Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Vive La Difference !!!

Is there really anyone who believes that there is no major difference between the United States and France? Just in case that rare specie exists a recent survey done among the French should dispel that illusion. The survey in question found out that three quarters of the young French (yes, three out of four!!!!) would like to become civil service employees. Is this the kind of ambition and creativity that built Silicon Valley or even such prosperous enterprises as Starbucks, Dell Computers and the iPod juggernaut? I am afraid not, the ambition of these young Frenchmen and Frenchwomen is what is needed to create a stagnant economy hampered by bureaucracy and stifled by innovation. And don’t let anyone tell you that statistics show that the French are more productive than the American workers on a per hour basis. The figures are accurate but only because so few of the French people are working!!!

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