What did you think about the Tea Parties?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Shoppers were asked what they thought of the "Tax Day Tea Parties" on April 15, when people demonstrated against excess government spending such as the stimulus funds and bail-outs. Here's what they had to say:

It's time for people to stand up and speak their mind.

Lisa Kisinger, Palisade

The government already blew it with the bail-outs so they need to learn from their mistakes.

Ray Kisinger, Palisade

I think it's great because this country needs to wake up to what this administration is doing. I'm very upset that while the President was over in Europe, he bowed to the Muslim king and put down the nation he is suppose to leading.

Ron Fritz, McCook

I think the tax protests were great as people are upset about the taxes and what the government is doing right now with its money.

Roger Ely, McCook

People don't know where this all the money is coming from.

Karen Ely, McCook

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  • Go ahead and waste your energy, you could be putting it to better use by helping some of the needy people that would like their yard or house cleaned. Maybe they would like to talk to someone or have them take them to the store. If we had all you complainers doing that then maybe we could lower taxes because we wouldn't be depending on the government for everything. We want good medical, roads, homes, education, fire, police. Where do you think the money comes from to support this? I don't like taxes but I realize we must have them to help support our way of life. Really we don't pay much if you want to compare it to other industralized nations. Instead of protesting , put your time to good use helping someone in need.

    -- Posted by salamat on Sat, Apr 18, 2009, at 10:55 PM
  • I agree with you salamat. I guess I dont completly agree with the bailout, I dont have an answer that is better. For those of you out there that disagree with the bailout, what is the better solution?

    -- Posted by McCook Supporter on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 1:05 PM
  • I agree with both of you. One thing not mentioned is the farmers. Would McCook and the other towns survive if we didn't have farmers? Would farmers survive if they didn't have subsidies and price supports? Would farm subsidies survive if we didn't have taxes? Would McCook have a bus, new firefighters equipment, new this and that and the list goes on. What about SSI, Medicaid and etc? Did you just want to let the economy fail and go into a depression? It is terrible to have to spend and borrow all this money but don't you think something had to be done? I haven't seen any solutions provided by anyone else, just talk.

    -- Posted by geewhiz on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 2:57 PM
  • "When in Rome, do as the Romans do". Even though Obama's "bow" to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has become extremely sensationalized all over the world, not all feedback has been negative. If one would take notice to other editorials or articles from around the world one might possibly view their own opinions in a different light. We would all agree that we live in an ever changing and growing global world; we should also act like it.

    -- Posted by supportthegreatergood on Mon, Apr 20, 2009, at 6:33 AM
  • I spent many years in Okinawa, Japan and other places in the pacific. I bowed to a lot of Japanese, I BOWED OUT OF RESPECT, DON'T YOU IDIOTS UNDERSTAND?!!!!!

    -- Posted by georgeangermeir on Mon, Apr 20, 2009, at 10:37 PM
  • In response to Mr Fritz's comment. What is the big issue with President Obama showing respect. I am sure you want people to show you respect. I think the issue is that he showed a muslim respect. If he would have bowed to the King of England I am sure you wouldn't have a problem. That is the problem with you people that have never experienced life outside of McCook You don't realize that the world is far more important than you. You probably don't realize that Mr. Obama is trying to better relations with countries that Mr. Bush destroyed relations with. I don't think that being disrespectful to the leaders of these countries is the way to build these relations. Mybe next time you want to make comments about things you don't know you should think how you would feel if you were disrespected by some one at the local grocery store. Then multiply that by about a million and you may understand the importance of Mr Obama being respectful

    -- Posted by seentherealworld on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 12:06 AM
  • Back in the Good Ol' Ike from Kansas days, when Good Ol' Ike pushed income taxes on the wealthy to 90% - the high taxable income folks were the only ones heard screaming.

    Of course, when FDR introduced NEW DEAL programs, there were SUPER CONSERVATIVES who declared with absolute conviction that the United States would not survived ten years with this type of governmental interference.

    Along came Harry Truman, who would personally accept late evening phone calls from Harry Strunk from the McCook Elks Club and talk with all the Elks bar patrons.

    Truman's "Marshall Plan", the "Point Four" and other programs to rebuild war torn countries were soundly decried by conservatives, who promptly sought profitable contracts to supply goods and services for those programs.

    Then there was LBJ's Great Society -- the conservatives declared this program would destroy America, without question.

    Remember the dire conservative predictions about Slick Willy? Bill Clinton was going to destroy America as we know it. And he did.

    Balanced the federal budget, cut the government size and cost and started reducing the federal debt.

    Now the conservative cry is Obama will destroy America. After Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson and Clinton -- There surely ain't nothing left to destroy.

    Amazing thing, the Gross National Product increased sharply under each of those terrible destructive Democratic LIBERAL presidents.

    Under the last two Supposedly Conservative Bush family members, our total national debt -- principle and interest -- increased about $20-TRILLION; Poppa Bush gave us farm foreclosures and endless auctions and a serious recession.

    We are all aware of DubYah's gifts. 40,000 to 50,000 dead, the Taliban and Al Qaeda nearing takeover of Pakistan's NUKE arsenal, a total depression and economic meltdown.

    Now, my dear conservative friends -- Just what in thunder is Obama going to destroy by spending stimulous money for schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, libraries and other NEEDS, instead of sweetheart, NO BID contracts for his and Shotgun Dick's Halliburton and KBR buddies.

    That's ignoring the White House VIP passes issued to all the Enron executives on their way to join Nixon's entire staff in prison.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Sat, Apr 25, 2009, at 5:38 AM
  • It wasn't Clinton that balanced the budget, it was the Republican Majority that balanced the budget and cut welfare. When will people realize that it isn't the President that has control of the purse strings... but rather the House of Representatives.

    It isn't the conservatives you need to be on the look out for, its the RINO republicans that get the most press and give the republicans the bad name. Those that are actually conservative Republicans do not get the airtime that the Liberal ones like Spector get.

    The thing that scares me the most is Obama is increasing the debt to around $35,000 per person and keeps promising more and more of our own money to those that do not pay taxes and buying shares of publicly traded corporations.

    There are necessary taxes, but Obama, Pelosi, and Reed are taking the tax and spend to unnecessary new levels.

    -- Posted by proudconservative on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 10:33 PM
  • The Tea Parties have been proven to be attractive to a small percentage of the people.

    Mostly those who live in fear They are only generations removed from the people who in 1932-36 insisted FDR was destroying the nation with his New Deal programs.

    A generation back, like thinkers in Arkansas insisted the new young governor was going to destroy Arkansas.

    Some folks are simply living in fear of change.

    Having first worked with draft animals in the fields, driving a steel wheeled F-20 Farmall and working my way through close to 20 generations of new technology in my lifetime -- This is a better world than I was born into in many ways, colder and more complex than we knew in the mid-30s or during WWII.

    I miss the Sunday afternoon and evening Singing Parties and Guitar Pulls under the shade trees.

    Heck I even miss sneaking into the neighbor's melon patch at midnight.

    I don't miss turning wheat shocks after a week of steady June or July rains.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, May 6, 2009, at 8:32 PM
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