Friday, October 1, 2010

Voter Anger

I keep hearing about voter anger this, voter anger that... and it got me thinking about a few things.

Who started this anger? The Tea Bag "movement" (and I must admit, I cannot call it a "movement" without an immature grin) started to gain more media attention after the election in November 2008. Can we all say a collective 'Thanks, Dick" to Dick Armey for lining his own pockets by preying on the most feeble-minded among us?

Make the GOP squirm by voting them out of office in two of three branches on government? NO way! We'll show you how mad... we can tell people... they should be.

We'll cook up some cockamamie story about how the gubment is going to put bar codes on your bullets, and lock you in internment camps for conservatives, and convince you that *you* are paying more taxes even tho' you are not (if you only knew how to read your paycheck), and that you need to be MAD! MAD! MAD! that a group of religious people would DARE! to build a cultural center with a basketball court within 5 million light years of lower Manhattan, and convince you that returning the income-tax to pre-Bush era levels will annihilate the smoldering cinder that is our economy.

Really? Most of those baggers don't even understand how the tax code works. First, those folks in the highest brackets pay taxes only on the amount *over* their first million dollars of income. See, if you make $1,000,001 only that extra *buck* is taxed at the higher rate. Second, most of those in the highest tax bracket haven't created significant jobs in years (I need to do some research on this and post a source, but my work impedes me from doing much more than observing at the moment). But, seriously. When was the last time someone like Paris Hilton created *a* job that didn't involve her hands, mouth, and her boyfriend's sex tool?

I am *almost* as sick of hearing how mad voters are as I am about how folks want their country back. Back from what, may I ask? From the previous administration (the threat of the almighty presidential veto) and the 109th and 110th Congress' crappy policies both domestic and foreign that have crippled our economy and hamstrung our ability to house, feed, educate, and employ a rather frightening percentage of Americans?

Really? Are you mad?

When I ask myself that question the answer is simple: Yup.

I am mad that the bankers on Wall Street are back sitting high on the hog while most Americans (read 98%) fret about their savings, mortgages, health insurance, and livelihoods. Have you seen the stock market lately? It's not a barometer of how healthy the *economy* is; it tells us peons how rich the rich are.

And I am mad that I keep hearing about really fucking stoopid people (see Paladino or O'Donnell or Angle or Palin ) and knowing that the sheeple in the scared 20% are going to once again fuck the rest of us come November if we don't keep off our asses and get to the polls in a few weeks.

In my opinion, it's a good idea to ask who is *profiting* from all of this pissed-offness... and the answer to that question will tell you who the real target for all of that misplaced voter anger should be.

*Post Script* October 2: Apparently, Tea Baggers are facing some backlash about their views from neighbors and friends. They liken it to "coming out" and say they have been "persecuted" for unpopular views. Karma is a bitch, huh?


Anonymous,  October 1, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

Yup, you got it right. I do still have some hope. Let's hope it isn't misguided.

Riot Kitty October 1, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

Totally agree, as always.

skyewriter October 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

Hi, Diana:
I, too, have some hope. My life's experiences tell me I will be both right and wrong to have that hope. I guess it's like most things when it comes to that. Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks, Riot! Bought any $7 chocolate bars lately? If so, I;d love to know the side-effects! :)

Chris October 3, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

LMAO!!!!! got it right girl! Couldn't have said it better myself!!!

skyewriter October 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

Glad I could give you a giggle, Chris. Hope you are well!

Aliceson October 4, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

"Tea Bag Movement" Bwahahaha! you crack me up!

skyewriter October 5, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Nice to see you, Aliceson! Thanks for stopping by and I hope all is well!

Sidhe October 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

I applaud the tea bagger movement for giving me sophomoric chuckles every time I hear or see reference to them...seriously though, as you point out, the true danger is that there are a crap ton of peeps out there who either cannot or will not form their own opinions and willingly allow themselves to be led to believe all sorts of nasty things without an iota of evidence. I was thinking about this very thing this morning as I tried to enjoy my first long run since being home, the people in my county who yelp the loudest against the gubment are for the most part relying on some type of gubment assistance...they are all pretty much okay with that as long as they don't have to share their bennies with any lazy liberal baby-killers. Of course, they are not benefiting from any type of welfare they are absolutely "entitled."

skyewriter October 9, 2010 at 12:35 PM  

Sihde! (Please see my excited response to your "Beckerhead" comment!)

Indeed, stupid people can be led to believe all manner of crazy shyte.

Miss you chick and I will try to give you a ring soon!

Anonymous,  October 9, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

I've been a bit out of the loop for the past two weeks, but I don't think that I've missed anything new. Same old shit, different day. Actually, I'd like some tea bagger bobble heads (I think there's a market there). I'd line them up on my desk, and when the news is on, I could slap them all silly with one of my rulers.

skyewriter October 10, 2010 at 12:03 AM  

I'd buy a bunch and give them as holiday gifts... love the image of the ruler!!! Very Catholic school, poietes!

Nice to see you and I hope things are going okay with the fam... Take care!

A World Quite Mad October 11, 2010 at 8:02 PM  

From that article you linked to: "However, Minor said, "it seems like the things they stand for make sense, and that we could use more of it in this country. . . ."

More? More hate? More Islamophobia? More homophobia? More racism? What a bunch of tripe.

"The first time most people ventured to a rally with thousands of other like-minded people, the overwhelming emotion was relief. . . . That 'coming out' is the tea party movement."

Brings to mind this. {{I'm sure it makes them feel all special to be part of something so grand.

skyewriter October 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM  


How have you been!?!?

I go to your blog, but cannot comment... the blogger gods don't like me for some reason.

Thanks for the pic in the link... you'll have to teach me that trick! And you are so right; I think a lot of the baggers just want to feel like they are part of a movement or some big historical moment. Umm... they are missing the history being made with financial and healthcare reform, etc. and instead align themselves with morons, bigots, and fear-mongers.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope things are going well for you.

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