Sunday, September 4, 2011

Calling a Spade a Heart

I find myself increasingly disenchanted with my own political camps both at home and abroad. Why can't they call a spade a spade? The règle d'or is a foolish idea, a meaningless gesture that will impose no real constraint on what the government does in the future, as I argued the other day. Yet here we have Hollande and Royal hemming and hawing about the proposal, which after all comes from the right, as if they were afraid that frankly criticizing the idea will make them vulnerable to charges of profligacy and irresponsibility. But of course they will be charged with these things anyway. Why not simply say what they think? Perhaps they really do thing that a balanced-budget amendment is a good idea. If so, let them explain why. It would be more interesting to know their reasoning than to be told that they really can't make up their minds.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

the "golden rule" is already in place in their respective "Régions". Or they may not really care about it and want to use it as some kind of leverage.
I doubt they're in favor per se, as suggested by Sarkozy. Any chance they'd edict their own version of a "golden rule" with giant loopholes?
Unfortunately I'm not the best person to test French citizens about that rule, because it seems silly to me and I really don't get the point (I do get its sole goal is to trip the PS. Perhaps it's Hollande's and Royal's way to outmaneouver the tripping mechanism?)

Anonymous said...

Tweet by a friend who seems to understand Royal's position:
"regle d'or" / contexte : lutter contre fraude fiscale, revenir sur fiscalité + juste / capital = travail etc.....


It appears they may be playing "chicken" w/ Sarkozy:
http://sarkofrance.blogspot.com/2011/09/pourquoi-sarkozy-naura-pas-le-courage.html

Anonymous said...

http://www.liberation.fr/politiques/01012358057-regle-d-or-royal-n-a-pas-de-divergence-avec-le-ps-mais-elle-va-un-cran-plus-loin