Not this time, Smiley!
Sometimes our ruling elites just don’t pay attention unless you smack them upside the head with a two-by-four. So that’s what the French people did.
Yesterday the government of Save The Planet wacko President Emmanuel Macron surrendered to widespread public protests and suspended the massive fuel tax increase that sparked the rioting (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/world/europe/france-fuel-tax-yellow-vests.html). Announcing the decision–Macron wasn’t up for doing it himself–the French prime minister acknowledged the “anger” of the people and the “profound injustice” of adding to their already too-heavy tax burden. So the new tax has been put on hold for a minimum of six months.
Protesters say they’ll be ready to hit the streets again if the government tries to bring back the tax six months from now.
France is one of those Western European socialist backwaters that American Democrats insist is a huge success story and a compelling reason to impose socialism on America, too. They ignore the stagnation of the French economy, a standard of living that looks like the sales chart for the Edsel, and fiery public indignation against an elite ruling class who wants to carry out its utopian projects on the people’s backs–“Let’s you and him make sacrifices for my dreams!”
Rioting in Paris, the people were angry enough to damage the Arc de Triomphe; and authorities had to close the Eiffel Tower: must’ve been afraid the people would pull it down.
At least for now, Macron has been defeated and the French people have won.
But they really do need to replace their ruling class. ASAP.