Obama on Tax Protesting Tea Parties: They Should be ‘Saying Thank You’
April 16, 2010
(ChattahBox)—While tea party members around the country yesterday railed against their taxes when they are the lowest they have been in decades, President Obama pointed out the puzzling disconnect with reality at a Miami Democratic fundraiser. Obama remarked to the moneyed crowd at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, he had been “amused” while listening to the Taxed Enough Already rhetoric.
On Tax Day, thousands of anti-Obama tea party members descended on Washington and other sites around the country, to protest against high taxes, while shouting frequently about smaller government, upholding the constitution, freedom, Socialism and God knows what else. Yes, we get it. Tea party members are angry. But even they, can’t really pin down their anger. They rail against Socialism and big government, but don’t dare take away the Socialist programs that benefit them, such as Medicare and Social Security. And they harbor the delusion that their tax burden has increased under President Obama, when in fact, Obama lowered the taxes of 95 percent of working Americans. Their taxes have not been this low in nearly 60-years and their refunds have increased on average, by 10 percent.
During his 30-minute speech at an event that raised $2.5 million for the Democratic Party, Obama remarked that the teapartiers should be thanking him rather than demonstrating in the streets. “You would think they would be saying thank you,” he said to applause. In response, members of the audience shouted, “Thank you.”
Obama also spoke of the current fight in Congress to enact Wall Street reform, noting the tough challenge presented by lobbyists for the financial industry. Every member of Congress will soon be pressed to make a choice that is “very simple — between special interests and the American people,” he said.
“It’s like throwing a piece of meat in a piranha tank,” said Obama. “They’re going to race to see how fast they can tear it apart.”
Obama dismissed Republican claims that the mid-term elections would be a referendum on Obama’s policies of healthcare reform and the Recovery Act:
“Here’s what I think: I think if we stay true to our principles, if we do what’s right for the American people, then elections will take care of themselves,” Obama said.
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Source: ABC News