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Yesterday was April 15 and the well-funded, well-orchestrated anti-tax people were out in force across the country, indulging in some 750 tea parties that harked backed to the days of the original Boston Tea Party.

Many of these folks were in Revolutionary War-era costumes, an attention to detail that obviously improves the verisimilitude of such events.

Unlike the original event in Boston, however, teabags abounded this year, since loose tea can be so inconvenient and messy. I’m happy for these teabag-wearers’ sake that in most places (Philadelphia was an exception) rain held off. There are, after all, few more uncomfortable things than having cold, wet teabags mar one’s period dress and stain the skin.

From one perspective you could view this as just one more special-interest group that needs to grow up.

But then, America is not so much a melting pot of special interests as much as it is an uncomfortable stew of them.

In any case, with assiduous coverage from Fox News (who else?) and anti-tax exhortations from right-wing cable TV and radio personalities, this is a movement that hopes to catch fire, abetted by the usual but increasingly hysterical anti-government, anti-tax vitriol.

What, exactly, is it about taxes that has these people so frothed? What programs, I’d like to ask them, would you be willing to give up that are funded by hated taxes?

Do you really want to go back to the days when there was no Social Security? Or back to pre-Medicare days when a huge swath of the senior population lived in-or just above-poverty?

Are you really so upset about the defense budget? If so, why don’t we hear many peeps from you about the habitual cost overruns in any number of weapons programs? All of which waste your precious tax dollars.

Are you really so outraged by the interstate highway system? The Children’s Health Insurance Program? Head Start? Pell Grants? The FDA, OSHA and the EPA?

You get the picture.

I’ve had it with the selfishness of this crew and their lack of caring and understanding about the interdependence of living creatures. It’s what we call society, folks. I’ve had it with the hypocrisy that rears its head when one of the tax breaks that they feed upon is targeted and they themselves go on the attack.

So here’s my suggestion for what you can do with those costumes which presumably you have put away until next year. Take them out on October 31, that’s Halloween,and have a grand old party time scaring the living Darjeeling out of all the pre-teens you meet, kids who at least act their age.


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