An article by Milton Ezrati – “The Decline and Fall of France” has just been published at “IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST” ; and it portrays France as the “Sick Man of Europe”.
Here is a brief excerpt I thought quite instructive . I’ve added emphasis in one spot.
To me, the emphasized sentence(s) identify CAUSE –the rest being EFFECT.
“More than one thousand factories have closed in France since 2009. And not a week goes by without another announcement of relocations to Eastern Europe or Asia. Rates of new business formation today remain 13.3 percent lower than at the end of 2009, while business failures are 7 percent higher. The pace of home sales, though it seems to have stopped declining, shows no sign of improvement and remains 16 percent below 2008 levels. Residential real-estate prices continue to decline. Unemployment rolls have grown without interruption, recently averaging some 10.5 percent of the nation’s workforce. Youth unemployment averages over 26 percent. Real wages in France, having stagnated for some time, have declined for the last four consecutive quarters. The country’s balance of international payments continues to sink deeper into the red, with the shortfall of exports to imports almost doubling in just the past year to almost 3 percent of GDP. Government finances, too, continue in deficit, far exceeding the EU’s mandated maximum of 3 percent of the economy. Budget shortfalls over the years have brought public debt outstanding to fully 90 percent of France’s GDP.
If we here in the States continue to export American jobs to Asia – as we have been doing at a sickening rate – our fate will be the same as that foretold for France.