Thursday’s column (middle class rage)

I paid my taxes Wednesday.

It hurt.

The check I’ve sent to Washington isn’t as large as other checks I’ve sent. But, like everyone else in these tough economic times, I see it as a big bite out of my wallet and an imposition on my ability to spend money for items that might actually help stimulate the economy.

As far as I’m concerned, the tax burden the middle class has been assaulted with is nothing more than a redistribution of wealth that seems right out of the Soviet Union’s old playbook.

Fortunately, I’m not alone in my middle class rage.

Thousands of Americans got out Wednesday to hold tax day tea parties from West Covina to Fairbanks, Alaska and from Glendale to Sault Sainte Marie, Mich. The forums for their protests ranged from mall parking lots to city halls to the White House.

Patterico, a conservative blogger and Los Angeles County prosecutor who usually sticks to dissection of the liberal bias in mainstream media, summed up the thoughts of many Wednesday.

“Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, bless their hearts, aren’t Ronald Reagan. And that’s who we need,” Patterico wrote. “I’m about ready to grab a shovel, drive up to Simi Valley, and start digging.”

KFI’s radio talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou Wednesday gathered listeners together in Burbank to discuss the effects of taxes. Those they interviewed sounded angry too.

“These people must be fresh from the other tea parties today,” Chiampou said at one point.

A chiropractor who identified himself only as Chris told the talk show hosts he was taking part in a noble effort by protesting taxes.

“Back in the 1770s the people said they’d had enough,” Chris said. “It’s the same today. We’ve had enough.”

People I know told me Wednesday that the only folks attending the tea party rallies were old, white people making more than $300,000 a year.

I’m telling them, if that’s the case, it’s too bad. The truth is high taxes hurt everyone – and the working poor and middle classes bear the brunt more than those who can afford to subsidize government worker salaries, legislative per diems, and Octomom’s 14 kids.

The government is out of control.

Here’s my my proof as reported Wednesday by the Huffington Post:

“Tax protesters threw what appeared to be a box of tea bags toward the White House on Wednesday, prompting officials to lockdown the compound. The Secret Service also used a robot to inspect the package thrown in an apparent act of defiance meant to echo the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party.”

Clearly the government is also out of touch.

So, since we can’t dig up Ronnie, or Thomas Jefferson and get them to lead us out of this mess, we’re going to have to do it ourselves.

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  • James Sullivan

    I can’t join in the Middle Class rage, since, as a retired teacher, I never made the requisite income for admission to that now endangered group, the backbone of society. But I nevertheless pay taxes, something lacking in pleasure.

    As I do so, I think what life might be like if only the system were fair. But as Ms. Hemsley once remarked, “Only little people pay taxes.” So there is offshoring of otherwise taxable wealth, fake charitable foundations, and creampuff IRS audits for the rich and for corporations, the Inquisition for the rest of us.

    Placing blame for tax burdens can bring on whiplash, so many directions and dimensions are implicated.

    You cite Ronnie, which has to be a reference to Reagan. He’s best remembered for increasing the Pentagon’s budget 4x, he easily bamboozled into invsting our former money in Star Wars military toys whose operation required suspension of the Laws of Physics.

    Current estimates range from 37 to over 50 cents on the dollar that go for present and past military obligations.

    California’s problems can, in part, be laid on something seldom mentioned in the papers – overpopulation. I came of age during the 1950s, when Sacramento was awash in gin and the state awash in cash. Population was around 14 million statewide. Life was wondeful!

    Later came the enemies of education, elected after campaigning against students and professors. Those resumed the game begun during the Gold Rush – attracting an oversupply of workers to the state to keep labor costs as low as possible.

    Instead of visionaries who supported public education as a state resource for the present and the future, the state fell into the hands of greedy Philistines who wanted their profits immediatly. An educated public is a troublesome public, difficult to govern or sell things to. Mock education is better, much better.

    The overdevelopment and overpopulation amount to a pyramic scheme, most of us at its bottom…

    Irish comsolation – we should be glad we didn’t live in China, during a certain dynasty, which made a practice of collecting 30 years of taxes in advance, all at once.

  • 5th Estate

    Good news Frank! Just hold on for one more year and your taxes will go down if you make 250k a year or less.

  • daniel

    “Crime Scene puts you behind the yellow tape with takes on true crime, cold cases and more. This is also your forum to discuss crime, its impact on your neighborhood and how we cover it.”

    Wow. Thanks for covering this “crime”.

  • Anonymous

    Stick to covering the crime reports and stop complaining. Why didn’t they hold these tea parties last year when Bush was president. Sore losers.

  • Jerry Selmer

    I must disagree with your comments about taxes. Where do you think we get the money to pay for the military, our highways, our Social Security and Medicare, the protection of our public lands, the operation of our airport control systems, etc. etc.? The answer is taxes. You folks who scream about taxes never tell us what services you want to eliminate. Gee, I wonder how much it cost to free the American sea captain who was held hostage? Oh well, more money down the drain.

    Some of our biggest tax protesters are here in California and yet this state doesn’t even make it into the top ten states which have the highest taxes. What is the problem?

    You want Ronnie (Reagan) back? My God, man, he is the one who started the problem we have today. Remember when he said “We have to get government off the backs of the people!”? That began the whole deregulation process which first led to the S & L crisis awhile back and now to today’s financial meltdown. He was the problem and we are just now feeling the effects of his legacy. For 50 years we had relative prosperity because of the regulations which were put in place after the Depression. When the Republicans took up Reagan’s battle cry and deregulated everything in sight, we now have our biggest problem since the Depression. What are you thinking of?

    In a supreme bit of irony, the State of California has just replaced the statue of Thomas Starr King in the
    U. S. Capitol’s statuary hall with one of Reagan. King saved California for the Union in the Civil War. Reagan and his policies brought us our current financial mess. Boy, I can sure see the wisdom of that change.

    Along the way, other things were deregulated. Now tell me old boy, do we have a better telephone system? A better airline system? A better utility system? A better banking system? Ah, but we don’t have those pesky regulations anymore. Ain’t it grand????????

  • Mike

    Hey Frank, your next column could be titled “How Middle Class Rage Causes Liberal Rage”. The comrades leaving comments must be highly educated to have such a twisted view of reality and are steeped in revisionist history.

  • 5th Estate

    Not so mad they we engage in public tea bagging.