Anti-tax-and-spend group throws "tea party" at Capitol

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  • Anonymous
    April 11, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    My uncle was telling me about all the constructions jobs paid for in federal dollars doing highway work in Utah. This is the same Utah that had people complaining when NASA cut spending and Utah lost 200 jobs.

    Without stimulus spending our unemployment would have been much worst. What kind of future will your kiddies have if our economy doesn't recover?

    I'm single and I've been taxed high so, folks in Utah pay less taxes and go to these events to whine about socialism and wealth redistribution.

  • Mark
    April 11, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    All the Republican ilk want is to call your representatives who won't listen; vote the bums in and out of office (lot of good that did the past twenty years), and sit back and wait for the "free market" to fix everything. They are a bunch of two-faced simpletons who can't even take themselves Seriously. You suggest any changes for the better and they drag the Constitutionality of it into the mix. They are not and never will be the answers to the considerable problems which we face. They will only be the loudest and most dishonest deniers.

  • saaz
    April 13, 2009 2:02 p.m.

    Do you know you just recieved a tax cut and when the Bush cuts expire the richest 5 percent will go back to what they were paying under Clinton when everyone did well. The Republican plan would put the ultra-wealthy at 25% tax rate. The lowest since 1931. Think Hoover/depression rates.

  • Mrs. MESA
    April 7, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    Everyone needs to accept responsibiltiy for their actions, including the crooks in the White House. Maybe if the rich Demo's paid their taxes and followed the laws of our constitution we would all be better off. Congress should not have given themselves a raise and then ask us to suck it up and pay more taxes to feed their PORK projects. Give businesses a tax break so more people will have jobs, increasing taxes on people without jobs, doesn't make sense to me!
    O-- one
    B-- big
    A-- A_ _
    M-- istake
    A-- America!!!
    NO more big government and big paying jobs for a select few of Obama's crooks with no experience in running a Kool aid stand let alone the government.

  • american '47
    April 6, 2009 7:14 p.m.

    Ranting about socialism/communism. What about Social Security, Medicare, farm payments for planting nothing, personal and corporate handouts/welfare? That's been there for as long as I've lived. It's all tax funded, and government administered. How can such a large wonderful nation be without cost? Big nation: big budget. You like Interstate highways, personal security and a first world lifestyle? It comes at a price. It's way past time for accountability. We have much government, but not enough performance. To all the critics: it's like twist the pig's ear and watch it squeal. Didn't hear all this grousing for the last 16 years. This mess didn't just happen,and none of us are that bad off, since we are here in the USA. If you work, and don't quit, you will survive. Everyone benefits from living in this country. Look in a mirror before pointing a finger and whining about the other guy getting the most from the latest handout.

  • S. Grace
    April 1, 2009 12:36 p.m.

    Everyone likes to play the blame game! It was our own U.S.Government who loosened the mortgage regulations, and demanded that we give loans to those that could not afford them. Mmmmm! Who was President when that legislation was signed? Check your facts! You might be sadly surprised....around the year 1999

    Do you want Government controlling every aspect of your life? If you don't mind, then you are getting exactly what you deserve. People came in droves to our country from Europe to escape government oppression. They might even be your Grandparents! Ever seen the names on the bricks at Ellis Island?

    The Tea Parties are not about being Republican or Liberal. Its about retaining our freedoms and liberties. Its about upholding our United States Constitution. Read the talks about preventing government from taking a stronghold. Its about "We the people"

    Let your voices be heard - as far as I know that right has not been taken away YET!

  • Terry Tafoya
    March 29, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    The economy was in great shape 2 years ago, it got screwed up when the democrats took control of Congress, they control the spending not Bush. Obama was part of Congress so he didn't inherit it he was part of the cause, just another lie to his many lies. He misrepresents the facts, blames others for his failures. WE are changing to something worse than socialism we are changing to incompetant socialism. We have been lied to about AIG, and why is AIG the only insurance company to get bailed out, favortism (PAY BACK), lack of accountability with taypayers funds. funds used without standards and controls, there were no plans or objectives other than spend to make millionares into billionares. All of this wihout constitutional authority which will make a phony crisis into a real crisis. Congress and the President have not supported the Constitution which keeps Govenment out of our pockets.

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2009 1:48 p.m.

    I have checked his poll numbers and they are dropping as fast as the stock market.

  • Checked Obama's poll nos.?
    March 10, 2009 1:35 p.m.

    You Chicken Littles should take a look at the very HIGH approval ratings for Obama in national polls. Rushbo may fool a few Utahns, but REAL Americans know that he's doing the right thing.

  • james fressel
    March 10, 2009 11:59 a.m.

    now i see pelosi and reid changed the stimulus plan so that 300,000 illegals can get the jobs meant for tax payers.

    every day its something else.

  • Chaunce S.
    March 10, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    It's the Republicans fault! No, it's the Democrats fault! The two party system is only false left and right paradigm. The majority of the people sit here and argue who's fault it is instead of looking at what has caused the problem. This has been leading up to what is happening now for the last 50+ years. People put the blame on Bush-he was but the straw that broke the camels back. The war has a lot to do with it, but we as a nation are constintly in a war. Even if Obama takes the troops out-50'000 will remain in 56 bases and he is sending troops to Afghanistan. Obama is not the savior that many liberals think he is. He has said that he wants to lower the deficit to 500 billion, but how can he do that by doubling it!? Let's spend ourself into prosperity, that should work right? Debt does not equal prosperity, savings does. I don't want Obama to fail if his intent is to promote peace and help the poor, but if it is to promote socialism-I want any Auhoritarian to fail!

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    Why wasn't the "Utah tea party" out in force when BUSH ran the BIGGEST deficits our country has ever seen? So, spending to get large banks and the likes of AIG is o.k.? Military spending o.k.? No bid contracts o.k.?
    But, to have a president in office who is spending money on job creation, education, health care, states and roads is not o.k.?
    Everytime we have Republicans in office they SPEND,SPEND,SPEND.

  • Ron
    March 9, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    For those that didn't notice (see the first comment) this IS a protest against D.C. and the "Stimulate federal government growth by diluting money and enslaving future generations" package, not against Utah.

  • SLC gal
    March 9, 2009 7:11 a.m.

    BTW, the communist party of America (yes, there is such a thing... google them) calls Obama the 'people's president'... look it up. What does that tell you when communists, who are against everything America stands for, are supporting this clown?

  • SLC gal
    March 9, 2009 7:08 a.m.

    Nationalized banks, government handouts, I honestly belive the change Obama is shooting for is called socialism!!!

  • Hey Puente
    March 9, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    The Democrats have already cost my family several thousndas of dollars in higher taxes because they DIDN'T RENEW THE PRo-FAMILY BUSH TAX CUTS. Instantly, several thousands of dollars more in taxes. And we're slightly above average wage in Utah, but certainly not "the rich". So to argue that its just "pennies" on the rich, you're drinking some kind of funky kool-aid. And besides, it's socalism to rquire that everyone be exactly alike in wages, benefits, etc., in spite of education, skills, desire, drive, risk-taking... If you want to live Socialist, please try Venezuela or Cuba.

  • N. Van Horn
    March 8, 2009 7:03 p.m.

    A good thing people are finally realizing what the government is doing with taxes and doing something about it. Go people! It is good to see the people taking more control of their government.

  • Puente
    March 8, 2009 4:08 p.m.

    What does it say about an individual, let alone an entire political philosophy, that can convince the poor to feel sorry for the rich because in two years they're going to have to pay an extra nickel for everyone one of the hundreds of thousands of dollars they make every year?

    Let's do a little math.

    A single person earning $200,000 a year is going to pay $78,000 in federal taxes starting in 2011. That leaves him with $122,000 NET.

    The median income in Utah is around $50,000 BEFORE taxes. Which is pretty close to the national average income (these are 2007 numbers).

    When your net income is more than twice the average GROSS over everybody else's, what exactly are you complaining about? You're going to pay an extra 5 cents for every dollar TWO YEARS HENCE and you feel robbed? You pay more in taxes than the average citizen makes in a year and you have the audacity to say you're being punished for being successful while regular Americans are busting their butts at low-paying jobs with no benefits with families to raise?


  • Arnold Waldner
    March 8, 2009 2:02 p.m.

    Where were you last administration, protesters? Home sticking things on your suv in support of the trillion dollar war, and demanding tax cuts?

  • I've lived it
    March 8, 2009 1:25 p.m.

    Good old anonymous...Republican Congress?! are you for real? Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have been in charge for quite awhile but you need to blame Rep's!

    The veiled attack 'Gideon's parents are probly well heeled' was totally uncalled for and stupid. Dad was at work and someone keeping money they earned is a negative in your mind? Feel sorry for that kind of thinking. WE WANT OBAMA'S SOCIALISM TO FAIL!!! you should as well since it can't work.

  • re: Ultra Bob
    March 8, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    I saw an interesting stat. If those that make $500,000/year were taxed at 100%, it still wouldn't be enough to pay for what President Obama has currently proposed. As those folks pay about 40% of all the Federal income taxes, I think it is obvious we are in dire straits! President Obama inherited a gross deficit from President Bush, but rather than cutting it, he has doubled it in one month, and then proposed more legislation to make it far worse. The government is going to be bankrupted by the increased spending, and then we will truly feel some economic pain. How many of us can afford our mortgages if our food and gas bills double? How much will the banks suffer if the people that could afford their mortgages start to default? This is a never ending downward spiral that we are being put into!

  • re: Ultra Bob
    March 8, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    First of all, let's look at the cause of this debacle. Look at who got the most money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Rep. Barney Franks, Senator Dodd, and then Senator Obama. Yet the Rebpublicans are to blame for the housing issues? The Democrats are firmly in control of California, and that is one of the biggest housing problem states! Clinton started it by passing legislation to encourage loans to those that couldn't afford them, hence the beginning of the "interest only", and "pay go" loans. These loans allowed people to buy housing because they weren't paying for them. The thought was that they would sell as profit before they'd have to start paying for the housing. This along with the Fed tampering with interest rates, caused a housing bubble that would eventually pop. When Bush and McCain tried to rail this in in 2003, they were unable to do so thanks to Barney Franks, Senator Dodd and Senator (at the time) Obama along with their allies.

  • It's not partisan
    March 8, 2009 9:45 a.m.

    I love how the Obama supporters keep saying that Republicans weren't against the Bush bailouts. YOU ARE WRONG! Most of us were upset with those bailouts as well, and as you can see they have done nothing to stimulate the economy. So when Obama comes in and says that the problem is we haven't spent enough, then the true conservatives of this country finally say they've had enough. In the late 70's inflation was out of control, there was an energy crisis, housing prices were too high to afford, and many people were losing jobs. Sound familiar? Reagan was elected and opted to stay out of the market and instead scale back government, which ticked off a lot of liberals who felt that he should have saved us. The result was that eventually the market corrected itself. Home prices dropped, fuel became affordable and inflation came under control because suddenly things were affordable again which resulted in decades of prosperity. Yes, it hurt for a while, but the long term affects were positive. We conservatives want this course of action regardless of party so quit saying that it's a partisan issue with us.

  • Ultra Bob
    March 8, 2009 9:07 a.m.

    It is my greatest hope that my grandkids along with Gideon wont be future residents of the new Hoovervilles created if the Republicans have their way. However, I suspect that Gideons parents are so well heeled that no matter how deep the depression gets, they wont be harmed. It is very unlikely that the people in the protest are working people dependent on a viable economy.

    It is my desperate plea that people use their God-given brain to think through the deluge of political garbage that the Republicans are using to subjugate the American people.

    The Republican plan for the economy is for the government to stop spending and let the lack of jobs and purchasing power reduce the value of any wealth in the public to the point where it can be bought up for pennies. Its a great plan for those who have lots of money and are mainly concerned with taxes, but not so great for those whos main concern is just staying alive.

    Please dont let the Republicans take this country back to the time of the Hoovervilles.

  • Anonymous
    March 8, 2009 3:36 a.m.

    Sorry, Gideon (2 year old holding sign) you now owe the United States government $17,000.00.

    No wonder you have a frown on your face.

  • rvalens2
    March 8, 2009 3:32 a.m.

    There are more financial disasters headed our way and the Federal Government thinks we can spend our way to prosperity. It goes against all logic.

    We, the citizens of the United States, are in Deep Kim-Shee.

  • Boy in BOYCOTT
    March 8, 2009 1:47 a.m.

    If anyone of Utah's resident would be justified refusing to pay their taxes, it'd be your gays and lesbians. They get NOTHING from Utah, and should return the favor.

  • Jess
    March 7, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    It is terribly difficult to predict the long-term negative affects of this so called "stimulus" package. Pouring trillions of dollars into the economy could easily produce hyper inflation and with millions of baby boomers retiring and on fixed incomes how will the government fix that?This "stimulus" is terribly irresponsible. Our federal government is currently acting like some crazy lottery winners who spend themselves into bankruptcy. I have no confidence at all in Washington--Democrat or Republican, it makes no difference. Our leaders seem determined to make us all miserable.

  • ExMoDon
    March 7, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    In 6 weeks.......You are simply a liar. Most of our debt came under Reagan, Bush 1 and Bush 2....the Obama budget does add more debt...but to say that it is more than the 3 aforementioned is nothing but a lie....because you can't deal in the truth, I guess you are forced to lie. BTW....if the stimulus money is bad---Utah shouldn't take a dime of it....which of course it will...more hypocrisy. Problem is most people in Utah just can't stand a POTUS who is half African....that is the heart of the issue.

  • Anonymous
    March 7, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    I'm not drinking your Kool Aid. You have been attacking Obama since before he was in office. You've made it clear you want Obama to fail. I believe racism plays a role in your hatred. David Dude has gained support too.

    If Bush and a republican congress hadn't caused the worst economy since the Great Depression, Obama wouldn't have to try to simulate our economy. At least Obama is trying to do something. You just tear things apart in your hatred.

    You think burying your head in the sand is a solution? The economy will magically rebound. Cutting taxes made all of us wealthy too. The same Messiah that told you to vote for Bush has directed you to try to see Obama fails even if your kids have no future. You don't care about kids anymore than you care about the poor or unemployed. You're just exploiting babies.

    Why would a business invest or hire. They will for the good of the nation? More jobs are history. Many of you are a few weeks from being acked. When, you're without a paycheck, call Limbaugh.

  • In 6 weeks,
    March 7, 2009 4:46 p.m.

    Obama has increased the deficit more than Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43 did in 16 years. If you're not frightened, you're not paying attention...

  • Anonymous
    March 7, 2009 3:46 p.m.

    Liberal, BIG GOVERNMENT policies are rapidly turning us in to a third world country. If we don't take back our country soon, we will become slaves to it.

  • Revolution
    March 7, 2009 2:25 p.m.

    Take back the country from rich fatcats that continue to treat it as their own private piggy bank.

  • partisanship
    March 7, 2009 2:21 p.m.

    Partisanship is killing America! Stop being Republicrat stooges and do the right thing! Protest the government bailouts!

  • at the protest
    March 7, 2009 2:17 p.m.

    to "no problem" - I was there and there were several signs talking about Bush starting us down this path. this has been a bi-partisan issue and the Republicans did lose their way the last few years. That is also one reason why I voted for Jason Chaffetz - he was not afraid to say that the Republicans blew it. He is also a fiscal conservative.
    Obama has not made it better and I agree with "partisanship" that the stock market clearly does not trust the economic direction this country is going under his leadership.
    We need to stop spending money we DO NOT HAVE. Budget 101. No deficit spending, no doubling or tripling of the debt. Enough is enough.

  • David Edward Garber
    March 7, 2009 1:54 p.m.

    Our federal government has become riddled with too many scoundrels and fools (in BOTH parties) who seem intent upon running our once-great nation into the ground, ravaging our economy with hyperinflationary borrow-and-spend policies while they slowly erect a surveillance/police state upon the tatters of our inspired Constitution. We need to repent, including by re-embracing the wisdom of our nation's founders. If we don't, then, like the Romans over two millennia ago, we'll lose what remains of our once-free republic. Where are our modern-day Sons of Liberty? We have work to do.

  • SLMG
    March 7, 2009 1:47 p.m.

    Where were all of these protesters while George Bush was spenbding your childrens money to fight a war of his own making that he lied to start????? At least the stimulus is being spent at home to try to get this country out of debt that accumulated after the Bush administration allowed the fimancial sector to run wild. Deregulation does not work, greed always takes over. Sorry, but your childrens money was spent long ago.

  • Anonymous
    March 7, 2009 1:11 p.m.

    We need the Goverment to stop spending money they don't have. This is going to destroy America.

  • excerpt David Kirkham speech
    March 7, 2009 12:00 p.m.

    These spending bills despoil us one feather at a time. Legislators deceive us by saying the only way out of this economic nightmare--of their own creation--is to impose a tsunami of stupefying government programs--each one with print so fine, those who sign it don't even bother to read it.

    Politicians of both parties, like the Roman Senate of old, promise bread and circuses as they line their war chests with our children's money. Bush's bailout boondoggle and Obama's attempt to decorate the earth with dollar bills forebodes another haunting specter. Inflation lurks in this madness. We were in Poland when they chopped 4 zeros off of their currency to dispel the demons of inflation. One day the National credit card statement must arrive in each of our wallets. Sadly, that day has already fallen on far too many small businesses across our country.

  • Partisanship?
    March 7, 2009 10:48 a.m.

    So, are we supposed to link hands with "dear leader" and sing kumbaya, when he's going to raise my taxes, limit my charitable contribution deduction --just so he can send billiosn to his ACORN nut cases and welfare dependents? He's about to totally ruin this country and kill the goose through his tax and spending policies. So, are conservatives supposed to just sit back and be happy about it? If that's partisan to opose socialism/communism, and massive trillions more in debt -- and cronyism from the Chicago crooked plitical machine -- then I'M HUGELY PARTISAN. And, psst, there's nothing wrong with partisnaship. It's healthy to have 2 party system. It's the Democrat's time to govern, unfortunately, and they control Congress and th Presidency. They can't blame Republicans for thier failures. See the stock market tank AFTER obama's plan came out? That's a vote of NO CONFIDENCE. He's a RADICAL, and this is just the beginning. Not the kind of CHANGE I think a lot of Americans were thinking about.

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  • samhill
    March 7, 2009 8:48 a.m.

    An EXCELLENT thing to fight for.

    I thought the sign that said, "Put an end to borrow and spend", got it just about right. That, and the additional fact that the money being borrowed is coming, once again, at the expense of our FUTURE even more than the present, pretty much sums it up.

    We really don't HAVE to become and Obamanation if we don't want to. Having experienced socialism first hand, I KNOW I DON'T WANT TO.

  • Anonymous
    March 7, 2009 6:52 a.m.

    Amen. "Change you can believe in." Obama's change is change that is abohorent. Job losses of 4,000,000 since December. Six months from now if the BO tax and spend cruise ship doesn't change course we will be in a depression. Obama's killed my business.

  • Wrong Location for Protest
    March 7, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    Utah's spending is chump change compared to Obama budget...Massive redistribution of wealth and socialism. Unprecedented Keynsian spending spree. Democrats in D.C. are spending like drunken Sailors. But at least drunken sailors have some discretion. The debt that is piled on everyone in the Obama budget is $17,000 for every man, woman, and child. But the taxes go up on every tithing-paying Mormon because he wants to limit charitable contributions. $4 billion for ACORN to commit voter fraud. $50 million for Nancy Pelosi and endangered "rat" around San Fran bay. $8 billion for monorail for Harry Reid. It's disgusting, and there's little outrage because "main-stream" media doesn't focus on it -- half of Washington Press corps has quit to go to work for Obama. We have a radical president, folks. Truly radical. Protest Washington, not Utah.