His Defense: ‘I didn’t know they were hookers’
In defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn who now stands accused in Lille, France, of procuring prostitutes for himself and his government banking chums, there’s not a whole lot to do in Lille, France.
In fact, in all of France, you’d be hard pressed to find a region remotely resembling dull and unpleasant Lille and moche Nord-Pas-De-Calais. There is absolutely nothing to do there. Okay, okay, you can tour the new Renault factory. Visit a nearby Belgian brewery. And young people there say visiting the bankrupt coal mines is the most exciting thing to do, perhaps accounting for the region’s high suicide rate. But that’s about it.
So those of us who’d like to see Mr Strauss-Kahn hung by his thumbs should give him some latitude. Remove the paille from our own eye first. After all, the guy was bored out of his mind and in Lille of all places.
The United Nations created the IMF which Strauss-Kahn was the head of at the time of his alleged hooker procurement (he says he didn’t know they were hookers) at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944, to help alleviate poverty around the world. More than 20% of its funding comes from American taxpayers, and the United States has allocated some $680 billion to it.
That’s roughly $2,000 per American. So where does that money actually go? Well in addition to the good times in Lille, the money over the last sixty years has gone to stop poverty in whole list of countries that are a lot poorer and messed up now than when the program began in 1944.
So something is not working. Here’s an idea. Let’s take that $680 billion and use it to reduce payroll taxes so that American employers can hire more people.