Maybe I should move to France

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I know that would make some of my happy trolls even happier. But then I'd have to learn French. And I don't know if the bars in Paris have Bud Light.

But when you look at the agenda of the new French government, it's pretty much what a lot of us, including a lot of non-Socialists, have been advocating for the United States: Tax the rich, end tax breaks for banks and oil companies, hire a lot of new teachers, invest in youth and the future, don't get your pants in a wad about short-term deficits, legalize same-sex marriage ... damn. They've got it all.

Or rather, Fichu. Ils l'ont obtenu tous.

Did I get that right?

Of course, the critics are terrified about the same things they all seem terrified about whenever anyone in San Francisco talks about local taxes on the wealthy: OMG! The rich will all leave town and go live in Fresno! See:

The pledges have prompted fears of an exodus of wealthy footballers and pop stars to lands beyond the French border.

I suppose. But I suspect a lot of wealthy Parisians will stay Parisians even if their taxes go up. They live there for a reason, as do San Franciscans, and Californians. What, you're going to play football in France and live in Antwerp? That's not going to go over too well.

So this will be a fine experiment here. If France doesn't collapse and Paris doesn't empty out and the world doesn't end, maybe we'll all learn a lesson. Oui?

 

 

 

Comments

so I suspect the French will appreciate anyone like Tim who lives off immoral earnings and spends his time telling others what and how to think.

He just needs more black sweaters and to start smoking Gauloise.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 21, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

Gauloise cigs are gross. Kids I knew in college smoked French cigarettes to look cool and they stunk.

Black sweaters, I can do. No medical marijuana in France, is there?

Posted by tim on Jun. 21, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

I'll even buy you moving boxes. SEE YA!

Posted by Guest on Jun. 22, 2012 @ 9:21 am

Oui, Paris!!
As someone who went to a French school, I can vouch for the French. They care about HUMANITIES, the arts, a good quality of life, community....all those things that make for a rich life--not in terms of $$, but the things that most people, on their dying beds, wish they had done...
I can't wait to re-visit. It's been too long. But I, for one, will miss you if you go...

Posted by Daniele E. on Jun. 22, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

I doubt that even they would want such an economically useless misanthropist.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 22, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

So so mean....you have a nice day.

Posted by Daniele E. on Jun. 22, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

Economic fails like SF.

It is always a hoot when not agreeing with the self identified deep thinkers like Tim is trolling.

Dunning–Kruger effect

Posted by Matlock on Jun. 24, 2012 @ 3:18 am