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I'm well aware that the USA is not a paradise either. Neither do I intend to say that all is bad in France and all is good elsewhere. This article claimed that there is no need for reform in France, while I have seen with my own eyes that there is. That doesn't mean that France should blindly copy everything from the USA or the UK. If France let its creative forces work, cut down on public sector overspending (according to the Daily Telegraph today, 52% of France's GDP is spent in the public sector against 42% in the UK) and adjusted the taxes to attract capital and investment instead of scaring them away, then the country and its economy could produce very good results, given that many of the country's resources are badly used.
by skovgaard on Sat May 5th, 2007 at 11:56:26 AM EST
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This article claimed that there is no need for reform in France ...

First sentence in the penultimate paragraph:

This is not to say that France has no problems, or is in need of no change at all. But the word "reform" has become the bearer of such an ideological bias that honest discourse would be better off avoiding it.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 5th, 2007 at 12:31:07 PM EST
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Jerome's views on "reform" are spelled out (and debated in the comments) here:

A Fistful of Euros: Why reform has become a dirty word. (by David Weman on 8 September 2006).

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 5th, 2007 at 02:55:02 PM EST
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This article claimed that there is no need for reform in France

This is the exact opposite of what we're saying. What we are saying is that the "reform" (note the quotes - they are in the title, and flagged in the first paragraph of the text) we are being sold is a one way ideological agenda to improve the short term profitability of (big) corporations and lower the taxes of the rich, at the expense of everybody else. And we have the numbers to prove it.

Of course France needs reform - just not the kind everybody has been unthinkingly led to believe are 'inevitable'. Have you noted the Hegelian/Marxist bend of these proclamation that free-market reform is inevitable?

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

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat May 5th, 2007 at 01:01:41 PM EST
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