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Thursday, April 16, 2009
I Know What You Are
I don't think in my entire life, I've used or heard the word "teabagging" as much as I have in the past week. It's nice to be given the excuse to be excruciatingly vulgar, and no one is allowed to reprimand you by doing anything more serious than rolling their eyes.
I refer to the nationwide "grass roots" tax revolt that weird conservative groups orchestrated this week. All over the country, well-planned and spontaneous outrage broke out all over the land, as people, mostly over 55, judging by the video, complained that they are being taxed to death.
Oddly enough, 95% of Americans received a tax cut on their pay starting at the beginning of the month. 95% of us! Basically, anyone earning less than 250k a year now has more cash than they did a few weeks ago. Anyone believe that the majority of these huckleberries waving signs this week are making that kind of cake? Me either.
So, what the hell is going on? Is it just politics? The beloved W is gone, and now we have some lib'rul, excuse me, Socialist/Marxist in charge? Is that it? I think it's kind of pathetic to muster up outrage over crass party politics, especially while the object of your ire is making your life incrementally better. But that's your right.
I have, over the past several years, tried to understand why people who have no assets rail against the Estate Tax, which only impacts assets north of 10 million dollars. They believe the lie of trickle-down economics, that if we only make the super-rich super richer, they will suddenly get all lovey-dovey toward the rest of us, who were too stupid to be born into money, or who have failed to make ten million on our own.
You're an economic Uncle Tom, defending your masters, while they own your ass, lock, stock and barrel. How can you be house slave even after you've lost your house? But that's still not what this is about.
As much as I hate to say it, because it's been said so often for so long, that it's nearly become meaningless, this is about racism.
When did deficits become bad? When did America start careening down the wrong path? This is about a relatively small percentage of people who are outraged that the land that Jesus himself reserved for them started being run by one of the mud people.
"We're losing everything, man!" come the cries from former tough guys, now reduced to tears by the notion of a person not born rich or white has managed to become President. They gave Clinton the same crap for being highly-aspiring white trash, but at least the trash he was had the proper shading to it.
There are currently more than half-a-dozen state legislatures in this country currently mulling over bills declaring "sovereignty." Texas governor Rick Perry crawled right up to the edge of calling for Texas to secede from the US over the budget and stimulus packages that have been passed. He's still taking the money, of course. He sort of has to, he's a fucking hypocrite.
So now it's treason for you poor sons-of-bitches, you're ready to quit the country because the president's dad was black. I'd say good riddance, but I like that we have 50 states; it's a nice round number and easy to remember. Y'all need to stop being such emotional drama queens, take two steps back, and think for one minute who is actually responsible for this sorry state of affairs.
And by all means, keep on teabaggin'. I'm just glad the British never taxed the holes in corn.
posted at 8:41 PM
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