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BirminghamExaminer Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 05:02 AM
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Tea party goers to protest Bush taxes on April 15th
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The tea parties have generated a lot of attention on right wing blogs but have had problems capturing a wider national audience. One of the obstacles tea baggers have run into is that the original Boston tea party in 1773 that they are trying to emulate was a spontaneous event that occurred because of the tax that was attached to tea being delivered to Boston. The tax being levied on tea drinkers was money that was going to England, not Boston. Thus, the early Americans protested and the Boston Tea Party went into the history books as an iconic moment in U.S. history.

The tea party events of 2009, though ostensibly meant to protest taxation, has no tax hike to protest. The taxes that are in place at present are taxes that were put into place by the Bush administration. When President Obama's tax plan goes into effect, taxes will be lower than they are today for 95% of Americans. Only those who earn in the top 5% will see a tax hike of 3% in the near future.

Taxes are at their lowest in 16 years. Taxes were some 10% higher under President Reagan than they are now. The protestors who will attend tea parties on April 15th will be protesting something but it's not clear what. Previous events held this year indicate that people attending the rallies are angry about something, but what it is exactly, is not clear. Some earlier tea party goers held up signs professing their hatred of socialism. But do they really mean that they would like to do away with medicare? Social Security benefits? The United States is not a purely capitalistic economy. It is a blend of socialist programs and capitalist ideals. We pay taxes and our roads get paved. We pay taxes and our children can go to school free. We pay taxes and the police and fire departments respond when we call 911. Public schools, public roads and police and fire departments are all socialist programs.

Some are protesting the bailout of the auto companies and the banks. But the bailouts they are protesting are bailouts that occurred when President Bush was still in office.

It's very difficult to understand then, exactly what the 2009 tea parties are really about. It helps to understand that the tea party events of 2009 are not grass roots events. They are events that were dreamed up in the halls of Washington by Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey and other Republicans who are no longer in office.

Political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell posits that Gingrich, Armey and others created the modern tea party of 2009 to motivate the Republican base because they know that their party is in shambles.

Read the rest of the article and see the video of O'Donnell blasting the teabaggers here.
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 05:07 AM
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1. just let em suck each others bags.. tap foot if you want a fresh bag...they will never be rational
Edited on Tue Apr-14-09 05:10 AM by sam sarrha
people. as long as they ate having their Narcissistic party's they aren't plotting the end of mankind... to profit from
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 05:07 AM
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2. they are protesting the fact that Barack Obama is president of the United States
they're just a bunch of sore, pathetic losers
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 05:56 AM
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4. B
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we have a winner
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 04:52 PM
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12. Want proof?
?v=0
A picture from the "Chicago Tea Party"
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 05:12 AM
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3. and they are creating news
and conversation, that could be about real and important information that is occurring.

Thats why I figure Glenn Beck called himself a rodeo clown, what do they do, distract the bulls to keep them from going for the more important riders.

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BirminghamExaminer Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 07:45 AM
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5. The key word there is "real"...they're out of touch with reality and that's the point. n/t
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BirminghamExaminer Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 09:09 AM
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6. I've got 3 comments on my column, all from freepers, if you have a minute
or two, please go to my column and leave comments. Thanks.

Here's the link to my column: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-1172-Birmingham-Progressive-Politics-Examiner~y2009m4d14-Tea-party-goers-to-protest-Bush-taxes-on-April-15th

Any help would be very appreciated. Besides, I'd hate to think only freepers read my stuff.
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 10:22 AM
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8. BE, I posted on your examiner article
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BirminghamExaminer Donating Member (943 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 10:23 AM
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9. Thanks, I really appreciate that.
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 10:21 AM
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7. By clicking on the link to examiner.com, you generate profits for the author according to the
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 10:43 AM
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10. What pisses me off about these morans is, where were they when we rallied downtown

to protest the Bush gang's illegal invasion of Iraq? In this red-as-a-baboon's-ass area we had just a handleful of people at the rallies.

You bet your sweet bippy that if there had been a draft, some of them would've been there.



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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-14-09 11:17 AM
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11. k&r
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