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(en) France, Alternative Libertair October (#221) - Left antisocial power exchange rigor (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:10:45 +0200


Replacement by Nicolas Sarkozy François Hollande at the top of the state would it necessarily lead to a break with the capitalist enterprise of looting the company? Many on the left believed. Four months later, the record is already terrible, and resumable: nothing new under the burning sun of austerity. ---- In the technocratic language of the Socialist Party, austerity is pronounced "recovery in righteousness." A poor euphemism for the perpetuation of a drastic austerity cure paid by the working classes who had not asked yet. We deal in reality siphoning of social wealth that they produce, in order to bail out banks who knowingly deposit and confused speculation. ---- Chaired Holland Ayrault, it is even trying [ 1 ]: new clothes were beautiful display of neoliberalism in its variant Social Democratic few fetishes French symbolic (the "recovery" within the meaning of the output economic crisis, "justice" in the sense of equal sharing of effort involved in this release), they do nothing to disguise the general line of a regime of capital accumulation which is no longer based only on household debt but also on the states. There is considerable evidence of the renewal of austerity, such as the Treaty on stability, coordination and European Governance (TSCG) provided for parliamentary ratification in October.

The TSCG: the "golden rule" bis
Who remembers the covenant "euro plus" or "European semester"? It was only a year ago. The recommendation of the wage freeze and social security contributions, reduced the number of staff such as raising the age of retirement legitimized the submission of national budgets to the European institutions (Council and Commission), even before any parliamentary debate. TSCG the reality is somewhat different from the "golden rule" promoted by Sarkozy and called for the entrenchment of a balanced budget accounts of the state. The TSCG indeed fits into the broader European Pact budget calls for "fiscal discipline" establishing the final takeover of the financial markets on the States' budgetary policies [ 2 ]. The likely adoption by the PS TSCG should logically influence the general line in terms of national economic policy.

Taxation: some lousy shots
Provides that if the couple Ayrault Holland, for example instead of Sarkozy's project "Social VAT" which consisted basically in exchange for a three-point increase in VAT (11 billion euros) against a decline the employer's contribution to the payment of social security contributions?

An increase in the CSG! Created by the Rocard government in 1990, this tax that defies logical progression is actually a first tranche of income tax. On all salaries (including pensions), the CSG barely touches on unearned income (11% of the 89 billion collected). The increase in VAT to the CSG, the note pass from one to two! How to see the decline in left politics? With CRDS Juppé created in 1996, increased the CSG will only strengthen policy-taxation confiscation of social protection, which would be a bit more control subtracted from the salary.

Regarding the taxation of the rich (provisional time of deleveraging), which makes one shudder into the pages of Le Figaro, the binomial Holland Ayrault has lowered its ambition to tax 75% of income above 1 million euros for a single year, with only earned income will be affected. It would in fact unless you add a new tranche of creating a surtax on the model of the ISF, including CSG and the CRDS happen suddenly to 67%! The fact that capital income taxation are spared this did not stop Bernard Arnault, the richest capitalist France (1 million monthly), to apply for citizenship under the pretext of Belgian tax exile. At the other end of the operation, between 8 and 11 million people survive head under the poverty line [ 3 ].

Between the weak version back to 60 years as age of retirement, since it relates only to the employee-es long careers, and come September 20 of the Inter PSA Aulnay at the Elysee leading up to the promise of tripartite (labor, management, government) but without commitment to a freeze plant closure, that he is to make a left politics that is left? Stop promised the General Review of Public Policies (RGPP) since 2008 which allowed the removal of more than 20,000 civil service positions?

Except that it is a bis RGPP looming, offering sacrifice some departments considered non-priority for education, interior and justice. Are also maintained for officials freezing point index regarding their treatment as well as the slowdown in their career advancement.

"Priority to use" = casualization of wage
Regarding the proposed creation of 150,000 "jobs of the future" by 2014 in the name of "work first" (Michel Sapin), we find disguised the principle of "youth employment" dear to Martine Aubry! August 24, the Board of Education (CSE) has been consulted on an article of the bill on the jobs of the future for pre-recruitment of young people from modest backgrounds wishing to prepare competitions for access to Trades Education (the "jobs of the future teacher"). We can not say that unions are satisfied, even if they consider legitimate the fact to pay attention to proposals to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access Trades Education by establishing a pre-recruitment.

But not by substituting tax (is financed 75% by the state.) The payment of social security contributions (including bosses will once again exempt) or by weakening the status of the employee by the enlargement of the capitalist norm of the contract. And even less considering youth as a handicap equal access to the professional world.

Compared to a policy that perpetuates the business of looting the state of social wealth in favor of the financial income and expense of classes violated in their dignity, it will be seen, not surprised that the government is left slightly less worse than the right. Social movement, far from being satisfied with this alternation politician must make every effort to develop an alternative policy establishing the break with the capitalist order.

Franz B. AL 93

[ 1 ] See the file "When the left is not trying" in Perspectives, No. 25, September 2012.

[ 2 ] See the article "Authoritarian and austéritaires" in Alternative Libertarian, No. 220, September 2012.

[ 3 ] See www.inegalites.fr
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