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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Tax Day: Tea Parties and Teabagging

I'm not sure I learned anything except that giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. — P.J. O'Rourke
Items of Interest:

Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Day Becomes Protest Day — How the tea parties could change American politics. — Today American taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will hold rallies — dubbed “tea parties” — to protest higher taxes and out-of-control government spending.
discussion:
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice: The obligatory “Look, there's a tea party” column
Susan Duclos / Wake up America: Tax day and Tea Parties
Patterico's Pontifications: Today, Tea Parties. What Tomorrow?
Conn Carroll / The Foundry: Morning Bell: The Tea Party Movement
Richard / The Peking Duck: Anniversaries and Tea Parties
Donald Douglas / American Power: Tax Day Becomes Protest Day
Mark J. Perry / CARPE DIEM: Taxpayers Are Really Tea-ed Off
Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette: It's Tea Party Time
Dan Nexon / The Duck of Minerva: Déjà vu all over again
Robert Stein / Connecting.the.Dots: Wag-the-Dog Tea Parties
Amanda Carpenter / Washington Times: Tax-day protests across nation set to send message
related:
Michelle Malkin:
A Tax Day Tea Party cheat sheet: How it all started — It's here! — For the Johnny-Come-Latelys in the MSM who will be dispatched by their editors to file obligatory stories about the hundreds of Tax Day Tea Party protests across the country today, here is a cheat sheet to get you up to speed...
discussion:
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute: CNBC Asks Santelli to React to Tea Parties: 'I'm Pretty Proud of This'
Robert Reich / Robert Reich blog:
A Short Citizen's Guide to Kooks, Demagogues, and Right-Wingers On Tax Day -- No one likes to pay taxes, so tax day typically attracts a range of right-wing Republicans, kooks, and demagogues, all of whom tell us how awful we have it. Herewith a short citizen's guide (that is, a citizen's guide that's short rather than a guide for short citizens) responding to the predictable charges: 1. "Americans pay too much in taxes." ...

Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
The peasant mentality lives on in America — It took a good long while for news of the Teabag movement to penetrate the periphery of my consciousness — I kept hearing things about it and dismissing them, sure that the whole business was some kind of joke. Like a Daily Show invention, say...
discussion:
Chris Cillizza / The Fix: White House Cheat Sheet: Of Tax Day and Tea Parties
Donald Douglas / American Power: Leftist Denial on Tea Party Movement
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘TEA PARTIES’: THE NEXT GRASS-ROOTS MOVEMENT? — Yes: We conservatives have decided to take our grievances to the streets — Who is the leader of the conservative movement? Is it Michael Steele at the Republican National Committee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, or even Rush Limbaugh?
discussion:
Ian Swanson / The Hill: Protesters to hold 750 tea parties
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: TEA TIME — *** Tea time: Who would have ever thought that a discussion of tea bags — even used as a verb, from both the right and left — would become a political topic, let alone a subject we'd mention in First Read...
discussion:
Jeremy P. Jacobs / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: Tea Party day is here — After countless blog posts …
Marc Cooper / Los Angeles Times:
Anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Parties steeped in insanity — What, exactly, are the protesters protesting? The marginal tax rate rising 3% for millionaires? — The Web is buzzing with information about how to throw an anti-Obama Taxpayer Tea Party, something organizers hope will be held today from Santa Monica to South Carolina...
discussion:
Quin Hillyer / AmSpecBlog: I Sniffed Marc Cooper's Column
Michelle Malkin:
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CalculatedRisk:
Fed's Beige Book: "economic activity contracted further or remained weak" -- From the Fed: Beige Book Reports from the Federal Reserve Banks indicate that overall economic activity contracted further or remained weak. However, five of the twelve Districts noted a moderation in the pace of decline , and several saw signs that activity in some sectors was stabilizing at a low level . emphasis added On Real Estate and ...
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