The nationwide “tea party” anti-tax movement is coming to Pleasanton, with an event from noon to 6 p.m. next Wednesday, April 15 – Tax Day, of course – in Amador Valley Community Park, 4301 Black Ave.
TEA in this case stands for “taxed enough already,” and organizers say concerned citizens from Oakland, Castro Valley, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Sunol, Brentwood, Livermore, Pittsburg, Antioch, Alamo and Pleasanton will join forces to protest “out-of-control government spending on the federal, state (up to 10% sales tax) and local (Pleasanton proposed Parcel Tax) levels.”
Headlined by San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti and KSFO talk radio hosts Brian Sussman and Barbara Simpson, the event aims to rally local residents “in an effort to give them answers on how to get involved on either the local, state or federal level to end the ‘Tax Insanity’ that is poisoning America. Hundreds of citizens have already signed up to attend and petitions will be on site to sign along with strict security in case of infiltration of unwanted groups.”
The concerns are “(n)ew local taxes, in particular the Pleasanton parcel tax they want to impose upon its citizens, and any new taxes Obama and Congress et. al., will surely be passing down on us to help pay their ridiculous debts,” said Bridget Melson, a local business owner and this event’s president. “Incurring more debt to get out of debt is a really lousy lesson for the future children of America. The earmarks, the pay raise Congress gave themselves and the “stimulus” packages to come? We are protesting against it all.”
Hooray for civic engagement, but let’s have a bit of fact-checking, after the jump…
A couple of thoughts:
(1.) I trust San Ramon, Dublin and any other cities represented by mayors taking part in this event will reject any and all economic stimulus funds made available.
(2.) Though the tea-partiers are free and welcome to disagree, the Public Policy Institute of California found 65 percent of Californians support the $800 billion federal economic stimulus package.
(3.) As I’ve written, if you’re really concerned about federal spending, then complaining about earmarks is a red herring – like complaining about being spritzed with a water gun during a monsoon. Same with the annual Congressional pay raises, automatic since 1989, which can be refunded to the Treasury by anyone who doesn’t want ‘em, Democrat or Republican.
(4.) Other than letting President Bush’s tax cuts for the very rich expire, what federal tax hikes are we talking about?
(5.) Wanna see some numbers on how Americans’ tax burden compares to those of citizens in other countries? Take a look here.