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Bruce McFarland: America: Love it or leave it

Democratic Voices

Posted: April 20, 2009 9:56 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
There was an amazing sight on Valencia Boulevard April 15: Hundreds of well-off, well-fed, whining white folks lined up, carrying signs, complaining about their alleged desperate plight in life - paying taxes. There was so much unpatriotic hate on the street during the so-called "TEA" party, I thought I was in a Texan secessionist meeting - maybe those folks who hate America so much should all just move to Texas and get the hell out of the United States.

Before I go on, I want to remind everyone that the opinions expressed in this column are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of The Signal, but they may reflect many citizens who voted to replace the inept, insipid and despicable type of government that was the Bush administration.

I also want everyone to know that while I may cast aspersions upon many of the folks I saw at City Hall on the 15th, I don't mean to say that everyone there had all the negative characteristics I mention today. People, like me, may have been there just to see what all the fuss was about, but if you were there to protest President Obama, the Federal government, or taxes, I have some questions I'd like to ask.

Where were you when the Bush administration orchestrated and oversaw the destruction of the financial markets? Did you complain when Bush gave tax breaks to the rich? Did you complain when Bush's Treasury Secretary told Congress that the world's financial markets would collapse unless we bailed out financial institutions?

The FOX News zombie people I saw at the TEA rally surely fell into two categories; those whose families made more than $250,000 a year, and those who didn't.

If your family made more than $250,000 last year, shame on you for your selfish complaining. You've been the recipient of unprecedented tax breaks because of eight years of Bush. You probably bought up and overextended your credit, so you could have all-new cars, houses and gadgets. Now, the less-well-off are suffering because your rich friends sucked all the money they could out of our financial institutions. You have a lot of nerve to complain about taxes.

President Obama has a plan to rebuild our country. If rich folks like you don't like it that you may have to pay a little more in taxes, say, at the rate you paid during the Clinton presidency, it's just too bad. Most people in this country are willing to make some sacrifices to repair this great country. If you're too greedy or unpatriotic to pay your fair share, please go to Texas.

I would guess that most of the people complaining at City Hall made less than $250,000 a year. If you fall into that group, I have to wonder if you are misguided, ignorant or what? The Obama tax plan would have you paying less in taxes. If you are out of work, Obama's plans provide for extended unemployment benefits and stimuli for creating new jobs in sustainable industries while repairing and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and schools.

Obama is doing everything he can to help small businesses grow and prosper too. Obama wants to make sure your family can have affordable healthcare, and can afford to send your children to college. Obama is trying to clean up the mess that Bush created and was oblivious to.

The Tax-and-Steal Republicans want government to fail so they can privatize (and thus own) everything. They don't want to fix roads, because they want toll roads. They don't want to fix schools because they want private schools. They don't want to fix the health care system, because they like it just the way it is; big corporations making money at every turn. They really don't even like taxes to go toward police departments. After all, crime-ridden areas take more police resources than safer areas - they say, let each community pay for the police it can afford.

I'm afraid that many people in Santa Clarita are spoiled rotten. They've had it really good for so long, they are now unwilling to support a little sacrifice to save the country. They seemingly don't care how bad it is for others as long as they have what they need. Unfortunately, they don't seem to realize that the only way to regain a good standard of living and to create a hopeful future is to rebuild our country's entire financial infrastructure.

We need to work together with the president to get us out of this horrible recession. We all have fears about financial loss. We need to stop being selfish and shortsighted.

Before you fall for the FOX News/Rush Limbaugh nonsense, ask yourself this; Who gains and who loses if our government fails? Disagree/hate the United States, go to Texas and secede.

Bruce McFarland represents the 17th Senatorial District in the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Democratic Voices" appears Tuesdays in The Signal and rotates among several local Democratic activists.


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