Tea for two thousand, or more

Maybe five thousand, depending on whose figures you believe; according to the writeup in the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol estimated the crowd at between 4,000 and 5,000.

Arguably the funniest comment from the newspaper’s Web site:

Why are you 2000-5000 people not at work? You can’t be paying taxes if you’re taking off work. Where did you get these people? At the bus station? You are protesting today while living on govt programs, driving on federally funded roads, taking your kids to public schools and enjoying the life that America affords.

Don’t look at me. I work for a living.





5 comments

  1. McGehee »

    15 April 2009 · 6:30 pm

    The only sense I can make of that comment (after smashing myself over the head with a crowbar a few times to get into the proper frame of head mush) is that since people pay for their food and other necessities with money, which is printed by the government, therefore they’re “living on govt programs.”

    As for “enjoying the life that America affords,” I wasn’t brought up to give credit for that to government paper-pushers. In any sense of the term.

  2. Tatyana »

    15 April 2009 · 10:23 pm

    As someone (I think it was a Sirius-radio host, Andrew Wilkow) said at tonight’s NY Tea Party: “look around you – see these skyscrapers? See the Woolworth building? They are monuments to capitalism. Not to the government handouts.”

    I haven’t spend the evening that well for a long time.

  3. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    16 April 2009 · 10:08 am

    Why was I not at work? Because I took a vacation day!

    As for why some kids weren’t in school? I met several home-school families.

    I continue to be astounded at the number of folks who think that everybody is on the government dole.

  4. McGehee »

    16 April 2009 · 1:40 pm

    Dwayne, everyone they know is.

  5. Old Grouch »

    16 April 2009 · 1:55 pm

    “You are protesting today while living on govt programs, driving on federally funded roads, taking your kids to public schools and enjoying the life that America affords.”

    Pathetically, this is one of the prescribed talking points. See here (about 60-70 comments down, no permlinks): “Most of these so-called anti-tax protestors want all sort of federal benefits, they just don’t want to pay for them. In other words, they are a bunch of spoiled children and should be treated as such.”

    Similar stuff sighted in a couple of other threads today, but I can’t be bothered to run ’em down.

    (BTW, re: the linked comment thread, IMO Gene’s query is sincere (can’t vouch for all his commenters!), TP attendees might wish to contribute.).

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