Part of a report on the French parliament’s decision to up their retirement age in order to address budgetary problems:
In an attempt to revive a protest movement that has lost momentum, unions plan a new nationwide day of street demonstrations and strikes Thursday that are expected to cause travel problems. France’s civil aviation authority says Thursday’s strikes mean airlines must cancel a third of their flights at Charles de Gaulle, Paris’ main airport, and half their flights at the smaller Orly airport south of the capital. Airlines generally try to spare long-haul flights in such cancellations. A two-week train strike has been tapering off, and only a small number of trains were to be canceled Thursday … Striking dock workers have exacerbated the fuel shortages. Oil tankers are lined up in the Mediterranean as far as the eye can see off the port of Marseille, waiting to unload. The Normandy port of Le Havre faces a similar situation.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=france+retirement+age&iid=9988247″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9988247/gallery/national-union-led.jpg?size=500&imageId=9988247″ width=”234″ height=”155″ /]All of this is over a decision to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. Perhaps a disturbing effect of an engrained entitlement culture?
If (and that’s a big “if”) American politicians attempt to meaningfully address our country’s looming debt problem by tackling our entitlement programs, Social Security and Medicare, will the opposition behave just as childish? There’s something ironic about acting immature about retirement benefits.