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Monday, April 19, 2010

'Let the Little People Owe'

What an age we live in! What an age, when we have to fear to use an ordinary word because filthy minds have perverted it. In this case, readers (just to assure you), the word I'm about to use - “blow” - is only in the sense of playing a horn, an instrument.

In this case, the following sentence is from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Frodo has fled the Shire, leaving a friend behind in his house to cover his escape. The bad guys break in and the friend runs for it to the nearest neighbor.

The hobbits sound the alarm, blowing horns and crying, “Awake! Awake! Awake! Fear! Fire! Foes! Awake!”

The bad guys – the Ringwraiths – hear the horns. But their prey has escaped with the Ring of Power and they have to ride off to hunt him down.

“Let the Little People blow. Sauron will deal with them later,” the Riders sneer.

The Tea Parties – of which there were hundreds on April 15th – sounded their horns. They did it peacefully, passionately, and publicly. The protests were really more like rallies than protests, though the Tea Partiers are angry.

Not being content to let The People have their say, Obama had to go on television, before his own choir naturally, to sneer that he was “amused” by the protests and that the People should be “thanking” him for what he claims are tax cuts.

Not to be outdone, former President Clinton took to the limelight to warn about the “dangers” of such demonstrations. Kooks are waiting in the wings to take advantage of such opportunities to wreak mayhem and chaos on an unsuspecting public.

In short, the Tea Parties must be ‘dealt with.’

I don’t know whose taxes have been cut, but mine sure haven’t been cut. I paid a whole lot more in capital gains than I did the previous year, and this was a bad year in the stock market. Imagine what the taxes would have been in a profitable year.

My older brother’s taxes certainly weren’t reduced and neither were my mother’s. All my friends – their taxes rose, also.

So I don’t owe Mr. “Owe-bama” any thanks. (Thank goodness.)

The only thing I owe is taxes.


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