By Jack Jodell, May 7, 2012

VIVE LA FRANCE! The French have just spoken loudly in their presidential election. By electing Francois Hollande their first Socialist President in a generation, and only the second in the history of their Fifth Republic, they have chosen to deliberately repudiate the insane notion of austerity measures for the poor.  Such drastic measures have been adopted, and have led to widespread rioting, all across the continent and even in the United Kingdom as well. This, of course, is not without justification: cash-strapped peoples from Ireland to Spain to Greece and elsewhere have been made to tighten their belts even firther, all in the name of getting supposedly runaway budgets back under control.

Francois Hollande, who rolled to a 51.67  – 48.33 % victory over conservative incumbent French President Nicolas Sarkozy, sent ripples all throughout the European Union.  “Our victory has given people hope across Europe who want an end to austerity.” Hollande has pledged to cancel Sarkozy-instituted George W. Bush-style tax cuts and incentives for the very rich, whom everyone knows just stick them in their own pockets rather than creating good-paying middle class jobs or aiding the poor (whom they exploit anyway). So it won’t be any real skin off the backs of the filthy-rich 1%, but it could result in a great benefit for French workers, whom Hollandde has pledged to let retire with full benefits at the age of 60, provided they have worked for the past 42 years. Alomg with this, he has promised to increase income taxes on those making more than 1 million euros per year to an amazing 75%. Doing so, he maintains, will end the French debt crisis by 2017, and is a far more preferable method than starving the poor and middle class by allowing the rich to simply skip along merrily completely untouched and unconcerned by the very real suffering of those far beneath them economically. Attaboy, Francois! Hollande has also campaigned in favor of allowing French homosexuals to marry and adopt children. Good for him and them!

This economic, progressive activism flies directly in the face of such exploitative entities as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Wall Street, the European Union, the Carlyle Group, and even our own Republican Party and Tea Party (as well as Republican presidential wannabe Mitt Romney). Though they will never admit it, each of those groups actively pursues reactionary economic policies which blatantly favor the wealthy while seeking to marginalize and even destroy those in the majority 99% who lie far beneath them on the income scale.

As a progressive fully dedicated to ending our national and worldwide ever-growing wealth disparity, I am delighted at the election of Francois Hollande! His election has become a slap in the face of such austerity advocates as Germany’s center-right Angela Merkel and  the UK’s very conservative David Cameron, and both would do well to take notice. For the signs of economic discontent are everywhere, from the recent fall of the Dutch government to widespread riots in Greece as well as Britain, that the balancing of budgets on the backs of the poor and workers is not only unfair, but will definitely not be tolerated much longer. In an arrogantly condescending move reminiscent of something our own DICK Chebey would do, last week the rigidly ideological Cameron even refused to meet with the visiting then-candidate Hollande! All I can say to that is that both Merkel and Cameron had best watch their political backs  and modify their pushes for further austerity measures if they expect to survive politically themselves.

Here in the United States, I fully expect all the far-right stooges like Eric Cantor, Michele Bschmann, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and even that king of the 1%-ers, Mitt Romney, to come out in unison against Hollande, French Socialists, and anti-austerity measures in general. Fox “News” pundits will be rabidly salivating in anger, but to no avail. For each of them in their own way are puppets of those who favor cutting taxes needlessly for the wealthy and dumping all the burden of budget balancing on the backs of  America’s workers and the poor. But they, too, had best watch their own backs, for last fall’s and this year’s widespread May Day demonstrations by the majority 99% prove decisively that oppression as an economic weapon will simply no longer be tolerated!

To his credit, President Obama has extended an invitation for Hollande to visit the White House next week. Let us hope he will learn and implement something beneficial from the experience of this bold new French leader!

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Joe hagstrom says:

    I also hope this is a message not just to Europe that policies that benefit the wealthy while bruatalizing those who need government working for them the most is bad politically and economically Jack. But our nation as well.

  2. Hello Jack,
    La vie est si bon, aujourd’hui, mon ami!

    I loved the line that Francois Hollande mandated to end the idea in France that the poor are fed by feeding the wealthy.

    I did a posting that is worth referencing, http://engineerofknowledge.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/new-political-classifications/

    Yea that nihilistic “Trickle Down” theory, that “Snake Oil Bill of Goods” that was sold to the “Mindless Republican Enablers” for so long has to at some point and time come to light that it was just pure Bull Shit that they have been spooning into their mouths for the past 30 years. This along with “Less Regulations” and “Too Much Taxes” rhetoric they bought into thinking THEY were going to benefit from those laws.

    Maybe now the “Mindless Republican Enablers” will sit up, take notice, and realize that they were nothing more than the non-questioning or non-critical thinking Mindless Republican Enabler “Elos” to the Predatory Capitalist Controlling Republican “Morlocks” who has been feeding on them. For too long the delusional thinking has been employed that caused them to vote against their own interests for so many years.

    Mitt Romney has given us the classic history of his involvement as a Predatory Capitalist Controlling Republican “Morlock” through his deeds at Bain Capital.
    Just as the worldwide Occupy Movement phenomenon gets the word out as to what reality has been for too long; I am pleased to see that the Working Middle Classes in other countries have come to light to the Multi-National Corporations’ abuses around the world, and vote to correct it.

    I have hope the U.S.’s Working Middle Class will realize this too for our next State and National Elections. “You only loose when you give up!!” Keep the Faith and Keep up the Fight!

  3. Darlene says:

    Whoo Hoo !!! Justice triumphed in France. Now it’s up to us to do everything we can to counter the lies being spread by the vast wealth funneled into the PACs so that the U. S. can win one too.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Not only has Hollande inspired the European Left, but also we American progressives too! TIME TO TAX THE RICH THEIR FAIR SHARE!

  4. Tom Harper says:

    Way to go France. Now if only American voters were equally well-informed on the issues. If only.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      I’m with you on that, Tom. It’s up to people likr US to get the info out any way we can.

  5. infidel753 says:

    This is the beginning of the end for Europe’s austerity regime. The markets, pundits, and right-thinkers will throw a fit and predict that we’ll all fall off the edge of the world and get eaten by dragons, but France and the countries that follow its example will begin to pull out of the unnecessary death-spiral of contraction that the austeritards have imposed.

    There were local elections in Britain last week, and the Conservative party got hammered. And recently the ruling coalition in the Netherlands broke up because Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party (widely but inaccurately described as “far right”) refused to accept austerity dictated by the EU.

    The Republicans in the US have long claimed that Europe’s problems are the result of socialism, whereas in fact they’re due to the same kind of policies the Republicans advocate for the US. Soon it will become clear that socialism is the cure, not the disease.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Well stated, Infidel753! It’s great to see the Europeans rising up to shake off this phony crisis brought on by the very exploitative rich, and I can’t wait for Cameron’s and Canada’s Steven Harper regimes to go down too!

  6. Hello Jack,
    This is off topic but important enough that it needs to be passed on!!

    There is great fear tomorrow that the majority of voters in North Carolina will institutionalize discrimination, prejudice, and hate in the state constitution with the expected passage of “Amendment One,” endorsed by Franklin Graham, and his distinguished father, the Reverend Billy Graham. Both should be totally ashamed of themselves!

    I remember well here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland the signs of “White Only and Black Only” over the doors of bathrooms, water fountains, and such…..and as late as 1972.

    As I have now gone into my 6th decade, I cannot believe the regressive slide “Back To The Good O’l Days” we as a nation have seen here of late. “You Can Tell We Are Christians By Our LOVE” Franklin Graham’s version must exclude anyone who does not fit into his looks, accents, and Social NIHILISMS!!

    As Reverend Billy Graham was once considered a “Good Christian Man of GOD,” this latest “Coming to Political Light of institutionalize discrimination, prejudice, and hate,” one has to ask themselves what Little Frankie heard in the privacy of their home when the “Evangelical TV Cameras” were turned off.

    I thought this was all done and settled in the 1960’s. Where I thought we as a nation had come so far with regards to the enlightenment and treatment of our fellow American country men, those whom stepped up to defend and support our country, that we as a nation would even consider much less allow the repressive laws solely directed towards others. How did we regress back to this point? What a sad statement for the legislators of North Carolina.

    Let’s just not point at North Carolina alone because if this “Amendment One” does succeed, there will be plenty of other States willing to assimilate with more of their own such laws.

    One would think we were beyond this in the 21st century, and that we should NOT allow the ignorance of people to become law! It is shameful to let people VOTE on basic human rights. When it comes to personal human rights, there should NOT be any vote, as those personal human rights should be guaranteed in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

    The fact in today’s time, we are having a vote on whether people should be denied the right to vote; blacks should be segregated; job discrimination of others should be reinstituted; workers should be denied collective bargaining; and many other social advancements where Americans gave their “blood, sweat and tears” for; and then the possible threat that the masses would vote to deny those basic rights.

    This is not what a democracy is about, to allow prejudice, hate, and discrimination to rule the day!

    Today Jack, I truly feel that I have woken up IN a bad dream of some Bizzaro World!!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Let us hope that NC voters will refuse to ratify such nonsense, but I am not optimistic there. After all, they have given us that very stupid and nasty Virginia Foxx. BTW, distinguished or not, I have long had my differences with the Grahams, whom I view as only a tiny cut or two above the Jim Bakkers of the world…

      • The Klanbaggers of North Carolina passed the “Amendment One.” I see this as speaking to the future of President Obama and any hope of Democrats in Tobacco Land this election.

  7. JollyRoger says:

    It seems to me that the “conservatives” manage to fool enough people, worldwide, to rain destruction down on them-and then they remember, for a couple of generations, and even the “conservatives” become reasonable. But, we always forget after awhile, and the conservatives get more and more stupid.

    I’d love to know how to make sure that every American child would grow up rejecting Klanbagger extremism as the profound stupidity that it is. And how we could keep from repeating the mistakes that always cause us so much pain. The Nordic countries have Constitutional protections against right-wing stupidity. I think we need them here, too.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Jolly Roger,
      Alas, it is up to us to make sure the word always gets out. By the way, for some crazy reason I’ve been shut out of your site as of late. Please try and help me get back in. Thank you, sir! 🙂

  8. jackjodell53 says:

    Jolly Roger,
    It somehow righted itself, but if it happens again I’ll be sure to follow your advice. Thank you!

  9. It will take a few months, I’m sure, but if Hollande succeeds in switching to a stimulative policy and France’s economy starts moving steadily up while the economies of Germany and the U.K. stagnate or decline, it’s going to be embarrassing for Merkel and others who’ve imposed austerity. Hard to argue with results. Add France’s results to those of the U.S. and others that opted for a keynesian approach, and it will be impossible to argue for continuing down the austerity path.

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