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(en) France, Change? Really? Neoliberalism sauce Holland (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:15:37 +0200


Long version of Article Libertarian Alternative No. 221 of October 2012. ---- Replacement by Nicolas Sarkozy François Hollande the highest peak of the state would it necessarily lead to a break with the capitalist enterprise of looting the company? Many on the left have believed, despite clear signs issued on the occasion given the pathetic "primary socialist" ( Laugh a little: the proposed "primary" candidates "socialist" ). 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 a 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 more try one : New clothes were beautiful display of neoliberalism in its variant Social Democratic few fetishes French symbolic (the "recovery" within the meaning out of the 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 the states. There is considerable evidence of the renewal of austerity, such as TSCG provided for parliamentary ratification in October.

The TSCG: the "golden rule" remake

Who remembers the covenant "euro plus" or "European semester"? It was only a year ago ( MES? Mass. The EU is called: social decline for everyone! ). The recommendation of the wage freeze and social security contributions, reduced the number of staff such as raising the age of retirement legitimized submission to the European institutions (Council and Commission) national budgets, even before any parliamentary debate. The "golden rule" dixit Sarkozy calling for the entrenchment of fiscal balance accounts now called the State Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in Europe. The TSCG fits into the overall system more "European fiscal pact" which advocates a "fiscal discipline" establishing the final takeover of the financial markets on the States' fiscal policies 2 . The adoption by the PS TSCG will logically determine 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 an increase the employer's contribution to the payment of social security contributions ( signed two new setbacks Sarkozy: "Social VAT" and "competitiveness agreements" )? We recall that the exchange was for Sarkozy to trade for the benefit of patrons an increase in VAT (paid by everyone because it is a tax deducted at source of goods purchased) against an increase in employers' social contributions (paid by themselves)! So the answer "socialists": an increase in CSG! Created by the Rocard government in 1990, the tax evaded any logical progression actually represents the 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 increase when taxation, confiscation policy of social protection and wrested control wage ( Social inequalities are also tax inequality ).
As for taxation (provisional time of deleveraging) rich thrilled that even in the pages of Le Figaro , the binomial Holland Ayrault has lowered its ambition to 75% tax on incomes 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), ask the pretext of tax exile Belgian nationality. At the other end of the operation, between 8 and 11 million people survive head under the poverty line 3 .

"Priority to use" = casualization of wage

Between the weak version back to 60 years as age of retirement as it relates only to the employee-es long careers and come September 20 of the Inter PSA Aulnay at the Elysee which resulted 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 annual staff positions? Except that it is a RGPP bis 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.

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 ( Precarious in the three public functions: the end of status? (I) Precarious in the three public functions: the end of status? (II) ). 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.

1 Cf the folder "When the left is not trying" in Perspectives , No. 25, September 2012.
2 Cf The article "Authoritarian and austéritaires" in Libertarian Alternative , No. 220, September 2012.
3 http://www.inegalites.fr/spip.php?article1639&id_mot=30 # nb2
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