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My Tax Protest

So far, my federal taxes are slightly down again this year – reflected in a small decrease in federal withholding on my pay stubs starting a few weeks ago. And, I’m not incensed that Roger’s taxes are going up by 3%, and neither is he. So, I guess I won’t be going to the Tea Parties.

Any tax protest I attend will have to be focused on the larcenous sales tax in Tennessee, especially as it applies to food items at the grocery store.

Maybe we can rally around unfairly taxed Bags of Cashews. Would you come to a Nut Sack Party?

Related: Tennesseans for Fair Taxation .

Also: Dan Lehr graciously welcomes the new anti-establishmentarians to the fold and has some tips on how to make resistance to unwanted changes in the federal system more effective.

5 comments to My Tax Protest

  • The nut sack party. That ain’t bad at all :-)

  • john

    What was probably the icing on the cake for the tea parties was when Rick Perry, Texas’ governor stated that Texas can secede from the union. That will draw a lot of attention but more importantly it sends the message that these movements are serious for such strong words to be used. While the media will say they Texas does not have the right to do this outright (there are some court cases which agree, there are certain paths they can take to get this goal).

    While they do not have the right to do this outright, there are certain paths they can take to get this goal. Come on, you know this is possible because this is the same country which gives exceptions to tax cheats through cleaver legal
    maneuvers.

    Really it is just using the legal system creatively.

    Texas probably has the best chance at success. Here is just one way how it can work. The annexation agreement made when Texas joined the union provided that Texas would be able to divide into 5 states. This would create 8 more conservative Senators.

    If Texas were to try to divide and be rebuffed, the US would be in violation of the agreement and Texas should be able to go free.

    It is not all that far fetched.

    Regardless of the TX situation, the movement was larger than expected. And it is just a start because the thing about grass roots is that it will only take hold, grow and spread.

    Some pics here:

    http://tinyurl.com/texasmayleave

  • Yeah John – it is interesting how secessionist rhetoric is coming back into vogue these days, and from the “party of Lincoln” no less. Of course it is just sore loser rhetoric, but nevertheless it paints a big flaming arrow directly at just who, exactly, is “anti-American”.

  • Jones

    I really don’t think it has a thing to do with “sore loser” I think it has more to do with outlandish spending, inability to correct the problems we have.
    The attitude is throw more money at it and it’ll go away. Well, it’s my money and I don’t want it thrown away. Fix the problem, not throw money at it!!

  • I’m talking about the secessionist rhetoric, not the Tea Parties. I’m giving the governor of Texas the benefit of the doubt that he isn’t that comfortable with notions of treason. The Tea Parties… well, they’re the tea parties.

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