travel around the world and sell my movies, and I believe very firmly that America is the only place on Earth that I could exist. So I will pay anything that I need to pay to keep my country growing. . . .

Interviewer: Do you know how much in France you would have to pay on earnings above one million euros [under new French President Francois Hollande's proposal]? Not 30%. 75%.

Smith: 75?! Yeah, that’s different, that’s different. Yeah, 75. Well, you know, God bless America.

Why is that “different”? Doesn’t he want his country to be able to continue to grow?

It’s great that Smith appreciates the opportunities America has provided him, but a shame he believes the reason for it has anything to do with a patriotic willingness to fund Washington’s out-of-control spending addictions.

Video to be filed under “This week’s lesson in ‘be careful what you ask for’”:

**Written by Doug Powers

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