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on Apr 3, 2009 at 9:28 am
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It's amazing how you Tea Baggers don't even understand the basic historical premise of the Boston Tea Party. So here is a little history lesson for all of you Republican geniuses.
The Boston Tea Party was ultimately precipitated by a massive corporate tax cut. In 1773, the only major multinational corporation at the time, the British East India Company, was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. According to that obviously liberal organization, the Boston Tea Party Historical Society, one solution was to bail out the corporation by offering it a government loan. But instead, at the urging of the East India Company's powerful lobbyists and supported by King George III, Parliament passed the Tea Act which almost entirely eliminated the duty -- the tax -- on British tea exported by the East India Company to the American colonies.
The rationale was that lower taxes meant lower prices, which meant the East India Company would sell a lot more tea. Your basic free market precursor to Reaganomics and supply-side economics in action. In other words, the British government's solution to the East India Company's financial crisis was, in effect, a TAX CUT. Exactly the same economic solution that's been pushed by congressional Republicans and the tea bag revolutionaries 236 years later.
It turns out that that the tea baggers, led in part by Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds and the Coward Rick Santelli, are politically more in line with the tax policies of King George than the views of the Sons of Liberty and the colonial patriots. The tax baggers emulating a protest against a corporate tax cut -- but, oddly, in support of tax cuts for the rich and corporations. Furthermore, King George was against a corporate bailout loan. And so are the tea baggers. And I don't think it'd be a stretch to suggest that many of the tea baggers are recipients of the president's middle class tax cut.
on Apr 3, 2009 at 9:29 am
jon is a registered user.
Lets be honest about the Tea Party and who goes to these events. These Tea Parties are nothing more than a group of homogeneous Republicans engaging in an exercise of pure selfishness and divisiveness. And unless I'm mistaken, the basic idea of the tea bag revolution is to protest against government bailouts and in favor of tax cuts for the wealthiest five percent of Americans. Ultimately, the tea baggers (can I call them that?) appear to be against allowing the Bush's tax cuts to expire. Strangely, they also appear to be against President Obama signing into law the largest middle class tax cut in history. They're also against helping middle and working class "losers" keep their homes. (By the way, your neighbor's mortgage is your problem. Just watch your property values plummet as soon as there's just one foreclosure on your block.)
This series of Obama policies, they say, portends tyranny in America. Of course none of the policies of the Bush administration were considered tyrannical by many of the current tea bag leaders. You know the list of Bush trespasses. The illegal searches and seizures, the illegal electronic eavesdropping and torturing. The suspension of habeas corpus, the record deficits, the doubling of the national debt and so on. None of that was tyrannical. But allowing the tax cuts for the wealthiest five percent to expire is absolutely the vanguard of totalitarianism.
Sorry right-winger, Obama won the election and he is popular with the American public (Boohoo!!! Call the whambulance!!). Where was all this outrage when the great GW Bush ran up America's debt?
on Apr 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Janna is a registered user.
Right on Jon!
Finally, someone is asking the right questions? Where WAS all the outrage as Bush spent us trillions of dollars into debt for his wars of choice? What about the nine billion dollars that mysteriously went missing in Iraq? All I can imagine is those people must be for wars of choice and spending tax payer money to kill innocents.
I think we should call them "tea baggers," it conjures some excellent visuals if you know what I mean LOL!
P.S. I'm no longer of Mission Park, but now writing from Dublin.