Axelrod: Tea Party Anger is Misdirected
Obama senior adviser says frustration over spending and taxes is "unhealthy."
Sunday, April 19, 2009
WASHINGTON -- Damn the tea bags. A top adviser to President Barack Obama takes a dim view of last week's anti-tax "tea parties," promoted by organizers in the spirit of the Boston Tea Party.
"The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face," David Axelrod said Sunday.
This Axlerod guy is clueless. Obama's minuscule tax cuts come on the heels of creating the largest tax burden in history, something our children and grandchildren will have to pay off. Don't you think we might be a little pissed about that still? In the land of government supplied Bread and Circus, Axlerod expects our societal ADD to kick in. He thinks we should only be concerned with what the President has done for us lately. Well, sorry Ms. Jackson, we don't forget.
And I find it more than a little humorous that Mr. Axlerod is actually going to assert that a man with a 1.3 million dollar net worth understands the burden that the common man in America faces. Sorry Dave, no dice. The common man in America did not attend Columbia University or Harvard Law. The common man did not learn at the feet of Marxist liberals. The common man goes to work in a store, a factory or an office, not at a CIA front like Business International Corporation (look it up if you don't believe me), or a "community organizing institute" like the Gamaliel Foundation or at a liberal law firm like David, Miner, Barnhill & Galland.
The rallies coincided with the deadline to file income taxes, and gave people a chance also to voice frustrations about government spending and corporate bailouts.
The tea parties were promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, who is now a lobbyist.
Axelrod was asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" for his opinion on what the show's host described as "this spreading and very public disaffection with not only the government, but especially the Obama administration."
Axelrod replied: "I think any time that you have severe economic conditions, there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that's unhealthy."
Or maybe We The People have grown weary of our government (Left or Right, Blue or Red) promising one thing, doing the polar opposite, then trotting out spin doctors like this Axelrod to place blame anywhere but squarely on their shoulders.
"Unhealthy?" the moderator repeated.
"This is a country where we value our liberties and our ability to express ourselves. And so far these are expressions," Axelrod answered.
What the frack does that mean? Is that a threat? Is Axelrod saying that as long as our dissent takes to form of mindless, impotent whining about our taxes being too high, then it will be allowed? There is a real, palatable anger taking shape in this country, and it comes not from the hallowed halls of Washington DC, or the ghettos and slums of the inner city. It comes from middle America, from small towns, from suburbs, and straight from the mouths of the working middle class in America. It comes from the hopelessly unrepresented millions, who have no special interest lobbyist whispering in a politician's ear for them. It comes from people who were taught early on that the greatness of our country comes from a fair Constitution and a government that works for the people who elected it.
David Axelrod and the rest of America's government will ignore that at great peril.