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  •  Do you have a reference for this? (2+ / 0-)

    I work with a Frenchman, would like to be more knowledgeable.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 07:39:01 AM PST

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    •  Usually when I see a dog barking at the moon I (3+ / 0-)

      prefer to cross the street to the other side.  The blockquote tells me there are words I can google and it returns the source of the quote.  The rationale behind it is bad news for Hollande and the Socialists, good news for me.   Certainly this is a school of thought that exists both in America and in a minority in France, too.  

      To say free fall is kind of ridiculous.  The last economic report showed a slight decline in output which was a bit worse in Germany than in France, and ironically, there was also a slight decline in the US, too.  One report doesn't make a free fall.  Everyone knows the problems.  Proportionately, the deficits and the debt in France aren't even equal to their size in the US.  

      It's really funny to see Americans who are obsessed with labels like Socialist.  Bringing up Greece and Spain and using the Socialist label there is tragic.  Greece suffered under a right wing dictatorship for decades after World War 2.  With the iron curtain at its border it fought a civil war and it repressed socialism completely.  There were no free elections until around 1975.  Since then the Socialists in Greece aren't so different than Republicans. When Romney said in the campaign that he didn't want to be like Greece people in Europe thought it was a joke. He's the son of a politician, He's a rich financier, He's a tax evader, and He's running for office.  He must be Greek.  The punchline to the punchline is:  Now remove the humor and the irony.  They take him seriously in America.  Spain's history is similar (and different). It wasn't until Franco died in 1975 that the dictatorship died with him.  

      I don't know how the economy was connected to equal marriage except for the photo in the diary that calls for more jobs.  The truth is that austerity measures are preventing growth and the central banking system which allows each country to issue debt without having its own currency needs an adjustment.

      "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

      by leftreborn on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 10:01:41 AM PST

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