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Tax Tea Parties a Sucess?



So were the “Tea Parties” a success? I suppose that depends on two things 1. Which side of the fence you currently reside on and 2. What you believe the ultimate goals of the protests were. In this MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30227452/ article it is not hard to answer the first point just read the opening paragraph:

Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers, tens of thousands of protesters staged "tea parties" across the nation Wednesday to tap into the collective angst fueled by a bad economy, while President Barack Obama vowed "a simpler tax code that rewards work and the pursuit of the American dream."

Whipped up by conservative commentators and bloggers? This fails to take into account that most of these protests were fomented locally and without any national organizing body per se. These parties are the embodiment of the overwhelming frustration felt by the “working man. They are not an organized “party” effort in the sense that the movement takes aim at both major national parties.

Obama acknowledged the protests.
"For too long, we've seen taxes used as a wedge to scare people into supporting policies that increased the burden on working people instead of helping them live their dreams," he said. "That has to change, and that's the work that we've begun."

This brings us to the second point. Obama and the left have decided that this is nothing more than a right wing deception to earn converts from the undecided populace. Fail! It demonstrates the clear disconnect between the elite and the proletariat. This movement was never a “right wing” endeavor, it is equally critical of the right and the left and holds that both parties have failed to represent the wishes of their constituency. Obama’s statement is little more than propaganda designed to marginalize the movement and relegate it to the realm of extremism.

'I'm mad as hell'
Shouts rang out from Kentucky, which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol, to Salt Lake City, where many in the crowd booed Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman for accepting about $1.5 billion in stimulus money.

The above statement takes aim at the exact types of abuses the movement is aimed to end; this excessive taxation on the federal, state and local level. The idea that the only way to close budget gaps is by increasing taxes ignores the alternative, cutting wasteful spending. Instead we have President Obama touting the fact that he cut taxes while spending trillions that will strap us and our progeny with oppressive taxes. State and local authorities are adroitly searching for new and creative ways to tax us into oblivion. No one in power seems to think we should address the bloated and inefficient spending that has rendered these budgets untenable.

But unlike many events around the country, politicians were not allowed to speak at a separate rally in San Antonio. "They are welcome to come and listen to us, for a change," organizers said in a statement.

This statement embodies the whole concept of the Tea Parties. Politicians need to shut up and listen for a change. Enough said.

'Save and conserve'
There were several small counter-protests, including one that drew about a dozen people at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. A counter-protester held a sign that read, "Where were you when Bush was spending billions a month 'liberating' Iraq?" The anti-tax demonstration there, meanwhile, drew about 4,000 people.

I included this quote because is demonstrated how anemic the far lefts attempts to disrupt these grassroots protests actually were.

We can only hope that these Tea Parties were the beginning of the battle, to bring politicians back in touch with reality, and not the end. The statement was made despite the Medias non-coverage and Obama’s attempts to minimize the effort. They heard us and in that the parties were successful. The lingering and unanswered question is will they listen?

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