Tax Day Stupidity Thoughts

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Okay, I'm sure that I could leave well enough alone and NOT go onto the rant I'm about to go on, but that's just never as much fun. And I'm all about the fun.

In case you live in a cave without access to news, or are simply too lazy to go look at CNN, today was Tax Day, and it was the day that Republicans all over the country chose to show what sore losers they are that they disagree with the bailout by hosting "Tea Parties" where TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

Clever? You betcha. Rational, reasonable or mature? Um, no.

Here's the thing, this bailout? It was voted on by Democrats AND Republicans. Remember how Democrats didn't win the number of seats they needed to rule the world pass laws without the Republicans? This means that at least a few of your comrades actually voted FOR what you're protesting.

So this "no taxation without deliberation" slogan? It's wrong. There was deliberation, but if you'd like us to take more time trying to come up with a way to dig the country out of this economic depression while things get worse, we can try that. Would you rather have greater tax increases later because we twiddled our thumbs coming up with a plan? We apologize for being proactive. We'll try to resist the urge in the future.

Speaking of higher taxes, you all realize that your taxes did not increase this year, right? Because I'm starting to think that maybe you don't get that. Your taxes won't even change next year. The tax reforms won't begin until 2011, so you're protesting BUSH'S tax policies. This is, um, stupid. Er, crazy. Er, stupid crazy. Obama has had no impact on your 2009 taxes, which is why I cannot, for the life of me, understand why people were protesting today.

Now, I do have to give the leaders of the Tea Parties some mad props for likening themselves to Revolutionaries. That is GENIUS. Seriously. Totally wrong, but brilliant. You did not have any great injustice done to you in this bailout, as the Revolutionaries did in the tea tax. A bill you're not fond of was passed by a bipartisan congress. It was passed fairly and without any illegal measures. You were represented in the United States government. I'm sorry if you weren't happy with your representation, but you were represented. To pretend that this is the same as the British government's oppression of the Revolutionaries is offensive to anyone who has ever studied American history. It's not even in the same universe of injustice and to pretend that it is is ridiculous.

And finally, here's perhaps my biggest issue with it. In 2000 and 2004, every time a Democrat said they were going to move to Canada or some other escape mechanism to convey our disappointment over the elections, we were hushed by Republicans and told that we should join together under our president and try to improve the country together (I would know, because this was said to me A LOT.)

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Not only are you not working with the president in any way, shape or form, but now the governor of Texas is suggesting that they secede from the union?

Dear Governor Perry,

Stop being a sore loser.

Smooches,
Katie

I mean really. All today was was a show of unsportsmanlike conduct. You're pissed that Obama is president, and I get that because hello? I just lived through 8 years of that misery. You don't want higher taxes, and I get that too. Honestly, who wants to pay higher taxes? But what was accomplished today? You lowered public morale in a time when people need to believe in their government. You showed how generally uneducated you were about this bailout and you just looked like sore losers.

I respect your freedom of speech, but I think what went on today was not an example of bipartisan effort. Today was a showing of sore losers and greedy people, unwilling to give more money to help others who need it. I think it's embarrassing.

If you really want things to be accomplished in this country, work with us, don't protest us. If and when you're ready to act like adults, we'll be waiting.

In the meantime, let me know how you feel. Did you participate? Support? Enjoy? Throw up? What do you think was accomplished today (as long as no direct name calling is involved (well, I suppose if you want to call me names that's fine, I did ask for it), I'll leave comments open.

Be nice.

29 comments:

kimybeee said...

Katie,

I am a Republican. I disagree with most of your political views. I even stopped reading your blog a while back because you were on some kind of rant that just turned me off. I don't even remember what it was, so it must have been important.

All that being said, isn't it awesome that we live in a country where we can say anything we want about our government with no worries of repercussions? I didn't know that any kind of protest was going on today, I have spent the last two days painting and organizing my scrapbook room.

As far as agreeing or disagreeing, I really just skimmed most of what you wrote. I don't agree with the financial institution bailouts - but I really want the economy to improve. History shows us that the economy always has highs and lows. Hopefully this low will not last as long as some others in the past.

Keep speaking your piece!!!!

kimybeee

p.s. By the way, the whole retard and gay ban is working pretty well at our house. We have even corrected a few other people. We decided to replace the words with "dingleberry", it really is funny to stop and change words before you speak. But for the most part, we just try to be a little more respectful.

Overflowing Brain said...

Kimybeee-

I agree that the freedom of speech is great and I appreciate that you're willing to skim my piece and leave yours. I honestly do think that working together is the answer and hope that someday we can really do it.

And also? I love that you're working on those words. LOVE IT.

Kristen said...

I LOVE this post. It said eveything I wanted to say, but couldn't. I live in the capitol of a very red state and one of these "tea parties" happened just down the strret from where I work. The people I saw protesting I am sure had no real grasp of what they were protesting. Ignorant people crack me up sometimes! Ha...
Kristen

Eva Marie said...

I'll keep it simple: AGREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tiffany said...

I, personally, I loved it.

I love seeing Americans passionate.

I love seeing them use their right to speak.

I love them bringing attention to American History {you know how I feel about my history}. Even if it has such little relevance.

In fact, we drove by a small "tea party" and it gave me the perfect opportunity to talk about what they were doing with my 8 tear old. And, what taxation is all about.

As a small business owner who just wrote a FIVE digit check to the IRS I think I'm entitled to have some concerns.

I worry that many small business owners are barely making it once they pay health benefits, workers comp, taxes, etc.

For some, it will be easier to close up shop and take a salaried job... that's not good for any of us. Small business and entrepreneurs are what this country is all about.

I see both sides of the issue- I consider myself a Republican on fiscal issues and a Democrat on social issues {ie gay right, pro-choice, etc.) Where do I fit???? Somebody tell me!

Thought- provoking as usual!

Jess said...

And I just have to bring the smut by saying that calling your protesting "teabagging" does not help.

All I can think of when I hear "teabag" is balls. Big, hairy balls.

/crawls back into gutter

PS: if you don't know what I'm talking about, please go to Urban Dictionary and type in "teabag".

Sue G said...

My husband threatened to go to the local tea party yesterday. Did he go? I didn't ask. Why? Because any answer he would give would remind me that somewhere along the way, he became an old fart (definition: someone who talks ad nauseum about what's wrong with everything instead of what's right).

For forty years i have cancelled every one of his presidential votes by voting for the opposite party.

And THAT is about the most exciting aspect of my marriage! Sigh.

Becs said...

Great, so in expressing my opinion I have been called a racist (not by you), greedy and a sore loser. Yeah, you have every right to express your opinion and I have every right to stop reading this blog when I am called names by someone who assumed so many things about me that aren't even true. I had enjoyed this blog but this was just too much for me to take.

Jen said...

Jess, I agree with you. Every time I hear about the tea parties, I think dirty thoughts and giggle.

Becs said...

Er, there are two Becs here. I'm the other one.

I think it's futile to try to change the government, although I did vote in November. I've seen enough protests in my life to realize they don't do much but make the protesters feel satisfied with themselves.

Anyway - that whole secede from the union business has been tried before. Just to refresh Texas's memory, it didn't work last time.

em said...

I happily paid 6 figures in taxes... The "protesters" need to learn about John Maynark Keynes, and realize that FINALLY there is a man in office that actually learned something in college, in graduate school, and who has surrounded himself with equally smart people. These are not rash spending decisions... they are based on sound economic priniciples.

em said...

sorry that should be Maynard

Anonymous said...

You sound like a socialist. Not what the US was founded on.

Liz

Overflowing Brain said...

Becs (the first one)-

I don't recall calling you specifically greedy or a sore loser. Did you organize the Tea Party? No? Then my thoughts were not directed at you. They were directed, even if not clearly, at the leaders of the Republican party who spurred this set of protests.

You do have the right to stop reading here, and if that's your choice then fine. But understand that I did not call you names.

We are both entitled to our opinions. I welcome you to share yours here, but I understand if you're not willing to.

Sorry to see you go. Too bad we can't agree to disagree and move on.

Anonymous said...

I have always thought that people should have to pass a test before they are able to use the word socialism.

Interestingly enough, the US was founded because FRANCE financed our Revolutionary War. That's just a fun fact, that we would not exist without that silly country with their universal health care and 35 hour work weeks and lots and lots of vacation time.

~em

Overflowing Brain said...

Liz-

I'm not a socialist. But the American government was also founded on the idea of a social contract. You basically give up some of your rights for protection by the government.

Taxes have been and always will be a fundamental part of any successful country. It is how we can raise money to pay for the things we need and it is a necessary evil. No one likes taxes, no one likes to pay them, (okay, maybe some people do, I sure as hell don't), but I understand that they're going to an important cause and it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. Sure, I'm not in the upper class ranks making a six-figure salary, but someday my husband will be, and even then, we'll still pay our taxes without protest because it is one of our civic duties.

Also? Socialism is not the big evil monster that everyone thinks it is. Not that I'm advocating it, but I just thought that should be known. The principles of Socialism are actually kind of totally reasonable, but I'm pretty sure you don't need to worry about the United States coming under Socialist rule any time soon.

adriana said...

Wow - I love this post. Thank you for writing it.

I completely agree with you. I can't believe the audacity of comparing the current financial issue with being oppressed by Britain.

The place we're at right now was NOT decided by one man. Obama might have some great ideas, but we don't live in a monarchy... other people (bi-partisan) have say in what happens.

Melissa said...

I went to a tea party yesterday. Not as a republican (which is the party which most closely aligns with my beliefs) but as a taxpayer that is fed up. I talked to people in the crowd of both parties and independents. What we are concerned with is spending by both parties. How are we going to afford this without crippling future generations? I don't agree with the bailouts. The governor in the state in which I live made promises before his election about not raising taxes. He didn't say he wouldn't raise taxes on just the lower whatever percentage. He said he wouldn't raise them on anyone. He broke that promise. He raided the transportation fund for a different use and then raided the patient compensation fund to help pay for road construction. This is one of the main reasons I went to the protest. For me, it was not a party issue. I took my kids with me (they are on spring break) and we talked about freedom to assemble and other civics issues. I consider the day well spent.

Anonymous said...

Go Katie!
They just don't get it and probably never will. I'd bet on the fact that a great deal of the people who participated in yesterday's "Tea Party" only did so because they heard about it from some right-wing media source and not because they truly understood the complexity of what they were protesting. I completely agree with you that they are sore losers. The majority seem to have absolutely no understanding of what is actually going on in this country because their major source of information, economic or political, is FOX news or Rush Limbaugh.
I witnessed first hand yesterday afternoon, a Tea Party, across the street from my small Midwestern town's hardware store. As I was making my purchase, the cashier was telling me how great he thought it was that people were standing up to the government. I said, "I bet those are the same people who are still driving around with George W. Bush '04 bumper stickers", assuming he'd catch the sarcasm. He replied, "Yeah, and McCain/Palin", with a dumb grin. Then he added, "that'll teach Obama a lesson". I honestly don't think he even understood what was happening.
One last thing. Why can Republicans have freedom of speech to speak out against an administration they don't agree with but Democrats cannot do the same without being labeled unpatriotic?

five tomatoes said...

There was a tea party in the city where I live and work (for the city). They were protesting high taxes on government land (thus depriving the rest of us use of the park we helped pay for) and needed government security (more tax money)! I thought that was ironic enough, but then, I saw a sign:

"We're having a tea party like it's 1776." That right there is what's wrong. The tea party was in 1773. If their grasp of American history is that tenuous and they can't hop on Wikipedia to check it out, they have bigger problems than taxes.

kimybeee said...

Oh the politics have 'em all fired up!

Can we talk about religion next?

Thanks for visiting my site and commenting on Honey B. I can't even begin to explain how sad I am over losing her. I have had a really bad week!

kimybeee

Josh said...

I actually did help plan our tea party. One girl (just a regular girl) planned the entire thing and I helped her. So yeah you were calling me those names.

Overflowing Brain said...

Well Josh, I apologize. It wasn't very nice of me.

In my own (small) defense, I wrote the post after viewing a sign from a tea party that said "libtards" and I was pretty effing pissed off. That doesn't make it right, but I've been known to get carried away.

I fervently disagree with what you protested yesterday, but I shouldn't have called you names. I'm not going to erase what I wrote because I don't believe in that sort of thing. I said it, and sure, it wasn't very nice, but I'm not going to pretend like I didn't.

I do apologize for offending you. It wasn't my intent.

Becs said...

Oops that Josh comment was actually from Becs (the first one). I am on my home computer now.

Becs said...

And I accept your apology. These things can get all of us really riled up. I have done and said things I am not proud of when I was upset about political stuff too. I have no problem having a discussion with you about politics even if we differ in opinion.

justlori2day said...

Katie, while I may not always agree with everyone (even you some times) in their political views, you have been the closest constant in my beliefs! And I LOVE that you are willing to toss it out there even if it pisses people off because well, that is part of what I love about you!

I love these political posts because you say it the way I wish I could, and I like to share them with my husband and father - two people that forget that there is no way you can justifiably convince me that the CURRENT President is at fault for CURRENT events. People forget that it takes a while to make a mess, and even longer to clean it up.

And I am insuccessfully rambling in coherently because it is late!

Dear Katie,

You ROCK!

Smooches, Lori

justlori2day said...

UNsuccessfully, not INsuccessfully. There are probably too many c's, s's and l's too, but hey, who cares!

Anonymous said...

So what you are saying is that no one is allowed to disagree publicly with the president? If this were a group of your like minded people protesting something they did not agree with you would be on board - Correct? You would be first in line at a ralley to show your disagreement with President Bush - Correct?

And I also gather that becasue you feel like the taxes won't begin untill 2012 that this is ok. I guess you are living in the now!

All of the comments about uneducated people rallying - First of all this was not a REPUBLICAN rally. It was a protest by people of any party who were concerned about this issue - it was not a right-wing media source gathering. Just becasue the mainstream media - CNN, NBC, CBS chose to not even mention the gathering of hundreds of thousands of people in protest of something does not make it a right wing issue.
I could go on and on but it's just useless. For some reason people have latched on to Obama as some savior of the country without doing any fact checking or research and their minds will not be changed with any amount of information.

Overflowing Brain said...

Anonymous-

All I can say is, some people have also rebuked Obama without doing any fact checking too.

I don't disagree with the protests because they protest the president OR because they were primarily (and you know they were) republicans. I disagree with them because I think what people are saying is incorrect, I think they're making other people believe incorrect things and I think that ultimately, they're trying to point the finger at anyone besides their former leader, who was a LARGE part of how we got here.

You could all be democrats or independents or libertarians, and if you were protesting an issue I found stupid, I'd call it as I saw it. To assume that my ability to negotiate an issue to completely bound by my political party is every bit as insulting as anything I ever insinuated about the people involved in the tea parties.