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If France had to reduce its debt and public deficits, would you prefer that it be done principally
by strongly reducing its (ie the country's) spending
by strongly increasing taxes
I somehow find that "strongly" predisposes to answer reduce spending.
Of course, if it's not stated that it's "schools, hospitals, and pensions", but just "France", people will tend to envisage spending cuts as less champagne and petits fours.
I can't help thinking, though, that if the word "fortement" had been left out, the distribution would have been less markedly anti-tax. Even less so if the fiscal advantages Sarko has granted to the wealthier were mentioned as being top of the list for change.
Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
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