Obama the Tax Slasher Versus Tea Party “Patriots”
The last time middle classes taxes were this low was in 1995 (2008 was an exception). A big, whopping thank you to President Obama and the Democrats for looking out for the middle class instead of the wealthy.
Meanwhile, “Tea Partiers” are out protesting taxes. TEA stands for “Taxed Enough Already” — which is ironic given that according to recent Gallop poll, 47% of Tea Partiers don’t pay taxes already. Hmmm. When you’re not paying taxes, it’s hard to understand why exactly you are protesting under the banner of “Taxed Enough Already.”
There’s an inherent conflict within the Tea Party message.The Atlantic reports:
“Forty-five percent of self-identified “Tea Partiers” make less than $50,000 per year, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll. Similarly, 50% of the total population makes less than $50,000 in the same poll. Despite this author’s lack of direct access to the tax returns of the Tea Party movement, it seems safe to assume that if about half the country avoids federal income taxes, a similar percentage of the Tea Party movement gets away with the same even as they march and scream about their tax burden.”
Adding to the confusion of the Tea Party message, a CBS News Poll shows that most tea partiers feel their taxes are fair.
The “Tea Party’s” misuse of the founding fathers to justify their cause is also misplaced —the Boston Tea Party was about no taxation without representation, and these people have representation. It just so happens that they have a majority Democratic representation, because the majority of our country voted to be represented by Democrats.
This leads to the logical conclusion that what the Tea Partiers are really protesting is that their party didn’t win. And that’s not patriotic.
Meanwhile, Tea Party leaders are costing taxpayers thousands of dollars protesting taxes and federal government spending. The irony is almost painful in its inherent disingenuousness.
“You might think that Michele Bachmann’s “House Call” rally last November, railing on the health care reform bill, would have been paid for by some independent group angry about the size and scope of the federal government’s power, or the way the federal government keeps finding new ways to waste taxpayers’ money while growing the federal deficit.
Actually, taxpayers footed the bill for $14,000.”
So you may ask yourself why your tax dollars are going to pay for protests about taxes, especially when taxes are lower this year for the majority of Americans.
The answer is that the Right always fights the “government” when Democrats win elections. And they do it based on false memes, distortions, and outright lies. So, at a time when Americans should be willing to pay taxes to fund the wars that “protect our freedoms”, the Right is against paying any taxes at all and they are using your tax dollars to make their “point” about being fiscal conservative.
“As the new poll numbers amply confirm — especially the ones establishing that the Tea Partiers are overwhelming Republican or right-of-Republican — they are the same angry, ill-informed, overwhelmingly white, crypto-corporate paranoiacs that accompany every ascendancy of liberalism within U.S. government.”
The ugliness, rage, and ignorance evident at Tea Party gatherings only furthers this point. It’s tough to be taken seriously when one is not only protesting something that is an empirical untruth but combining their protest with an impotent, anger-laden message dripping with racism and bigotry.
Meanwhile, back in sanity land, middle class Americans are breathing a huge sigh of relief on Tax Day today. Finally, we have a President who follows through on his word to look out for the struggling, hard-working middle class.
Update: April 16, 2010 The President has suggested that the Tea Partier’s should be thanking him for lowering their taxes. I heartily concur.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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