This state that spends before getting financed

By Simone Wapler.


The great national debate is not yet open, which it is already going to be inept. As usual, we talk about expenses but not revenue and we forget the debt.


Macron promised a big national debate which should begin on January 15th.

The big national debate: for the state to better control our lives?


In the program :


  • Better accompany the French to lodge, move, warm

  • Make our tax system fairer, more efficient, more competitive

  • To evolve the practice of democracy

  • Make the state and public services closer to the French and more efficient.

As usual, the plow is put before the horse. We talk about control of our lives by the state and taxes and before debating what we agree to entrust to the state.


When I say control of our lives by the state, I do not exaggerate. Review the first sentence. Housing, moving, heating, food, air we breathe ...


Be aware that it is forbidden to use open fireplaces as a primary heating medium, for example. Yes, we let the state enter into the privacy of our homes.

Bastiat! Help !


The reflections premisses to this great debate reported by the media do not lie Bastiat:


"The state is the great fiction through which everyone strives to live at the expense of EVERYONE."


In his famous essay The State, the nineteenth-century economist gave a list of injunctions answering the question "The State! Who is it ? where is he ? What is he doing ? what should he do? »:

"Organize the work and the workers.
Extirpate selfishness.
Reject the insolence and tyranny of capital.
Experiment with manure and eggs.
Cross the country of railways. Irrigate the plains.
Drink the mountains.
Found model farms.
Found harmonic workshops.
Colonize Algeria.
Breastfeed the children.
Educate the youth.
Help old age.
Send the inhabitants of the towns into the countryside.
Weight the profits of all industries.
Lend money, and no interest, to those who want it.
Set aside Italy, Poland and Hungary.
Raise and perfect the saddle horse.
Encourage art, train us musicians and dancers.
Prohibit trade and, at the same time, create a merchant marine.


Discover the truth and throw in our heads a grain of reason. The mission of the State is to enlighten, develop, enlarge, strengthen, spiritualize and sanctify the souls of peoples. "


The list of the 21st century is just as absurd. Ideas are fusing particularly on taxation. It shows that more taxes are needed than anyone pays.


A biased debate that will lead to a big tax evening


Nothing will emerge from this great debate because the question is poorly posed and those who participate in it have a biased opinion.


The right-wing statists think that everything is going well in the current state of affairs with some adjustments at the margin. It would be enough to fight against social fraud, track down the false unemployed, the imaginary sick and the undocumented so that everything is in the butter and the public finances are balanced.


Leftist statists think that everything is going well in the current functioning of the state with some adjustments at the margin. It would be enough to fight against tax evasion, to make the rich give in to throat, to hunt down undeclared work and to ban tax havens so that everything is bathed in argan oil and public finances are balanced.


But no one wonders what the state should really do. Everyone seems to agree that he controls our lives from the manger to the grave. The state controls only 57% of the French economy, it should go further.


"How can the people not revolutionize revolution, if it is once decided to stop only when it has realized this contradiction:" give nothing to the state and receive a lot! »»


What we really want to give the state and what we expect in return are the only two important issues that will never be debated. Because in the same way that vegetarian butchers are not legion, career politicians who want to see their limited influence do not run the streets.


Yet the reality is relentless.


The plow comes behind the oxen.


The recipes come before the expenses.


Obviously, it is not forbidden to do the opposite but do not complain if it does not work.


Expenses before revenue, and a monstrous pile of debt


Agence France Trésor needs to raise 236.6 billion euros in 2019 to finance the state of the art. 130.2 billion euros correspond to maturing debt that we can not repay. The rest is what the state spends and is not funded by taxes.


This financial cavalry is only possible because the rates are downgraded by the European Central Bank. Thus, the debt service, the payment of interest on the 2,322.3 billion euros, we cost 41.9 billion euros in interest, an average rate of 1.8%. It is still the second item of the state budget, the first being that of the National Education.


About National Education, we should also remind our statist right and left that big budget does not necessarily go with great performance. The level of education in France continues to plummet on the international scale of the PISA ranking. We are 26th out of 70 countries.


Turn off the television, throw your newspapers in the fire, re-read Bastiat at the corner of your open fireplace, do not be afraid, you will not die of asphyxiation, others have warmed before you.


"Discover the truth and throw in our heads a grain of reason. The State's mission is to enlighten, develop, enlarge, strengthen, spiritualize and sanctify the souls of peoples. "


If you do not see the irony in this, it's because you do not pay enough taxes.


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