I’m most reminded of the 1992 Bill Clinton when I see and read about Emmanuel Macron. Only difference is that the rumors about Bill Clinton involved sordid sexual affairs with women. With Macron, the rumors are about sodomite affairs with men.
Excerpt from Sky News
Mr Macron’s manifesto was not released until early March – and unsurprisingly contains pro-business measures in the hope of boosting the economy, such as cutting corporate tax by 33% to 25%
But it also contains a payroll tax cut for low-paid workers and a promise they would be exempt from some social welfare levies – a measure said to amount to an extra month’s wage.
Some €50bn in public investment is on the cards over five years.
Mr Macron believes this could be offset by €60bn of public spending savings via channels such as a lower unemployment benefit bill (based on reducing joblessness to 7%) and cutting 120,000 civil service and local government posts.
With security a major issue after devastating terror attacks in Paris and Nice, Mr Macron would also hire 10,000 police officers and raise the defence budget to 2%.
There would also be 15,000 extra prison places.
On education, he would hire 5,000 teachers and half class sizes to 12 pupils in primary schools in low-income zones.
Mobile phones would be banned in schools for pupils aged up to about 15, but 18-year-olds would get a €500 “culture pass” to spend at cinemas, the theatre and concerts.
A merger of the many public and private sector pension schemes is also one of Mr Macron’s key policies, as well as a merger of unemployment benefit schemes that currently differ for regular workers and the self-employed.
If Mr Macron manages to get the keys to the Elysee, one of his first phone calls would likely be to Donald Trump – and it could be an awkward one.
Mr Macron put a video on Twitter in February appealing for US researchers and engineers working on climate change to come to France.
He said: “I do know how your new president now has decided to jeopardise your budget, your initiatives – as he’s extremely sceptical about climate change… please come to France, you are welcome.”
He also had an apparent dig at Mr Trump at his Lyon rally, telling supporters: “I don’t want to build a wall. I can assure you there’s no wall in my programme. Can you remember the Maginot Line?”
Haha. Sky News isn’t very clever. They omitted Macron’s stance on immigration. He’s for open borders, as espoused by Angela Merkel. He’s also all for the European Union.
In short, he’s promising everyone goodies in the same way that Bill Clinton did, while ignoring the elephants in the room.
If Macron wins as predicted, the question is when the last white man serves as president. To put it another way, when would France have its first Muslim president?