Sunday, April 19, 2009

Are the laws of economics "despicable"?

From Rep. Jan Schakowsky's (D-IL) official statement:
The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs. It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt.
She continues with her claims about taxes:
Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.
Her claim that a popular uprising was driven by "corporate interests" and "Republican lobbyists and politicians" is of course psychological projection: The left is expert at astroturf and cannot imagine a "popular uprising" that was something else. Her claim is particularly bizarre since the tea partiers booed many Republican politicians as Michelle Malkin reports:

I told you that California GOP chairman Ron Nehring and GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger were booed in Sacramento and GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman was booed in Utah. .... At the Greenville SC Tea Party last night, via Palmetto Scoop, an estimated 3,000 people booed and heckled GOP Rep. Gresham Barrett, who supported both the trillion-dollar TARP and now supports the trillion-dollar porkulus package.

Rep. Schakowsky claim that our taxes will not be raised "this year" is equally disingenuous. A glance at the plot below shows that taxes on everyone, not just "the rich," will be going up soon:

(Her belief that the government can run deficits like that without raising taxes on the majority is further evidence that Democrats think like three year olds.)

It is easier to understand Rep. Schakowsky's outlook on life, though, if you remember who she married, as reported by USAtoday (hat tip: True Discernment):
The husband of an Illinois congresswoman pleaded guilty Wednesday to tax violations and bank fraud for writing rubber checks and failing to collect withholding tax from an employee.

Robert Creamer, a political consultant married to four-term U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, could face four years in prison on the two felony counts when he is sentenced Dec. 21. ....

Creamer, 58, a prominent Chicago political consultant, was accused of swindling nine financial institutions of at least $2.3 million while he ran a public interest group in the 1990s. ....

Creamer pleaded guilty to one count each of bank fraud and failure to collect withholding tax. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped several other counts.

There might be Obama supporters who don't cheat on their taxes, but one would never know it from the news accounts.

How many people attended the tea parties?
Democrats get their hate on
CNN and NBC attack tea parties
Photos from the SF tea party protest

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