Today is April 15th. For many people in America, this is the day that taxes are due. President Obama had promised to raise taxes in an effort to give money to those who he feels are deserving. As someone who wasn’t collecting a salary for the past few months, it is easy for me to say, “Yay, Barack!”, but I’m not. I’m not really excited that my salary, now that I’m earning again, isn’t going where I want it to go. Apparently, many people across the nation feel the same way.

In several cities across the country, thousands of people, frustrated with the fact that they have no voice in the direction of the country, frustrated because of the TRILLION DOLLARS of money spent on bailing out broken businesses with no end in sight, and frustrated because the people most responsible for the Depression are the same ones with the checkbook who are going to “fix” the problem.  They are calling these events “tea parties”.

The last tea-party of any consequence was a scene in which a despondent Buzz Lightyear, forced to face the fact that he was a toy, and not a real space ranger, was captured by the children next door to Andy.  With one arm broken (off!), Lightyear, now going by the name of Mrs. Nesbitt, is having a tea party with a couple of headless dolls as Woody plans an escape for the both of them.

The one previous to that with any significance happened in December of 1773, when a bunch of people, frustrated because they had no voice in the direction their (new) country was headed, frustrated with onerous taxes levied on every aspect of life by an absentee leadership, boarded ships in the Boston Harbor and dumped all of the tea into the ocean in protest to the tax on tea and other commodities.

So are they right?

I was invited to several “tea party” events around California, to add my voice to those who were frustrated.  I didn’t go.  Not because I think their idea is wrong, but I don’t believe that they will do any real good.  Too many right-wingers have attached their personalities to these events to make them effective, and too many left-wingers are trying to paint these legitimate protests as political posturing.

So is there even a problem?

Obama’s press people will say that 95% of Americans will not see any increased taxes, but will see lower taxes, even rebates.  The problem is that many of these people don’t pay taxes to begin with.  They are getting refunds on taxes they never pay!  They are getting these refunds on the backs of Americans who are seeing their taxes increase.  They are getting these refunds at the expense of their neighbors, who are also facing hard times right now.

So is there a solution?

I really want to say that there is some magic bullet that will make all of this better.  I want to say that the solution is coming forth from some politician somewhere.  The reality is that the only solution that has any hope in working is education.  Parents need to start teaching their children how to survive on what they can make.  They need to demand that the billions of dollars spent every year on schools go towards providing honest, objective financial education at all levels.  All Americans need to start using their voices (their votes) to get rid of those who did this to us.  Bush is gone now.  That is a good start, but just one step on the path.  We also need to get rid of Pelosi, Reid, Schummer, Cox, Frank, Dodd, Geithner, Bernanke, any other politician who puts their own career safety in front of the will of the public, and maybe even Obama.

With education, future generations will make sure that the mistakes of today aren’t repeated, or even worse, compounded in the future.  What can you do today?  If protesting is your thing, find a peaceful protest and join in.  If not, make sure you are educating yourself on these issues, and don’t fall prey to the talking heads of either political party.

Where does Reaper come in?

Reaper, for those who don’t watch, is a TV show on the CW about a young person who’s soul was sold to the Devil in exchange for immortality for his father.  Let me say that again.  Dad sells his son’s soul to the Devil, so he can prosper.  The son, screwed beyond belief by his parents, tries to make the best of his situation while paying the price of his parents’ greed.  Sound familiar?  Here’s some more.  The young man has to work for the Devil, or be taken to Hell.  The Devil seems like a nice enough guy, he’s actually kind of cool.  But nobody deals with the Devil and comes out on the winning side.  The young man, much like America’s young people, is very forgiving of his family, and even of the Devil.

Did you or your family go to one of these protests?  Share your story in the comments!

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  1. I didn’t go to a tea party, but I actively support multiple liberty efforts around the country through various organizations. We have to pick our battles and fight them wisely. I try to get the word out about restrictions on our liberty and government intrusion in our lives through http://www.libertarian-logic.com

    If you stop and think about how much government is interfering with our lives, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that we can operate at all. The idea of this country is “limited government,” but it seems that everything under the sun is being touched by some bureaucrat.

    Government isn’t the cure for its own ills. Until we have less government and better government, we’ll continue to suffer with higher taxes, more regulation, and an ever increasing federal, state, county and city workforce.

    One of the keys to remember is that government creates no wealth, they only consume it. That means at some point the growth has to stop only because there won’t be enough creators of wealth to support the consumers and wasters of wealth.

    The main problem is that people in government see themselves as more important than the people they are supposed to be serving. They are supposed to work for us, but we’re going to work each day to support them, and worse yet, our need to stay at work greatly inhibits our ability to participate in our government, so it continues to grow without our voice being heard.

    We all need to get into the conversation by joining and supporting groups that favor liberty and limited government. We should write letters to the newspapers, offer articles to magazines and get on talk radio. People need to hear and see a different side.

    I registered as a lobbyist here in Wyoming and I have had the pleasure of sitting and talking with legislators over dinner. It is amazing to hear them say that all they get during their hearings is government employees telling them they need more money and more authority, and citizens telling them that they want more programs and more money spent on special interests.

    It was most gratifying to hear them say: “and then you come along with a completely different perspective – it’s refreshing. Where have you guys been?”

    Get involved in any way you can. Your voice in favor of freedom, limited government, free enterprise and justice needs to be heard. We are much better off without all the government interference, and they need to be reminded of that from the people they are supposed to serve.

    Clair

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