GO TEA PARTY--I would have loved to been there, as I'm certain many others would have, BUT I'M WORKING.I'm there in my heart.
Wow. What a waste of time. The original Tea Party was destroying a source of income for the government in protest of economic policies. What was being destroyed here? A bunch of people holding signs does little to make anyone want to change their policies.How about everyone donating one month's salary to charity, making it non-taxable. That might make a bigger statement. Or the state refusing any product or service that's subsidized by the federal government. Unfortunatley that would require more than taking a day off work.An analogy of a chicken and a pig contributing to breakfast comes to mind. Let's see total commitment.Good luck with your meaningless protest.
Why don't these lazy shiftless people have a job?!They all need to learn the definition of "astroturfing." They've all been duped into thinking ihis is grassroots thing, it isn't. It was all orchestrated.
I see Scott Gates & was the Texas Ranger sent to keep the peace?
TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!I love it.I say let Obama keep showing his true self: an empty suit.He is Jimmy Carter, redux. He is a one term President because he doesn't even have the moxy that the lying felon Clinton had. Obama does not have the guts to defend this country, and from watching his performance at G20, the rest of the world knows what a joke he is.He is a baby murdering, arab loving communist. He has no experience in running any kind of a business or government subdivision, and he is ruining the United States with this record budget deficit.
I don't like taxes anymore than anyone else. But let's get real folks, you must pay for all the stuff we expect the government to do. Until we build private roads, staff and equip private armies, privatize Air Traffic Control, do our own drug safty and privatize all education etc - taxes are necessary. Everyone complains about "pork" spending (unless it's our own representatives spending in our area) but it accounts for less than 1/2 of 1% of the budget! Obama has been proposing raising taxes - on those earning over $250,000. I really expect that those folks will find a way to survive in our new economy.
12:07 Tell us how you really feel.12:11 You're an idiot.
11:43, we're happy you sat on your duff at home in front of your computer instead of bringing your anti-American mentality to the square. I was there! It wasn't GANG BUSTERS, but was good AMERICANS showing their disgust with what has become our government. Thank you to all speakers!!!
The US Tax Code isn't 16K pages long helping the average Joe! Let's get a grip.........the scale is already tipped toward the rich who buy Congressmen and Senators.Waste cannot be defended, but therein lies the problem. Waste is in the eye of the beholder......In stead of following FOX like lemmings, lets go to the polls next time and throw the rascals out. And do it again the following cycle. And again till someone gets the message.
12:11 Listen very slowly so this sinks in. If Obama imposes a heavy tax on TXU for all their power plants that use coal (as he intends to do), how will TXU respond? Their obvious response will be to raise electric rates so all electric consumers will pay for their tax increase. This is just one example of a whole host of ways that increased taxes will be paid for by everyone, regardless of how much they make. Got it? Good.
Anyone watching CNN...man the people up in Chicago are doing some hard core bashing on Obama and CNN. The little reporter lady was getting furious and so were the people in the background.
12:49, you're all guilty of sedition!!!1 Love it, or leave it!! Don't criticize our President!!1
The Decatur Tea Party is a great start to getting the attention of politicans. It looked like a great crowd since it got off to a late start getting organized. Committed personally to Cowtown earlier or would have been there.Let's get past Republican/Democrat and take a stand on borrowing money to fund $1 trillion deficits, not counting our obligations for medicare and SS.Hats off to all that took the time to go. Let's run our government like we do our household budgets!
I doubt these are good, hard-working people... if they were, they'd be at work like the rest of us. We contribute to society. Protestors, you don't. Get a job, all of you!
Government waste and tax protest will remain unless you decide to take a stand and that stand begins at local level. Ask the city manager of Decatur of the waste of space the Planning and Zoning dept is with hour and a half work out lunches and then bring lunch back to the office to eat for an hour fits into your hard earned tax dollar. Ask why the streets are in such poor shape when tax dollars pay for out of town seminars to be attended for training classes to pad resumes. The big picture is right next door, start the fix on this and then look to the State then Washington may listen.
I agree to a point with 11:43.This tea party concept is a superficial approach. All hat, no ranch. Cosmetic.If you could get the info, I bet that 75% of these protesters are non-voters. In Texas we have fairly low taxes and piss-poor representation, especially on the state level.
actually 2:33, I took the day off from my job to participate in this rally because I give a damn! too bad you don't. Most in attendence were retired folk...folk who have paid their dues in the work force, or as veterans who have served this country. Maybe if you got out from behind your computer and actually contributed to your community, 2:33, someone might think what you have to say is important. Since you don't... your words have little effect. This was a good showing of neighbors and community spirited people getting together. JUST LIKE AMERICA USED TO BE!
One of those, "Support our cause or else you're not an American" parties...
Who were the speakers? What did they have to say? Any really GOOD speakers there?
12:11, they are right, you are an idiot.The federal government has far exceeded its boundaries and authority. They are using tax dollars to slowly erode the rights of the individual states to run the business of the government as given in the constitution. They want too much, and they tax too much.
Are they really not going to pay thier taxes? Mess with the IRS = TROUBLE
12:57 M&M LISTEN very closely.......so you will understand. Our beautiful state of Texas under Republican control has the highest Electric rates in the nation.Electric rates rose 64% between 1999 - 2007.Why? ....are you listening: Deregulation. Thanks RepublicansGot it? Good!
"THEIR" before the Spelling Swat Team comes after me.
Hey!! I was in that crowd and now my wallet with my $400 Benny Hinn new jet donation is missin.
The Tea Party today is organized by a group called Freedom Works and coordinated promotion with Fox News.Classic story of Congressman turned Lobbyist.Freedom Works is funded by Dick Army, conservative Republican who left Congress and became a LOBBYIST for pharmaceutical and oil companies.Dick Armey is not funding this stupid tea bag thing because he loves you. He is hoping to diminish support for Obama's because President Obama's plans benefit you, not the pharmaceutical and oil companies.
I had a friend back in the early 90's who decided he would not pay taxes - he formally requested his employer not withhold taxes, started spouting all this "it's not in the Constitution" bullshiate, etc., and kept trying to get us to play along. He sure was sheepish when telling about how his rich daddy had to bail him out, something to the tune of $100,000 in penalties, interest, etc. I was VERY surprised when he got a top-secret clearance to work at a defense contractor not long after all that was over and done with. I guess his daddy paid for that too, and it was well before that stupid Patriot Act.This TEA party crap is not a grassroots movement - it's an astroturf movement, just like 5:40PM tried to tell some of you idiots. What a waste of time.Now, if all those sweet little geriatrics were carrying pitch forks and flaming torches, it would have been another thing.
5:40 - can't wait for the research of WORDY on your post.COME ON DOWN, WORDY!!!
I might join the US Army but not the Dick Armey.
5:58, astroturf or grassroots....is DOING SOMETHING BESIDES SITTING ON OUR ASS, like you!
Nothing was said about not paying taxes, just that the government has gotten out of control in its taxing of US citizens. I would think even the liberals can recognize that fact.
3:53 Wow, you really are more dense than I thought. We are talking about taxes. You originally posted the obama plan of 'only raising the taxes on those who make more than $250,000'. I was merely pointing out that his plan to raise taxes in other areas will trickle down and end being paid by everyone, which is essentially the same thing as raising taxes on everyone. The TXU thing was just an example of how that will happen, not to engage you and debate who caused what with the cost of electricity for the last 100 years. Sheesh, but go on believing you won't be paying more taxes, indirectly or directly. I have no faith that you got it.
What a great country we live in today where a bunch of round-faced white crackers can protest just like the hippie liberals and the blacks.They should have stood up there in 2003 before we invaded Iraq and the country could have had a trillion dollars saved in the bank to be ready for the economic collapse that happened on their watch.Gee whiz! The lack of logic amazes me.
Before I write that book......... Why do police have tinted windows?In 1988 nobody could afford a tax paid lightbar bar for the one deputy that worked nights. Todays tint job is = to a life saving light bar for the deputy on the midnight shift. In 2000,the PUBE-lic (Ron White, comedian) would have been have flying flags instead of hosting tea-parties.
Although I didn't sit on my ass today, you hate-spewing, ignorant imbecile, 6:43PM, I would rather have sat on my ass than be a silly lemming going to a useless protest that was actually instigated by private corporations a while back to get the little people to protest imaginary tax increases.....like I am totally sure you make over $250,000 a year in taxable income. Come on, tell us the truth.....you're a backwoods, mouth-breathing Wise County racist - it's so obvious.
7:47...the torch-bearing poster child for the change and hope within the American liberal movement. You certainly have proven your superior intellect and humanity.
Oh look, rednecks on the front lawn!
More CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN Double Standard!!!!For Eight years, Dubya spent and spent and spent.....running bigger and bigger (record, mind you) deficits each year.Now when a Democrat wants to run a massive deficit it is all of the sudden a problem. What the hell? I don't understand the logic.
my my 7:47, judging by your comment here, you must be the hate-spewing, name-calling racist. People like you are so very transparent! As soon as logical minded folk begin to get upset and rock your little boat, you go ballistic and start with the trash mouth name calling. Immature child.
I personally know the individual who organized the Decatur TEA Party. No funds came from any corporations or businesses...just the people who contributed DURING the event. Many people who attended did take the day off, came during their lunch hour, work unconventional hours, or are retired. I have paid taxes for over 20 years. The Constitution gives us the right to express our discontent with the government. I'd like to see the 10th amendment adhered to.
But how bout that singer today. He was sooo good.
to those who chastise those protesting then we now know where your alliance is. as for me and my house we allign ourselves with the freedom fighters not a pinko commi president who bows to kings and wishes to deal with iran. while we cant solve everything with war we must make sure that our leader protects us from all harm and sometime that means war and look at this every nation that pulled out of iraq has been attacked by terrorist notice we havent yet. obama has given us change he has spent so much that our childrens great grand children will probably still be paying it off when they are old and gray. god bless the usa one nation under god wether obama likes it or not
I think I've heard this one before, something about stupid people in large numbers.
Amazing how totally ignorant some people are. No wonder our country is in the shape it's in. Some moron writing from his mom's basement in the dark staring endlessly at his computer screen ranting about old people and conspiracies from people that make over 250K per yr. How much has your liberal tail end contributed to the tax rolls this yr? How free have you been with your money? This yr Obama gave 6% of his income. 2 yrs ago he gave less than 1% of his income to charity. All you bleeding heart liberals want to give money away....but you want it to be someone else's hard earned money. You despise decent folks who work hard to get ahead and stick out your greedy little hands for anything "free" that you neither worked for nor deserve. How sad it will be for our nation whenever you crying teddy babies finally take over....
3:53pm, who cannot get his facts together RE: electrical rates.Our beautiful state while under republican control did not even make it into the top 12 states for residential electrical rates.http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epm/table5_6_a.htmlIt didn't make it into the top 15 for combined rates.Not that republicans are saints... but sheesh, do a LITTLE bit of fact finding before you sling mud one way or the other.
9:03 pm I myself, and I know many other conservatives that share my view, were very dissappointed in that aspect of W terms in office. He had an 'R' behind his name, but he did not govern as a conservative in many ways, including his spending. In his 8 years he increased the national debt 5 trillion dollars. Unforgiveable! I will be the first to be critical of him. The party doesn't matter. If you spent that kinda money and grow the government that much it's totally wrong no matter what party you belong to.
Hey!! I was at that party and there wasn't any kind of refreshments let alone any Tea I thought we's supposed to get.
Hey 7:21...at least someone stood up! Do you even have a job or a morgage? Does your mommy let you outside in the real world very often? Round faced crackers fought for your right to spew the vile venon from the safety of you keyboard. If you were at the TEA party why didn't you offer your protest and make your statements there? Coward! I wish you were in another country and enjoyed the rights people from nations like Russia enjoy. Hide behind your computer...what a study in valor (look that up on the online dictionary...you'll never experience it in your personal life)
Much like many of the others I saw there I own my own business, so I could participate in the Tea Party & do something more than talk. I have to be able to tell my children & grandson I did something to try to change the direction this country is going now. This was the first step...I had many friends who wanted to go, but were working! Maybe next time.Hey, Barry...I looked up to the balcony, saw you looking down on the group; didn't know you'd gone grey; also didn't know you'd been married seven times--but then you can't believe everything you read in a blog...can you?
You know some of those good ole country folk just saw a crowd and went to see what was going on!
Mr. Honcho - your link didn't work for me. However, I did find a map of the US which lists Texas in the highest cost gorup in the country. It also says Texas average retail cost for electricty is 10.34 cents. Unfortunately, my costs are 16 cents from Reliant. Fact is, our retail electric costs have gone up radically since deregulation.
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