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April 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Tax day tea party

Protest costs taxpayers even more

From The Huffington Post: “Tea Bag Terror: Protests Causing Scares, Evacuations At Congressional Offices.”

Ironic that the tax protesters sending tea bags to Congress [“Tea party to protest excess spending,” NW Tuesday, April 14] are actually costing the taxpayers of this nation more money by incurring Homeland Security operations in order to protect our members of Congress from real or pseudo-hazards.

Thanks, protesters. Way to drive home your point.

— Bert Schulz, Redmond

Part of a right-wing agenda

Where were these tea-bag protesters when George Bush grew our national debt of $5.7 trillion in 2001 to $9.849 trillion in 2008, the biggest debt increase of any U.S. president in history? Where were the protests from these right-wingers?

In addition, you cannot call these tea-bag events a grass-roots protest, since it’s being physically coordinated by “fair and balanced” Fox News and funded by FreedomWorks, right-wing Dick Armey’s group, whose money comes from Scaife, Koch, Olin, Forbes, Exxon Mobil and other right-wing patrons.

They’re trying to create an illusion of frivolous spending that is really just an insult to the intelligence of anyone who’s truly following and sees the discrepancies and lies being told by these “tax day tea party” events.

— Doug Morrison, Seattle

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