Monday, April 10, 2006

Mob Rule

In France, president Chirac backed down on his new labor law because of mobs in the streets.

The way I see it, he was trying to address a problem in France that basically obliges an employer to support you for the rest of your life once you're hired. This law was supposed to allow employers the opportunity to make sure they are getting a quality employee before they make that huge investment.

But it doesn't matter. What does matter is that mobs tend to scare politicians. In other words, if you can get a critical mass of people to scream and stomp for the cameras, there is no need to actually go through a legislative process. You know, the people elect representatives, they draft legislation and vote on it, that kind of thing.

But better behaved people who are too polite to just come out and say "Hey, if you're a responsible person who works reasonably hard, what do you have to worry about? Unless you're irresponsible and lazy."

But that would be hateful and intolerant.

Anyway... most Americans want our imigration laws enforced at the very least. We elected officials to represent us. But we have scary mobs in the streets. What will happen here?

I hope the right thing. But I probably shouldn't hold my breath.

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