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Participants at a Tea Party rally at CommunityAmerica ballpark in Wyandotte County share their opinions with the hundreds of people at the event. The rally on Thursday was sponsored by the Kansas City-area group Political Chips and allowed participants to show their frustrations with the federal government’s finances and their support for lowering taxes.


scottpewenofkit 7 years, 11 months ago

Do any of these people know how to read?

Taxes have been lowered.

Liberty275 7 years, 11 months ago

I keep seeing this.

Our 2008 federal taxes as a proportion of gross income were 30% less than in 2009.

Another way of saying it is we paid 50% more federal tax as a proportion of gross in 2009 than we did in 2008. We also made more money in 2008.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Wait until the Democrats have another whack at the tax code........

georgiahawk 7 years, 11 months ago

I thought there were blacks and latinos and asians there? They must of been segregated on the other side of the stadium.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Everyone who is opposed to Dear Leader's mad schemes must be a RACIST.

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Nope. Just calling it as I see it. Sorry that offends you.

tomatogrower 7 years, 11 months ago

And doesn't the estate tax only apply on inheritances of 2 million or more? Don't most rich people have accountants to make sure that money is out of their estate before then?

feeble 7 years, 11 months ago

3.5 Million for tax year 2009, then it's taxed at 45%. There's a tax credit that wipes out any tax on the first $3,500,000 of the estate or the first $3,500,000 on a combination of taxable gifts during lifetime and a taxable estate at death.

It''s actually repealed for tax year 2010, so if your a rich old geezer on your death bed, now is the perfect time to buy the farm.

The tax credit sunsets in 2011, and then the tax is applied to anything above $1,000,000 unless Congress re-authorizes or passes something else.

It's worth noting that family-owned farms are totally exempt as well.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Let's not forget the advertisement that got them there via our well-regulated, and public, airwaves.

Bet the folks profiting off of the hate spewed on that radio station don't mind the government action that allows them to broadcast without interference from every Tom (not our Tom, hopefully) Dick and Harry.

Also, it all appears very accessible and up to code, all due to government regulation, of course.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 11 months ago

Those people look like they could be relatives of Dear Leader's mother.

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Never trust couples who wear matching clothing.

I hope the concession stands were open. They would have made a killing.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

From the looks of this crowd, the concession stand has been open for some time.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Yep, fat, selfish, ignorant tools of right wing political operatives and their corporate masters. It must suck to be each and every one of them. Scared, mad, unequipped to figure out why and unable to figure out what to do other than open their mouths and shout.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Bush era dissent: war on false pretenses, illegal occupation, illegal wiretapping, war profiteering, torture as official policy.

Obama era dissent: I don't want to pay taxes, but keep your hands off of any government benefits I get.

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

Obama era dissent: I want to pay less taxes and I'm paying less taxes now than before, and boy does that make me angry!

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

"One word: november"

And what? America suffers the wrath of the Teabagger 1/10 of 1 percent? Please!

These loons are the right wing base: disaffected misfits, John Birchers, Klan sympathizers, unhinged cranks. They vote every election and haven't voted anything but republican for generations. Perhaps a few more than normal will be motivated to get up off the couch to vote, but by and large, their votes are not moving from the Democratic to republican side of the ledger.

Their antics, however, are nauseating plenty of the more moderate and mainstream voters who are, in fact, up for grabs. These voters will be loath to be associated in any way with the ignorant and borderline racist behavior of the baggers, and will therefore either turn out in lower numbers than usual, or swing their support to the Democratic Party. Either scenario favors those of us to the left of center.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 11 months ago

Is this the surprise to which you are referring?

"Will we get our wish? Probably not this November. The senate is looking at a guaranteed 45/55 favoring Dems---huge improvement, but with at least 5-6 other seats totally up for grabs. The house? It would take a eye-popping shift, and I doubt that will happen until 2012, when Obama is sent back to Chicago. Then we hopefully can repair the damage."

A Democratic controlled agenda all the way until the 2012 election will be quit beneficial to middle class America, and I think it is still quite far from certain that the country would chose at that time to return to republican mismanagement. You right wing, anti-middle class, corporate apologists will have your work cut out for you.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 11 months ago

Even if you are not of the 'tea party' persuasion (which I am not) it's kinda hard to argue with either one of those two signs. We are taxed at every single turn in life, and would be nice if Washingtons laws applied to the law makers themselves and not just us commoners!

I hear the tea party moves to Ottawa today....

beatrice 7 years, 11 months ago

mrw, one thing you are missing is the fact that the people you see in that photo holding those signs actually are paying lower taxes than under Bush, and certainly under Reagan.

Isn't it sad that a group formed to protest taxes don't know that their taxes are lower under Obama?

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