Les conséquences non intentionnelles

Contributed by Shell Suber

In France you cannot be fired from your job. Ever. Not just a GOVERNMENT job. ANY job. So once hired, the company owner cannot can you for coming in late, bad attitude, laziness, lack of sales, stealing stuff, or generally sucking. Income and benefits for life. Makes US Post Office workers look like go-getters, doesn’t it?

What is the result of this government imposed universal “job stability?” Massive unemployment. Because no business owner in their right mind would hire someone they cannot fire.

Still, employers need workers, so they are ‘allowed’ to have unpaid interns. As a result, in France, about half the people at any given employer are working for free in hopes that, after years of loyal service, they will earn the trust of the company and get hired for real. Which is why, in France, the unemployment rate among young people is, in technical terms, effing huge.

In the meantime, these interns subsist on government benefits. This is why, today in the streets of Paris, it’s the young people turning over cars and throwing rocks at the gendarmes. The protesters say they are protecting a “way of life” they claim as a birthright – universal retirement at 60 with full pay and benefits forever. But that’s not really why there are youngsters rioting in streets. The real reason they are mad is that if French government jacks up the retirement age to the ripe old age of 62, all those 59 year olds who were about to leave their jobs and skip off to enjoy the next 20 to 40 years living in socialist heaven won’t and those unpaid interns waiting for their paid jobs will be l’screwed.

Meanwhile, since most in France (by far) take government benefits (either unemployment or those freakishly young retirement checks) and relatively few are actually making money (most of which goes toward taxes to pay those checks) their economy is a catastrophe. (That’s French. Get it?)

Add this to that. All you have to do is establish an address somewhere inside France to qualify for all of this crap. And, because France has virtually no immigration controls to speak of, they are overrun with millions of immigrants from damn near everywhere. And who are they attracting? The world’s laziest, most unskilled freeloaders. Makes for a terrific gene pool for the next generation, eh?

Oh, yeah. I almost forgot. Because of the effort-free money and open borders, France is ground zero for Middle Eastern terrorism in Europe. There are millions of radical Muslims there who hate France with a boiling passion. Go figure.

I sure am glad that could never happen here in the good ol’ USA. I know we would NEVER allow the slow, incremental adoption of those shortsighted public policies to take hold in America. We know better.

Do you think I’m being a bit over-dramatic? Perhaps I’m some kid of a nutjob? Chicken Little, you say? Ask yourself this. Do you think this is where the people of France thought they were going to end up when they started adopting what must have seemed like nice, progressive little policies all those years ago? When they started electing left wing, semi-socialists to local and national offices with promises of hope and change after World War II, do you think this is the world they thought they were building for their grandkids? Surely you could climb into a time machine and go back to post-war Paris and find that most of those war-hardened veterans would have done anything to avoid France’s current fate had they known where the “progressive” path was taking them.

Think about that when you wonder if America should take a painful, hard-line approach to tax cuts and spending reductions and make some very difficult choices that could end the universality of Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare.

Not with a bang, but with a whimper.


2 Comments to “Les conséquences non intentionnelles”

  1. Very sobering article, Shell. I hope others take the time to consider this path that the left in this country seem determined to take us down. (PS – I cannot spell check your columns when you write in French!)

  2. Tres magnifique.

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