Letter to the French President

July 6 2012

François Hollande
Élysée Palace
55 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris, France

Dear Monsieur Le Président
This is an interesting experiment on socialism. Have a read and let me know what you think...
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
It could not be any simpler than that.
The professor concluded :

  • 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

  • 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

  • 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

  • 4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

  • 5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Karen O'Reilly
(Tax paying resident of France)
PS. I was not sure which address to send this letter to ??

  • Élysée Palace in Paris or

  • Fort de Brégançon, in southeastern France or

  • the Hôtel de Marigny; standing next to the Élysée Palace, or

  • the Château de Rambouillet or

  • the Domaine National de Marly or

  • the Domaine de Souzy-la-Briche

I love this, a perfect lesson in life. You will get an answer, the President has a legal obligation to reply. I look forward to seeing his response.

Hi Tom
I'm not making any comparison here between the French and American systems. Perhaps I should have left America out of the "story"
The point of the "story" is if you take away an incentive to work, people are not going to be inclined to do so.

You seem to have a lot of time on your hands. So what is preventing you from learning about France as a country unlike the U.S. And learn that the French have no inclination to follow the horrible mistakes made by successive Republican Presidents. Learn about French History. ANd its politics, especially when I see that you sdon't even know where the French President can be contacted, (Chateau de Rambouillet.. are you joking?) Did you not live here when the BLing-Bling President Sarkozy was in power. You know what is happening to him now because of his greed? I can say that I am too a tax paying US citizen here in France for about 30years. And I much rather pay for the French budget than the U.S. Make the comparison yourself.Most of the Federal budget in the U.S. goes to pay for the military-industrial complex to keep feeding its war machine. Instead of initiating a minimum health plan for Americans, which when you make the comparison to U.S. and French for example on their health car systemes, even on the personal level, and also the national political level, it leaves me wondeering really how anyone can be opposed to the Obama health care plan.

Excellent Kaz!

I wonder if that could be framed around 1789 as well as 2012, all slightly rephrased but to the same effect. Brill Kaz!