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It's only his first case & - as Oath pointed out - it didn't center on legality of abortion.
No. It didn’t have anything to do with abortion, but he had the ability to help cut the funding line to PPH, and didn’t. The same company that helped resist his confirmation.
 

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People who are broke from being overtaxed. Correct me if I’m wrong - but the revolt is all about excessive taxation right?

And it’s the same people who elected the idiots who passed the taxes in the first place?

Couldn’t they lower taxes, in essence giving the middle class a break and more disposable income?

Just throwing that out there.

Like all things French it is much more complicated then that.
The rise in the gas tax was one of the things that sparked protests true.
However, the demands the Yellow Vest Protesters are making might sound familiar to people here, a return to higher taxes on the rich, a doubling of the minimum wage, and resignation of the president.
Also, a lot of them are anti-capitalist.
 
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People who are broke from being overtaxed. Correct me if I’m wrong - but the revolt is all about excessive taxation right?

And it’s the same people who elected the idiots who passed the taxes in the first place?

Couldn’t they lower taxes, in essence giving the middle class a break and more disposable income?

Just throwing that out there.
They did lower taxes.....for the ultra rich.

The revolt is due to a combination of two major factors:
1. Macron enacting a tax policy that overwhelmingly benefited the top 1%, did next to fuck all for the middle class, and was a loss for the bottom 20%.
2. A tax hike on gas and heating oil.

As always, the tax cuts were sold as "attracting investors back into our country which will create jobs". While unemployment has been falling, that fall began before Macron took office and France's economic growth has been slowing this year. Combine that with the tax hike on oil products and the poor/middle classes feel like the administration is basically saying "Fuck you for not being rich".
 

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I've been having a hard time reading into the France revolts just because I haven't been able to find any ultra-reliable sources that aren't far alt-right journalist sites that don't perpetuate any information. The ones that claim the protesters are chanting "We want Trump!" which is just a soundbyte taken from a small peaceful protest in London a year or so ago.

Until we stop electing officials that take large corporate donations, we'll probably never see a bipartisan government, even in France. In an ideal world, everyone should be taxed the same, the lower class just slightly less. Balanced percentages will stop people from bickering so much about it. In Minnesota, Tim Walz is looking to start taxing gas 20% more to help fund infrastructure and road upgrades. Minnesota has been very very behind in road projects because they can only work when the snow isn't flying. If Minnesota wanted to finish all road construction projects, it'd cost something along the lines of $26billion. I don't have the exact number off the top of my head. We're not seeing any protests right now, but some people on the right aren't 100% happy.

There's been a lot of county and municipal tax increases in my local area as well. The county raised property taxes and then my town did, so the increase stacked on top of each other. Some people are pissed, but showed up to the city council just to scream and bicker with no actual fore-knowledge of why the increases are going into effect, absolutely zero hold back. Just yelling and causing a commotion "BUT MUH PAY CHECK!!". It was insanely fun watching the entire board for the county shutting down the few people who were screaming at them with their factual data and statistics, of course followed up with the "why" we're increasing. Two of the five people just ended up walking out 10 minutes after their little conflict.
 
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How the fuck do roads in one state cost $26 BILLION doll hairs? How much of that is pork?
That's nothing. Construction on roughly 20 miles of highway in Fort Worth ran $3.7 Billion because they decided to allow a private company to "fund" it. They supplied 2/3 of the funding but in exchange, they got to add in toll lanes. The ramps used to enter/exit the toll lanes are convoluted as fuck with LOTS of bridges going over/under the main highway. The project took twice as long as it would have if they had just simply added lanes to the highway and the accident rate on those roads almost doubled during the construction due to lanes changing almost weekly. The worst part is, the tolls are so stupidly high (6 mile segment costs almost $5.30 during rush hour) that barely anyone takes the toll lanes.

I-35W Corridor - https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/fort-worth/i-35w.html
https://www.ntetexpress.com/pricing/average-pricing-calculator

Just to reiterate: $3.7 Billion for ~20 miles of highway lane additions. Privatization in action.
 

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I’ve just about given up hope that we’ll ever see a sensible, loophole-free tax scheme in the US in my lifetime. Something like this:

>5% for normal people
10% for small businesses
25% for corporations
60%+ for lizard people
80%+ for casinos

I would also like to see the US using some of its superpower clout to get rid of overseas tax havens. Invade and annex if we have to. No point in being king of the hill if we aren’t using it to the advantage of our own citizens.
 
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That's nothing. Construction on roughly 20 miles of highway in Fort Worth ran $3.7 Billion because they decided to allow a private company to "fund" it. They supplied 2/3 of the funding but in exchange, they got to add in toll lanes. The ramps used to enter/exit the toll lanes are convoluted as fuck with LOTS of bridges going over/under the main highway. The project took twice as long as it would have if they had just simply added lanes to the highway and the accident rate on those roads almost doubled during the construction due to lanes changing almost weekly. The worst part is, the tolls are so stupidly high (6 mile segment costs almost $5.30 during rush hour) that barely anyone takes the toll lanes.

I-35W Corridor - https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/fort-worth/i-35w.html
https://www.ntetexpress.com/pricing/average-pricing-calculator

Just to reiterate: $3.7 Billion for ~20 miles of highway lane additions. Privatization in action.
Bruh. The highways in Texas really are something else.
 

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I've been seriously struggling to even find the article that listed such estimates here in MN if MnDOT were to ever finish every single construction and road project. So, I'm gonna give myself the benefit of the doubt, it might not be that high of an estimate, but what I do know is MnDOT has been behind, and every winter it worsens.

I-35 in MN actually has a fairly large amount of projects done recently as well, with more to come. I-35 Corridor Projects - MnDOT - http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35corridor2018/
 

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If we were going to pull out of a country that was draining us militarily and where we were serving little purpose, that would be Afghanistan.
We are pulling out of Syria because Putin wants us to.
 
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If we were going to pull out of a country that was draining us militarily and where we were serving little purpose, that would be Afghanistan.
We are pulling out of Syria because Putin wants us to.
This. I'm all for getting our troops home and ceasing the endless war in the middle east, but it shouldn't be to cozy up to Russian Interests.
 
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