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Degaine

climber
Feb 11, 2019 - 11:37am PT
reilly wrote:
Gary, what kind of socialism does France have? It is definitely not kind to small business.
When you can’t lay someone off unless you declare bankruptcy you’re caught between a
rock and a unmoveable socialist.


When it comes to France, you haven't the faintest clue of what you are talking about.

All systems have their strengths and drawbacks. The issue in France is not one of entrepreneurship, nor is it difficulty in hiring/firing people. For small businesses, the difficulty is most often one of finding capital to fund the critical growth phase of a startup, especially one involved in product development or manufacturing. Compared to the US, the banks are risk averse and there is much less venture capital available.

However, in France, if you do have to close your business, or you get fired, or you decide to quit your job, or you decide to quite you job to start a new business, you won't go bankrupt trying to cover medical costs if you ever get in an accident. On the equivalent climbing forums in France you never see any threads asking to help fund this or that person's medical care.

France's medical system is far superior to the US at half the cost per capita and it covers everyone.

Of course, in France, Walter White's story never would have seen the light of day.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
Wilds of New Mexico
Feb 11, 2019 - 11:39am PT
Here is the resolution:

https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres109/BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf

It took about three seconds to find and is easily read in less than five minutes. But why not have a 24 hour news cycle on what's in it??
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 11, 2019 - 11:55am PT
Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.

EdwardT nails it. Apparently y’all only read fake news and missed that Finland’s experiment
with a guaranteed income didn’t result in a statistically significant number of losers going out
and getting a job. The Finnish gubmint is ‘re-examining’ the program.

Degaine, our very own hand-wringing libtard loving National Public Radio did a lengthy program
on entrepreneurship in France. This was a few years ago but I doubt it has changed much.
It took a minimum of 6 months to get through all the bureaucracy. That’s why 400,000
young French had moved to Britain by then because it took 2-3 DAYS to do so in Britain.
And The Economist, which is far more liberal than you probably think, regularly excoriates
most EU countries for being unfriendly to small business. I’m afraid The Economist has more
credibility than you. Sorry. I imagine there are quite a few small business people amongst
les gilets jaunes.

Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 11, 2019 - 11:58am PT
I am really struggling trying to understand how the generation that marched against unneeded wars, demanded environmental protection, decried the rise of multinational Corporations, fought and died for equality and social justice- to name but a paltry few of the "social" ideals of the 1960s and 70s. - how that same generation of people 50 years later can justify deriding a person for being the same impassioned, hopeful, naive, but no less dedicated youth that we were.

Ricky, it has to do with the political dynamic that has evolved. It used to be that the nominee of both parties gravitated toward the middle during the election, but Trump broke the mold by espousing extreme positions----and winning.

The far left has advocated for a long time extreme positions----by which I mean positions not generally supported by the majority of voters----and saying "forget the people in the center". This is Trump's exact strategy, and it won, and he maintains his base. And the far left says "we told you so".

The problem is, that many (most) Americans don't want to live in a country controlled by either extreme. But the Far Left doesn't believe that. They believe "They'll love us when we win", mistaking lobbyists with voters.
Degaine

climber
Feb 11, 2019 - 12:14pm PT
@Reilly

Given you don't know who I am or anything about me, I completely understand why you give more credence to the Economist than to my anonymous post on the Internet.

However, that 6-month stat is just completely and utterly false. It's possible to create a business in France in as little as 7 days.

But you clearly have an axe to grind when it comes to France, so no worries.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 11, 2019 - 12:22pm PT
Well, do disabuse me of the notion that I should believe NPR and The Economist more than you.
I actually like France, if you must know. Planning a trip to Bretagne et Normandie to see where
La Femme lived as a child.

And I think we both know comparing France’s healthcare system to the US is not fair. Perhaps you don’t know where you stand within Europe. A large study recently published in The Lancet showed France is worse than Romania in deaths caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Bien sûr, you are better than Portugal, Greece, or Italy but I wouldn’t be proud of that! France’s rate is 5x worse than Holland, Norway, and Estonia! Even Britain is better!
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
Feb 11, 2019 - 01:41pm PT
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Democrats took a 1st step to fix the massive, foundational issue of voting reform & money in politics.

#HR1 For the People Act by @RepSarbanes was cosponsored by 227 members&passed the House.


Now it’s at the Senate. GOP is calling getting money out of politics a “power grab.”

Oops
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Feb 11, 2019 - 03:39pm PT
Ok ,that is funny Sketch.


Beto will have a rally at the same time as Trump tonight in El Paso ,a half a mile away.

Check your sizes ,again.
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
Feb 11, 2019 - 06:22pm PT
off topic, but why did trump agree to meet Kim in Vietnam? Doesn't he know it's a socialist country? btw, is trump staying at the Hanoi Hilton? Crosses fingers
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Feb 11, 2019 - 08:50pm PT
Gary, what kind of socialism does France have? It is definitely not kind to small business.
When you can’t lay someone off unless you declare bankruptcy you’re caught between a
rock and a unmoveable socialist.

Socialism at its basic is workers control of their work.
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