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Protesters line Bollinger Canyon Road to dispute 'subsidy sucking' corporations

Original post made on Oct 12, 2011

Several activist groups joined together in protest outside Chevron headquarters in San Ramon on Tuesday afternoon, calling for an end to subsidies for oil companies.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 5:46 AM

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Posted by Shawn
a resident of West of Foothill
on Oct 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

Let's demonstrate in front of Mr. Goldberg's home in Danville! He is clearly not paying his fair share of taxes for his 2,660 square foot home, which is worth between $750-$850K. Mr Goldberg's taxes are based on a $470K value. Where's the fairness in that? I'll bet he's one of those evei people taking advantage of those damn mortgage interest loopholes too. Doesn't he care about the schools, or the hungry people?

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Posted by Subsidy
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

"not paying their fair share by benefiting from oil subsidies"

What about INDIVIDUALS who are not paying their fair share by benefiting from ANY subsidy? Welfare, Medicare, etc. Or the 50% of the population that pay NO federal income tax? Or those to artificially keep sugar prices low?

These protestors don't realize they are often the beneficiaries of subsidies.

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Posted by Chauncey
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Oct 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

Moreover, most of these protesters don't bathe. I don't care if slapping a 9% federal income tax on them DOES amount to taking food out of their baby's mouth. Fair is fair. I don't care if they can't afford to pay federal income tax. I'm for liberty, and this means the state should be able to take a fair share out of their lazy, unemployed hides if need be. Or debtors' prison. Why not bring those back? Throw those who declare themselves bankrupt or unable to pay off their student loans or whose pensions are too meager to live on into prison with Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and the rest of the crooks. I happen to know on good authority that the Obama administration is behind the San Ramon protest. It's all part of the conspiracy to make sure Republicans don't get elected.

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Posted by Get real
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

This is all an artifact of a government owned by special interests and making promises it just can't keep. It has conditioned generations of people to not plan for the future and not take care of themselves.

Do you realize that if you confiscated 100% of the INCOME of the top 1%, that wouldn't cover our current deficit. Do you realize that if you confiscated 100% of their WEALTH, that wouldn't put a dent in the $50-70 Trillion entitlement deficit we have.

So once you createD an authortarian society and through out the current rule of law and confiscate all this wealth, what will you do when this is not enough?

Oh yeah, we've seen this chapter play out a couple of times through history.

It is amazing to watch this ship sink.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

Nice to see the trolls are back (chauncey).
While it's obvious that these 'protestors' (they few that actually showed up for this non-event) are passionate about their exercise fo their first amendment rights, it's a little hard to atke them seriously, both for their claims of corp. greed and their goofy costumes. They'd be more credible (although still misguided) if they didn't dress like Berkeley dropouts who escaped the oonet bin in the east bay.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

I can only agree with "Get Real" regarding the fact that the song Obama keeps pushing to tax the rich and that would solve all the problems is a scam that these "protesters" buy into.Excellent point, once you have taxed the rich at 100%, doesn't begin to alleviate the problems that we have. At what point does Obama stop blaming the Bush administration and start taking responsibility for his lack of leadership aand complete lack of knowledge in addressing the problems facing this nation. Case in point, the unemployment rate today (three years into Obama's administration) is highter than at any point in the Bush administration. How does obama honestly answer that?

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Why isn't anyone protesting at Solyndra? At least Chevron is a highly successful domestic corporation providing jobs and great returns on investment. Solyndra took government loan guarantees and spent the loans on who knows what, then layed off their entire work force.

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Posted by Song pusher, not
a resident of Danville
on Oct 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

"How does obama honestly answer that?" Please see recent jobs bill which Boner won't allow onto House floor.

"Why isn't anyone protesting at Solyndra?" Um ... well, maybe they don't want to. Steve should maybe park his Hummer in front of Solyndra for a week or two. Then he can come back and tell us all about it.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Song pusher, your post adds no value to any discussion. Why not address the issues instead of just being a contrarian? Maybe the news of obamas failure in aiding the economy hasn't reached Danville yet, but his failed policies are dragging this country down to third world status.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Song doucher,

I drive by the empty, yet fully lit, Solyndra plant daily (in my very fuel efficient Civic -- I'm no sinner!).

Don't you think the billions wasted on that boondoggle is far worse than helping a successful corporation like Chevron or perhaps GE?

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Posted by Hank
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Steve should maybe park his Civic in front of Solyndra for a week or two and begin protesting. Then he can come back and tell us all about his experience.

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