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    Default Anti-Obama taxpayer tea parties steeped in insanity

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...,3158535.story

    What, exactly, are the protesters protesting? The marginal tax rate rising 3% for millionaires?
    By Marc Cooper

    April 15, 2009

    The Web is buzzing with information about how to throw an anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Party, something organizers hope will be held today from Santa Monica to South Carolina. But no need to burn up your bandwidth reading complicated instructions. Here's a simpler recipe:

    Go to a hobby store. Buy a scale model of a U.N. One-World-Government Black Helicopter and a tube of glue. Toss the model kit. Sniff the entire tube of glue. You're all set for the party.

    I can recall only a few outbreaks of such collective insanity as these tea parties in recent years. There was that time in the mid-1990s when a $19.95 video proving Bill Clinton was some sort of serial killer went viral. And then, a few years back, there was that chilling, televised midnight seance from the floor of the U.S. Congress aimed at reviving the long-brain-dead Terri Schiavo.

    And now this. Whip out your Lipton and don your tinfoil hat and join the protest against ... against ... against what exactly?

    The original Boston Tea Party was caffeinated by a very simple injustice: American Colonists refused to be taxed by a government that lacked any popular representation. That was remedied a few years later in a heroic struggle that stretched from Concord to Yorktown.

    So, if you'll excuse the mixed metaphor, what's the beef behind today's protests? The Obama administration is cutting taxes for all except the very richest of Americans. Reduced withholding is already showing up in millions of paychecks.

    Then again, this rash of tea parties is being organized not only by the pseudo-journalists at Fox News (with Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto and Sean Hannity actively stoking the flames) but also by FreedomWorks, a conservative lobbying outfit headed by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. I suppose it was Armey's constitutional if morally dubious privilege to have built an entire political career out of defending the wealthy.

    But are common folks actually going to dump Earl Grey into Santa Monica Bay because they are outraged, simply infuriated, by the marginal tax rate rising 3% for millionaires?

    Or maybe they'll do it for some other reason. The FreedomWorks site says the Tea Party movement began in reaction to President Obama's corporate bailouts and ensuing yawning budget deficits. These same conservatives, however, were mum when George W. Bush erased our budget surplus and put us deep in the red by drunken spending on a pointless war in Iraq and by, yes, granting massive tax rollbacks for the loaded country clubbers who fund the GOP (and Armey's FreedomWorks). Another bothersome detail: The bailouts were also initiated by Bush.

    Nobody I know is very pleased with the billions ladled out to teetering banks and corporations. Yet a clear majority of Americans are sophisticated enough to know that these bailouts are a necessary evil and are intended -- unlike the lollipop Bush tax cuts -- not for personal profit but rather as a radical, emergency measure to help Americans keep their jobs, their homes and their retirement.

    And while way too many otherwise sane Republicans are actively pandering to the tea-bag battalions, some old-fashioned conservatives are calling out the Teabaggers for their silliness. Writing in Fortune magazine, conservative policy analyst Bruce Bartlett, who has a long anti-tax history, says: "The irony of these protests is that federal revenues as a share of the gross domestic product will be lower this year than any year since 1950. ... The truth is that the U.S. is a relatively low-tax country no matter how you slice the data."

    The Tea Party movement, more than anything else, is a rather garish display of a Republican right that seems to have lost not only the national elections but also any semblance of political bearings. Staying on this course, the GOP risks -- in the words of one pundit -- becoming "the Talk Radio Republican Party."

    Better put that kettle on, Marge. It's going to be a long and bizarre four years.

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    lol

    these people are the same ones over the last 8 years. They were stupid as fuck then, they're as stupid as fuck now.
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    The Tea Parties are not supposed to be Anti-Obama, they are supposed to be Ticked off at Congress parties, but peaceful.
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    Haha, I saw this on CNN. People with photos of Obama dressed as Hitler, etc. They had one man on that kept saying "Obama is a fascist" and when he kept being asked why, his only response is "he just is." This went on for about a minute until the reporter obviously got frustrated and moved on. Evidently this is being sponsored by Fox News? Those people were dumbasses! Not the best way to get your supposed message across. I was embarrassed for them just watching that.
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    ticked off about what?

    They can't even coherently explain what they're mad about! That's why it's STUPID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by january View Post
    Haha, I saw this on CNN. People with photos of Obama dressed as Hitler, etc. They had one man on that kept saying "Obama is a fascist" and when he kept being asked why, his only response is "he just is." This went on for about a minute until the reporter obviously got frustrated and moved on. Evidently this is being sponsored by Fox News? Those people were dumbasses! Not the best way to get your supposed message across. I was embarrassed for them just watching that.
    Surprise, a conservative who can't explain themselves.

    *sigh*

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    They seem to believe that they are taking a stand against Obama for 2012. Idiots
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    Quote Originally Posted by chattykathy View Post
    The Tea Parties are not supposed to be Anti-Obama, they are supposed to be Ticked off at Congress parties, but peaceful.
    These Tea Parties are just another accuse for the Republicans to bash Obama and take the blame off of the GOP for the financial mess they created. The fact that some of the people at the rallies are wearing T-shirts calling Obama a socialist and questioning his citizenship again proves that it's suppose to be anti-Obama.

    And it's funny that no one put these tea parties together over the last 8 years. Hmm, wonder why?

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    The same reason the neocons weren't whining when the surveillance insanity was going on.. CUZ IT WASNT AIMED AT THEM
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    ^^That, and the fact that for most of the last 8 years they were the ones in power. Now that they aren't in power they've become the eternal whining victims.

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    yeah, despite causing all this misery

    It's like they're tone deaf or something, or the laws of cause and effect don't apply to them.

    or they have the memory of goldfish.
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    The GOP figures if they whine enough then they'll distract everyone from the fact that they created this mess.

    Plus, they're still using the same tired fear-mongering tactics that have already blown up in their faces.

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    For the life of me, I cannot understand why the rest of the world has been laughing at us for years now. Nope, can't even get a glimmer of a reason. Anyone? Anyone?

    This is just one coast to coast temper tantrum. Yea, sure do wich they were still in power.

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    I wonder how many of the teabaggers, lol, would find they actually have LOWER taxes under Obama if they took the time and brain skills required to calculate the different tax plans.

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    99.9% of them.

    I'm sure there's some filthy rich fucker out there who's whining
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