Readers Rain on Tax Protest Story
Dana Milbank, the Post reporter/columnist who likes to find the amusing in the nation's political theater, has generated an extraordinary number of comments this morning for his review of the rain-soaked tax protest in front of the White House yesterday.
Not surprisingly, those who support the Obama administration seem to enjoy the story; those who don't seem to dislike it. The White House protest was one of many around the nation, a fact reported by the Post in a separate story by Lori Montgomery that also said "the federal income tax burden is already hovering near its lowest level in three decades for all but the wealthiest Americans."
You wouldn't know that from the tone of those comments that express great dislike for the Obama administration's policies. Democratic-sounding readers argue back. Sounds sort of like the comment strings we had before the election.
We'll start with marknelso, who wrote, "This is a total hatchet job by a liberal columnist masquerading as a reporter. I went down to the tea party for a short spell and the majority of the plackets were about bailouts and taxes with very few focused on Obama... Also, is this an article about the tea party or is it just an opportunity for WaPo to rant against Fox News? Sounds like sour grapes to me."
fgshul said, "Here in my small town, 1200 people showed up. The fact that a sales tax has been imposed by the county commissioners on the people was the main motivating force...Those who have legitimate concerns get ignored because the political game is all, the good of the country is nothing..."
woody2471 wrote, "What a pathetic bunch of losers. They just can't accept the election, can they?"
stmain said, "The real story here is about a Republican party that's totally run out of ideas. I'm betting this stuff is going to look a little silly one day."
rdancer42 wrote, "What is wrong with this bunch of crack pots. MSNBC, CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal among others elected us a president. What is wrong with Fox News getting involved. There are many of us that thought the times of reckless spending by our government went out of office when Bush left. We were promised change. We have change alright, but not what we were promised or expected. Can this country stand another eight years of spend, spend, spend?"
INDEPENDENTVOTER8 said, "I respect our president. I do. I was at the tax day protest. This article is a distortion. I'm not the right wing. I didn't bring a sign. I didn't chant. I'm just concerned about our present path. Is that crazy?"
chrisw21 wrote, "The original Boston Tea Party was about taxation without representation. You ARE represented tea-baggers...Taxes do suck. But other than the tobacco tax increase for the children's health care package, I believe most of these protesters will actually be getting a tax cut this year. Sorry if you earn more than $250K, you'll have to pay a bit more, but still less than what you did under Reagan..."
clandestinetomcat said, "The media can paint Tea Parties as anti-tax protests, but the truth is much more ominous...Obama is confiscating The People's hard-earned wealth and spreading it around hidden in social programs which makes the irresponsible beholden to The Government - a subtle attempt to buy future votes with The People's money... One must be wearing blinders not to notice the clowns in power destroying America."
alanlockett wrote, "What an appalling column! What a smug, out-of-touch elitist Milibank is! Over a million Americans show up to protest Obama's (and Bush's) absurd spending policies, and Milibank considers it plausible that all of this was organized by Fox News for their own benefit! I am disgusted and repelled by this shocking lack of even a shred of logical consistency... Milibank, you are a shill."
muslit said, "...we should not be bailing out the very institutions that were responsible for the economic mess we're in. But I wouldn't have been protesting in Lafayette Square to show my anger, because the majority there would have gladly and ignorantly paid the same taxes under Bush without protest. There's the double standard."
hit4cycle wrote, "I'm always surprised when posters on this site always set things up as a clash of parties. When the campaign's over there's just not much difference between the two parties!...[Politicians] divide us with demogoguery and probably laugh at us...It's a chess game to them and we're the pawns."
To which jayjay9 added, "Hopefully, you're joining me and (I suspect) the too-often silent majority of Americans in yearning for a third party dedicated to moderation and common sense. Ten years of these wing-nuts on the radical right and loony left have left us depleted economically and militarily, not to mention reeling from social experimentation which makes any sane person wonder what is left of The American Dream."
drzimmern said, "Fox news did not orchestrate the tea parties, and they are not astroturf,they are real grassroots. Obama's policies are not acceptable to the 48% who voted against him..."
And jhoward343 wrote, "Although the protesters weren't smart enough to know it, they were protesting the 2008 tax rates from the Bush administration."
All comments on this article are here.
April 16, 2009; 7:06 AM ET
Categories: Democrats , Obama , Republicans , Taxes | Tags: Democrats, Obama, Republicans, Taxes
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