3 juillet 2011

Faire payer les riches ? Économie En Vidéos États-Unis

Pour ceux qui se demande d’où viennent les chroniques « arguing with idiots » :-)

3 juillet 2011

Nationalisme = soumission En Citations Philosophie Québec

Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953), écrivain franco-britannique, à propos du nationalisme. Sans le savoir, il a décrit le Québec avec une précision remarquable…

« Nationalism has, among other evils, bred that of a powerful bureaucracy in each state: a rigid centralization, and a deplorable uniformity within each frontier exactly corresponding to the violent contrast between either side of that frontier.

The worship of the nation has been able to make men tolerate under its authority what they could never have tolerated from princes: a submission to rule, which, through sumptuary laws on food and drink, through conscription, through a cast-iron system of compulsory instruction for all on State-ordered lines, and through a State examination at the gate of every profession, has almost killed the citizen’s power to react upon that which controls him, and has almost destroyed that variety which is the mark of life. »

3 juillet 2011

Le party est fini en Floride (mais pas au Qc) Économie États-Unis Récession Revue de presse

The Palm Beach Post

Florida expected to lay off 1,600 state workers as new budget year begins Friday
The Globe And Mail

Pink slips are going out to more than 1,600 state workers by Friday, the human toll of the austere spending plan approved by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott this spring.

Facing a nearly $4 billion budget deficit, the legislature cut thousands of jobs, froze hiring and forced state workers to contribute 3 percent of their salaries to their pension plans in the 2011-2012 budget year that begins Friday. Meanwhile, Scott continues to look for ways to shrink government spending.

The Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice will suffer most of the staff cuts. DCF is laying off 679 employees, including at least five in Palm Beach County, and DJJ is trimming 706, including at least three Palm Beach County workers.

Most of the cuts were the result of shutting down facilities, including two state hospitals in North Florida, where business and civic leaders on Tuesday unveiled a web-based clearinghouse to help jobless government employees find work, pay the bills and deal with the emotional trauma of being laid off.