- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)23
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- Former KFVS12 reporter talks about recovery from eating disorder (2/23/17)11
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
- Two men crack market with local cage-free eggs (2/26/17)12
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