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June 06, 2012

First Acts Of New French President: Outlaws Math, Declares Reality An Enemy Of The State

While the rest of Europe squabbles about austerity, France tackles the far more important subject of Social Justice.

Retirement age will be dropped to age 60 for 'early' workers who started working at 18, an age known by many of us here in the US as "four years after I got my first job."

The reforms will cost the state billions of euros a year but can be afforded through higher worker and employer contributions, according to the government.

As usual, the socialist solution is to nail the taxpayers again.

Well, screw them, right? Helping current businesses and employees succeed (by removing the lamprey from their necks) is not the kind of social justice that excites anybody. It's not sexy and it doesn't sell in Paris. Also, this kind of unjust-justice carries with it the terrible risk that someone might make a lot of money.

But allowing people to more quickly stop contributing to their own upkeep and start a thirty-year vacation on the backs of others, even though the state cannot long afford the retirees it has now? To spit tempestuously into the face of imminent fiscal and demographic doom?

That is a more justicey-justice. It's hot, it's exciting, it's avante-garde and fashionable, it's-


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