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  •  Read his rant. (2+ / 0-)
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    second gen, billmosby

    This guy was a tax protester back in the '80s. I knew some of those people, almost without exception they were asshats, too dense to figure out that they really did have to pay their taxes.

    The teabaggers will have him elevated to martyrdom by tomorrow morning. He's a casualty of Obama's America! The Obama Tax Increase(TM) killed him! Our precious freedom! Palin!


    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 11:08:40 AM PST

    •  I read it (3+ / 0-)
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      jeff in nyc, happy camper, geez53

      He's bitching about Health Care reform not happening and the poor dying for the rich's mistakes.  Teabaggers are now angry that we don't have HCR?  Just because you wish something to be true doesn't make it so.  

      ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

      by Kristina40 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 11:11:36 AM PST

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      •  Tea party analysis, NY Times (3+ / 0-)
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        They are frequently led by political neophytes who prize independence and tell strikingly similar stories of having been awakened by the recession. Their families upended by lost jobs, foreclosed homes and depleted retirement funds, they said they wanted to know why it happened and whom to blame.

        In New Mexico, Mary Johnson, recording secretary of the Las Cruces Tea Party steering committee, described why she fears the government. She pointed out how much easier it is since Sept. 11 for the government to tap telephones and scour e-mail, bank accounts and library records. "Twenty years ago that would have been a paranoid statement," Ms. Johnson said. "It’s not anymore."

        In Texas, Toby Marie Walker, president of the Waco Tea Party, stood on a stage before several thousand people, ticking off the institutions she no longer trusts — the federal government, both the major political parties, Wall Street. "Many of us don’t believe they have our best interests at heart," Ms. Walker said. She choked back tears, but the crowd urged her on with shouts of "Go, Toby!" a fuse for rebellion&st=cse&scp=1

        And yes, some of them have complained of being turned over the mercies of the for-profit insurance companies.

        I noted in a comment yesterday that a number of the tea party folks just happened across Glenn Beck instead of DKos, or their focus and direction might have been quite different.

    •  Do you have any idea how foolish you sound? (3+ / 0-)
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      ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

      by Kristina40 on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 11:19:10 AM PST

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      •  Why do you think I (0+ / 0-)

        didn't read it before I commented? He appears to have felt that the government, his employers, and the system generally were all part of a conspiracy to screw him. How does this not appeal to the tea party's sense of angst?

        They'll claim him as one of their own.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 12:43:48 PM PST

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    •  Yes. Tax protester. I knew a progressive one.. (2+ / 0-)
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      boadicea, Catte Nappe

      .. at least he talked progressive politics. Hi attitude towards taxes was not progressive, however.

      My wife at the time, an IRS Revenue Agent, dealt with a lot of tax protesters in Idaho where she worked. Generally a lot of such cases seemed to involve one sort of leader who would get a lot of coworkers, or employees, to stop filing their taxes. Most of them wouldn't have owed anything much to speak of, but after penalties and interest they were much worse off.

      In the case today, it seems the guy owned a Piper PA-28. That might have made a good start on a retirement fund for him if he had sold it.

      Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

      by billmosby on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 11:23:00 AM PST

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