Tax me not - News

Tax me not - News

There are 375 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 16, 2009, titled Tax me not - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A boisterous crowd of mostly Republican tax protesters at the state Capitol yesterday condemned taxes from all levels of government.

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Ypahu

San Diego, CA

#2 Apr 16, 2009
Democrats don't mind increasing your taxes because they don't pay it, aka, Tim Geithner, the man managing the tax increases and bail outs.
Mokulele

Honolulu, HI

#3 Apr 16, 2009
I can't believe these Republicans! Have they been hiding their heads in the sand for the past eight years of the Bush Administration? If they were so concerned why did'nt they speak out when Bush was in office? Are they trying to get back into the good graces of the general public now by blaming the Obama Administration? What a bunch of hypocrites!!

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Be Real

Kalaheo, HI

#4 Apr 16, 2009
Lets jump on the bandwagon! Nodody enjoys paying taxes, including myself, but yesterdays tax deadline
was for last years taxes, which was deducted from my paycheck while the Bushwackers were plundering the nation. Why are Lingle's people making noise now? Or is it that they are jumping the gun to pass the buck?
I'm surprised that Dukey boy wasn't in the midst of these more-ons, who haven't learned their less-on.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#5 Apr 16, 2009
Mokulele wrote:
I can't believe these Republicans! Have they been hiding their heads in the sand for the past eight years of the Bush Administration? If they were so concerned why did'nt they speak out when Bush was in office? Are they trying to get back into the good graces of the general public now by blaming the Obama Administration? What a bunch of hypocrites!!
Could be because Bush didn't spend as much in 8 years as Barry has in 90 days...it is ok though, it is not your money.
A-OH

Hawthorne, CA

#6 Apr 16, 2009
This protest is contrived. Tax increases became the order of the day as soon as President Bush dropped the top tax rates and plunged our economy into deficit. Now the Obama administration has to clean up the mess, a mess that was foreseen by many, but was ignored - hence fostered - by the prior administration. We do have a choice, pay to keep the financial system from collapsing, or let it collapse. If it does collapse, I'm willing to bet we'll have much bigger problems to face than just the nagging sense that we shouldn't be "bailing out failed businesses". Puh-lease. We've been juicing the economy with low interest and tax rates and lax regulation and now the bill is coming due. The last thing any American should defend at this point is the process that got us here.

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wendell

United States

#7 Apr 16, 2009
Mokulele wrote:
I can't believe these Republicans! Have they been hiding their heads in the sand for the past eight years of the Bush Administration? If they were so concerned why did'nt they speak out when Bush was in office? Are they trying to get back into the good graces of the general public now by blaming the Obama Administration? What a bunch of hypocrites!!
What the hell are you talking about? Obama's budget, if passed, is projected to double the debt incurred from George Washington to George Bush!
STAR BULL

Honolulu, HI

#8 Apr 16, 2009
BULL--BULL==BULLHawaii Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz offered a counterpoint, saying the tax program endorsed by President Obama and supported by Democrats in Congress would offer relief.

Schatz said 95 percent of all working families would get a tax break, with 70 percent of the tax benefits going to the middle 60 percent of all American workers.

TALKING POINTS---CLASS WARFARE---SHAME ON MISLEADING INFORMATION--NONSENSE BECAUSE WE ARE FOLLOWING WHAT IS HAPPENING AND KNOW WE ARE BEING LIED TO, BRIAN--
Same Old Politics

United States

#9 Apr 16, 2009
Everyone sure knows how to talk and incite a crowd. But in the end, the people will definitely be paying more in taxes to make up the budget deficit and they will continue to see more new taxes upon new taxes as well as any fees that they can find to increase. It is not so much a GOP or DNC issue anymore, it is about who the voters will be planning to send back to the legislature. Will the voters - again - be sending all the rascals (incumbents) back into their own little playground so they can figure out what new increases to stick the voters with or will there finally be a time when the voters finally walk the walk for a change and say to these rascals - no more free ride for them. Voters, I will say that you cannot be in any worse shape - go out at all the next elections in the future and just vote for newcomers wanting to finally bring back common sense and a renewed vigor to find a real and equitable solution for the people of Hawaii and not just a solution that suits their own agenda. Good Luck people and I hope everyone will be smarter during future elections.

“Live Love Laugh.. and Surf! :)”

Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#10 Apr 16, 2009
Under Messiah Obama we will not be one trillion dollars in debt. Instead we will be about TEN trillion dollars in debt... all paid for by our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Bush was not as bad after all lol

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Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#11 Apr 16, 2009
wendell wrote:
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What the hell are you talking about? Obama's budget, if passed, is projected to double the debt incurred from George Washington to George Bush!
Exactly!

A more accurate newspaper also reported people protesting at the capitol:

"The events were meant to protest government spending, particularly the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus package and its $3.5 trillion budget."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/us/politics...

Those of you who voted for Messiah Obama... now do you feel betrayed? You should.

After all you helped put him in there so that he could give OUR money to help his corporate allies....
Johannes

Plano, TX

#12 Apr 16, 2009
ummmmm. So why doesnt everyone just pick up and move to Afghanistan! Or Bosnia-Hercegovina. Or Mombasa. Or Somalia. Or North Korea. Or Pakistan. Or Indonesia. Or Tehran!
willie

Plymouth, MI

#13 Apr 16, 2009
Johannes wrote:
ummmmm. So why doesnt everyone just pick up and move to Afghanistan! Or Bosnia-Hercegovina. Or Mombasa. Or Somalia. Or North Korea. Or Pakistan. Or Indonesia. Or Tehran!
I would rather move to a third world country, Texas comes to mind.
bush mess

Honolulu, HI

#14 Apr 16, 2009
Where were all the crazy-ies during the Bush years? Who turned a budget surplus into a budget deficit? Who proposed budgets that actually left out the cost of the Iraq invasion (clumsy attempt to hide invasion cost). That's right - it was the morally corrupt Bush administration. So, Obama inherited a giant mess - and people are all over him about raising taxes on those earning over $250K. What a joke. Tea parties were mostly extreme right wingers who hate government (unless, apparently,if the govt is busy invading other countries and killing lots of innocent civilians - then they are OK)
realist

AOL

#15 Apr 16, 2009
The Republican Party of Hawaii had zero role in the event. The Hawaii Republican Assembly is no offshoot of the GOP it is an alternative.
Pupule

San Diego, CA

#16 Apr 16, 2009
DEPRESSION - When your neighbor lost his job.
RECESSION - When YOU lose your job.
RECOVERY - When Barak and his #1 tax cheat, Tim Geithner lose their job.

Let's all hope for a quick recovery.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#17 Apr 16, 2009
"Who turned a budget surplus"

What surplus was that, the one the REPUBLICAN controlled congress passed but golly, NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENED...that surplus?

Too funny, your thoughts mirror the far left wing blogs to a "T"..here, have some DNC koolaid.
Concerned

Pearl City, HI

#18 Apr 16, 2009
Bank Bailouts: Bush
TARP:Bush
National debt went over 10 TRILLION dollars under Bush
10 BILLION a month war: Bush
So, basically these (mostly Republicans)held anti Bush rally.
It is ironic how these people did not make a squeak when the Bush Administration was spending trillions
for their own self interests yet, they scream bloody murder when Obama tries to spend money to help get people back to work.

Rep. Kymberly Pine (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point), Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R, Kaneohe-Kailua: Maybe YOU should tell the Gov EXACTLY what we should do to balance our State budget.

While I am glad that this group did NOT call it a Teabagging party, they did look and sound as ridiculous as the rest of the FOX nstion.
sudden appearance

Honolulu, HI

#19 Apr 16, 2009
Is it just coincidence that the teabaggers appearance coincides with Obama's election? Were these people before? It sure seems like they are just a bunch of unhappy GOPers - unhappy that they lost the election...sour grapes anyone?
Stumpy

Honolulu, HI

#20 Apr 16, 2009
I've always said you could win any election in Hawaii with free beer and Pupus. But judging from the entrenched bitterness towards anything republican, I no longer think that way. Tax Hawaii residents at 95%, everyone scams welfare, and and you'll finally have the socialist utopia that the democrats want.
Citizen

San Antonio, TX

#21 Apr 16, 2009
Only 500 socially and civicly irresponsible citizens out a state population of 1.3 million. That is close to 0.0% of the population. Not a bad percentage at all.

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