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Monday, April 13, 2009

Counter Demonstration to Support Obama on Economy Set for Wednesday in Albuquerque

From Terry Riley: I just read an article on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal promoting a demonstration against taxes. The lady who was interviewed would not list a party affiliation but did say that she is conservative. Their demonstration is called, "The Albuquerque Tea Party." They are objecting to Obama's rescue spending and to the taxes that they are paying. (See this Raw Story article for more info.)

I am going to hold a demonstration in support of President Obama and what he is trying to do to save our economy. I doubt that everything that he will try is perfect but he is working hard to fix a really big mess and he needs support. I also believe that it is time to bring attention to the tax cuts for the rich both on the federal level as well as the state level. We must rescind those tax cuts.

Their demonstration is going to be one block west of the intersection of Louisiana and Montgomery and will run from 4 PM on Wednesday April 15th through 7 PM. I propose a counter demonstration at the intersection of Louisiana and Montgomery that will run from 4 PM through 6 PM on Wednesday, April 15th. They have bought radio ads supporting this demonstration and got a front page story in the Journal. Please, we must push back.

The demonstration that I am planning is about 150 yards east of the "Tea Party" demonstration and I would like to ask anybody who attends to concentrate on getting out a message of support and not to get into yelling matches with the other demonstrators or people who drive by. Civil demonstration is what gets attention. Certainly with the Journal having covered the lead up to this demonstration we should be able to get media attention to our presence. I will contact all TV and the Journal.

There is plenty of parking southeast of the intersection of Louisiana and Montgomery.

My suggestions for signs are:

Bush spent it...

Rich people took us to war!
Rich people need to pay taxes!

No taxes -

no police
no fire department
no paramedics
no county hospitals
no highways
no airports
no air traffic controllers
no social security
no medicare
no country

Obama just started
give him a chance!

These are some suggestions, I am sure you all will come up with other good ones. Please come and help me show our support to Obama and the need to fix the problems without any more tax cuts.

Terry Riley

Also see my earlier post on the teabagging events being pushed by Fox News and other right-wing groups.

April 13, 2009 at 09:01 AM in Economy, Populism, Events, Obama Administration | Permalink


I just heard the tea party promotion ad on AM 1350!

Posted by: LopsidedMom | Apr 13, 2009 9:35:05 AM

There is a ton of right wing money behind this even though one online "journalist" has ignored reporting on the groups that are behind this fake movement. Funny how that happens. True colors show.

Posted by: Dave | Apr 13, 2009 9:56:58 AM

I'm concerned that careless or cynical media will count this as more of the tea-bag protestors. It's important to show that this is the opposite of their demonstration.

Posted by: Michelle Meaders | Apr 13, 2009 10:01:12 AM

I'm sorry, I hate to be a party pooper, but wouldn't a counter-demonstration simply lend credibility to their ridiculous teabagging event? Why give them any attention for this stupidity and boost Fox's ratings? If they get 50 people on the street corner for their lame event why would we want to get 100 on the corner to make it a 150 person event. The fewer people, the less activity, the less press.

People are paying way too much attention to this republican masquerade. about 15% of the voting population agrees with this idiocy so why do we have to shout down these losers? As they say, Never fight down--always fight up. There are bigger, better things to spend time on.

Posted by: TJB | Apr 13, 2009 8:06:22 PM

The symbolism of our nation's first (and only) tea party is a bad choice for these "revolutionaries." Boston's tea party was with reason, and rather than focus on proposing a different plan, they choose to send Lipton to our politicians. Trust me, they can afford to buy their own tea.

Posted by: scottdot | Apr 14, 2009 2:58:48 PM

I don't make anywhere close to the $250K Obama claims is rich, but due to IRS interpretations, I fall into that category. I employ 8 people and haven't laid anyone off, asked for a pay cut or loss of benefits, while my life savings has been whittled away to nothing. Now, I am being forced to subsidize multi-million dollar executive bonuses at AIG and GM? You bet I'll be tea-partying.

Posted by: Ken | Apr 15, 2009 12:14:27 PM

I keep asking these questions of the teabagger supporters but never get answers:

-What would you do to stave off depression now that right wing policies have overturned the world's economy?

-Why weren't you complaining when the total deregulation mob was creating the basis for this mess?

-Why aren't you angry that your tax dollars have been subsidizing moving jobs offshore, taxcuts and loopholes for the rich and huge giveaways to energy corporations?

Posted by: Why now? | Apr 15, 2009 12:57:31 PM

Recessions are natural and cyclical, but they shouldn't be extreme. The Federal Reserve has been artificially keeping us out of a recession by keeping interest rates low and encouraging borrowing. Then greedy companies and individuals started engaging in unethical borrowing and lending. And now, even the new Obama administration and Congress is keeping this bubble inflated. I'm not going to say it is right to suddenly bankrupt half the country, but what Congress has been doing and still is doing is not right either.

I'm agreeing with Ron Paul that Congress should reduce spending, partly by bringing the military back home. The war in Iraq is unconstitutional since Congress never declared war. Bush and Congress are both at fault for that. But don't go blaming the "right wing" for everything.

Total deregulation mob? You must be referring to Barney Frank and Chuck Schumer who both ignored warnings from Bush AND Greenspan to watch out for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These congressmen insisted that these lenders should be COMMENDED for giving out loans to people who could never pay them back, locking them into insolvent debt.

If this is all the fault of "right wing" Americans, then why are other parts of the world suffering? Why is the UK suffering, which has been a socialist country for years?

Why is it that Republicans think they can do no wrong and all problems are caused by Democrats? And why is it that the Democrats think EXACTLY the same way about themselves?

You know what else? I am angry about jobs moving offshore, and about the decreasing productive capabilities of America.

Democrats who blame Bush for everything are no different than the Republicans blaming Obama. The President isn't the king of America. If you want to blame someone, blame yourselves for not acting as a watchdog on Congress. Blame your inability to admit fault with your own party and to pretend like it is all just a right wing conspiracy. I'm done playing the two-party-blame-each-other game.

Why now? Not everyone is upset *just now*. I've been upset for years. Why haven't I protested before? Well, I guess that's because I'm an idiot. But I'm going to try to amend that situation.

- A Libertarian/Constitutionalist supporter of the Tea Party

Posted by: David Baird | Apr 16, 2009 10:09:03 PM

One more comment in response to the "rich people took us to war" statement: So Bill Gates took us to war, huh? Yeah right....... That's a bit of an over-generalization. Rich people didn't take us to war. A Congress that wasn't following the Constitution was complacent in allowing the U.S. to go to war and too many citizens were complacent in allowing Congress to get away with this.

Posted by: David Baird | Apr 17, 2009 10:09:45 PM

Of course there are also Wall Street ass kissers on the Democratic side and this blog and many other Democrats regularly criticize them. Where have you been David? But the fact remains that it is the very ideology of the right that has been shown to be bankrupt and bereft of anything that make sense for our common good or ordinary people. You can't let capitalism operate without essential safeguards and expect the market to make things OK.

England has been run by a free-market ass kisser for years. He was Bush's poodle, remember?

Anyone that praises Ron Paul has some issues with reality. Have you forgotten about Paul's racist past? Do you really believe getting rid of the Federal Reserve and IRS is the answer? How silly.

The real problem is a class a people who expect to make big money without working. They want to push fake paper around in the markets and make a killing on the backs of working people. What the hell are those "derivatives" about? This is not creating wealth it is creating a Ponzi scheme for monopolists.

Bill Gates didn't take us to war. The war profiteers and oil men did.

Posted by: Robert L. | Apr 18, 2009 9:04:22 AM

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