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  •  Brooks nails it... (3+ / 0-)
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    wonderful world, eXtina, smallgal

    "David Brooks:

       The backlash against President Obama is the latest iteration of a populist tendency against money being siphoned off by condescending elites and going to those who do not work."

    Would that be the anger felt by the middle class for being Bush and Baucus-taxed while the condescending corporate elites live their lives farting through silk?

    Way to go, David.  Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and again.

    "When you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance." Jesse Winchester

    by The Poet Deploreate on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 06:45:41 AM PDT

    •  Many of the really angry protesters (2+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle, eXtina

      I've talked to are angry about taxes (they're retired, so they don't even know that Obama's stimulus package included a tax cut for workers).  But the kicker is these people are angry mostly about local taxes - state taxes, property taxes, local fee increases - that the federal government, and particularly Obama - has absolutely nothing to do with, and greivances the federal government has no power to address.

      The ignorance is breathtaking, but the anger is palpable.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 07:28:35 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, absolutely correct (0+ / 0-)

        this is what i have been hearing too, and local taxes and fees have gone up tremendously and do affect seniors (especially property taxes that they are in a poor position to absorb on a fixed income) but I would disagree (in this case only) that it's becuase of ignorance that they conflate this federal taxes and Obama. Partly because they are protesting against what they think will be more taxes in the future to cover healthcare but also just a general sense of outrage about taxes squeezing them. More irony is that the stimulus package was designed to address these revenue shortfalls.

    •  "farting through silk", thanks. (0+ / 0-)

      A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than a riot.

      by smallgal on Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 10:14:11 AM PDT

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