This morning: the risks of an electoral “whatever the cost”.

This is an already long list that needs to be enumerated. In the fall, we had a freeze in gas prices and a virtual freeze in electricity prices at + 4%: concretely, taxes on electricity have decreased, the government has also badly twisted the arm of EDF. In December, not far from 6 million households received an extension of the energy check, of 100 euros. And we continue, since December, 38 million people receive by transfer an inflation allowance of 100 euros too. So where are we going to stop? Last week, the Familles Rurales association demanded a “fruit and vegetable voucher” because their price had risen by 9% in two years. Finally, these hours, Bercy is considering a measure to compensate for the soaring fuel prices at the pump – +30 cents per liter in one year, they are breaking records. On this point, we will have new figures at noon – probably still on the rise. In total, how much has the state already spent? 10, 15, 20 billion maybe; it depends if we take into account the bill for EDF, but it’s huge. Of course, the evolution of energy prices has exceptional and specific causes – if only the tensions with Russia, which undoubtedly justify some exceptional measures. But finally, but finally, what is strange is that all the economic analyzes have shown that the purchasing power of almost all French people has increased over the past 5 years – and not just a little. Let’s face it: it’s not up to the State to absorb all the shocks as soon as they arrive, because basically, helping consumers means transferring the cost of aid to taxpayers, and I’m going to reveal a big secret: they are the same – and be careful not to retain only the identical first syllable of the two words: consumers and taxpayers! So, in short, pay attention to whatever it costs electoral. All the more…? Especially since the candidates for the presidential election will have to tell the voters, at one time or another, if purchasing power is the only economic subject of the moment, or if there is not another an equally, if not more important, subject: employment. The best way to improve the overall purchasing power of the country is to reduce unemployment and ask how full employment could be achieved by 2027.