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Self immolation 101.

In a stunning display of how unconcerned and unrealistic the left really is, a too large majority of the people that live off the labor of the productive, voted to keep the gravy train speeding down the tracks towards the collapsed bridge. The winning ticket?

Sunday’s election capped a stunning comeback for Hollande, whose career appeared to be all but over after he left the leadership of the Socialist Party in 2008.

It also marked the end of a year-long campaign for the veteran politician, who won his party’s internal primaries in October of last year, establishing himself from the start as a moderate left-winger with the best chances of appealing to centrists and beating Sarkozy.

In an often bitter presidential campaign, Hollande promised to hire more staff to boost France’s state education system and to reduce the retirement age from 62 to 60 for people who have completed a minimum 41 years of work.

He also pledged to raise taxes on the wealthy and balance the country’s budget by 2017.

And while both the far right and Sarkozy adopted an anti-immigration stance during the campaign, the Socialist candidate stood by a promise to give foreigners the right to vote in local elections.

Short explanation: fuck reality, give us more free shit. I guess as a true collectivist he doesn’t even feel obligated to pretend otherwise when he points out that the only way for him to address the massive unemployment in France is to create more government jobs. If you are one of these idiots that believe government is the center of the world expanding the already bloated bureaucracy makes sense, I guess. The people that voted for more pork they can not afford sure as hell seem to feel that work is for idiots. While some might find that minimum 41 years of work requirement clever considering France’s unemployment amongst those 26 and younger is close to 25%, the fact remains that the retirement age of 62 itself was already draining the system. Just like the left in the has been pushing to give the ability to vote to people they know depend on their handouts, making a special effort to target illegal immigrants, it looks like Hollande believes the key to perpetual power resides with letting these moochers vote.

The problem that the moochers face however is that the real world doesn’t tolerate stupid and plans to ignore reality have a cost. But don’t you worry: the collectivists know whom the enemy is!

A Robert A. Heinlein quote that’s, if you will pardon my French, apropos for the situation is:

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

Why bother? Gimme what I want and let the other people pay for it! That’s social justice in a nut shell. C’Est la vie.

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  1. Poosh says:

    I love how populations will happily vote for the exact things that created the financial breakdown, almost with glee. People simply do not know how economies work, and that includes the people at the very top.

    They say “yeah we get it, we overspent” but the minute they perceive even the slightest “hurt” (which is half fabricated by the media or blown out of proportion) then change direction and vote for more spending.

    In the end it’s the children who will suffer the worse.

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  3. CM says:

    While some might find that minimum 41 years of work requirement clever considering France’s unemployment amongst those 26 and younger is close to 25%, the fact remains that the retirement age of 62 itself was already draining the system.

    I’d be interested to see the cost comparison. Although I assume everyone still gets it at 62.
    It’s a move towards user-pays though, even if minute.

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  4. Hal_10000 says:

    I actually don’t think this will make much of a difference for France. Their elections are between the socialist candidate and the really socialist candidate. This might weaken Euro resolve on the PIIGS and that could be very very bad.

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