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Monday, May 07, 2007

France - a Step in the Right Direction


Congratulations to Nicolas Sarkozy, who overcame the will of the French media to prevail against Sergo. Some in the moonbat-o-sphere are saying "No big deal," even as they post and comment on how this is a setback for them. OliverWillis even attempts to claim that Sarkozy would be to the left of a US Democrat and therefore, this still is the victory for the Left.

Of course, it's difficult to imagine that the Left here in the US would propose to end many of the policy prescriptions which they're advocating for the US. Remember all of the favorable press that the 35 hour work week received here in the US? Here are some of the policies that he's looking to enact in France (from a very biased article in Agence-France Presse

PARIS (AFP) - A day after triumphing in the French presidential election, right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy went into isolation Monday as the country braced for his radical reforms.
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Sarkozy scored an emphatic 53-47 percent victory over Royal, winning an unambiguous mandate for his programme of tax cuts, work incentives and curbs on union powers.
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Tens of thousands of supporters celebrated into the early hours in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, where Sarkozy issued a ringing appeal for unity.
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Sarkozy was expected to move fast to press his reforms. He wants a clear majority for his Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party in legislative elections in June, after which he has to call a special National Assembly session to vote through his first reforms.

These include the abolition of tax on overtime, swingeing cuts in inheritance tax, a law guaranteeing minimum service in transport strikes, and rules to oblige the unemployed to take up offered work.

On the social front he has pledged minimum jail terms for serial offenders and tougher rules to make it harder for immigrants to bring extended families to France.

Not exactly out of the left-wing playbook.

Perhaps most troubling to the moonbat-o-sphere is the news that the US will now have more friendly relations with a country that has sought to block our efforts in the War On Terror:
Sarkozy's victory will improve France-US ties: Downer

Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer says Nicolas Sarkozy's victory in the French presidential election will improve the relationship between France and the United States.

Mr Sarkozy used his victory speech to pledge that France would be a good friend to the US.

Mr Downer has congratulated Mr Sarkozy and welcomed his plan to build stronger ties across the Atlantic.

Of course, all of these domestic and foreign policy changes will help France to become a more influential country in the 21st century.

And as far as the moonbat-o-sphere is concerned, there's no question that if the socialist Sergo would've won, they'd be claiming victory for one of their comrades.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Jenn of the Jungle said...

"....rules to oblige the unemployed to take up offered work."

Lovely, I've been advocating that one for years. No reason probably 95% of those on unemployment can't work, they just don't want to. Brilliant. Beside, then the excuse that illegals are doing the jobs Americans won't do will be moot, because American welfare workers will be doing them and we won't need or be able to hire criminal invaders.