Even France sees tax flaw

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - MIKE McA­DOO San Fran­cisco

The “yel­low jacket” ri­ots in Paris over French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s added gas tax demon­strate that many French who fa­vor so­cial­ism, which re­sults in mon­strous gov­ern­ment debt and high un­em­ploy­ment, are learn­ing that the late Bri­tish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s ob­ser­va­tion about so­cial­ism (it is fine un­til you run out of other peo­ple’s money), is in­deed a tru­ism, not a quip (“‘Yel­low jack­ets will tri­umph’: 133 in­jured, 412 ar­rested in Paris protest riot,” Web, Dec. 2).

One should re­mem­ber for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama’s de­sire to raise the price of gaso­line to pro­hib­i­tive lev­els, as well as out­go­ing Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown (“Gover­nor Moon­beam”) and his raising of gas taxes.

As both an Amer­i­can and a Cal­i­for­nian, I note that Pres­i­dent Trump, who has his own chal­lenges, by ap­prov­ing the Key­stone Pipe­line and en­cour­ag­ing frack­ing is en­abling in­creased petroleum and nat­u­ral gas pro­duc­tion. This will lead the United States to­ward en­ergy in­de­pen­dence and sup­ply­ing Europe with nat­u­ral gas, en­abling our al­lies there to be less de­pen­dent upon Rus­sia and Vladimir Putin.

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