July 24, 2007

Sarkozyites...Perhaps interesting...

I'm actually getting interested in what Sarkozy's doing in France. Slightly.

....But Nicolas Sarkozy, the new President of France, may be different. So far, all indications are that at least one key component of his promises—a significant package of tax cuts—will be passed into law. Other measures, particularly proposals designed to crack down on massive strikes—the favored pressure tool by unions to stop reforms—are in store as well.

The French House approved a 10 to 13 billion Euro per year tax cut package on July 16th, while the Senate is set to review it starting the 25th. And while the House was busy reviewing the tax cut package, the Senate reviewed ways to make it more difficult for unions to organize paralyzing strikes...(Thanks to

My own belief is, to paraphrase Solzhenitsyn, that the dividing line between good and socialism runs through every human heart. And that that's the place where the real battles are fought. Good laws and good government are important, but only to the extent that they encourage, or at least fail to discourage, the practice of virtue by the citizens.

If the French people have reserves of strength and virtue in their souls, then things like freeing them from some of the the suffocating blankets of socialism will encourage these virtues to grow. If not, not.

Posted by John Weidner at July 24, 2007 8:03 AM
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