Wednesday, April 1, 2009

American Executives Should Be Glad They're Not French

Of course the economy is not doing well in France either. Angry French workers at a Caterpillar factory are holding executives hostage after the company announced layoffs. The CEO's and executives of American companies laying off hundreds of thousands of workers each month here in the United States should at least be glad they're not French executives being held against their will by the very workers they are preparing to lay off. Otherwise we'd have had executives being held hostage every other day at companies like AIG, Chrysler, GM, Ford and Lehman Brothers to just name a few. But, we're American, we take our lumps and move on. When Americans get angry about the economy and/or losing their jobs they send off some strongly worded emails, maybe in all caps, and go to the polls. Lucky for American executives that we're Americans and not the French.

Of course the French historically have also done away with lying, self-serving, authoritarian governance (monarchy) by employing the guillotine. Granted that was over 200 years ago and I'm not suggesting the French would do anything like that to deceitful, power hungry politicians nowadays. But it's interesting to speculate about what the French might do now to lying, self-serving, authoritarian-like politicians. Maybe the French, through their government, would arrest and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, the same laws that those same politicians chose to ignore. Of course that's only what the French hypothetically might do. And we're Americans, we take our lumps and move on. When Americans get angry about the bad politicians they send off some strongly worded emails, maybe in all caps, and go to the polls and vote them out. Lucky for some American politicians that we're Americans and not the hypothetical French I described.