Sunday, April 02, 2006

O'Reilly, on French Whine...

French Whine
by Bill O'Reilly
Posted Apr 01, 2006
We have seen the possible future of America -- and it is France! This week, hundreds of thousands of young French citizens took to the streets to demand job security and more guaranteed entitlements, as if they don't already have enough.

If you get a job in France, you immediately get more than seven weeks' vacation each year, and five of those weeks are guaranteed between May and October. Also, short of executing your coworkers or something, the company that hires you cannot fire you. They are stuck with you for as long as you show up...


A core holding of far-left portfolio is "income redistribution," where the government imposes sky-high taxes on the affluent and then gives the money in the form of entitlements to the less well off. Thus the liberal hatred of "tax cuts for the rich."

Many Americans watching the French display understand that hard work and ambition are the keys of economic success. The entitlement culture, of course, undermines ambition. Chances are these young French people will spend much of their lives sipping lattes and chanting about how bad America is. Certainly they have the time.

The entitlement culture,
undermines ambition.

But on the other side of the pond, we Americans must decide whether we want to earn our own stuff, or take other people's stuff. Because, in any language, for each entitlement given, there must be someone to provide it.

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