Tara Voelker's thoughts. A lot about video games, a little about life
Tea Parties and Truth
I have always wished I could point out truth to those who have needed to see it, but this guy did it for me.
Taxpayers in more than 300 locations in all 50 states will held rallies on tax day, called “tea parties,” to protest higher taxes and “out-of-control” government spending. Unfortunately, people like to ignore facts when staging rallies… and this guy called them out on it.
This is the transcript from a tea party protest and the crowd’s reactions. You can also see the video of him speaking below, along with a link to his personal blog.
(Crowd applauds as he takes the microphone)
All right. Thank you very much.
I want to start also by honoring the service of our veterans, our current servicemembers, our Gold Star parents, thank you so much for what all you’ve done for this country. (Crowd cheers)
I also want to say, a little history lesson here, back in 2000, there was a budget surplus in the country. (Man in crowd: Yeah!) And during the next eight years, (Man in crowd: What happened?) it was destroyed by the profligate spending of the Bush administration. (Crowd reacts)
And so here we are today, here we are today in a situation … let me ask you this: Cheer if you make less than 250,000 dollars a year. Just cheer. (Crowd cheers) Your taxes are going to be cut under the current budget. Congratulations!
I was laid off in September because my employer had to make budget cuts. That was before the election, okay? So let’s remember, that if you’re going to argue about more taxes and less spending, to place the blame where the blame belongs, and that’s squarely in the hands of the Republican Congress until 2006 (Crowd starts to react) and the Bush administration. (Crowd boos)
Did this change the rally? Did everyone begin to rethink their protest or shift their focus? Did the people stop blaming Obama for what Bush cleary started? Probably not, but at least this guy and say he stood up for the truth.