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Hundreds gather for 'TEA Party' on tax day

Original post made on Apr 17, 2009

As people rushed to put their tax filings in the mail by Wednesday's deadline at the post office on Black Avenue, hundreds of people were protesting increased taxes across the street at one of several Bay Area "TEA parties."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Dan, a resident of Birdland
on Apr 17, 2009 at 8:21 am

Judging by the photos, this looks like just about the least diverse group of people I have ever seen....WHAT A SHOCKER!!!!. It's nice to see that self described "hard working" Republicans took the day off to throw a tantrum. It's nice to see that they used their kids as props to advance their right-wing agenda (see the 3rd picture). It's nice to see all the anti-Obama signs when these same tea baggers stood silent as their hero GW Bush ran up the debt over the last 8 years. It's nice to see the irony of anti-tax Republicans protesting in a park paid for with public tax money. How low can you go? This event is a total embarrassment to Pleasanton.

Predictably, the Tea Bagger event was also used to promote the anti-parcel tax group. You can always count on Republicans to cheap out when it comes to schools, nothing new.

Tea Party = Boohoo! We can't get over the fact that Obama won in November!!! Lets throw a tantrum in the park.

Posted by June, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 9:31 am

Taxes are lower now than they have been in three decades.

Posted by DoneandDone, a resident of Danville
on Apr 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

Its interesting that this story was posted on April 15 and has about 70-80 comments on it and now its posted again and "Dan" is the first in line with a comment, just as he was on the original post, saying basically the same thing.
Think Dan might be an editor's plant to get things rolling? Anyway this has been talked to death, but the original post is pretty funny.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:46 am

Stacey is a registered user.

These posts are predictable; partisan and non-partisan, extreme and sensible. Reminds me of those who were in attendance at the TEA party!

Incidentally, Obama got a tax cut passed yesterday.

The real problem to me isn't taxation, it's about how government wastes our taxes. They raise our taxes and the average citizen doesn't see any improved and proportional service in return. The Boston tea party protested against taxation without representation. Many feel like they don't have true representation anymore, not when government keeps gaming the system with gerrymandering, etc.

Posted by Bill J., a resident of Birdland
on Apr 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm

DoneandDone: where IS the original post? has it been removed?
I thought I saw it yesterday ran out of time and was going to read it today - as I noticed people were commenting about how funny it was...

and as you suggest - if editor plant that is very concerning to me.

Posted by June, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Why now? These problems have been around forever.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 17, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Stacey is a registered user.


Problems like slavery has been around forever and still continues to this day. Should we allow it?

Posted by Wow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Wow can you call this forum, "...a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion" when people stick to the terms of use and you STILL DELETE?? Pathetic. I think you should change your Posting guidelines with a comment that "everything you say is subject to our staff's political leanings." At least then yo'd be just like the original posts...HONEST.

Anyone out there in P-town know how to start a different forum that we can all post and not be afraid of being deleted by the almighty PW staff? We'd just need to pop in here every once in a while to let posters know it exists.

Good grief - have some integrity and let people speak already PW!!

Posted by Not a fan of the Weekly now, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 19, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Attn Pleasanton Weekly:

Please return the original posts to this thread. Censoring this community is wrong.

Thanks, Wow, for your comments - let's see if the Weekly has any integrity left at all.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

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