Archive for April 15, 2009
It was a lovely day for a protest. I got there a little late due to having not been downtown for awhile and ran into some construction on the way which delayed me. When I arrived, I couldn’t find an empty parking space! I ended up parking @ a mile away and walking to the Landing. It was a beautiful day for it, though.
Walking up, I noted that I was going to be facing the back of the speakers and alongside the dock. I could live with that. The crowd estimate was between 2,000 and 3,000 people.
I heard reports on the radio of people denigrating the tax protestors as “people making more than $250,000 per year”, “Republicans that were sore losers”, “old people”, etc. It was quite a diverse crowd. There were Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents. There were current military and retired veterans, lots of small business people, cubicle dwellers, and parents worried about the debt load on their small children. The speakers were of all ages (high school students, college students, 20-somethings, Navy wives, a “professional” blogger, and retirees). There were a lot of Fair Tax supporters in evidence. Anti-government sentiment was strong. Here are some of the people up against the dock railing with me:
A retired vet (blue shirt) spoke about the oath of office he took to protect America against all enemies, foreign AND domestic. That’s something that I have pondered as well. That oath doesn’t have an expiration date.
The difference between a “right wing potential domestic terrorist” protest and a left wing protest of any kind: No references to genitalia, sexuality, no nekkid sagging boobs or scrotums, and the signs were spelled correctly.
A speaker at the podium gave us the number to leave a comment at the White House, and cautioned “no bad words”. One of the young men in the picture above asked if “commie bastard” would be considered a bad word. I certainly didn’t think so!
And here is the last sign which summarized what the fuss about the HUGE deficit is all about:
I have to apologize for the quality of the pictures. I was at the back of the ground and snapping pictures with arms raised above the crowd without being able to see what the results would be! Whenever I lowered my arms, I elbowed the people around me. Good thing that they were all nice people. Of course, I’m sorry that ACORN organizers didn’t show up (where I could see them, anyway) so that I could take pictures from beside THEM. I hate accidentally bruising nice people.
It was a fun day. I got to speak to small business people (whose pictures I did NOT take) who were vowing never to pay another dime in taxes, a nice woman who refused to file because she was incensed about Geithner being in charge of the treasury (different sets of rules shouldn’t apply to Obama’s appointees and the rest of America), and a nice man who wanted to bring a pitchfork to the protest but was afraid security would keep him out. We got a little rowdy when carbon cap and trade was mentioned, yelling out things like “It’s a FRAUD!” and were shushed by people wanting to actually hear the speaker.
It was really great to be among kindred spirits!
One of the signs that I really, REALLY liked but was unable to get a picture of said “We Are All Domestic Terrorists Now”. The other side said “Are We a Militia? Where Can I Sign Up?”
From Jacksonville.com: “Anti-tax Rally Draws a Raucous Crowd”. Guess maybe they could hear me up front after all.
From In From the Cold:
As a public service, we present today’s self-help quiz, aimed at assessing you as a possible security risk. Please answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions:
— Do you oppose abortion?
— Are you against illegal immigration?
— Did you vote for Ron Paul last year?
— Do you believe in conspiracy theories?
— Still have a “Harry Browne for President” sticker on your car?
— Are you a veteran of the armed forces?
— Were you upset by Barack Obama’s election to the presidency?
Congratulations; if you responded affirmatively to any–or all–of these questions, then you might be considered a domestic terrorist by the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies
I use butter, cream, and SALT in my recipes, too.
The Treasury secretary, who oversees the IRS, didn’t pay all his taxes. Neither did five other top nominees for the Obama administration, or their spouses.
Now, as Wednesday’s tax deadline looms, some Americans are wondering why they should comply with the arcane requirements of the Internal Revenue Service when top administration officials failed to do the same. Even some IRS employees are upset at what they see as a double standard.
The most criticized example has been Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who admitted not paying $34,000 in payroll and Social Security taxes, saying his failure to pay was an oversight. Five other nominees disclosed similar tax issues, including one as recently as two weeks ago when Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s pick for secretary of health and human services, admitted she didn’t pay $7,040.
“Our members are upset and angry,” said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, referring to concern bubbling up within the IRS over unusually strict rules that can cost agents their jobs if they make a mistake.
In some cases, IRS employees have lost jobs for simply filing a late return or failing to report a few hundred dollars of interest income.
In an interview Tuesday, Kelley said the Geithner case underlines the need for a change of the rules governing IRS employees.
“My issue is not that I want Geithner or anyone else punished,” Kelley said. “I want there to be a re-examination of the law that holds IRS employees to a separate standard: one in which a simple mistake can cost them their jobs with no right of appeal.” Read the rest in the Chicago Tribune.
I deeply sympathize. Most people do not know that most of the IRS workers are temps, that they are not paid a great amount, and that they are threatened daily. If Geithner or indeed, any of the politicians were held to the same standards as the lowest paid IRS employee, he would have never been hired.
That isn’t right.
Why attend a “Tea Party”?
• If you’re a 50-year old-with a college degree, you will pay approximately $81,000 over your working life just to pay the interest on the debt in the Obama budget.
• If you’re a 40-year-old, you’ll pay $132,000.
• And if you’re a 20-year-old, just starting out after college, you will pay a whopping $114,000 just to service the interest on the debt created by the Obama budget. Source.
The numbers tossed around so blithely by the media about our budget with indebtedness in the trillions of dollars is just unbelievable. Even more unbelievable is the docile attitude of the people that are going to have to pay the bill. The government is making debt that YOU, personally, are going to have to repay. Oh, sure, perhaps somebody out there is a part-time worker that gets a refund from the feds so they don’t really care because they don’t earn enough to pay taxes. What people don’t understand is that this is going to affect the ability of people to get loans for businesses, for businesses to expand and hire more workers, for farmers to buy seed and fertilizer, for people to start their own businesses, to buy cars, houses, and consumer products. In other words, it is going to affect everybody. The bill has to be paid. Anybody that thinks that they will not see higher prices/taxes to cover it is a fool.
First Coast Tea Party
Date: April 15, 2009
It’s time to take a stand.
First Coast residents, stand together April 15th at the Tax Day Tea Party at The Jacksonville Landing. Festivities start at 12:00 and are scheduled to continue through 1:30 or later. We have a great line-up of speakers, including:
Chris Nwasike, emcee
Jay Fant, CEO of First Guaranty Bank
Dr. Jim Nealis, WOKV radio host
Rick Scott, CEO of Conservatives for Patient’s Rights
blogger Cassy Fiano
DAR Good Citizen Award recipient Haley Brown
Hank Madden, WOKV “Smart Money” radio host
Dan Quiggle of Americans for Prosperity
And special guests:
Congressman Ander Crenshaw
State Representative Jennifer Carroll
… and more! There will also be music, entertainment, and the opportunity to show Washington where we stand. Be sure to take part in this truly historic event.