Wednesday, April 15, 2009

When Drinking Tea, Extend Your Pinkie

Today is Wednesday, 15 April 2009.

More tomorrow on this American Tea Party buffoonery. I'm too tired from, among other things, helping Brutus, a charming young Boston bull terrier, find his way home.

The following list of what the organizers of the Tulsa TEA ("Taxed Enough Already") Party oppose seems representative of the movement, and unconscious self-parody: “The rapidly growing size & reach of the American government, Wasteful government spending (The Stimulus Act, Omnibus Bill, Tarp, & the like!), Elected officials that pass spending bills without reading them & without debate and due consideration, Burdensome taxation (direct & hidden) – taxes are already too high & are crippling free enterprise, Pork spending, Earmarks, Awarding failure & non-achievement, Over-regulation that handicaps free market enterprises & impairs our ability to compete globally, Growing social programs, Socialized medicine & government mandated health care, Ignoring or facilitating illegal immigration or providing benefits funded by taxpayer dollars to illegal aliens, The failure to protect our borders, Monetizing government debt (printing money to false cover debt), Nationalization of banks & businesses, Punitive taxes for targeted citizens, Paying for other peoples’ debts & mortgages because they overspent, Bailouts for banks or others – let the bankruptcy system work, We are against Socialism!!!!“

I.e.: It's the Global War on Badness (GWOB), Charlie Brown.


Anonymous rtr said...

From Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Main Entry: 1dem·a·gogue
Variant(s): also dem·a·gog \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\
Function: noun
Etymology: Greek dēmagōgos, from dēmos people (perhaps akin to Greek daiesthai to divide) + agōgos leading, from agein to lead — more at tide, agent
Date: 1648
1 : a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
2 : a leader championing the cause of the common people in ancient times
— dem·a·gogu·ery \-ˌgä-g(ə-)rē\ noun
— dem·a·gogy \-ˌgä-gē, -ˌgä-jē, -ˌgō-jē\ noun

Sounds relatively benign doesn't it?

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you sit there enjoying the fruits of capitalism. Sheesh...

12:29 PM  
Blogger HH said...

Dear Anonymous,

May I ask to which "you" you refer?

And to expand on your comment, please?

Thank you.


12:31 PM  

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