Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Seriously? Do people not get what taxes are for?

Today, Wednesday, April 15, 2009, is National TEA Party Day, which I just learned about, and which I am now mocking.

From the site:

On April 15, be part of the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party rally in your community

On the day you pay your taxes, Wednesday, April 15, join others across the country and in your hometown who will be participating in TAX Day TEA party rallies in front of their city halls. The TAX Day TEA party rally will begin at 12 noon. See this video - the momentum is growing!

Are you fed up with a Congress and a president who:

  • vote for a $500 billion tax bill without even reading it?
  • are spending trillions of borrowed dollars, leaving a debt our great-grandchildren will be paying?
  • consistently give special interest groups billions of dollars in earmarks to help get themselves re-elected?
  • want to take your wealth and redistribute it to others?
  • punish those who practice responsible financial behavior and reward those who do not?
  • admit to using the financial hurt of millions as an opportunity to push their political agenda?
  • run up trillions of dollars of debt and then sell that debt to countries such as China?
  • want government controlled health care?
  • want to take away the right to vote with a secret ballot in union elections?
  • refuse to stop the flow of millions of illegal immigrants into our country?
  • appoint a defender of child pornography to the Number 2 position in the Justice Department?
  • want to force doctors and other medical workers to perform abortions against their will?
  • want to impose a carbon tax on your electricity, gas and home heating fuels?
  • want to reduce your tax deductibility for charitable gifts?
  • take money from your family budget to pay for their federal budget?

If so, participate in the TAX Day TEA party rally, the Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party.

Bring your cell phone and call Congress and the president while attending the TAX Day TEA party rally (Representative and Senators, 202-224-3121; President, 202-456-1414). Tell Every American about this effort by forwarding this invitation to your friends. Together we can make a difference.

How are government controlled health care (which millions of people already have, including those employed by the government), secret ballots in union elections, illegal immigration, child pornography and abortions related to taxes? Who are these people? Do they not drive on government-funded roads or appreciate the government-funded police and fire departments?

Readers, if you or someone you know is attending a TEA party today unironically, please leave a comment!



zzboy said...
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Rad Geek said...


If I'd been able to make it to my local Tea Party, I would have done so, unironically.

The reason I would have done so is that I don't approve of 30% of my income being taken away from me in order to fund the U.S. government's ongoing efforts to blow up innocent people in foreign countries. Or to throw a few trillion dollars at failing corporations, so as to force me and my fellow workers to cover the costs of their bad investments, all for the explicit purpose of trying to use the force of the state to preserve the economic status quo.

Of course, you could say, "Well, aren't there some things the government does that you do find useful?" Sure; I drive on the roads like everyone else. But if you total up the numbers, the government is spending more money -- a lot more, by several orders of magnitude -- on things that I find foolish, destructive, or morally appalling, than it is on things that genuinely help people. If I had a choice, I would certainly be happy to direct my money money away from the government's war-machine and its corporate bail-out machine and direct a fair amount of that of my money towards things like roads and liberal education and mutual aid for my fellow workers. But, then, if I had a choice, we wouldn't be talking about taxes anymore. We'd be talking about donations. The distinguishing feature of taxation is precisely the fact that the government makes me pay taxes in, whether or not I approve of the uses that they'll be put to; and that I have no direct control over what purposes the government puts my money towards.

Bianca Reagan said...

Welcome, Rad Geek! How did you find my blog?

Were you marching in TEA parties during the last Bush administration?

Rad Geek said...


Thanks for the welcome, and for the reply.

I found your post through the links on the April 19 "Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday" at feministe. I'm a regular reader there and occasionally Shamelessly Self-Promote my articles, when they're relevant.(I listed a couple that week.)

In answer to your question, yes, I was involved in organizing and participating in Tax Day protests (of course, they weren't called "Tea Parties" until this year) during the late, unlamented Bush administration, most actively when I was living in Auburn, Alabama, with much the same focus and for much the same reasons. (E.g. opposition to my being forced to pay for Mr. Bush's wars, torture camps, death squad training camps like the School of the Americas, etc.) I was also, for whatever it's worth, heavily involved in organizing local protests (as a founding member of the Auburn Peace Project) against the Iraq war and occupation, and in organizing protests against a personal appearance by the Warmonger-in-Chief on the Auburn University campus (he was stumping for a local GOP Congressional candidate at the time). Most of my activism these days is focused on opposing all forms of government violence, focusing especially on this government's wars, the criminalization of immigrants, and police brutality.

Hope this helps explain where I'm coming from.