” Turner has often spoken fondly of the European nation, and she was previously quoted telling German publication Blick, “I’m very happy in Switzerland, and I feel at home here. … I cannot imagine a better place to live.”
The diva isn’t the only star to give up citizenship of her native country — Gerard Depardieu famously accepted a Russian passport earlier this year after fiercely criticizing politicians in France over plans to hike up taxes for the country’s most wealthy residents.”
Meanwhile in the US …
(CNN) – Phil Mickelson, aka Lefty, is thinking of leaving California and perhaps America because, according to his own reckoning, he is facing tax rates of 62% or 63%. Mickelson, probably the second-most-famous professional golfer in the world after Tiger Woods, later backed off from his initial comments about making “drastic changes.
” Mickelson’s instinctive reactions to high tax rates, even if his math may be a bit muddled, are sound and sensible ones. Tiger Woods certainly agrees with him.
Lefty has a point — high tax rates create disincentives. If the rates are high enough, people react by moving. This should not surprise us: American companies have been fleeing our shores for years, in droves. “
He didn’t “back off” so much as he said he should have kept his opinion to himself …
” “I think that it was insensitive to talk about it publicly to those people who are not able to find a job, that are struggling paycheck to paycheck,” Mickelson said. “I think that was insensitive to discuss it in that forum.”
He didn’t apologize for what he said — only that he said it.
“I shouldn’t have taken advantage of the forum that I have as a professional golfer to try to ignite change over these issues,” Mickelson said.”