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That's a good point: the defenders of the status quo are defending the wrong things from that status quo. They are thus not credible, as you rightly point out; the problem of course is that there are others things, much better, in the status quo, that everybody has kind of forgotten.

The fact that the "generous" French social model does not deliver so well anymore does not mean that no social model can be generous, but it needs to work differently than what we have now.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 11:10:53 AM EST
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And the sad result is that everything ends being bundled.

A good example: the French health care system which is supposed to be so ruinous. Not only, it delivers vastly better results than the "liberal" model (***cough*** US ***cough***), but its cost base, as high as it is by UK standards, is also significantly lower at ~9.5% of GDP vs ~14% in the US. It needs some tweaking as any system, but all calls for a complete upturn, for instance, by introducing "competition" with private insurances, are based on flat out lies. But it's pretty hard to defend when you also try to defend, say, les 35 heures.
by Francois in Paris on Thu Dec 29th, 2005 at 11:53:33 AM EST
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