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Francia. Welfare adieu. E presto anche in Italia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2016-12-27.

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Mr Fillon ha stravinto le primarie all’interno dei Les Républicains e sembrerebbe essere avviato verso la presidenza della Francia.

Il popolo lo ha votato in massa. Gli Elettori, i Cittadini Contribuenti, si sono rivoltati contro il partito socialista francese egemone, il suo Presidente Mr. Hollande, contro la loro Weltanschauung e contro la politica umana, economica e sociale di sinistra.

Mai in Francia vi fu posizione più netta.

L’entità della cesura è palpabile nella disintegrazione della sinistra in una congerie di particelle urlanti le une contro le altre e tutte assieme contro il popolo bue che non li ha compresi, non ha apprezzato tutto ciò che avevano fatto.

Eppure i socialisti avevano dato alle masse tutte le possibili perversioni, avevano legalizzato tutti i possibili vizi, ivi compresa la superbia di non essere alla fine anche essi giudicati dalla storia. Storia di cui si ritenevano essere l’apice della evoluzione: il bene ultimo finale. Crepano sotto le loro contraddizioni, coperti da una montagna di debiti.

Le sinistre hanno persino subito lo schiaffo degli schiaffi:

Francia. Dopo decenni di persecuzioni il voto cattolico è determinante.

Il successo di Fillon è dimostrato soprattutto dagli altissimi lamenti dei socialisti che vedono oramai vicino il momento del redde rationem. Per il momento alle urne, poi sarà la volta dei tribunali. Ci hanno insegnato loro che i tribunali servono per condannare e giustiziare. Sanno che saranno trattati per come hanno trattato.

Se i socialisti parlano così male di mr Fillon, ciò significa che c’è molto di buono in lui.

È davvero finita un’era.

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Questo è il programma di Mr Fillon, il programma cui hanno aderito in massa i francesi.

«Margaret Thatcher? “Always glad to be compared to someone who saved her country,” Fillon shot back»

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«Fillon should aim for massive tax cuts»

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«Fillon’s plan to cut 500,000 public sector jobs»

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«We have sinned, with the deficits, public debt, the 35-hour week; we must expiate; and the only way to redemption is suffering — in this case, massive cuts in the public service ranks»

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Ma se fosse eletto presidente, Mr Fillon siederebbe anche di diritto in seno alla Commissione Europea. Sembrerebbe quasi che solo Mr Juncker se ne sia accorto.

Tutto sarebbe diverso. Tutto sarà diverso.

Taglio delle tasse e del numero dei dipendenti pubblici, riduzione del debito pubblico, bilanci statali in pareggio, fine di quella assurdità che furono le 35 ore.

Mr Fillon chiama tutto ciò che è successo “sin“. “Peccato“. Ma riconoscere che un atto fu un peccato significa riconoscere nel contempo l’esistenza del Vero, del Giusto, dell’etico e del morale. Conseguenze non da poco.

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La Francia socialista aveva appena ottenuto il triste primato di essere la prima nazione dell’Unione Europea nelle elargizioni statali. Il peccato non sta nelle elargizioni in sé stesse: sta nel fato che erano sproporzionate alle reali possibilità della nazione.

Concordiamo pienamente con Mr Fillon:

«the only way to redemption is suffering» .

Sarà necessario smantellare tutto ciò che hanno fatto i socialisti. Servirà molto tempo, che la vecchia generazione deceda, che i sopravissuti ritrovino fiducia e coraggio. I socialisti lasciano un deserto sterile: ben peggio delle invasioni barbare.

Ciò comporterà lacrime e sangue.

Ma presto tutta l’Unione Europea seguirà l’esempio francese, Italia compresa.

Nessuno si illuda. Non ci si illuda minimamente.

 


The Local. 2016-12-27. France confirmed as European champions for welfare spending

France devotes more than one third of its GDP to providing its citizens with welfare protection, according to new figures. No other country in Europe is as generous.

The new figures from Eurostat will give ammunition to right wing presidential candidate François Fillon, who has vowed to dramatically shred pubic spending if elected next May.

In the year 2014 France spent 34.3 percent of its GDP on welfare, well above the European average of 28.7 percent.

Behind France came Denmark which dedicated 33.5 percent of GDP on social spending then Finland (31.9 percent), the Netherlands (30.9 percent).

The UK was down in ninth place after spending 27.4 percent of GDP on its welfare state, just behind Germany on 29.1 percent.

The figures show France’s welfare spending has jumped dramatically since 2008 when it devoted 30.4 percent of GDP on social spending.

That rise was mirrored, to varying degrees by most other countries, although the jump was far narrower in the UK, which saw a hike of 1.5 percentage points in welfare spending between 2008 and 2014 and Germany, where spending rose by 2 percentage points.

Most of welfare spending goes on pensions and other benefits and services directed towards the elderly (45.5 percent), while health care also takes up a huge chunk (35 percent). Other areas of welfare spending include family allowances, unemployment benefits and social housing.

But when the overall social spending is broken down into categories France does not always come out on top.

 


Politico. 2016-12-27. France’s would-be Thatcher is short on reform

PARIS — François Fillon is the rare politician who doesn’t mind being called a name that has long been an insult in French politics: “Thatcherite.”

The conservative presidential candidate was this week shown a front-page montage of him wearing a wig that made him look like former U.K. leader Margaret Thatcher. “Always glad to be compared to someone who saved her country,” Fillon shot back.

Yet a close look at his economic platform reveals that apart from catchy headline numbers on spending and tax cuts, Fillon’s plan fails to address the French economy’s fundamental flaws or put forward the type of structural reforms economists have long said were needed for growth to pick up.

His platform has been subjected to increased scrutiny in the last few days after he emerged as the surprise winner of the first round of the conservative presidential primary on November 20. Fillon beat Alain Juppé, who will challenge him for the conservatives’ nomination in the second round on Sunday.

Critics tend to use one word to describe the program of the new favorite to win next year’s presidential election: “archaic.”

Fillon’s program seems “devoid of any sense of economic strategy,” said Alexandre Delaigue, a professor of economics at Lille University. “Its underlying narrative is the old moralistic tale: We have sinned, with the deficits, public debt, the 35-hour week; we must expiate; and the only way to redemption is suffering — in this case, massive cuts in the public service ranks.”

“The only Thatcherite thing about his platform is that it looks 30 years old,” quipped another detractor, an adviser to Juppé who asked not to be named because the former frontrunner has chosen to campaign on the supposed “brutality” of his rival’s proposals.

The critics have focused on Fillon’s plan to cut 500,000 public sector jobs — which Juppé, who advocates half as much, says would be “impossible.” But Fillon’s stated readiness to take on France’s public sector unions seems to please his supporters.

While the public sector job cuts make for good soundbites, critics also point out that Fillon has been mum on one of the most crucial problems plaguing the French economy: its ingrained lack of competition.

“Instead of obsessing about public debt, where are the proposals to create jobs for the youth, to break monopolies in protected professions? He doesn’t even mention the digital economy, and seems to have no idea about how to foster a better business environment for startups,” said the Juppé adviser.

“Fillon’s is not a market-friendly liberal program. It’s just a platform to please the French business lobbies,” agreed Marc Ferracci, an economics professor and an adviser to independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, the former economy minister under President François Hollande. “There’s nothing on globalization and its challenges, on how best to improve labor relations in France, or on public investment.”

Fillon has suggested some €100 billion in spending cuts over the five years of the next presidential term, and has pledged to reduce taxes over the same period by some €50 billion.

But “if you want to have a strong right-wing, growth-friendly program, you should look to Ronald Reagan instead,” Delaigue said, adding Fillon should aim for massive tax cuts, and minor spending cuts.

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