Sunday, May 06, 2012

Hollande, Captain of the Titanic?

Here's an excellent Photoshop from France, regarding the recent election of socialist Francois Hollande as President of France (and Captain of the Titanic?).

It reads:  CAPTAIN OF TITANIC - Ready for Departure?

Ah yes, French voters.  Enjoy your the bottom.


Carlos Perera said...

Yeah, the French are truly in denial regarding their social and economic plight. As I wrote elsewhere, people talk of Italians and _la dolce vita_, but they have nothing on the French and _la vie douce_. The French have (not universally, I grant, but close enough) come to regard the 35-hour work (if you can call it that) week and retirement at 60, along with government subsidies for nearly everything, as fundamental human rights. They don't want to give up the lifestyle to which the overwhelming majority of them has become accustomed, not even as a concession to reality. Not only will the ship have to hit the iceberg, but all forward compartments will have to flood and the ship list at 45 degrees before reality begins to penetrate.

On a somewhat positive note, Marine Le Pen's post-first-round election strategy of "voting blank" (and encouraging her followers to do the same) might just pay off for her and the Front National come the next round of elections. Sometimes the ship has to be sinking in the water at a 45 degree list before the passengers will bestir themselves to do something.

Stogie said...

Carlos, thank you for your intelligent analysis. I agree. People don't mind incurring great debt that will later destroy them (or their descendants) as long as they can live high on the hog in the here and now.

They refuse to face reality, but reality will be as unyielding and as destructive as the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Greece found out the hard way. When will France learn?

kate said...

Excellent Stogie