Last week it was Phil Mickelson … the pro golfer said he was considering relocation options to mitigate high tax rates.
Phil – a white, conservative, male – got blasted by the liberal press for his apparent unwillingness to be patriotic and pay his fair share.
Yesterday, the story got more interesting.
Rock icon Tina Turner announced that she’s renouncing her U.S. citizenship to become a Swiss-miss.
So the press coverage has been, shall we say, “gentle”.
To that point …
Most reports have followed ABC’s lead and chalked the move up to her longstanding love of the Swiss countryside.
No mention of the tax differential between the U.S. and Switzerland.
Of course, FoxNews cut to the chase, headlining: “What Gerard Depardieu is to France, Tina Turner may be to the United States.”
Depardieu recently announced he was renouncing his French citizenship because of the country’s high taxes, and he was offered Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin.
As the mayor of Nutbush, Tennessee – Tina’s U.S. “home” – said: “I think anytime a person, whether they’re world-renowned or the most meek and mild, makes the decision to change their citizenship we need to step back and think what causes that decision.”
Could this be a Tina Turner tax dodge?
After all, she coulda just lived out the rest of her life living in the Swiss hills as an American ex-pat, right?
It’ll be interesting to see if the mainstream press pummels her like they did Mickelson.
I’m betting the under on that one.
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Best Tina Video
Here’s my pick … Tina & Mick at Live Aid in 1985.
If nothing else, watch the first 30 seconds to see Mick give the worst introduction in the history of introductions (“Where’s Tina?) … and watch Tina strut out to the stage