November 30, 2007

Sarkozy Nudges Unions with Tax Breaks for Businesses, Incentives for Workers Aimed at the 35-Hour Work Week
— Dave In Texas

It's not Maggie kicking the coal unions. But it's a start.

Competition requires that you, what's the word?


Yes, that's it.

Don't even get me started about f'n' Bastille Day.

Posted by: Dave In Texas at 08:38 AM | Comments (20)
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1 Doesn't anybody in France want to work harder for more money?

Posted by: tachyonshuggy at November 30, 2007 08:42 AM (Lz6uE)

2 Small steps - but he's making the right ones!

I just hope he's given the time to let the steps yield results. He just may be able to pull France out of this disastrous socialist experiment they've been messing with all these years.

Posted by: Steamboat McGoo at November 30, 2007 08:57 AM (41Dd+)

3 The difference between American power and an "empire": America wants strong and capable allies, not inept hangers-on.  My neighbor also has a gun, but it doesn't worry me - especially if some criminal comes through casing the neighborhood with two of them.

Posted by: sherlock at November 30, 2007 09:13 AM (ojW85)


tachyonshuggy -

Yes, and they all move to other countries shortly after realizing it.

Posted by: Ryan Frank at November 30, 2007 09:15 AM (eo/3J)

5 Who gives a shit what the French do? Why do they have to be like us and work 70 hours a week and no vacations?

As far a competition goes, the Euro seems to be pretty strong.

Posted by: icus at November 30, 2007 09:16 AM (pozJ7)

6 icus,

(mecustoo! Weallcus!)

We give a shit because a) France's economyis the size of the entire state of California, and we need their markets,  b) they have an established nuclear weapons arsenal and serious military force,  c) they have 40+years of safe nuclear energy experience we'll need to tap into someday, d) their research personal are some of the best in the world - and always have been, and e) they still wield significant influenc over other nations policies.

They may be cowards and surrender-monkeys, but they are handy to have supporting you in a fight.

Sorry if I've "yelled".

Posted by: Steamboat McGoo at November 30, 2007 09:32 AM (41Dd+)

7 Anybody besides me notice that the New Comments Thingy is working swell again - now that Pixy Misa has worked his/her magic!

Thanks Pixy!

Posted by: Steamboat McGoo at November 30, 2007 09:34 AM (41Dd+)


French people weren't allowed to work on Sundays for double pay?  The law actually forbid that?  And the socialist idea was to have the government pay people cash handouts to make up for their spending fewer hours making money?  Where exactly did the government think this money would come from? 

"The idea which seemed important to me was to say that we will raise purchasing power by encouraging work. That seems a good idea as measures taken ... to make the labor market more flexible help us to hire. It is positive."

In a prime-time television interview on Thursday, Sarkozy said he would boost purchasing power by making it far easier for people to work more, rather than by raiding already empty state coffers for cash handouts.

He plans to allow firms to circumvent the 35-hour limit if they reach deals on pay increases, allow employees to choose cash rather than time off for overtime, and give workers more scope to work voluntarily, on double pay, on Sundays.

Posted by: funky chicken at November 30, 2007 09:34 AM (I+jPP)

Don't even get me started about f'n' Bastille Day.

Hey, no need to be hatin'. That's a pretty decent song.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at November 30, 2007 09:43 AM (Ds4I5)

10 It's George Bush's fault!

Posted by: Harry Callahan at November 30, 2007 09:51 AM (Xroyb)


Fuck you, Dave in Texas.

Don't get me started about effin' Columbus Day.

Posted by: Bastille Day at November 30, 2007 09:52 AM (UeP9e)

12 Fuck the both of you!  Who the hell remembers me?!?

Posted by: Flag Day at November 30, 2007 09:54 AM (oKp49)

13 And their euro just keeps getting stronger

Posted by: John Ryan at November 30, 2007 10:39 AM (TcoRJ)


(The French have a) serious military force

I just popped a snot-bubble on my keyboard.


Posted by: Penn State Marine at November 30, 2007 10:40 AM (DFVTW)

     As far a competition goes, the Euro seems to be pretty strong.

Strong? It’s called over-valuation which results in their goods not being bought and people not traveling to europe. Italy wants to abandon the euro and Germany is heading for a recession.

Posted by: aoshq janitorial & escort service at November 30, 2007 11:24 AM (ibiEO)


And their euro just keeps getting stronger

Excellent.  Now, if would could just pump up the yuan.

Posted by: toby928 at November 30, 2007 11:28 AM (evdj2)


And their euro just keeps getting stronger

What is with you guys and your mind-numbing ignorance of economics?  A strong currency does not translate into a strong economy, nor does it translate into a higher standard of living for Joe Schmoe.  Europeans by-and-large still live packed together like pigs in tiny little crackerjack boxes, drive comically tiny clown cars (if they have them at all), and in general have far less economic mobility and far fewer creature comforts than Americans.

You wail and gnash your teeth when the U.S. has a negative trade imbalance  (despite the fact that most liberals don't know what the hell a trade deficit is, much less can explain why it's supposedly such a terrible harbinger of economic doom), and then you wail and gnash your teeth when the dollar weakens relative to the currencies of our trading partners (despite the fact that a "weak" dollar isn't going to make a damn bit of tangible difference to the average consumer).

Boy, if I didn't know any better, I'd say you were reflexively programmed to denigrate the economy (you know, the one that's been in a sustained boom for about four solid years, in which pretty much everyone has a job, in which a higher percentage of people have homes than anywhere else in the world and the median square footage of those homes is 2,200, etc.) as long as the occupant of the White House doesn't have the right parenthesized letter after his name.

Posted by: VJay at November 30, 2007 11:32 AM (gQ+XA)

18 Good said VJay.

Posted by: Eleven at November 30, 2007 12:55 PM (7DB+a)


Very well said, VJay.

Posted by: Muslihoon at November 30, 2007 02:24 PM (LR1ZU)

20 VJay, they're primarily concerned that their annual European vacation is getting more expensive.  It'll kill them to have to spend their vacation money in Bush's Amerikkka.

Posted by: Mark in Portland at December 01, 2007 09:02 AM (CQo+M)

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