published Monday, May 14th, 2012

Vive la entitlement!

The United States is not the only nation holding elections that will impact critical economic policies and the direction taken in every sector of government and private affairs.

France's incumbent President Nicholas Sarkozy has the distinction of being his nation's first sitting leader in three decades to be defeated seeking re-election. Sarkozy's loss places him among a total of nine European leaders who have been ousted as the continent's debt crisis balloons.

The campaign of newly elected Francois Hollande features a few proposals and policy perspectives that ring familiar:

1. Taxing citizens making 1 million Euros or more at a rate of 75 percent

2. Stimulus spending in the government through mandatory wage increases and government services

3. Decreasing France's "dependence" upon nuclear energy

4. Legalizing euthanasia

The French victor proclaimed, "Austerity can no longer be inevitable!"

The contrasts of Sarkozy and Hollande are as simple as those seen in American politics.

The crisis in Europe reflects an aging population, a labor force that's shrinking and bureaucratic, government spending for entitlement and public support that long has surpassed its spending on national security, and a citizenry comfortable and expectant of public services rather than individual prosperity and responsibility.

In recent years, Europe has attempted to address its spending crisis through "austerity measures" that reduce government spending by reducing services and instituting a pro-growth, pro-business economy.

Nineteen-year-old Vilaine Chenais, who cast her ballot for the Socialist Hollande, summed up the election: " ... This means real hope for France. We're going to celebrate with drink and hopefully some dancing."

Sunday's election in France speaks volumes. At the polls, those wanting to be kept by government outnumbered those who work, produce and contribute to a healthy society and economy.

"Vive la France!" has been the proclamation declared as the French fought for their first republic all the way through history in their fight for survival against Nazi Germany.

Today, "Vive la Entitlement!" is the declaration fighting for government subsidies, public services and a debt that is just barely smaller than the nation's entire economy.

Amerique, attention!

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Pay attention to this post.

Vive la Scapegoating.

You blame everything on entitlement spending, but you don't know where the most money goes, do you?

Never going to admit it either.

May 14, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.
conservative said...

Those proposals of Hollande boggle the mind.

The number 2. "Stimulus spending in the government through mandatory wage increases and government services", is especially laughable for any country in debt ( are you listening Owebama? ) for it proposes that the way out of debt is to increase one's debt!

Try telling a bankruptcy judge that you could get yourself out of debt if only you were allowed to spend more.

May 14, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.

Try making a business plan where you cut inventory and refuse customers in order to increase your profits!

The reality is, Republican standard-bearer, Mitt Romney was a debt-using fiend. He made his fortune by getting loans, spending money, and pocketing the excess.

So I wonder which state he's going to auction off.

May 14, 2012 at 9:46 a.m.
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