In December past this headline was in the news: Unemployment rate in France climbs for 19th month in row. In January of this year this headline was in the news: France Could Be Next European Disaster. So, what does the socialist French president, Francois Hollande, propose to help the weak economy of France? The Telegraph has the story:
Francois Hollande has proposed legislation that would allow fathers in France to take up to six months of paid paternity leave after the birth of a child.
The move would theoretically allow more mothers to get back to work faster, potentially boosting the economy, the government has argued.
What kind of logic leads to the conclusion that: if you take fathers out the workforce with pay so that mothers can go back to the workforce, this will somehow “boost” the economy? Oh, Hollande does have a plan to help pay for this program:
The government is considering reducing the total amount of parental leave allowed from three years to two-and-a-half years, in order finance some extra six-month leaves for fathers – a move aimed at keeping costs down for a government struggling to trim spending.
He proposes reducing parental leave from three years to two-and-a-half years? No wonder the country is in trouble. Ah! but, it is for the “children”. That makes it okay. right?
“You have to view this reform as part of a larger whole,” the minister for equal rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, told RTL radio Friday. The aim, she said, is to “make it so that the employee, whether female or male, can better reconcile their personal life and their professional life.”
Does it sound familiar that a country going broke trying to pay for social programs would try to fix the problem with more social programs?
Less you think that the political elite of France have a monopoly on insanity, try to wrap your mind around this story in The Telegraph:
Bouchra Bagour, 35, is on trial in Avignon, in the southern part of the country, on charges of defending terrorism after sending her boy, named Jihad, to school wearing the T-shirt.
Bagour is also facing a fine of £39,000 if found guilty. A ruling in the case is expected on April 10.
On Wednesday Bagour told the court she admitted the move was “tactless” but insisted it was not meant as a provocation.
Tactless? This woman does not belong in jail. She belongs in an institution for the mentally insane along with Francois Hollande.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?