Macron Blinks – French Prime Minister to Announce Suspension of “Fuel Tax”…

Breaking overnight the French government is attempting to stem the growing civil unrest by announcing they will suspend the plan to implement the upcoming fuel tax.  However, the Yellow Vest protests have grown to personify much more than a new fuel tax.

The protests have morphed into a much larger anger about the influence of a disconnected elite political class, personified by President Emmanuel Macron, over the lives of the ordinary French citizen.  The fuel tax was the last straw, the underlying issues remain.

(Via Associated Press) PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is to announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes, a major U-turn in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized, French media reported Tuesday.

Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio said the planned increase, which has provoked riots, will be suspended for several months. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions, just three weeks after claiming that the government would not change course and remained determined to help wean French consumers off polluting fossils fuels.

Philippe will make an announcement later Tuesday to legislators from President Emmanuel Macron’s party. There was no immediate comment from his office Tuesday morning.

It’s unlikely Philippe’s announcement will put an end to the road blockades and demonstrations, with more possible protests this weekend in Paris.

“It’s a first step, but we will not settle for a crumb,” said Benjamin Cauchy, one of the leaders of the protests.

After a third consecutive weekend of clashes in Paris led by protesters wearing distinctive yellow traffic vests, Philippe held crisis talks with representatives of major political parties on Monday. He also met with Macron and other ministers in order to find a quick solution to the crisis.

Facing the most serious street protests since his election in May 2017, Macron has canceled a two-day trip to Serbia to stay in France this week.  (read more)

Large groups of French civil servants have joined in unity with the overall Yellow Vest movement.  A disconnected President Macron, representing the elite globalist views held by out-of-touch French politicians, is in real trouble….

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471 Responses to Macron Blinks – French Prime Minister to Announce Suspension of “Fuel Tax”…

  1. Sharon says:

    It would have been helpful for their own survival if they had responded this way to the Moslem invasion. Maybe they still will – the streets of Paris have been fouled in a hundred ways by that and there was never this kind of response.

    Wonder how the Moslems would react if they saw this crowd moving toward them.

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    • JTwig says:

      Just means French men care more about their wallets being violated, than their women being violated.

      Liked by 34 people

      • Deadbeat says:

        But that is what Feminism broke down. Why should men care about their women if their women use the state to rob and harm them.

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        • YvonneMarie says:

          Good point.

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        • And that is it in a nutshell. Whenever I now see a woman saying that she ‘cringes’ at the awful behavior by men toward women I just shrug, in my best french gallic impression of it, because these women have proven that as they try to shift the balance of power they not only want ‘payback’ for some perceived atrocity (marriage, chastity, female virtue, the horror!), they actually want to eradicate marriage, babies and men!

          aNd I am a female born in a time when both the pill and Normal Rockwell and Fulton Sheen were all part of my upbringing.

          Feminists are disgusting slaves to their pleasure organ and have traded all humanity for the indulgence of that…and were EASY suckers for the globalist, atheist elites to bring in to their cesspool.

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          • RedBallExpress says:

            Why do women constantly try to be equal to men? Any fool knows they are different but equal from day one.

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            • Q&A says:

              Feminism has more to do with liberals categorizing 50 percent of the population as victims. Libs/leftists love to splinter people into groups of victimhood whereby they sow discontent and place blame on traditions. The biggest nightmare for Leftists is that everyone work together in unity and harmony. That’s why MAGA is so hated by them – MAGA encourages all groups to work together toward a common goal – a better country, a better life.

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              • Daniel M. Camac says:

                Excellent points, Q&A! The Leftards couldn’t fathom seeing people of all race, nationality and/or religion sitting down to dinner and enjoying each others company. That’s what us deplorables can do without batting an eye. Any hard working person (or person who worked hard but came on hard times and needed a “temporary” hand “) is welcome as long as they believe in America, its laws and its religious freedom. BLM and ANTIFA are not invited because they don’t build, they destroy, they lie and they should be removed.

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      • Judith says:

        France wasn’t paying for the moslem invasion until we pulled out of Paris Accord.

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      • Max Tadpol says:

        There is a saying, and I hope I quote it correctly: “The measure and longevity of a society is based on how they treat their women. If they protect and treasure them, then the society will stay interlocked. If they do not, then their days are numbered.”

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        • clairebee says:

          How about this one- the measure of a society is how they treat all their citizens. The problem is, we are leaving men out of consideration.

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    • Their last chance to “respond” to the Moslem invasion was post Charlie Hebdo; instead of taking back their country, they marched in the streets holding hands and embracing multi-culturalism and immigration policies that were destroying them.

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      • Sharon says:

        Exactly.

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      • Steven says:

        Our last chance has ended as well. 2018 midterms was our moment to shine and we lost. We needed at least 58 senate seats to save our nation. Now it is over for us- we just don’t have the numbers anymore. With states passing laws like those in California where Democrats can harvest ballots and hand them in whenever they want, they can manufacture whatever they need. Millions of millennials are coming of age to vote- we are allowing 1M immigrants into America each year. Those numbers all add up. As conservatives, we are just incapable of turning our civility and honor aside. We refuse to overrun Democrat’s town halls and offices. We refuse to engage in propaganda or hard ball politics. 2016 Trump election was awesome and he won because he was willing “to go there” but that was it. Like France, we too have failed our nation and our collective future (not our own personal ones). We can profit from the greed and downfall and take care of our own families- anyone who is poor today and unaware will be permanently lost but that doesn’t have to be you and I.

        It is fun to laugh at other nations but we share the same fate.

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        • YOu must not be a Christian American. the success of our independence, founded by a distinct MINORITY, was an ‘impossibility’.

          Prayer and faith are weapons that have no equivalence on earth. I’m not saying JUST that, not to be proactive ourselves; but to ignore divine intervention and the mercy of God in a time when we all merit annihilation, due to the over BILLION of his creations that we destroy simply for pursuit of material convenience, is to be woefully tunnel visioned to the immense grace that we are receiving at this time of our continued existence.

          And Trump. We now know the incredible interference that went into that election.
          But for a surge of our population that is still not understood by too many, there would be no discussion right now of hopes and effort.

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          • Steven says:

            Why are you bringing in identity politics? Being a Christian American has nothing to do with what I said. I am simply describing how Democrats act and behave and that it is a time for choices and actions.

            Prayer and faith mean nothing without actions backing it up. God created us in his image and as such we are doers. We prove our devotion to God through our commitment to achievement in His honor. What we forget is that we must also show great restraint for worldly possessions and invest our wealth in making things better- that is the core of the Puritan Work Ethic and that is what has allowed our country to become so prosperous and magnificent. That is NOT taught in public schools anymore and it is vanishing from our culture.

            “I prayed for twenty years but I received no answer until I prayed with my legs” – Frederick Douglass. Born a slave, freed himself, changed the nation and the world. He is a perfect example of a Christian American.

            It is a time of choices. I am not saying you don’t vote or you don’t try or what not- I am simply saying that we have to be prepared to go to extreme measures or it is indeed over. As a result, your only option is to achieve with what you have and to then use that wealth to invest in your own family, raise them well, and keep whatever traditions (including religion) alive or wallow in poverty.

            Great, 2016 was awesome. Doesn’t change 2018 midterms, doesn’t change we don’t have the votes to do what is required, doesn’t change demographic trends, doesn’t change that we surrendered our schools. Doesn’t change that atheism is spreading. Trump was not divine intervention- it was a solid coalition of people who got serious, found guidance through faith and prayer, and made things happen.

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            • lydia00 says:

              “I prayed for twenty years but I received no answer until I prayed with my legs” – Frederick Douglass. Born a slave, freed himself, changed the nation and the world. He is a perfect example of a Christian American.”

              Bingo. I sometimes visualize God looking at us and saying why aren’t they doing what is obvious instead of telling me what I already know! I gave you brains and hands for a reason!

              I think what people are really saying is they want God to fix it without a lot of sacrifice.

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            • singingsoul says:

              Steven says
              “I prayed for twenty years but I received no answer until I prayed with my legs” – Frederick Douglass. Born a slave, freed himself, changed the nation and the world. He is a perfect example of a Christian American.”
              ___________________________________________________
              Very good..!
              To often Christians only rely on prayer. We are both Mary and Martha to pray to be serve.
              God creates through us all we have to be willing to let God work through us.
              Our life is a prayer the contemplative sitting at the feet of Christ and the worker like Martha to serve. Both are needed.

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        • tonyE says:

          Vote “harvesting” is actually illegal even if the Commies “pass” laws about it.

          The precedent was established with community associations where vote “harvesting” was made illegal. Votes at that level must be in a double sealed envelopes and no one can go around picking up ballots.

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          • Exactly. Just as is gun seizing. We are NOT socialist by upbringing and evolution, even though the indoctrination has been strong and pervasive.

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          • Steven says:

            What is illegal or legal means nothing without enforcement. We all know that. It still happens and it costed us what… at least a dozen seats? Illegal immigration is… illegal. Doesn’t change the 22M+ who live here and their 30M+ children. Point is that just like public schools, we are going to allow them to do it and they are far more organized, funded, etc. than we are so they come out ahead. Just like with illegal immigration, they gain what… 30 congressional seats by just population alone?

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          • Judith says:

            “Vote harvesting” is a fancy term for filling out ballots after-the -fact in order to overturn the results of an election.

            Of course that would be unconstitutional and, if anyone in CA would put down their bong long enough to mount a challenge, we would find out as much in the Supreme Court.

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            • Steven says:

              The elites are pleased. The people smoking weed are pleased as well. They have no issues with Republicans losing (or dying, as seen by the fires). The challenge will cost several million dollars. Where are we going to get that money?

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        • Sugarhillhardrock says:

          Steven,
          We are going in that direction, but we are not there yet.

          Republicans lost in the midterms in the house, though I am interested what fraud investigations show, but held the Senate which means PDJT will install around a hundred District and Appelate judges in the next 2 years, along with a new AG.

          Additionally, we have a pro sovereignty, pro law, and pro legal immigration President. That will help us turn against the Looney globalist policies.

          Finally, if law and order in our Republic fail, we have lots of armed citizens who will defend our nation as conceived and proclaimed in our Federal and State Constitutions.

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          • Steven says:

            Yes, we have small victories. Great. But that doesn’t change demographic trends. Look at Georgia… 250,000 African Americans have moved to the Atlanta area from other states in just the past 6 years. 250,000!!! Those trends are NOT stopping. Are we engaging with the African American community in a meaningful way? Of course not. Are we doing better with black men? Yes! But black women? Way worse. The gains have offset. There is a distinct burden on all of us to engage and quite frankly we are not willing to do what is necessary to win the long game. We are too busy with our families, religion, careers, etc. And we just care too much about our values, honor, etc. to do what is necessary.

            In terms of immigration? Nothing has changed. The migrants will be let in. We will still have 1M+ new immigrants by the close of each year. The children of those immigrants are being indoctrinated in public schools- we just don’t have the numbers.

            Law and order has already failed. 22M+ illegal immigrants? Rampant voter fraud?

            In the end, we have no political organizational structure for us to hold the line. We are anti poltics. We want to be left alone- we want people to work hard, be honest, respect each other (once it is earned). Will individual citizens fight back? Sure. But they will lose one by one. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “We must all hang together or most assuredly we will hang separately.”

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            • lydia00 says:

              You are so right. And it’s not about Democrats and Republicans anymore to a lot of people. One tiny stat in FLA caught my eye. 100,000 black women did not vote straight Democratic party ticket so they could vote for one person. DeSantis. Why? School choice.

              The Republican Party always misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. I preach to the Republican party in my state for 15 years that school choice was the issue to cross party lines. But no one wanted to take on the teachers unions. Cowards.

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          • leftnomore says:

            The sad fact that even our vaunted Jeff Sessions couldn’t be counted on is huge MAGA letdown. What an enormous waste of two years that was. What kind of spineless, vapid people are in our party?! I despair of keeping much at all in 2020. Trump can’t Tweet his way to reelection. He’d better start cracking heads…NOW.

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        • mike says:

          Still need to work on illegals, voter ID and vote counting. Dems have been getting away with murder there, too. Traitor Dem judges still overdue at Gitmo for a country actively under Invasion.

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      • faridrushdi says:

        The French have led Europe in Muslim population for a century. When they invaded Algeria in the 19th Century they became part of the French Empire, which allowed Algerian Muslims to move to France freely. They became the country’s working class when white French families stopped having babies. It’s just like here in America. No one thought it was a problem until one day people looked up and their country had changed – and it was too late to do anything about it.

        Twenty years ago, we (small town Idaho) had one Spanish speaking TV station on cable. Now we have six. There were no Mexican retail stores then. Now there are a dozen. The Wal Mart and our national grocery stores have all signage in English and Spanish. In one, Spanish is above the English.

        We are reaping what we sewed in the 1990s. I was aghast at the signing of NAFTA. It was obvious that jobs would move to Mexico but Clinton and the Republicans said more jobs would move here than move away. Americans looked up and said, “Meh,” and stopped paying attention.

        President Trump is doing all he can to stem the tide, but it’s become obvious that the judiciary and “Gee that’s sad…” 20-somethings will let us implode before they notice that something may be amiss.

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        • nimrodman says:

          “… signing of NAFTA. It was obvious that jobs would move to Mexico …”

          Someone at the time said something about a “Giant Sucking Sound”(TM), if I recall correctly

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          • mike says:

            Well a lot of us laughed….
            Turns out the old bird Perot knew what he was talking about and everyone else didn’t.

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            • WES says:

              Mike: And Trump learned from Perot’s mistake of trying to change things by running as a third party candidate. Trump knew he would need to takeover either the Democratic or Republican party to change things. Since Hillary had the Democratic party sewed up it was the Republican party he had to win and so he did!

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          • elmo says:

            First the jobs in the north moved to southern states, then NAFTA passed and all jobs moved to Mexico. Way back in 1991 is when it started.

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            • Conservativeinny says:

              It started earlier than that. In the Hudson Calkey, NY at least…it started in he mid to late 80’s. Suddenly there were Mexican people everywhere and they took over the jobs the high school kids were doing up until that point. I don’t know where they came from. It was almost overnight or so it seemed like it at the time. I’ve akeays thought Reagan’s amnesty deal with Congress was the cause.

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    • warmac9999 says:

      You are describing civil war. Block by block extreme violence and anarchy. When people are driven mad by the actions of their government, government ceases and anarchy takes its place.

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      • Civil war doesn’t have to be anarchy. And when one government ceases to be relevant, anarchy doesn’t have to take place.

        Best example is our own American revolution. Another would be the Polish Solidarity movement and the Velvet Revolution in the Czeck Republic.

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        • Exactly.

          Pessimists continually ignore the tremendous examples of continued success that exists…they also attribute too much chaos and inhumanity to too many of our citizens, most of whom want a civilized culture and goodness.

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        • V.I.G. says:

          Pretty sure the British considered our uprising to be, anarchy.

          Dont forget which side of that history book we read.

          ANTIFA is anarchy, but the left, 100% embraces it as “protesting”. If ANTIFA were to bring their stupid to my neighborhood. I would call it killing idiot with masks on who were trying to roll over my 40k Tacoma.

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      • Annie Ok says:

        Actually the French are pretty good at this. They’ve been doing it for well over a century. All they need now are barricades…

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        • BRITTANY stands as a worldwide example of steadfast resistance. Both saints and sacrifice. IT is a region nearly unparalleled in its courage.

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        • Austin Holdout says:

          I have been to France many times. One can virtually expect to encounter some variety of public services workers on strike at all times. If it isn’t public transit workers (which it usually is), it’s hospital workers, taxi drivers, or trash collectors. This current uprising has more punch, but honestly for all of the striking and rioting the French people have done, they have accomplished little progress for their cause.

          I agree that the cause may be lost for France because they have already allowed themselves to be ensnared in the EU web of lies. You can bet the unsuspecting Brits had no idea they were permanently ensnaring themselves in this web when they did it, but they’re learning that the EU is really the Hotel California-you can check out but never leave.

          Patriots in this country have some advantages, if we choose to use them ie. Organize ourselves. First, we have our constitution and (currently) a conservative leanings SCOTUS (Thank you DJT). Second, unlike the Europeans, our citizens are armed (Thank you Founding Fathers for protecting us from the tyranny of our own government). Third, we haven’t broken ourselves down into 20 political parties, none of whom can get anything done like many Europeans. If a strong leader like PDJT told his followers no to show up to work, not to shop on Amazon, not to buy fuel for a few days, or any number of other things, we currently have the power to get a lot of people’s attention very, very quickly. But we are not powerless to do anything but burn buildings like the French workers. We still have political power through awareness, voting, financial support of conservative causes and other less desperate means. This is a blessing and strength, not a weakness. We the still sane American Patriots are a measured, tolerant and calm giant. We are a force to be reckoned with. If the Socialist Elites didn’t know that, they would have already made serfs of all of us. We may seem to be sleeping to some who are justifiably anxious to take to the streets, but we sleep with one eye open. We the people will not have our country taken from us. Lastly, we have the example of what happens when countries succumb to the globalist cabal playing out right in front of our eyes to give us a road map of what not to do (Thank you Europe).

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        • mike says:

          I’m sure if they could find one of those old guillotines, they could make their point much better with the French ruling classes…

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        • Another Ian says:

          “Won’t settle for crumbs.’They want the whole baguette’, is the best line I’ve seen for a while.”

          http://joannenova.com.au/2018/12/paul-krugman-sticks-pins-into-the-climate-denier-voodoo-doll/#comment-2078252

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      • I live in California. WE DO have civil war. Lucky you if you are dwelling in some halcyon locale.

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        “War is when the government tells the people who the enemies are. Revolution is when the people figure it out for themselves.”

        I read that once and liked it so much that I printed it out and put it on my workstation wall.

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      • Judith says:

        The USA has no need for a civil war if we follow the letter of the Constitution. That is the only thing that separates us from the yellow vesters, if we choose to honor it. Just think that, with justice Scalia conveniently out of the way, Obama and Hellary were poised to turn the Supreme Court. That would have been the death knell of our Constitutional Republic. THEY WERE THISCLOSE!

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    • bonami says:

      Macron tried to blame Le Pen for the riots but he has no chance with that as the rebellion clearly has no fixed leadership. Hopefully this revolt will bring in new elections and Le Pen will get elected this time around. The French choose a candidate and a ballot with that name is mailed to them; 60 percent of her ballots were spoiled when they arrived and when mailed in by the voter were thrown out. His ballots? NOT ONE was spoiled, she won the last election IMO. She has strong views on immigration and illegal immigration in particular but she is a nationalist not a racist, I wish her well

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      • mari says:

        Macron and the Globalists stole the election from the French Middle Class just like Democrats are doing all over the country here. They thinks it works until it doesn’t. Democrats have it coming, but they’re too stupid to connect the dots. See Macron as exhibit A end result of Democrat resistance.

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        • Annie Ok says:

          Macron’s view: Let them eat cake… Hope it gets him in as much trouble as it did Marie Antoinette…

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        • Steven says:

          The Democrats might have it coming in a few decades but nothing short term. It will take the illegal immigrant’s grandchildren being angry about why they are stuck in poverty and maybe African Americans realizing that they are permanently at the bottom of society unless they change. The elites know. They just don’t care. And they arrogantly believe it won’t change and that is a reasonable calculation. The average Democrat is misinformed and indoctrinated- their lives are so miserable. And that’s our fault- we never fought to save public schools, the media, Hollywood, etc. We let them take it. For the elites, it is entirely different story- they don’t think like you and I. They are selfish children with only one object: get rich quick and cement legacy via economic power. Our faith in civility and honor is our downfall- we have been at war for decades and we are too weak to rise to the occasion. Historic facts and demographic truths speak for themselves. It just is.

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          • The tech bubble is imminent because too many of them have their interests more in the globalist delusion than in fostering technology that most people actually want.

            The globalist elites are dwindling

            Read George Gilder’s book: “Life After Google”. He has been getting amazing press. Amazing because what he is showing is a movement that has a great deal of momentum and spells disaster for the globalist techies. They are aware of the momentum and of its virtually being irreversible, but the media and the zeitgeist have until now held off the public knowing about it.

            blockchain gives people back their privacy .

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            • Steven says:

              Tech bubbles will always expand and retract but it will continue to climb sharply overtime. Small companies create incredible products and then they get bought out. Apple and Microsoft are two great examples- many of their best products were because of business acquisitions and hostile takeovers. Most Fortunate 500 companies (and not just technology ones) are shifting their focus to big data so they can identify rising stars and then buy them up at the perfect moment. And if you don’t sell, they will sue you until you see things their way. Only a few can hold out long term and statistically that doesn’t matter.

              The elites have enough capital to stop any alternative except an average person assassinating them on sight. Which is why they hate the idea of citizens bearing arms. Any new technology, product, innovation, etc. can either be:
              1. Bought out
              2. Sued into oblivion
              3. Shutdown by government
              4. Parent companies that own web domains and servers can shut them down
              And the elites have more than enough capital to make these things happen.

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    • not2worryluv says:

      I believe this Revolt is more than just about the “gas tax”.
      It’s about the Muslims; it’s about being strangled by the EU; it’s about Immigration from North Africa.
      The match that lit the fuse was Macron’s “We are the World” proclamation which I believe the French patriots interpreted as “WE ARE NO LONGER FRANCE”

      Words have consequences.

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  2. andyocoregon says:

    It’s a shame three people had to die and several vehicles and buildings destroyed until the leaders decided to listen to their people. Hopefully it won’t come to that in our country some day.

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  3. Truthfilter says:

    Once-about 20 years ago- my husband and I attended a few sessions of marriage counseling. The counselor emphasized that whenever couples fight too much about specific things, there are usually much bigger, deeper, longstanding issues under the surface of those things. I have found this to be true in a number of situations.

    The French are pissed off at much more than a fuel tax.

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    • Judith says:

      It sucks when gravy trains run out of gravy. In other words Socialism sucks. It is a ponzi scheme and misappropriated funding will always dry up.

      This time, social marxism left those yellow vesters holding the bag. They failed to find a chair before the music stopped.

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      • fuzzi says:

        They ran out of other people’s money…

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        • Madi says:

          Exactly ;
          How can “intelligent people “ worry about global warming but welcome million of people who come to this country (my country) to do here what have bankrupted their country ?
          1776…Americans fights for indépendance .they rejected monarchy, tyranny and liberal democracy …they stand for our Republic : a Government elected by the people for the people .
          If only people would care about their grandparents, parents, children, brothers, sisters, doggies, trees, water, oxygen…
          May God help us …

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  4. American says:

    But how will they pay for all the jihadists and African criminals they’ve imported on their welfare rolls to victimize their French citizens?

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  5. Piggy says:

    Wut?!? The French don’t like more taxes? I bet Macron wishes Californians lived in France to vote for MORE taxes.

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  6. Dutchman says:

    While as a GENERAL PRINCIPLE, I oppose government regulations requiring citisens to engage in behaviors in the citisens best interest
    (Nanny State), I sometimes see exceptions.

    Seems to me this law, REQUIRING all vehicles to have yellow vests is a good one.

    Many times every year, in the U.S., people are seriously injured or killed as a result of having a ‘breakdown’ requiring them to exit their vehicle, on a freeway, and are struck by cars.

    In addition, there are minor non-injury ‘fender bender’ accidents, the drivers pull over to ‘exchange information’, and are struck by passing motorists.

    Police have a term ‘secondary accidents’, because of the frequency of the occurence of drivers distracted and looking at ONE accident, getting themselves into a secondary accident.

    I personally know of 2 times when there was a TERTIARY accident!

    Point is, I think the U.S. should seriously consider requiring all vehicles to have these yellow or orange safety vests, enough for all occupants, required in ALL vehicles.

    California, as the Queen of nanny States, could start. Seems reasonable, and only coincidence the state also has onerous taxes on ‘carbon’, to fuel a rediculous and unsustainable quest to CO2 -free energy in 20 years.

    Nevrr thought I would say it, but

    VIVE LA FRANCE!

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    • bertdilbert says:

      Said the owner of the yellow vest company.

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    • slbyrd says:

      Really?? How about people with that line of thinking try something new………..like: quit trying to protect me from myself.

      In other words, worry about YOUR position(s) in life and quit enforcing YOUR ideas onto ME.

      You want a yellow vest in your car?? Put on in it.
      You want to wear a seat belt? Wear it.
      Helmets, knee pads etc?? Same thing.

      Freedom of choice includes being able to CHOOSE what extra protections you feel are necessary for YOUR safety. Leave me and MY choices out of it. Eventually, my stupidity will be culled from the herd…………but by MY OWN DOING!!!

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      • EXACTLY. It is called the slippery slope and it is EXACTLY what that famous cautionary piece “They came for me and there was nobody left” is all about.
        PIcking and choosing what ought to be allowed to be imposed upon you by untrustworthy narcissists and elites is a recipe for disaster and inevitable extermination.

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      • Sugarhillhardrock says:

        Well played, Slbyrd.

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      • fuzzi says:

        “Freedom of choice includes being able to CHOOSE what extra protections you feel are necessary for YOUR safety. Leave me and MY choices out of it. Eventually, my stupidity will be culled from the herd…………but by MY OWN DOING!!!”

        Thank YOU. Actions have consequences, indeed.

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    • The problem is the regulators. They cannot be trusted to stop at one law. Regulators ought not to be in central government and they ought not to be able to be immune from their own laws and enjoy numerous ‘back door’ and insider information benefits.

      Regulators are people who now have figured out that the means to avoid the risk of legislators and votes not passing, they can circumvent things by imposing bureaucratic tyranny.,

      Central regulation and those who gravitate toward exercising it is not just.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Beyond the vest, we should each have an emergency kit, and a bug-out survival bag.

      So, let’s now discuss the best firearm to have in this government-mandated bag!

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    • leftnomore says:

      Let’s go one better and require all Ca drivers to wear full yellow coveralls while driving, that way when we exit our dented vehicles we’re already wearing our good-behavior yellow.

      Any questions, children?

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  7. warmac9999 says:

    This isn’t a tax for climate purposes. It is jizya. The French, and I believe much of Western Europe, has had it with the muslim invasion. The only question is whether this is no transforming to a violent overthrow of the global socialist governments of Western Europe. Most interesting is that the police, fire and ambulance folks seem to be doing in with the populace.

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    • Stephan Schaem says:

      Very true. All the tax increase in the past 20+ years in France have been mainly to support the growing unemployed / unemployable muslim migrant portion of france.
      Its a tax non muslim working French to support the polygamist mohamedians, that also receive heap of support to breed ever faster.
      mohamed was the #1 trending newborn name in 2018 in France.

      The sad part is that French think its Macron fault… but he has no choice. French people still have no issue supporting millions of new migrant (recent poll) , so what is the government to do ? they have to raise taxes and reduce benefits.

      If French people would simply do to islamists / muslims what they do to neo nazi, their quality of life would skyrocket. I would say each citizen would get a 20+% boost in their purchasing power.

      But I think french are noty ready to put their kids future & quality of life over foreign islamic migrants.

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      • Judith says:

        PSST.. Don’t look now, but someone stirred a hornets nest to dislodge and displace all those angry musliims, and then they proceeded to loot and pillage throughout middle east. They toppled governments and installed “regime change.” Remember?

        Who was that again? Carter? Bush? Cheney? Hellary? Obola? Who can keep track of them all?

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      • “They’re not real Frenchmen. They all have to go back to where they came from.”

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    • And that is what I predict will be a saving grace here too. I know too many police and firefighters and military who are fed up with the regime that was previous and the holdovers.

      More are with us than against us.

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    • Mr. T. says:

      Europeans pay quite a bit for fuel. That’s why diesels are so popular over there. However, this goes much deeper than the fuel tax. This is the beginning of the end for the European Union, whether in France, Sweden, Germany or Great Britain, the citizens have had enough and are now pushing back.

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  8. emet says:

    It looks to me as if our MSM is tiptoeing around the demonstrations. Today’s SF Gate has nothing on the topic, for example. I wonder if “they” fear more people making the connection between our deplorables and those in France?

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  9. ringoagogo says:

    Too little, too late. And the spark has now crossed borders. Try and put the genie back in the bottle. Imagine paying a 50-55% tax rate and a 20% sales / VAT on top of that. I would be in the streets with a pitchfork too. That is what the liberals do not understand. Let me spend my money the way I want. Why pay extra taxes for sub par health care for all, which will only serve the lowest common denominator at best.. We need to shut down this romantic fantasy about socialism and universal health care. The cost will be out of this universe..
    Cheers!!

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  10. KnowSERENoFear says:

    A start:
    December 4, 2018.

    The unanimous Declaration of citizenry of the United States of America. When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these citizens; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present United States Federal government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    The Federal government has assumed power and control over its electorate grossly exceeding those powers enumerated in the United States Constitution.

    The Federal government has formed departments and directorates that unconstitutionally restrict the rights and tax a free people. These bureaucracies include ALL department and cabinet positions in addition to the original four cabinets enumerated in the Constitution: Department of War, Department of Treasury, Secretary of State, and Attorneys General. All other departments, (i.e. FBI, CIA, TSA, IRS, Homeland Security, Department of Education, Department of Interior, National Parks, BLM, ect, ect, etc) are UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    The Federal government has unconstitutionally replaced the separation of powers (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) with a collaboration of powers.

    The Federal government does NOT secure its borders. In fact, through the perversion of unconstitutional laws, the Federal government promotes and defends the infiltration of millions of foreign invaders and forces the electorate to sustain, educated, and protect them without any attempt to assimilate these aliens into American culture.

    The Federal government does NOT protect the voting rights of the electorate. In fact, the government is now bloated excessively with unelected GS 11-15’s and SES personnel that make policy decisions and obligate taxpayer funds. This is nothing short of taxation without representation. Additionally, the Federal government does little to ensure that only United States citizenry participates in voting. The Federal government does little to ensure the integrity of the voting process.

    The Federal government has replaced a constitutional justice system with an unconstitutional legal system. Legal positivism has replaced a justice system originally grounded in ethics and morality. The US Supreme Court, through gross perversion of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, unanimously embraces an Incorporation Doctrine that places Federal law above States law. The US Supreme Court now issues rulings instead of opinions and unconstitutionally includes parties outside it’s cases in their rulings. The US Supreme Court is now an oligarchy of nine, unelected, lifetime rulers.

    The Executive branch makes policy and creations regulations. This activity is exclusively limited to the Legislative branch.

    The Legislative branch represents special interest groups and lobbyists instead of its voting constituents. The Federal government branch makes their own rules, enrich themselves, and no longer submit to the same legal jurisdiction as their constituents.

    The Federal government does not allow jury nullification as dictated by the Constitution.

    The Executive branch commits soldiers and war materials to undeclared wars without the Constitutional consent of the Legislative branch.

    The Federal government defies the 4th Amendment to the Constitution by illegally seizing citizen information (NSA) without due process or warrant. Additionally, the Federal government, via FISA and FISC, secretly surveil citizens without established due process and public warrant. Additionally, the Federal government prosecutes and restricts citizens from free travel by placing citizens on a “No-Fly List,” that is void of due process or a trial by peers.

    The Federal government unconstitutionally requires taxes and licenses on private property.
    The Federal government has unconstitutionally infringed the Natural right of all Americans to keep and bear arms by regulating particular firearms (magazine capacity, bump stock, suppressors, ect) and limiting handgun owners to 18 years of age or older and handgun purchasers to 21 years of age or older.

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    • Rhi says:

      Great list!
      “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…”
      Are we there yet?

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  11. mari says:

    The gas tax is an excuse to fund the millions of immigrants they’ve imported who don’t work. California lawmakers plan on doing the same thing when they deliver Medical to illegals from all over the world as they arrive for free everything, Meanwhile victims from the fires languish in tents during the winter. Americans, take heed from your French brethren and learn to stand up to the Globalists.

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  12. tav144 says:

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  13. LDave says:

    While I appreciate the French people rising up on behalf of the average citizen, they always do it with their hands out, wanting more government benefits. It’s a damn shame.

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    • Snow White says:

      Why can’t these people understand that government benefits come from taxing more the ones who work? Sheer madness and stupidity.

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      • Judith says:

        France can’t understand fiscal responsibility because up until now they had a sugar daddy called “Uncle Sam” to pay for it all! Mr Twinklesox up in Canada has the same problem right now.

        Fair is fair. Americans were heavily taxed to pay for all THEIR stuff! Our Obamacare funded all THEIR health needs! And they can’t even stomach the idea of paying for their OWN stuff?

        C’est la Vie!

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    • Esperanza says:

      No, this is not the case here.

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      • You are right, Esperanza. This is not a fair assessment of these protesters.

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        • LDave says:

          I am reconsidering my comment. The headline about the ambulance protest indicated that the ambulance drivers are protesting “social security” reform. Upon further review, it looks like they were protesting against a tax increase. I now suspect that the liberal media won’t be able to utter that truth – i.e. that the French people are protesting against higher taxes.

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          • Judith says:

            Is that what your gut tells you LDave? That this is ONLY about a tax increase? That is what the media are pushing, after all. And when do they ever tell the truth?

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  14. BettyDeluxe says:

    When the fuel tax is off the table, and people are still in the streets, maybe [they’ll] figure out it’s about much more – the unfettered immigration comes to mind.

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  15. Bendix says:

    It wasn’t the amount of the tax, but the fact of the tax at all, which drove the Sons of Liberty to act:
    https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/boston-tea-party

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  16. bertdilbert says:

    If they just keep chanting “We want Trump!” in the streets, Marcon will give them anything they want!

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  17. Texian says:

    Macron’s “Global Warming Tax”.. Oh, he means “Climate Change” Tax.. Yeah “Climate Change”.. That will cover it, because climate change happens all the time – daily. Warmer during the day, cooler during the night – climate change.. What changes? Ohhhh yeaahhh – the SUN warms things during the day, and at night there is no sunshine, so the Earth cools..

    “Global Warming” name didn’t work to fool the fools.. “Climate Change” name is not working to fool the fools, maybe a ‘”Solar Change” Tax’… Yeah.. That’s the ticket.. A “Solar Change Tax”..

    Oh yeah, we can also charge a “Carbon Tax”.. Yeah.. The Carbon atom is the foundation to all life on Earth.. Charge ’em a “Carbon Tax” too..

    The People of the World need to fight back en masse and charge the criminals with a one time only.. “Guillotine Tax”..

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  18. MIKE says:

    Macron is trying to polish the EU’s turd. There’s just not enough Simonize on the planet to bring out the “lustre”, because there isn’t any. Never was.
    Universalists just needed another cash tap from their serf-like minions.

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  19. Another Scott says:

    Did anyone say “Let them eat cake” at some point?

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    • Marie did not, though ironically many of those who overthrew and ended up taking over, like Robespierre and Murat came to adopt that very attitude.

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      • KittyKat says:

        like.

        I read Lady Antonia Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette and hers was an exceedingly tragic story. She was Austrian, not French. The American patriots wanted to give the royal family sanctuary, but the family could not get out. From eye witness accounts, both the king and queen met their ends with great dignity. The queen lived for quite a bit of time imprisoned after the death of her husband. She was ill with some kind of internal problem that caused hemorrhaging and had to use rags to stanch the bleeding.

        The only happy note to the story was that France soon realized what a terrible thing had been done to their king and queen, and properly honoured them in death.

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  20. V.I.G. says:

    I find it interesting, that French voted him in and he delivered in his campaign promises. Problem is, the French just realised, thatbin order for his promises to be kept, he was going to have to increase taxes and at a startling rate by French standards.

    Green energy taxes are a complete hoax. How is the government going to make the combustion better, stick a scented tree to every tailpipe innthe planet?….good luck.

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  21. Joeknuckles says:

    Macron forgot you are supposed to boil the frog SLOWLY, or the frog will jump out. Not to worry, he’ll just turn the heat down about and throw the frog back in the pot.

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  22. Beverly says:

    “Aux barricades! Aux armes, citoyens!!!!”

    fabulous

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  23. duchess01 says:

    The Deep State Has A Big Problem In France, Here’s Why
    December 4, 2018

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2018/12/the-deep-state-has-a-big-problem-in-france-heres-why/

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  24. PgtSndThinker says:

    Praying for la France, a country near and dear to my heart. Specifically, that the populace would rediscover their national pride, the holiness of God, the value of a nuclear family, and come up with their own version of the Declaration of Independence.

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  25. kea says:

    Come on EU save yourself

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  26. kea says:

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  27. citizen817 says:

    “The Stench of Globalism”

    French president Emmanuel Macron is not a very popular man in Paris these days. He represents the globalist bankers more than France, and he’s been running their game plan.

    Pee-EU, Macron. You stink!

    —Ben Garrison

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  28. citizen817 says:

    “The Stench of Globalism”

    French president Emmanuel Macron is not a very popular man in Paris these days. He represents the globalist bankers more than France, and he’s been running their game plan.

    Pee-EU, Macron. You stink!

    —Ben Garrison

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  29. Tazio Nuvolari says:

    > Macron has canceled a two-day trip to Serbia to stay in France this week. <

    And how were you going to get there Macoroni? I know you wouldn't fly in some pollution spouting airplane.

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  30. Jenny R. says:

    I tend to look at this in terms of what leverage this gives us over Europe
    Macron cannot declare martial law nor ask for help from Brussels nor Merkel as too much of the country support these protests> That would send the protests over the brink (they are almost there now)…so who can Macron turn to? And what concessions could be asked for?

    Remember: France has been asked to turn over its UN Sec. Council seat to the EU — it did not go over well with the French. He cannot risk further EU involvement. Sentiment for Frexit is rising.
    We can show how much of a neuter the EU is and make them bend the knee.

    Also, this is a good message to our House Dems: this could be us if they go forward with their idiotic tax hike ideas. This started with the French middle class…the forgotten people. But it is not just in Paris, not just in France, and many countries have forgotten people.
    This could help to put the House Dems and governors in check.

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  31. Margaret Berger says:

    Jenny, you are being kind to the house dems. You are assuming they can learn from others’ mistakes, that they will put America’s interests and well being first, and that they can get over their Trump derangement syndrome.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      They are stupidly arrogant, but it is nonetheless a very good way to give them pause — I think some of them are beginning to see that they are skating on very thin ice.
      So…all the people need do is threaten strikes and protests every time they make a peep about raising taxes or doing something the people don’t like.
      Notice how Moonbeam has been rather quiet lately…he realizes that after those fires (and the debacle he has made of things there) that it wouldn’t take much at this point.
      The people of Cali could really learn something from the yellow jackets of France you know.

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  32. We’ll see how this plays out. There is a long tradition of truckers and other “unionized” groups in France staging regular slowdowns and road blockages. I think this protest probably started this way, but escalated as people realized the impact of this “climate change” tax. French middle and working classes are struggling with terrible unemployment (8.9% plus for many years, which probably translates to 12.5-15% in real U6 unemployment).
    Macron was a “hail mary” vote–the candidate pool was much worse than what we faced in 2016. Macron rode in on the promise of change and he has not delivered AT ALL on this. Marine le Pen has pivoted toward the middle, which has gained her little from the moderate/independent/elite class in France that still suspect her to be a racist (certainly her father appears to be). Who can they pick?

    The French may be attached to their argumentation and haughty sense of superiority (I love France, have spent a lot of time there and was based there for over a year in the 80’s so this is not said from a lack of love for France); but they can still see what is happening in UK, Germany Sweden in contrast to USA and other countries where at least part of the government has pivoted against globalism. I don’t think that Macron will survive this, but can’t imagine who can succeed him and solve this. There is absolutely no DeGaulle like figure in the wings.

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  33. swampratterrier says:

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    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Enter-to-Win-a-Chance-to-Attend-a-Broadway-Play-with-Hillary-Clinton-20181127

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    • Jenny R. says:

      They’re really desperate for money now. I wonder how much you’d have to pay…it would be interesting to see somebody sit down with her and the first thing asked is “so….your husband Bill, has he stopped raping women?”; next thing: “how does it feel to continually lose, even to a cartoon frog?”
      As long as the price didn’t go over $20 and there was minimum chance of getting suicided, it would be worth it (although, can’t promise that last part and that’s the big risk).

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  34. Gary Ingle says:

    It just shows us that united citizens can endeavor to persevere. Don’t like what your government is doing tell in a way they understand!

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