- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
More bread and circuses
So the voters of France have elected a tax-and-spend socialist over a conservative austerity budget-cutting leader. Francois Hollande's platform is to restore costly social programs and increase taxes on the rich (sounds familiar). Perhaps he should check his history and find out how the promises of more bread and circuses helped the Roman Empire.
What we see here are the leeches, mooches and parasites of France nuzzling up the udder of the government cash cow seeking even more sustenance. The problem is the cow is running dry.
Unlike his German neighbor Angela Merkel, Hollande has chosen to pursue the failed policies of the past. His opponent, Nicolas Sarkozy, espoused a policy of "tough love." Austerity, less spending on social programs and lower taxes were the order of the day.
This election is already having a negative impact on global markets. Perhaps we Americans should keep this in mind this November when someone comes forward and promises us more bread and circuses.
JAMES C. ROCHE, Jackson