April 15th, 2010: Tax Day Tea Parties nationwide

According to Tea Party Patriots, there are over 750 scheduled Tea Party events around this great land today. There will be morning, noon and evening events so check out their page to find one near you.

I personally plan on attending the Washington, DC Tea Party this evening after work hours. Last year it was a daytime event which prohibited many of us from attending. Of course, when you work hard to pay taxes in support of the other 47% of the country who does not pay a dime in taxes, sometimes you can’t just take the day off.

This year, however, the Washington, DC event is scheduled for 5:45PM ET to around 10PM ET on the grounds of the Washington Monument facing the White House. The Federal Triangle metro stop is probably the closest bet.

Here’s a great report on the impact of the Tea Parties and the events surrounding today from Mark Good at The Atlantic:

It’s Tax Day in America once again, and that means tea parties.

A year ago today, tea party activists turned out by the (minimum) tens of thousands–or by the millions, according to more favorable estimates–to protest the Obama administration and its economic agenda, waving signs and flags and chanting about the socialist takeover they saw happening in Washington, DC.

Today, they’ll be at it again, and we’ll get a glimpse of where the movement stands. If turnout is big, it has the momentum it will need to play a role in the 2010 elections. If not, perhaps it doesn’t.

Large rallies will be put on by regional and local tea party groups (in some cases, with help from national coalitions) in Atlanta, Sacramento, DC, Charlotte, and south Florida.

Newt Gingrich, who spoke at a Tax Day rally in New York City last year, will speak again at a big rally in Austin.

In all, hundreds of organized rallies will be held across the country. One activist predicted 700 rallies will be put on by local and regional tea party groups. The conservative grassroots organizing group FreedomWorks, which has played a large role in the movement thus far, says it has been in contact with 100 tea party groups about rallies, but that tea partiers are relying less on the DC-based group for support this time around.

Featured prominently in today’s events will be the new Contract from America, a statement of 10 bedrock principles for the tea party movement, selected by an open, online voting process over the pas several months. The idea was engineered by Houston-based activist Ryan Hecker; major conservative groups like FreedomWorks got behind the Contract idea earlier this year. Activists are being encouraged to tout it at their rallies.

Gingrich will likely endorse the Contract on stage in Austin; Republican politicians will be pressured to sign onto it as a pledge between now and November, and politicians who show up to speak at rallies today will likely praise it and begin adding their names to the pledge.

As with last year, today will present an opportunity for GOP lawmakers to connect with the tea partiers.

It’s going to be a big day for the tea party movement. We won’t know how it turns out until it’s all over, but keep an eye on Fox and MSNBC for shots of crowds big and small.

The most amazing and heartwarming aspect of the Tea Party has to be the recent polls showing that a great deal of Tea Party attendees are independents and democrats. The media has painted the Tea Party as racist, right-wing whackos, however, the polls speak clearly as do the message coming from the events to prove otherwise.

The elitist political class does not listen to the people and hasn’t been for sometime. They continue high spending, high taxing and high government growth programs much against the will of the people.

This year, the Tax Day Tea Parties are a culmination of a year’s worth of effort and education.

Furthermore, beyond the Tea Party, I would now urge people to get involved in 2010 campaigns, donate time and money to conservative candidates to help drain the swamp in DC. Put words and feelings into actions and make things happen.

  • “Of course, when you work hard to pay taxes in support of the other 47% of the country who does not pay a dime in taxes, sometimes you can’t just take the day off.” Nate

    A little cheese with that whine?

    “The most amazing and heartwarming aspect of the Tea Party has to be the recent polls showing that a great deal of Tea Party attendees are independents and democrats.

    Furthermore, beyond the Tea Party, I would now urge people to get involved in 2010 campaigns, donate time and money to conservative candidates to help drain the swamp in DC.”

    So the Tea party is composed of mostly independents and democrats but we should be shooting for the conservatives? As long as you mean conservative independent, conservative democrats, AND conservative republicans, I’m cool with that.

    I applaud the Tea Party Movement. We have needed to have this type of motivated from the beginning of this country until infinity rather than spurts of it throughout history. Education is the key in all things. As long as it remains to be a peaceful protest I will join alongside the Tea Party myself to fight for what we all share in beliefs. I wish they would put effort towards ending the war we are in.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated”
    By KATE ZERNIKE and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN
    April 14, 2010

    “Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower socioeconomic class, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. “

    “The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/us/politics/15poll.html

  • Bill,

    What signifigance do those poll results have for you? It’s funny how polls says the majority of Tea Party members are independants and democrats but polls also say the majority of supporters are republican. I honestly think the poll you posted is insignifigant to the Tea Party movement. Worthless statistics.

    I am a Tea Party Supporter and I am an Independant, biracial white/black,make,single, and 28.

    If that makes any difference. I know that it doesnt.

  • Bill Hedges

    I have a background to a limited degree in remedial statistics when getting my comprehensive major in psychology. The modern calculator and stuff I first got my taste of as it was coming to campus then. One reason I like polls.

    In studies there are break down into catagories. Recent one that came out disproves the characteristic that tea folks are uneducated, etc. For political reasons was said it was all white, etc. It brings a better and more informed description than just say personal views of tea haters. Attempt is neutrality in study.

    It does not peg who a member is just informs. Like ingredients in a pie. I could have a division on the cherries in the pie. Another for the dough. And so on. Each in relationship to the size of the pie.

    When studing the tea members you can not question each member you must sample. The larger the test sample and better the representation of the whole the more accurate. That and soundness of method of study determines the validity of results. Then there are formulas like standard deviation.

    I never was a expert in this area but I enjoy it. Some people put too much stock and others put too little credence in such things. This is maybe first study of Tea people that I know of. I just find it challenges the stereotype of this tea people. According to many there are no/few blacks in this group, lower education, poor, etc.

    I take it as a learning experience. It’s like trying to put a cell under the microscope and making a call on if the person has cancer from that one cell. If cell came from right area, done properly with excellent lab technician result might be correct. Even under best scenario results may be wrong.

    Headlines in paper said Dewey won in Presidential race. Harry S. Truman held up the newpaper that said it. Was wrong. But predictions for who won as candidate are usually correct election night.

    Like I said it has been a long time since I studies it in College and not that much at that. Took one class with lab. Used in a few classes. My work record did not involve it.

    You would be a statistician’s nightmare. Everything can not be judged to perfection. After all each human is unique in their own way. Is partial why we have human error. An example might be there is science in medical field but diagnosing is still an art. Treatment and meds certainly are. Pills I take for high blood pressure may work fine for me but not you.

    So take study for what it is worth to you.

  • “So the Tea party is composed of mostly independents and democrats but we should be shooting for the conservatives?”

    The rough estimate, and of course this varies across the country, may be something like 45% Republican, 40% Independent and maybe 15% Democrat. Furthermore, these are conservative-leaning people, you’re correct. These include Independents and Democrats who are likely to vote for a more conservative candidate in November, likely a Republican.

    That is the summation of many recent polls. Check these news stories for more:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/06/tea-party-going-mainstream-polls-suggest-movement-gaining-popularity/

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/127181/Tea-Partiers-Fairly-Mainstream-Demographics.aspx

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/04/15/tea-party-supporters-richer-educated-poll-finds/

    The best part is that polling shows the average Tea Party attendee is better educated than the average population. Most have college educations and know more about the constitution than the morons in congress.

    These are intelligent, thoughtful people rallying in support of founding principles. They can see what is coming down the road with regard to the national debt.

  • I think a diagnosis for cancer can be made by a single oncogene, but I could be wrong.

    To sum it up, you just wanted to disprove tea party haters, nothing more.

    Me a statisticians nightmare? why? I enjoyed statistics, I took 6 credits of it in college, got an A in both semesters. Who is judging anything to perfection? All I asked is what is the significance to the polls on what type of people are Tea Party members as far as sex, race, political affiliation, age, ect?

    People diagnose patients based on science and learned cases. Perhaps peoples technique for looking at certain signs, symptoms, radiological and laboratory tests can be considered an art, but it all boils down to science.

    I surely know that particular medication work differently on different physiological and genetic settings, hence the reason why physicians prescribed various antihypertensives, or various antipsychotics or antidepresives, and why physicians collect fluid specimens for sensitivity testing when treating patients.

    All that aside, I still don’t see the importance of tea party demographics.

    I can however understand the love for statistics, they are fun. All you had to say is that you enjoy stats. 🙂 I could have excepted that in itself. I share that enjoyment.

  • JD

    The real question is if the independents voted last election. Don’t forget the voting attendance is only slightly above 50%. So your independance could be independance that didn’t bother to vote last time but have found a reason this time.

    Just a thought. Although polls are only as good as people are willing to be honest. I am sure there are independants that are really republicans not because they are lying but because they don’t want to label themselves.

  • JD

    Sorry for the bad spelling

    Independance = independents

    I might just have to switch to Firefox for the spell check. Also, is anyone else having issues with editing responses?

  • “Also, is anyone else having issues with editing responses?”

    Yes, this is currently broken. Working on a resolution.

  • Bill Hedges

    Tax day obama said:

    “You would think they’d be saying thank you,”

    Well I didn’t thank obama. With debt equal to ALL PRESIDENTS in our history he thinks I will thank him ? Like I don’t know with such HIGH DEBT tax increases MUST RISE !

    Who is this guy ? Oh yeah, friend of Acorn, Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, and others. Guy Joe Biden said was not ready to be President. Barack Hussein Obama.

    Besides he lied. Yes another lie to add to his long list. Somebody tell this guy he is on camera and taped. They couldn’t find Tea members using ‘N’ word that day in front of Capital, but has been proven Barack Hussein Obama asking for THANK-YOU for ALL THAT TAX CUTS was embellishment. Figment of his imagination ! Guy is bonkers !

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/15/obama-mocks-tea-partiers-you-should-be-thanking-me-for-cutting-taxes/

    “No new taxes”(first Bush), Thank me (obama, another one term President to-be).

    What’s this BHO, You Forgot ! Oh yes, some of this is to come. Is why you had that smirk on face when saying tea party should be thanking you :

    “Obama broke this promise barely two weeks into his presidency by signing a bill that included a 156-percent increase in the federal cigarette tax, which not only hits the nonwealthy but is one of the most regressive taxes around. By ATR’s count, the health care bill Obama signed last month includes another seven tax hikes that affect the under-$250,000-a-year crowd. In fact, since four of these changes will increase people’s income tax bills, they violate even the edited version of Obama’s pledge that he presented on Saturday. For example, as Peter Suderman noted last week, the law raises the threshold for deducting medical expenses from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent. As a result, people with substantial medical expenses will pay more income tax. But as I noted in a column last November, “When the president does it, it’s not a tax.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/15/lefty-at-tea-party-obama-hasnt-raised-taxes-wingnuts/

    LET’S REALLY GO EUROPEAN !!! obama must have been holding back the laughter asking for THANK ME FOR TAX CUTS:

    “Here we go: Top WH advisor says it’s time to start thinking about a VAT”

    “Obama set out to be a consequential president, on the order of Ronald Reagan. With the VAT, Obama’s triumph will be complete. He will have succeeded in reversing Reaganism. Liberals have long complained that Reagan’s strategy was to starve the (governmental) beast in order to shrink it: First, cut taxes — then ultimately you have to reduce government spending.”

    “Obama’s strategy is exactly the opposite: Expand the beast, and then feed it. Spend first — which then forces taxation. Now that, with the institution of universal health care, we are becoming the full entitlement state, the beast will have to be fed.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/04/06/here-we-go-top-wh-advisor-says-its-time-to-start-thinking-about-a-vat/

    If right, how bad was Reagan tax cuts:

    “The Reagan tax cuts, like similar measures enacted in the 1920s and 1960s, showed that reducing excessive tax rates stimulates growth, reduces tax avoidance, and can increase the amount and share of tax payments generated by the rich. High top tax rates can induce counterproductive behavior and suppress revenues, factors that are usually missed or understated in government static revenue analysis. Furthermore, the key assumption of static revenue analysis that economic growth is not affected by tax changes is di sproved by the experience of previous tax reduction programs. There is little reason to expect static revenue analysis to evaluate the economic or distributional effects of current tax reform proposals much better than it evaluated the Reagan tax program 15 years ago.”

    REAL BAD STUFF, OBAMA RATHER HAVE BIG GOBERNMENT ??? THAN MORE GOVERNMENT REVENUE. AND J O B S…

    http://www.house.gov/jec/fiscal/tx-grwth/reagtxct/reagtxct.htm

    IS OBAMA FOR AMERICA ???

    I look forward to the high normal European unemployment compared to ours. Let obama’s backers be the ones out of work. I keep hearing a simular statement from JD concerning hedicare and S/S…

    Liberals have been giving Sarah Palin a hard time over her income tax return.

    Sarah Palin income 12 million dollars since leaving office

    “When former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin stepped down from office late in the summer of 2009.”

    http://www.examiner.com/x-4819-Cable-TV–Celebrity-Examiner~y2010m4d15-Sarah-Palin-income-12-million-dollars-since-leaving-office

    “Obama 2009 income $5.5 million.” OVER-PAID.

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/290650

    Guess liberals are mad she made MORE MONEY…

    HE SMIRKS WELL…

  • Bill Hedges

    obama’s mix bag of tax cuts and tax increases is a reason for him to smirk. Not a reason to thank him.

  • “Who is this guy ? Oh yeah, friend of Acorn, Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, and others. Guy Joe Biden said was not ready to be President. Barack Hussein Obama.” – Bill

    Your point is…..
    Especially the Barack Hussein Obama part, what’s the point there. That’s his name, don’t wear it out. lol

    I mean George H.W. Bush, friend of the Bin Laden’s. lol

    I got the largest tax refund I have ever gotten, I actually got 10 times more than I had ever gotten before and only paid 8% federal tax on my income.

    I’m sure Obama is not uneasy about Sarah Palins income being larger than his, that would be silly. Almost as silly is believing that a mans name hurts him, or should hurt him.

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale said “I got the largest tax refund I have ever gotten”. How does that relate to all I said.

    You have said you were unemployed, people do get back more when not fully employed for year. Lower tax rate considering money withheld. Some credit goes to tax change obama made. I did state he did lower some taxes.

    Yes Father Bush knew Bin Laden’s family but not terrorist Bin Laden as far as I know.

    Who said obama was “uneasy about Sarah Palins income being larger than his”.

    Who said his name hurts him ???

  • Bill,

    Everything I said was in relation to parts of your comment, so deny all you want. I wont explain to you what your comment said, you wrote it, take it for what it is. Done with that one.
    Yes I was unemployed for about 3-4 months, but I still made far more money than I have ever made in a previous year. There was a new deduction for college expenses. I usually get a small tax deduction for school, this time I got a HUGE TAX REFUND for college expensive instead of that small DEDUCTION. So I am more than “THANKFUL” for that.

    THANK YOU OBAMA! lol

  • Bill Hedges

    I do not deny what I wrote, I know what I wrote. I pointed out your inconsistencies to what I said.

  • There was nothing inconsistent about what I said. You just lack the ability to understand the difference between me making a general comment and me putting words in your mouth. If I didn’t say Bill said, then I am NOT saying Bill said.

    Stop being defensive. Because I am commenting from reading your comment doesn’t mean I am commenting on you, it means I am commented about your comment. If you can’t understand what I am saying, that is your problem.

    You brought up a mixed bag of things that have been used as a means to attack Obama, so I comment on them. You said, “Guess liberals are mad she made MORE MONEY…” and I said, “I’m sure Obama is not uneasy about Sarah Palins income being larger than his, that would be silly. Almost as silly is believing that a mans name hurts him, or should hurt him.”

    WTF is inconsistent about that?

    Stop trying to pick my apart man, there is nothing to pick apart. I commented on your comment, I put no words in your mouth. If I did, show me. If you can’t then you calling me inconsistent is idiotic.

    I didn’t say that you said Obama’s name hurts him.

    I Said, “Almost as silly is believing that a mans name hurts him, or should hurt him.”

    I did not Say “Bill believes Obama’s name hurts him.” You took it as such, to me that is being defensive.

    There was controversy around people using his middle name. I laugh at that controversy. I think those that made a big deal about his name are prejudiced. I didn’t say that you were. You took my comment as a statement against you. If I didn’t name you as such then don’t take it that way. If I want to say something about you, I’m sure you know that I have NO problem doing so, so don’t pretend.

    As us liberals say, “Get over it.” Remember that one?

  • Bill Hedges

    As I said:

    “You have said you were unemployed, people do get back more when not fully employed for year. Lower tax rate considering money withheld. Some credit goes to tax change obama made. I did state he did lower some taxes.”

    Still true from first time I said it…

  • Did I deny that statement? No I didn’t. Did I even say anything at all about that comment? No, I didn’t. So why repeat it? Did I attack that comment, no I didn’t So why repeat it?

    I just went more into depth about my refund and why I am thankful for what Obama did. If I had a problem with that comment you made, I would have said something about that comment, but I didn’t, yet you felt the need to repeat it as if it was necessary, which it was NOT.

    I see you Bill but you’re cool with me man, no problem.

    Time for my afternoon nap before I go work hard for the money.

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale said

    “There was nothing inconsistent about what I said”

    NOT what I said:

    “I pointed out your inconsistencies to what I said.”

  • Bill Hedges

    Kendale wrote “Did I deny that statement? No I didn’t. Did I even say anything at all about that comment? No, I didn’t. So why repeat it? Did I attack that comment, no I didn’t So why repeat it?”

    Because I felt like it. Highlight it. obama did come up with a few tax cuts. Some good for you now. Though from my original comment he doesn’t mention his TAX INCREASES WHEN EXPECTING MORE OF A THANK-YOU FOR his TAX CUTS than a rally against him. Did obama believe tea party would be oblivious to his tax increases ?

    By merely using obama’s full name I READ back from you:

    “Almost as silly is believing that a mans name hurts him, or should hurt him.”

    WOW. LOL Far out. Don’t know where your remark came from.

    Have good nap. I enjoyed naps before work when possible.

  • JD

    All I know is Bush is a real hero, righ bill!!??

    Do you kiss his picture every night before you go to bed or do you just dream about him?

  • I think bush gave me a stimulus check for 300 bux one time. THANK YOU BUSH!

  • Wait, I think it was twice!