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


8 Responses to “Obama on Tax Protesting Tea Parties: They Should be ‘Saying Thank You’”

  1. Shane Barber on April 16th, 2010 10:37 am

    We are going to tell Obama thank you. Thank you for showing the America people who you really are. Thank you for shoving the healthcare debacle down our throats. And finally, thank you for giving us all the information we need to throw the democrats out in the mid terms, and YOU out in 2012. Other than that…don’t expect any thanks from any of us…because you don’t deserve it.

  2. Old Man Dotes on April 16th, 2010 11:19 am

    Isn’t it odd that the same people who oppose universal health care, which would save the lives of thousands of children, are enthusiastic supports of the use of public funds to build stadiums so that millionaires can profit from sporting events?

    Shane Barber, you are either an idiot, or a hypocrite – unless you’re a millionaire, in which case your position makes perfect sense: Keep the poor poor, and sick, and reserve health care for the wealthy.

  3. Don on April 16th, 2010 11:33 am

    During his 30-minute speech at an event http://www.11alive.com/news/national/story.aspx?storyid=142930_amp_catid=1...’);”>that
    raised $2.5 million for the Democratic Party, 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.”

    However, Mr Obama should be thanking us for paying him his wages for one thing. But certainly, we should not be thanking Obama for
    increasing our debt and deficit. Didn’t he run against that? The way I see it,
    the government is the biggest drain (Taxing) on the economy and those that drain the system should be taxed
    the most. The rich happen to contribute the most to keep the economy running.
    Should they be taxed….yes but if they help the most they should not be
    punished the most. We should try to rid ourselves of the the things that
    hurt (tax the system) and encourage
    expansion of the people and practices that help the economic engine.

  4. Sam on April 16th, 2010 11:38 am

    Instead of going by party lines how about we as human beings with brains looked at the statistics of how much taxes we used to pay and how much are we paying now and also compare them to the rest of developed nations. We should also look at the countries (mostly third world) who never pay taxes to see how the country will be if nobody paid taxes.

    I as an individual with selfishness don’t want to pay taxes either but if I used rational approach then it is not possible to enjoy the good roads, parks, schools and other public infrastructure around me. Don’t forget the research that is done with tax dollars to find the cure for the diseases.

    Instead of trying to build your own mansion try to build the mansion for your community then you will be lot happier person in your life.

  5. Sam on April 16th, 2010 11:43 am

    We as americans get lot of respect when you visit other countries not because of the mansions we as individuals built or how much money we as individuals have in our bank accounts.

    We are respected because we build the communities around us and that is what makes america great. I think that is real patriotism.

  6. Don on April 16th, 2010 12:07 pm

    Old Man Dotes….There are much better ways to fund covering everyone’s health care than given to us, in a most corrupt manner, by a a party that HAD the power ( you will loss it). For instance, currently there is $1100 (avg) built into everyone’s policy to pay for the current uninsured who can’t pay and the medicare that doesn’t pay reasonable costs to hospitals. You may want to argue this statement but this but it has been presented by the administration many times and one reason they used to change health care. I can refer you to the 7 hour well advertised meeting with Dem’s and Rep’s. If you do the math, you will find enough money to buy everyone who is not cover a policy. Of course you would, that is what the extra money was used for.

    Implement interstate health care in trade for mandatory coverage of pre-conditions and you have a compromise.

    What you had was a battle of control as you hear so much of. Of course you would say if it was so easy why didn’t the Publicans say so. Because, Old Man, The wanted to silence them which they did such a good job of. This president is so shrewd that you are falling for his tricks every which way and you don’t know it and you wold admit to it until it will be too late. Be hopeful that true patriots will change the course that we are on through the process that the constitution will allow us. (I am care how I choose my wording because those 17,000 new to be hired IRS will be going after those that don’t back the process) Similar to past leaders have done all the while with the backing of blind and compliant people like you. I don’t even want to repeat that leaders name but he invaded other countries about 70 years ago….got it? Yes people loved him too and he took care of any opposition to his plan. Watch and see.

    More to your point is that those that build and spend provide jobs and do not tax the welfare of the state while those that don’t will tax the state. Obama is building that class that tax the state on the backs of those that don’t. Actually, the ones that are drain on the state should be taxed more than the ones that contribute. However, it’s been imprinted into your weak brain that the rich are the drain. Of course they have more than you and I and should contribute more but not hwere it make them equal….people are equal. Dem’s and Rep’s prove that . Rich and poor prove that. So the drainers should contributed also, if not more that the ones that provide, to our society (maybe they would work harder if it were reversed).. I say share the wealth but share the burden too!

  7. Mitchell Langbert on April 16th, 2010 2:13 pm

    As usual, Mr. Obama is confused. His radical spending increases put the nation back on the rapid increases that ended in 1980. This year’s tax levels are not an intelligent measure of the present value of future taxes. Economic ignorance is nothing new from Mr. Obama and his propaganda-driven media. If you increases by 10% as a percentage of gdp, then you are opening the door to massive tax increases in the future.

    The stock market went up for four days following the passage of Obama’s health care plan. This boon to corporate America will force low-wage workers to pay for what they used to get for free, helping Obama’s corporate bosses. No wonder MS-NBC, a subsidiary of Microsoft and General Electric, has been applauding Obama. After handing trillions to Wall Street (including GE) and transferring what used to be corporate health care costs (via hospitals’ covering uninsured patients and transferring the costs to corporate plans) to the poor, Mr. Obama has truly become the president of big business.

    What is puzzling is that so many in the media are his willing marionettes. Is the media that stupid, or is Obama’s violence coercing them into becoming a Soviet- or Nazi style state propaganda service?

    In any case, we of the tea party are puzzled why the Democratic Party media thinks that anyone would care what you say.

  8. Gary James Manuse on April 21st, 2010 10:15 am

    Yes, I agree with some points made. We do need some taxes for the good of all the people and we do need to help the unfortunate. I disagree on the way the Congress spends our money and I disagree with the congress steeling money, in the trillions form Social Security, and getting so many perks from greedy industry via lobbyist bribing them. It is simple, we need less government and government interference. Socialism has never worked anywhere in the world, look at Greece and Spain and Europe in general. Or go to the past, and look at the Soviet Union. Those of you who call yourselves liberal, are you really liberal or totalitarian? Do you want the government to control as in other communist states or socialist states. Read the Constitution of the United States of American. It stands for individual freedom and for a government for the people by the people not the other way around.

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