Originally posted by Chrysalis
This is such a joke, and you are buying it, amazing.
I am not really seeing what the joke is you are refering to.
The rapport du Cour Des Comptes is rather long and complex, and I am reading it but it may take me a few days. The most heard about part of it has
been the salutation given for the cutting of spending by the Elysee, which was very significant.
The Taxe Professionelle, from what I have understood up until now, was not capped, but replaced by la cotisation foncière des entreprises, and la
cotisation sur la valeur ajoutée des entreprises. This year, being a business owner myself, I and my collegues saw the amount we have to pay RISE in
that change. So..... I will have to research your claim further.
I wonder if you aren’t refering, instead, to the inheritance tax ? This became questioned by Migaud (the president of Cour des Comptes) as making
the taxes lighter for the very rich because it exonerrated many things like works of art. For the Americans trying to follow this, Migaud is a
Socialist....... just add that to the understanding of where the criticism is coming from.
We must be running in different social circles, because I see Sarcozy being re-elected.
On the Pharmaceutical question-
There, I have LOTS of knowledge. My husband works for Servier. He used to be working Mediator.
For one, the process used to determine deaths is complete BS. Research it further. It is not based on any clear proof of cause, and a small number of
highly questionable deaths were then multiplied to find a potential. It is a total farce. (but it is great for fooling the public and giving the media
something to provoke with).
Secondly, while they had that molecule, my husband was coming home at night angry because he explained to me he had doctors prescribing it for weight
loss- and often at the same time as other medicines that were terribly dangerous in combination with it (like diuretics). This medicine was not made
to be for weight loss, it is for serious problems of diabetes and cardio, and like any effective medicine, should not be taken outside of it’s
intended usage !
He was doing all he could to get doctors to stop that. Soon the lab was giving them a bonus if they were able to bring DOWN the sales of Mediator in
their sector ! Soon they gave up, saying they couldn’t get the doctors to stop that, and they stopped the medicine. (NO, they did not re-release it
under any other name. Your information is wrong.)
All the people who had problems years later were those (mostly women) who were taking it for weight loss, and usually along with drugs that in
combination with it, caused damage.
The fact is that the doctors are to blame here, for having been irresponsible. They do not want to accept the blame, and the problem for the lab is
that they cannot point this fact out, for obvious reasons. So they are playing scapegoat for their doctor clients.
We can go further on with this topic, as I am deep in it, my husband and his collegues all being dragged into the investigation.
But frankly, I do not see what it has to do with the topic of this thread !
(Servier is not on the stock market either)
The fact that the very rich in France expressed their willingness to pay more taxes in order to support and show solidarity says a lot about their
culture. That is the interesting part to me. The values of a people.