You knew it was coming, didn't you?
This is the part of the conversation where the Southern Liberals and the Really Real Conservatives get to spend time doing one of our most favorite-est bipartisan-y things in the world:
Making fun of France.
Seriously, you guys, when over one million of Frech people take to the streets to protest reality, you've already been eating that cake (and drinking Fuzzy Math Kool Aid) for a long, long time.
Luckily, there are still some adults in that country who upheld the legality of reality, and pretty much put the onus onto Chirac to get the kids to move out of Ma-mA's basement, shower, shave and do some work.
I don't even know why politicians and economists are discussing this. If you have a nation that only works part-time and can never get fired, your economy is going to suck. Kruschev wasn't talking crazy when he said the USSR would bury us, he just thought we'd all go the way of France long before now.
Welcome to the real world, kiddies! Life is like one of those old Nintendo games, you never actually win; it just gets harder and faster until you die.
And this brings us to one of our own New Rules: If anyone on this blog, ever, tries to criticize America by using France as an example of how to do things right, you loose the argument, immediately, and SAWB and I get to show up at your house and throw stale croissants at you.