I paid my taxes Wednesday.
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.