Hollande Gets Clever in France
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  • Kenny

    It is just this type of disingenuous behavior now being displayed by Hollande that has gotten Europe into the mess it is in.

    It’s all misdirection. I really don’t know what you praise such behavior. It’s not cute; it’s not production. It can only blow up in his face later.

  • WigWag

    “As one of his first moves in office, Hollande is undoing one of his predecessor’s more unpopular changes by lowering the retirement age back from 62 to 60.” (Via Meadia).

    Well, at least he’s not raising the retirement age to 80. Given the fact that the French live, on average, significantly longer than Americans it sounds like the French will enjoy plenty of leisure years while Americans toil away at their dead end jobs as they look forward to an earlier death because of our inferior health delivery system.

    By the way, does anyone know the retirement age in Ghana?

  • Kris

    [email protected]: “does anyone know the retirement age in Ghana?”

    Does anyone know the retirement age in Germany versus Greece?

  • Jim.

    Once again, Via Meadia somehow sees “smart” where there is only abject stupidity.

    Instead of using European federalism as a chance to spread German best practices throughout Europe, VM advocates the institutionalization of worst practices.

    Now VM praises the French government for doing something that is exactly the opposite of intelligent, considering that the unsustainable Blue Model is the root of the continent’s problems.

    Are we trying for a Lewis Caroll award here, Walter?

  • Walter Sobchak

    “People who started work at 18 or 19 and have worked 41 years or longer are likelier to have fairly demanding jobs.”

    This type of armchair theorizing makes me nuts. Do you have any evidence for such theorizing?

  • Cunctator

    Well, there is stupid and then there is STUPID. The first is a result of making the odd wrong decision: the second is advocating an approach that is already known to lead to failure. M. Hollande’s decision to lower the retirement age (a key election plank) does not really reveal very much. Nor does it tell us which category of stupid he might fall into. What will tell us is his general approach to the Euro-crisis. Increasing government debt and expanding the state, as he also urged during his campaign, and as he has continued to advocate since his election victory, would tip the meter over to the STUPID side. Let’s wait and see, but I think it is far too soon to make any judgement.

    Now on an another issue, it was very nice to see Pres. Hollande yesterday honouring the UK part in D-Day. This would seem to show that he is a socialist who knows his history. That is somewhat reassuring.

  • jsmith999999

    That actually makes a lot of since. Measure retirement age on years worked not age of birth.

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