From French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking today at Columbia University:
Welcome to the club of states who don’t turn their back on the sick and the poor….The very fact that there should have been such a violent debate simply on the fact that the poorest of Americans should not be left out in the streets without a cent to look after them … is something astonishing to us.
Sarkozy was something of a darling of the right when he was first elected, thanks to his support of laissez-faire economics and general embrace of American values. But the financial collapse of 2008 turned him into something of a regulatory hawk, and now there’s this. I’ll bet the American right doesn’t think much of him anymore.