Opinion

Do you like paying so much in taxes? I don't. So I thought it was great that a protest day about tax spending was planned. Yet I was confused when I heard the protest was about the taxes in the Stimulus Bill. Then I heard it was about President Obama's handling of our economy. But the AIG bailout and its lack of oversight began under the Bush Administration, the first auto bailout was under the Bush Administration, the tripling of our debt and loss of the budget surplus was under the Bush Administration and the 2008 tax code was also from the Bush Administration.

On the day of the Tea Party it became obvious this event was a free-for-all to blame President Obama for all the ills of our country. Disgusting and offensive text and photos of the president appeared on signs being carried by protestors. People screaming derogatory and abusive remarks about the president; others talking of treason and revolutions. Yet, these were the same people who called other Americans 'traitors' and 'unpatriotic" if anyone spoke out against President Bush. Are they only proud of America when their party is in charge?

If Americans want to be angry about the economic state of our country, take a good look at who is benefiting from these bailouts; why are the same people from private companies that helped create the problem involved with the bailouts; why is our tax system geared to benefit corporations and not the individual; why are government contractors and lobbyists allowed to give money to political committees; why are no-bid contracts allowed; who benefited from the abolishment of the Glass-Steagall Act that helped create the Wall Street fiasco?

We Americans need to think for ourselves, not listen to the talking heads on cable news. Look behind the curtain. When these people talk, see if they or their corporate sponsors are benefiting from what is being said. If you are listening to the people who want President Obama's policies to fail, then America fails. Remember, we are the United States of America.

Renie McCarthy


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