Sorry for my english, I'm french and I just discovered this website... interesting !
About the strike, it's a shame that it didn't happen before. Our President (I should say rather "the king") has decided to decreasing our
standarts of living a lot. Duration of the job insurrance (when you lose your job), healthcare, school quality, etc. He wanted to get close of your
former President W Bush... you understand now why it was scary !
But in France, as my good americans friends say to me, we show our disagrements in the street. It's the rest of the revolution when we decided to
fight the inegalities by cutting the heads of the king...
This guy, history teacher, makes this difference : "In US, people are afraid of the gouvernment, in France, the gouvernment is afraid of the
people". The theory is that in democracy, you decide what kind of President you have. If Bush, Berlusconi (in Italy), Poutine or Sarkosy are elected,
there is no reason to be afraid. We elect them. They are there thanks to us. It's our decision to maintain them as President. If they're doing a bad
job, we should protest.
Look at Obama, I'm happy for you, that's a wake up ! A rising, as the "boss" said.
Some interested links (from Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal)
I have to admit that the french model is not the best one, of course, I would prefer the swedish of Finland ones, probably the best models in the
I would like to see millions of americans in the street for a better healthcare, more holidays, etc. That a better society. Perhaps one day...