Ever since Rick Santelli had his rant on the Chicago Board of Trade floor there has been a slowly growing groundswell of movement to put his call to arms in action. You might recall how he voiced great displeasure specifically with the idea of bailing out someone’s lifestyle by reworking their mortgage for them with Federal tax dollars which means OUR money. Remember there is no test to determine if the receipients of such Federal largese are deserving or not. They might be able to afford their mortgage but for the fact they squandered their money on other things, like gambling trips to Vegas or any other frivilous venture. The crowd on the floor that day gave him a rousing cheer and the White House was very quick to demean him by name implying he didn’t understand the situation. I don’t know about you but nothing makes me madder than a wet hen than for someone I disagree with to tell me I don’t understand. Such a east coast elitist comment. We understand all too damn well! Santelli talked about having a tea party just like the old Boston Tea Party in Chicago sometime this spring. Many have taken the call to arms to heart and are pursuing that vision.
By now you may have already received one of the many emails or other communiques about the tea bag revolt. If you are unhappy with TARP, TALF, the Stimulus Bill, the soon to be Son of Stimulus Bill (as is already being discussed by Geithner, the tax cheat in -chief and assorted members of the Democratic House and Senate delegations, the cap and trade “tax” hike, and the budget proposals that are a Faustian deal at best) then you should join the Tea Bag Revolt. It is the perfect way for the Silent Majority to demonstrate their displeasure and anger. We aren’t the types to go running down the streets with bullhorns and plackards but we can do this.
The suggestion is to mail a tea bag to the White House on April 1, 2009. You don’t even need to enclose a letter. Just put the tea bag in an envelope and drop it in the mail to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D. C. 20500. That’s it. It will send a message loud and clear. I have never done anything like this in my life but I intend to exercise my rights of free speech and mail my tea bag. Total costs is 43 cents, at least until the Post Office raises prices again. I have no idea how many tea bags will be sent. Maybe only a 100 of us will do it, maybe a 1000, maybe many more. Of course the Post Office will be required to not deliver all of them if in fact there are hundreds of thousands of them. The press probably won’t give it much play; need I explain why that is true.
I have a personal addendum I would like to add for all those who are upset, angry and fearful of the severe shift in direction the country is taking and that is to begin the tax revolt. The mother’s milk of the socialist agenda in Washington is taxes. That is their power over all of us and our economy. We can starve the beast. Many of you file estimated quarterly tax returns. The first one is due April 15 for this year. Yes, I know it is the same day that the returns are due for tax year 2008. When you estimate your payment this year you can reduce the payment by 25% of what it would have been otherwise. It is an estimate after all. If enough of us did that they would certainly feel the pinch in Washington. I intend to do it. I want them to see and feel the power of the roughly 50% of us who carry all the water in this economy and pay the freight for the ever expanding growth of Government. If there is no change then I intend to crank it up on June 15th when the next quarterly estimate payment is due. I will cut mine by 50% at that point. Just those two reductions to start with. Biden says it is our patriotic duty to pay taxes, well, I think it is our patriotic duty to fight back for the very founding principles that built this nation and for which so many have scarificed so much over the years. After June, we’ll see. Stay tuned. I encourage each and everyone of you to cut back on the payments. You can pay the extra amount later, if there is an extra amount owed at all. They are estimates. Those who have a W-4 form can adjust it on April 15th and then change it back later if that is their desire. No one is being urged to violate the law, to the contrary you are urged to follow the law and also exercise your rights.
As a side note you are reminded that for the first few decades the Federal Income tax collection was made by returns that were filed only once a year. There was no payroll withholding. That didn’t start until the regime of FDR. The Government wanted the money quicker and with greater assurance of collection. So they imposed the burden on the employer. Hasn’t it ever occurred to you that it is strange that the employer has to do bookkeeping and tax collection for the Government? Your employer doesn’t owe your taxes yet they have to collect it and in the correct amount and then pay it over to the Government coffers. Who compensates those employers for that work? Also FDR promised that social security payments would never be subject to income taxes. Guess what, they are now. Up to 85% of your social security distributions can be taxed. So you get screwed over twice. They take your money and keep it for decades with no return whatsoever then when they graciously give you back your own money they tax you for it. What a deal!