Video: Don’t make us into France, Mr. President

posted at 1:36 pm on April 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve featured videos from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity on several occasions, instructing viewers on the ins and outs of economic policy, usually hosted by Dan Mitchell. Now the CFP has joined forces with Reason TV to publish this cri de coeur from fiscal conservatives and libertarians:

The estimable Veronique de Rugy narrates this warning about the perils of socialism and nationalization. Ironically, Barack Obama and the Democrats have started becoming French at the exact same time as the French have started becoming more American in economics … or at least more British. De Rugy explains why, as the decades of state-controlled economics have stripped France of its competitive position, and Paris has just begun to wake up from 1968.

Even more ironically, Dan sent me this video from France, where he’s traveling on business. If the trendlines continue, Dan may wind up spending more time there than here.


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i’d take sarko over obama any day.

homesickamerican on April 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Merci beaucoup.

bluelightbrigade on April 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Ms. de Rugy earned a MA in economics from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine and a PhD in economics from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Gee, didn’t Obama say last night that all economists agree with his policies? Guess he missed one.

Christian Conservative on April 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Nicolas Sarkozy can eat crackers in my bed any day of the week.

Knucklehead on April 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Simple and clear video.

AnninCA on April 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Great closing line: “President Obama, please understand: It’s one thing to visit France, but quite another thing to actually live there.”

UltimateBob on April 30, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Obama isn’t turning this country into France.

He is transforming it into the former USSR.

By the time the majority of the government-schooled dumbMasses among us realize what has happened, it will be too late to reverse it.

-Dave

Dave R. on April 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Merci beaucoup.

bluelightbrigade on April 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Yep, its a coup, alright.

-Dave

Dave R. on April 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Fantastique, Veronique!

Post Obama Homage to the American Dream

maverick muse on April 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Obama has made france look good. He has made Sarkozy appear like an awesome leasder compared to him.

I still like the line where Obama was campaigning for turkey to be admitted to the EU and Sarkozy told Obama to mind his own business.

seven on April 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Sarkozy blew him off after he left in a big way. But, the truth is that right now, the crowd that pays no taxes is the majority.

They couldn’t care less that spendable income goes down for anyone not in the parent’s basement demanding Mom buy more Cheetos.

AnninCA on April 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

This is devastating news to team Obama. Remember folks, the fwenchies love Jerry Lewis.

As favorite clowns go, in Fwance Obama’s bringing up the rear.

fogw on April 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

It’s more likely the Anointed One is turning us into Weimar Germany, than current day France.

Dhuka on April 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

If Barry turns us into France then who gets to play Robespierre?

Limerick on April 30, 2009 at 2:13 PM

In any country, in any language, Barack Obama is a tragic clown.

SKYFOX on April 30, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I’d definitely prefer Carla Bruni as First Lady to Michelle.

VanPalin on April 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

OT: If any of you travel to France, be sure to go to Normandy (and Brittany). Great area (plus the DDay, WWII history) and much nicer people. Don’t just stay in Paris.

Many speak English but (unlike the Parisians) aren’t offended if you try your French (including you’re bad accent) and will help you with it.

I’m not surprised Veronique was raised in Normandy.

batter on April 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Let’s be honest here. BHO was unable to get a job with a Wall Street firm out of Harvard. He had to settle for a job writing copy for a Wall Street PR firm.

This rejection added to the worst rejection of his life, the rejection by his Dad and Mom placing him in the custody of his grandparents. Rejection is something he can’t handle.

As such he hates Wall Street and is seeking to punish the heart of capitalism in favor of his form of socialism.

Making everything equal in our society is his goal. It makes up for what he feels are inequities in his own life.

As such we are stuck. As long as the press fawns he will keep pushing. We all know they will not press him.

FireBlogger on April 30, 2009 at 2:32 PM

OT: If any of you travel to France, be sure to go to Normandy (and Brittany). Great area (plus the DDay, WWII history) and much nicer people. Don’t just stay in Paris.

Many speak English but (unlike the Parisians) aren’t offended if you try your French (including you’re bad accent) and will help you with it.

I’m not surprised Veronique was raised in Normandy.

batter on April 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Just heard that John McCain will be the host on AMC this year for their Memorial Day film fest, which includes “The Longest Day”, Patton”. “Midway”, and many of the other usual suspects.

Sad to say AMC hasn’t been quite the same since they started running commercials.

Del Dolemonte on April 30, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I’m glad that I don’t have to hate all Frenchmen.

bulgaroctonus on April 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM

It’s more likely the Anointed One is turning us into Weimar Germany, than current day France.

Dhuka on April 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

And, if Obama keeps on with his policies, the dollar will be worth what the Deutschmark was in Weimer Germany.

Johan Klaus on April 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

batter on April 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for the tip. I’ll be there in June to pay my respects. My dad landed on Normandy Beach.

Knucklehead on April 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

The Barry O. administration will win this battle hands down and if they can get’er done by 2010 we’re gonna be socialists. Because conservatives are instinctively and overwhelmingly honest and always assume integrity while this administration is a collection of backstabbing, corrupt and ‘say one thing and do another’ ragtag, political hacks. In politics the morally corrupt and dishonest always win as long as they can stay out of jail. That’s how/why we’re in the situation we’re in. Congress has brought us to this point and the American people are so stupid we’ve put the guilty in charge of reform.

Griz on April 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Knucklehead on April 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM

The beaches are worth the visit. Utah, Omaha, and Point du Hoc are all pretty close. The Colleville Cemetary really makes an impact. There are a lot of outstanding museums, too. When I was there, we followed the path (by car) of the infantry through the hedgerows into St. Lo. It took us a few hours, it took them a few months.

St. Mere Eglise is also a great site. When I was there, I had the chance to talk with an 82nd Abn Veteran. Some locals invited him over every year and gave him free room and board. He’s probably passed on, but I’m quite certain the people in those regions still remember the sacrifice made for them. Their parents and grand parents make sure they do.

There are tons of cultural sites.

One other thing: if you rent a car in Paris, don’t be offended if a few folks honk at you in Normandy. Plenty of French don’t like the Parisians and tend to let them know that when they see one of their license plates.

batter on April 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM

I’ll take Sarkozy over Ogabe any day. And while Sarkozy may be a bit too lefty for my tastes, he has two things going for him: 1) he was unafraid to call the Muslim scum burning cars and raping women in the banlieues “filth” which really pi$$ed off the effete lefties and 2) his wife is reallllly hot (and doesn’t look anything like a Star Trek character).

PimFortuynsGhost on April 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Sorry but the Obamessiah’s supporters WANT us to be like France. They envy the ability to strike and riot over anything.

Speedwagon82 on April 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I just returned from a business trip to Paris. They really do view Obama as president of more than just America.

Here’s a photo of a scrolling bilboard you could see all around the city.

Translation:
The Hyper President
(the real one)

Hi successes, his failures: report on first 100 days

The “real one” parenthetical is a snipe at Sarkozy. At first most of France believed he would be the hyper president (aka leader of the free world, not just France)… but he has fallen out of favor quite swiftly.

PS: For those who have never been to Paris here’s a small set of photos I took on my only free day there.
larmes au-dessus de Paris (tears over Paris)

12thman on April 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

The Reader of The Free World has not stopped talking long enough to realize the traditional left is now on his right. Mon dieu! Le président élu Barack Obama ought to have that tin ear checked out.

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I’d almost settle for France at this point. These bastards want to turn us into Soviet Russia!

Sign of the Dollar on April 30, 2009 at 3:43 PM

12thman on April 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Great photos but where was the photo of Sarkozy’s plane buzzing the Statue de la Liberté?

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2009 at 3:45 PM

These bastards want to turn us into Soviet Russia!

Worse! Just a Soviet satellite state. Remember, we’re just a nation among many.

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2009 at 3:49 PM

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2009 at 3:45 PM

lol, thanks. Feel free to photoshop it in.

Was tough going because it rained all day. Had to wrap a shower curtain around my camera.

12thman on April 30, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Was tough going because it rained all day.

Climate change. Obviously. On the plus side, at least you were emitting in Europe.

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2009 at 4:06 PM

I’m glad that I don’t have to hate all Frenchmen.

bulgaroctonus on April 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM

I have lifted my boycott of French wines and enjoy them regularly. Mainly because of Sarkozy’s attitude towards Obama. :-)

Now I’m boycotting Spanish products. The spineless socialist bastids who pulled out of Iraq because the terrorists bombed one of their trains. Nothing like giving terrorists what they want!

UltimateBob on April 30, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Obama wants us to be like France, while France wants to be more like us.

I lived in France from 1984 to 1995, during 11 of the 14 years of Mitterrand’s Socialism. Mitterrand nationalized many banks, the Renault and Peugeot car companies, the Pechiney and Rhone-Poulenc chemical companies, and many others, and unemployment was over 10% throughout most of the 14 years, people who had jobs paid 30%+ of their income for nationalized “social programs” (unemployment insurance, national pensions, medical insurance), PLUS income taxes, PLUS an 18.6% national sales tax.

Sure, you get five weeks’ paid vacation, but try to find a job over there! Bums on the street get handouts, unemployed people get full benefits for two years, but working people can’t afford to buy houses, and most highly-educated young Frenchmen set up new businesses…in England.

In 1994, the French Government mandated 35 hours a week maximum for lower-income workers, paid 39 hours. This was supposed to create new jobs, except it’s very rare to find 9 employees doing exactly the same work, so that a 10th employee can substitute for any of them. Result: less work gets done for the same pay, and higher-paid “cadres” pick up the slack, working 60 hours a week and getting paid 39. Merci beaucoup.

Government employees have the right to strike, and a bus or train strike can cripple the country, with Parisians commuting to work on roller-skates in the middle of winter. You can’t eat at McDonald’s because crazies are protesting hormone-fed beef, and subsidized farmers dump manure in front of town halls.

Ever wonder why the French make such great perfume? Well, maybe because French women can’t afford the height of French fashion, and wear the same two old dresses all week, and the perfume masks less agreeable odors. Go to a French mall, and you’ll find lots of expensive French clothing stores with the salesgirls bored to tears waiting for a customer, then go to a C&A (a British brand) selling clothes for half the price, and you can’t find a salesgirl, because they’re too busy!

Some of those banks, as well as Rhone-Poulenc, Pechiney, and Peugeot, were re-privatized under Chirac, and Sarkozy could become the French Ronald Reagan if he has “les couilles” (cojones in French) to stand up to the unions, who run the country.

Does Baraque Eau-bama want us to be like France?
Non, merci. Even Sarkozy doesn’t want France to be like France. Been there, done that.

Steve Z on April 30, 2009 at 4:22 PM

2) his wife is reallllly hot (and doesn’t look anything like a Star Trek character).

PimFortuynsGhost on April 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM

3) and an even hotter personal trainer

UltimateBob on April 30, 2009 at 4:23 PM

If Barry turns us into France then who gets to play Robespierre?

Limerick on April 30, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Or Charles Martel?

Christian Conservative on April 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

batter on April 30, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Thanks for the tips if you’re still reading this. I can’t drive anymore (bad eyes) but I’ll be river cruising with Trafalgar. Hopefully we’ll hit all the places you recommended. I only wish I could talk my dad into taking this trip with me, but he’s 83 and doesn’t think he’s healthy enough, but he’s paying my way. I’m also taking another river cruise from Amsterdam to Prague while I’m over there.

12thman on April 30, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Knucklehead on April 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

And I too want us to be like France.

The France of Georges Clemenceau and Charles DeGaulle.

The France whose social difficulties could be overcome with great difficulty.

The France who bravely stood her ground on the frontlines of two world wars, even after crushing defeat and the defection of many of her sons.

The France who was willing to sacrifice her children- painful as it was- for shell-shocked hellholes on the Western Front to prevent the Prussian Eagle from ruling Europe, possibly the world.

The France who fought bravely at our side in Korea, and who we shamefully betrayed in Indochina, Algeria, and the Suez.

The France that learned how precious freedom is by dangling over German and Soviet bayonets for almost a century.

Unfortunately, France is no longer like that France, and I doubt Obama wishes us to be like that France.

And that lies at the heart of the rot infesting the West.

Turtler on April 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Turtler on April 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Good day, Turtler.

Like you, I also want America to be like France, and not like the France that is rapidly being absorbed into the dhimmitude of the EU.

I want the France that was willing to stand up to tyranny, as depicted here.

And I pray that America can still stand up and fight as well.

Loxodonta on April 30, 2009 at 5:55 PM