Saturday, June 20, 2009

Taxation Without Representation

I've been seeing reports that Republicans (first and famously Pete Hoekstra) are comparing brave Iranian protestors to the GOP. Water Tiger has a screen capture of Senator David Thomas'(R-SC) Twitter tweet claiming that the protests are "Tea Parties mid East style."

Oh yeah. The plight of Iranian opposition to Ahmadinejad is just like that of our sorely oppressed and righteous GOP.

That tea party stunt the GOP pulled off was just more of the faux victimization so prevalent on the right. There is, however, an actual large group of people in this country who really are being taxed without representation: the progressives.

“Every time Obama tries to take on a progressive cause, there’s a major political party standing in his way: the Democrats. …. We don’t have a left and a right party in this country any more. We have a center-right party and a crazy party…who worry that Obama is a socialist. Socialist? He’s not even a liberal. …. I don’t hear actual liberals on TV, I hear Democrats. And occasionally, if you do get to hear Ralph Nader, or Noam Chomsky, or Dennis Kucinich, they’re treated like buffoons. …. Shouldn’t there be at least one party that unambiguously supports cutting the military budget? A party that is straight up in favor of gun control, gay marriage, higher taxes on the rich, universal health care, legalizing pot, and steep, direct taxing of polluters? These aren’t radical ideas. … What we need is an actual progressive party to represent the millions of Americans who aren’t being served by the Democrats. Because, bottom line, Democrats are the new Republicans.” Bill Maher

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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