OT: I now know how Barry's going to make his health plan work
- From: Roughrider50 <corkyf56@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 14:58:42 -0500
Read an interesting article today they gave me one of those light bulb
on moments and now I understand how our current administration is
going to make this health care plan work.
WHY ARE THE FRENCH SO PRONE TO SUICIDE?
It is the country that invented the 35-hour working week and whose
president extols the merits of measuring happiness, not just national
income, making observers refer to the high suicide rate in the country
as "chilling," says the Economist.
According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and
* The French suicide rate is 14.6 per 100,000 people.
* Men are particularly prone: 22.8 versus 7.5 for women.
* More people take their lives as a share of the population than
anywhere in Western Europe other than Finland and Belgium.
* The French suicide rate is over twice that in Britain and 40
percent higher than in Germany and America.
According to a recent mental health survey:
* Two-fifths of French people suffer from serious depression at
some point in their lives.
* The French swallow more anti-depressant per head than the
Germans or British.
* One in 10 French people claims anti-depressant medication on
their public health-insurance.
France offers its citizens unusual comforts, with first-rate health
care, long holidays, sit-down lunches, protected jobs and generous
welfare. What then is the explanation for the high suicide rate? The
veneer of security masks much uncertainty, says the Economist.
* Job protection rules discourage permanent job creation, so the
young drift on temporary contracts.
* Unable to shed staff, firms give employees meaningless jobs
instead, to try to nudge them out.
* Big French firms, many once branches of the civil service, have
been opened up to market competition, bringing new pressures to
perform in the office or factory floor.
* According to a survey, the French have less confidence in their
employees (32 percent) than do either Germans (47 percent) or
Americans (54 percent).
In a country that idealizes the good life, the reality of drudgery and
waiting for the monthly paycheck, or of solitude in retirement, may
just be too hard for some to accept, says the Economist.
Source: Editorial, "Why are the French so Prone to Suicide?" The
Economist, October 10th - 16th, 2009.
Pretty slick plan huh? Create a utopian paradise to emulate the one in
France (maybe that's why they were over there recently) and drive up
the suicide rate in this country. More dead people less expense to
cover. With fewer people to compete for jobs that should help the
unemployment rate considerably, not to mention it would do wonders for
Medicare and Social Security. And with the Democrats penchant for
receiving votes from the deceased this should give them a whole new
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