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2) Les caisses sont vides (The treasury is empty)
I'm not arguing here on the issue that the tax is fair or not (it is not, the burden is skewed even more heavily towards taxing individual wage labor and not capital/corporate profits/self employed labor). Simply the agregate burden is one of the highest, and still the budget isn't balanced without floating more debt every year.
Of course, Sarko is a dickhead to complain about this now, just after he cut taxes on the richest himself. But he read george w bush's "neolib political economics for dummies".
Still, raising and rebalancing taxes will not be enough: France will need to make honest assessments and cut some benefits and public labor. This will happen in the nearer future than most people think. A credit crunch has far reaching consequences. Lenders will not get fooled another time after the "Great Dollar Devaluation Heist", which is coming right now.
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