Tuesday, April 14, 2009

You Say You Want a Revolution...

Last night I sent Uncle Sam my dues. It's a painful, but healthy exercise that keeps me interested in what my government does with my money.

Recently though, many people (me included) have started to think the government is doing too much. More than it is legally commanded, and more than is morally proper. In response, all over the country people have been holding "Tea Parties" and Knoxville is getting in on the action.

Tomorrow, Tax Day, a number of different groups will be holding a "Tea Party" in Worlds Fair Park. I use quotations because you really wont be able to dump your Jasmine China Green Loose Leaf into the Worlds Fair Reflecting pool... sorry.

Here's the website http://knoxvilleteaparty.com/

I'll be there towards the end since it is from 3:00 to 6:00.

I'll snap some photos and try to talk to some of the presenters and get a feel for the message.

update from .max:

update #2: Knoxville's own Glenn Reynolds gives his point of view in the WSJ.


Nate D. said...

I was looking at what I paid on behalf of our common effort last night. The amount rather concretely drove home the point that I live alongside a staggeringly incomprehensible number of people. My contribution might pay for a couple bolts in an aircraft carrier, for instance, or maybe an hour's worth of the power bill to run the accelerator at ORNL. The sheer complexity and grandeur of our nation's balance sheet cost me half an hour of lost sleep as I stared out the window in slack-jawed wonder. Probably the High-Life wasn't much help, either, though.

Nate D. said...

By the way, Pol, I have to say, this has got to be the first time Knoxville has ever intentionally channeled Boston.

The Modern Gal said...

I don't think I'll be there, but considering I was reduced to tears while trying to do my taxes this year I give you permission to air my grievances for me. I'll send some of my green teabags in my place.

courtney said...

I had to pay a rather hefty sum this year thanks to freelance work, so I think that entitles me to throw some tea into the Tennessee River. Of course, if I get caught I'll probably be fined, and that's pretty much the opposite of what I'm going for here.

Anonymous said...

Et tu, Pol?

People. Can we please not get political on this blog? I love it so much, and if it goes all republican/"rebel" on me, I'll be reduced to reading Knoxify. Please spare me such a fate.

ck said...

anon: don't worry, we just let the pol vent a little from time to time here. he is the pol[itical crazy man] here, after all. "reduced to reading knoxify" - hilarious. thanks for the love.

check out .max's video on the post for another viewpoint.