Monday, May 7, 2012

Losing It Over France

The electoral victory of OMG!SOCIALIST!!! François Hollande in France has at least one right-wing nut in the U.S. convinced that Europe is burning. It's a little premature to declare an entire subcontinent (people, Europe's not a continent, no matter what the Risk board tells you- Eurasia's a continent, of which Europe, like India, is a subcontinent... pedantic bastard is pedantic) dead, when the socialist bete noire hasn't even been sworn into office.

The real fear that American wingnuts have is that any turn away from austerity measures will succeed, that the Keynesian model of government spending to prime the economic pump will show the idiocy of the trickle down economics and a model of taxation originally scribbled on a napkin. Yeah, economic success in a France led by a socialist would blow forty years of Reaganomics out of the water. If such success does take place, the wingnuts will try to ignore it. If unable to ignore it, they will scream about how planned economies are injurious to freedom- yeah, even if it's just the freedom to starve to death on the street.

It's going to be a long, stupid season coming up, with all sorts of attempts to make France seem like a pit of horreurs.

10 comments:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

yeah, all those livable cities, wonderful food and drink, tremendous architecture and universal health care. It's my worst nightmare.

Substance McGravitas said...

What he gets out of people being upset at having their jobs and pensions cut...is that they will be grateful for more cuts.

vacuumslayer said...

The real fear that American wingnuts have is that any turn away from austerity measures will succeed, that the Keynesian model of government spending to prime the economic pump will show the idiocy of the trickle down economics


That's it in a nutshell.

Mark Smeraldi said...

Trickle down economics has never failed, it has only been failed... hose who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.

Helmut Monotreme said...

I think the stupidity of the upcoming season (here in the US) has more to do with the upcoming presidential election than with teh election of a socialist president in France.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Don't look now, but "trickle-down economics" describes the last three years as well.

While Paul Krugman and Atrios have pointed out over and over that we need more from the government, the Administration believes that the American people voted against that 30 years ago (Reagan v. Carter), no takebacks.

This story also happens to fit their neoliberal agenda, so here we are.
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Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

yeah, all those livable cities, wonderful food and drink, tremendous architecture and universal health care. It's my worst nightmare.

Well, seeing how you zombies (blatant breatherism here) like to eat brains, I can see that.

What he gets out of people being upset at having their jobs and pensions cut...is that they will be grateful for more cuts.

Why are they so greedy to steal from their betters?

That's it in a nutshell.

Damn, I wanted a pistachio!

Trickle down economics has never failed, it has only been failed... hose who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.

Ah, yes... looking forward to Romney's defeat, when the Conservatives decide to double down on their conservatism.

think the stupidity of the upcoming season (here in the US) has more to do with the upcoming presidential election than with teh election of a socialist president in France.

The upcoming election here provides for a baseline level of stupid- the election of a socialist in France will result in an uptick in day-to-day stupidity.

Don't look now, but "trickle-down economics" describes the last three years as well

Obama is the best Republican president since Clinton, who was the best Republican president since Ike.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

yeah, all those livable cities, wonderful food and drink, tremendous architecture and universal health care. It's my worst nightmare.

Well, seeing how you zombies (blatant breatherism here) like to eat brains, I can see that.

What he gets out of people being upset at having their jobs and pensions cut...is that they will be grateful for more cuts.

Why are they so greedy to steal from their betters?

That's it in a nutshell.

Damn, I wanted a pistachio!

Trickle down economics has never failed, it has only been failed... hose who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.

Ah, yes... looking forward to Romney's defeat, when the Conservatives decide to double down on their conservatism.

think the stupidity of the upcoming season (here in the US) has more to do with the upcoming presidential election than with teh election of a socialist president in France.

The upcoming election here provides for a baseline level of stupid- the election of a socialist in France will result in an uptick in day-to-day stupidity.

Don't look now, but "trickle-down economics" describes the last three years as well

Obama is the best Republican president since Clinton, who was the best Republican president since Ike.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Whoa, double post- I only expect that at Roy's place.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

js-kit/echo is hell on earth.
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