Comments on: What happens if Hollande wins? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: FarRtWing http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/#comment-43597 Mon, 07 May 2012 12:42:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12648#comment-43597 But what happens if and when crisis comes?
– Peter Gumbel

“If”? “When”?

This sounds like a ploy. As the crisis continues, Peter Gumbel and others in the financial world will blame the Socialists – again.

Just be honest with the public, Peter. When you make such an outrageous statement, everything else you write is suspect. The very reason Sarkosy lost – more than Hollande wwwon – is because the “crisi” has been here for three years.

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By: jorge62 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/#comment-43596 Mon, 07 May 2012 05:43:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12648#comment-43596 I wished we had a 35 hour work week. I did a little research and found an article on CBS News about France dropping the 35 hour week. One of the problems was that most countries work more than 35 hours a week so France is not as competitive as other countries. The article also says “salary stagnation that is now difficult to emerge from.” Somehow the 35 hour week led to salary stagnation. Also the 35 work week was suppose to create millions of new jobs but it did not happen. One interesting thing mentioned in the article was that the Germans also have a 35 hour basic work week yet they have the best economy in Europe.

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By: DifferentOne http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/#comment-43484 Sat, 05 May 2012 14:35:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12648#comment-43484 The author states that the “35-hour-week policy” was “costly”, implying that a 40 hour work week is somehow superior and more cost effective. But is it?

How are readers to know that this is a fact? We are not specialists in French economics. Since the author has not supported his statement, I suspect this is merely his opinion.

A shorter work week allows more people to be employed, because the hours of employment are shared. So how is that costly?

Following the author’s implied logic, perhaps he would prefer a 50 hour work week instead. Anyone in favor?

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By: GMavros http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/#comment-43480 Sat, 05 May 2012 04:31:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12648#comment-43480 Inside sources have disclosed that Monsieur Sarkozy & Fräulein Merkel intend to elope just before the French elections.Sources close to the couple said arrangements for their honeymoon have been already completed, and they have booked a very exclusive private villa on a Greek island.

The couple have reportedly expressed to close friends that their love for each other is much more important to them than their love for the EU.

Reporting farther into the Sarkozy-Merkel Eloping Affair reveals that the local Greeks of the undisclosed honeymoon-island are preparing a very special & very private welcome ceremony for the couple.

For Fräulein Merkel the local leather craftsmen are preparing a one-of-a-kind black leather wedding gown, high heel shoes, panties & bra.

A very expensive black leather whip was gifted to the couple from the Hellenic Equestrian Federation, chaired by Fräulein Merkel’s German uncle. The leather strips for the whip were made from the very rare olive color Greek suicide victims skin.

Goldman Sachs is sending them a NY Yankees Black Leather Bat, and Duane Reade Pharmacies is providing a gift baskets containing jars of Vaseline & tubes of Preparation-H. The couple has indicated that they will be spending much time on vigorous sport activities.

Also the local blacksmith has obtained Monsieur Sarkozy’s neck, wrist & ankle measurements for some special metallic jewelry to be custom made for him from smelting Euro coins. The African French Colonies Association has provided a rare antique chain used on slave ships, to complete Zarcozy’s outfit.

For the poor villagers themselves, they are counting on the French garden snails & sauerbraten the couple has promised to bring along.

However many of them have not yet dismantled their Easter lamb skewers as they were not used, all the lambs had been shipped to Germany & France, suggesting that they might have other intentions for their use.

All in all, this is expected to be one of Europe’s most celebrated events, ever.

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By: usagadfly http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/#comment-43455 Fri, 04 May 2012 22:02:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12648#comment-43455 It seems clear that the collection of policies called “Free Trade” have failed the West miserably and must be reversed. For those who would dislike what that implies, you had better find a way to improve results soon.

A movement against the financial industry and low tariffs will likely be the next move throughout the EU, USA, Canada, Australia. How hard is it to recognize failure? The policies were sold as being good for whole societies, not just for billionaires.

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By: Lord_Foxdrake http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/#comment-43419 Fri, 04 May 2012 09:47:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12648#comment-43419 “but his proposals are more Glass-Steagall than Lenin”

Well then, he’s not a socialist. He’s a social democrat like FDR or Truman.

Sounds good to me. Too bad we can’t get that here in the USA. Here we get Business Evil (Romney) and Business lite (Obama) – BOTH are center-RIGHT.

Man, could we really use some center or center-left here.

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By: rissey http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/05/03/what-happens-if-hollande-wins/#comment-43416 Fri, 04 May 2012 09:39:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12648#comment-43416 There has been far too much respect and honor given to Mr Market principal sponsors, the “Sword of Damcoles -i.e the wealth destroying protagonists that a dose of Mr Hollande’s prescription couldn’t have come at a more timely manner this Sunday -exactly what we need now, to blunt those swords that are killing us.

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