Hollande's France: About to Become the New Mexico?
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  • Jim Luebke

    The Politically Correct university system turns out to be absolutely the wrong way to select competent leadership for a country.

    Who knew?

  • JT

    I don’t get out onto internet sights as I used to, but recall recently on a health chat board I frequent seeing a French citizen expressing interest in immigrating to America for work. He was looking for information on how to do so. I remember recalling that wasn’t something one sees everyday. As you mention, the French tend to not immigrate as much, and from what I’ve witnessed in the past in chat rooms historically French citizens have generally not expressed the kindest of thoughts toward Americans. Made me wonder how bad the situation must be for the young in Europe to see this.

  • the more of these kids who come our way, the better.

    For who?

    I hope this whole age of immigration comes to an end. It’s not good for the sending countries and its not good for the receiving countries. It is good for the few, the rich, and the talented though, but at the expense of the majorities in all countries concerned. Would you care to argue the point? Seriously? You’ll lose.

    • “There is something off-putting about the privileged winners in the lottery of life painting self-interest to look like virtue.”
      But so much good has come from unbridled, even unapologetic, self-interest. I’m all in favor of it. Too many feckless utopians have made self-interest a four letter word, trying to persuade people that the only honorable motivation is altruism. Balderdash. That attitude has led to more dangerous mischief, as in Marxism and Socialism and Obama’s obsession with “fairness” and “equality” than rational self-interest, if for no other reason than it creates a false narrative about human nature. Sure, society needs cooperation and charity but it also needs greed and ambition and selfishness.

  • “But France’s loss could be our gain.”

    Won’t be the first time France’s blithe stupidity has benefited the rest of the world. Remember when they kicked out the Huguenot technocrats? France has been technologically backwards ever since. How about when they rampaged thru the monasteries, leaving them in ruins, so people like the Rockefellers could scoop up some and rebuild them in Ft. Tryon Park?

  • f1b0nacc1

    Perhaps we should welcome these cheesebacks, but only if the learn to speak English and refrain from overuse of those heavy sauces…

  • NoNewt

    Don’t worry, America will keep France’s high-skilled and educated emigrants out. I am currently living outside the US because my significant other was unable to get a work visa.

    I recently heard at a conference from many colleagues from Sweden and Holland than many of their friends (in their late 20s) want to move to the US because of the funk creeping over the European economy. None of them can legally move as skilled immigrants unless their employer is willing to pay thousands of dollars in visa-sponsorship fees to transfer them to the US. So many of them – lawyers, scientists, and other professional, educated people – are apparently pretending to be artists, who can gain easier access to visas. I have no idea why, but this is what I’ve been hearing.

    Meanwhile, we have a “Gang of Eight” preparing to give work permits – and ultimately citizenship – to tens of millions of people who just threw out our laws and came anyway. The Gang of Eight not only disrespects current would-be legal immigrants (and their American significant others forced into exile) – it also dooms us to indefinite mass future flows of low-skilled workers at the expense of high-skilled workers. Over the next 10 years, the Gang of Eight Amnesty would allow in 5 million skilled immigrants – and 25-55 million low-skilled immigrants and “chain migration” relatives.

    Why on earth do we bother to put money into education and other initiatives to “compete” in the knowledge economy when we only let in low-skilled people? Doesn’t that send the opposite message from what we keep hearing from politicians: that skills and education aren’t, actually, very important?

    Or, if skills and education are important in the global knowledge economy, why on earth are we moving forward with a future immigration system that continues to keep out the world’s talented, skilled and “best and brightest” and rely heavily on low-skilled migrants … whom we’ll then need to invest billions into so they can even consider participating in the global knowledge economy.

    Where, oh where, are our priorities? Where is any strategy that puts the national interest forward? We should be pursuing the restless educated youth of Europe – instead, we’re doubling down on dishwashers and landscapers from Central America because there are ethnic lobbying groups that want to prioritize them based on their ethnicity. That’s not right, not fair – and it strikes me as highly racist, no?

    • Jim Luebke

      So is this simply a case of the Credentialed Elite protecting itself and its interests, rather than looking after the interests of the nation as a whole?

      That looks like a theory consistent with the facts, anyway.

  • All very well and true, for the situation is quite serious. Just two points which I hope will shed light on the above newspaper articles.

    1) The French don’t emigrate. Today’s situation, howsoever bad it is, is nothing like the bad old days after WW1, the Depression and WW2, and yet the French didn’t emigrate – en masse, that is. And even going back further, in the 19th century and its lot of wars and upheavals, France didn’t become an emigrant nation. Sure, there is the historical precedent of the “émigrés” like the Dupont de Nemours, who left Revoutionary France. The émigrés were a mobile, educated elite who, despite relatively small numbers made an impact – sort of like the Huguenot emigrants in the 17th century. And maybe like today’s young, educated, or the capital-endowed & mobile elite for whom London & Switzerland are a hop, skip & jump away. This isn’t emigration as a Salvadorean or a Mexican might understand it.

    2) The French have long acquiesced in – or had to put with – being run by a technocratic elite. The most striking example of this elite’s cluelessness was the “débâcle” that led to France’s quick defeat against Germany. I don’t think the French are under any illusions in this regard, though I don’t think they imagine being governed anyway else

  • Boritz

    First, France’s economic woes are impressive considering they racked this up by welfare state spending while the U.S. footed the bill for most of their defense and also any military heavy lifting worldwide.
    Second, I don’t see U.S. immigration policy embracing people like this young woman, but she and others like her can take heart that there isn’t yet a wall on the southern border if she in atypical fashion wanted to come to the land of burgers and freedom fries.

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