The Audacity of Hype: Tax Teabaggers Doth Protest Too Much
Today is the day when conservatives are protesting the tax cuts the White House has given 95 percent of Americans. Borrowing imagery and rhetoric from the Boston Tea Party, anti-tax
demonstrators, mourning the restoration of taxes for the ultra-rich threw out tea bags at parks and piers. You know, the parks and piers that are built and maintained through tax dollars. The parks and piers that are reached by roads that are also built and maintained by taxes.
The L.A. Times reports that several hundred protesters have rallied in front of Glendale's City Hall, while the paper estimated 1,000 demonstrated in Santa Ana. Events have been scheduled across the Southland, including at the Republican Party headquarters in Burbank and at the Santa Monica Pier.
Local rant radio station KFI, like its TV soul mate, Fox News, has been busily promoting the events. On KFI's Web page the station sought listener's opinions of the anti-tax protests -- not if listeners agreed or not with them, but whether they teabagged. A check-off box listed three options:
- Yes! Wouldn't miss it, I'm pissed off.
- Gonna try to do something...at the very least, contact my elected official.
- No, but I'm with them all the way!
No box for, "No way am I joining a bunch of selfish wingnuts who aren't willing to pay their fair share of taxes."
Meanwhile, on HuffPo Paul Begala has a seriously funny response to the teabaggers, especially calling them out on their appropriation of the Boston Tea Party.
Says Begala: "The Boston Tea Party, in case the clods at Fox didn't know it, protested 'taxation without representation.' Note the second word: without. The goofballs tossing tea bags today have representation. They voted in the election; they lost."
Marc Cooper, op-edding in today's L.A. Times, is blunter, describing how citizens can join the protests:
to a hobby store. Buy a scale model of a U.N. One-World-Government
Black Helicopter and a tube of glue. Toss the model kit. Sniff the
entire tube of glue. You're all set for the party."
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