Tax protesters crack me up. Seriously. Maybe it's their inability to think beyond the afternoon talk radio drivel. Or maybe it's the way they froth (I've been waiting to use the word "froth" in the blog) at the mere mention of Bill Clinton. Or now, President Obama. But what really makes me laugh is their sheer, unadulterated hypocrisy.
Take Lauren O'Brien of Broward County, for example. She's mad as hell. Just ask her. Tomorrow, while the rest of us are, heh, working, she'll lead a contingent of tax protesters for a "tea party" reminiscent of when the colonists rallied against British rule.
I shouldn't be having to pay for corporations. I shouldn't be having to pay for people who got themselves in a mortgage they couldn't handle.
But what about O'Brien? Is she declining government assistance? Walking the proverbial talk, so to speak? Heh. Far from it. O'Brien's two children get their health care through Medicaid, the government-run program for individuals and families with low incomes and resources. The program was created in 1965 and stands as a beacon of LBJ's Great Society social reforms.
No matter, you'll still find O'Brien on the streets of Broward tomorrow, Glen Beck talking points in hand, spewing venom towards Obama, Rachel Maddow, whoever. She'll rail against others while she collects assistance from the government. How does that commercial go? Oh. Priceless.