Matt Taibi weighs in again on the Teabaggers:
So yeah, government waste sucks, it’s rampant at every level, and taxes are a vicious racket, and everyone should be pissed off . What’s hilarious about the teabaggers, though, is how they never squawk about waste until the spending actually has a chance of benefiting them. You will never hear of a teabagger crying about OPIC giving $50 million in free insurance to some mining company so that they can dig for silver in rural Bolivia. You won’t hear of a teabagger protesting the $2.5 billion in Ex-Im loans we gave to GE through the early part of this decade, even as GE was moving nearly a hundred thousand jobs overseas over the course of ten years. And Michelle Malkin’s readers didn’t seem to mind giving IBM millions in Ex-IM and ATP loans at the same time it was giving its former CEO, Lou Gerstner, $260 million in stock options.
One quibble: “In other words, it wasn’t until taxes turned into construction jobs and mortgage relief that working and middle-class Americans decided to protest.”
I’m sure at least SOME of the people who protested the bailout back in September (that seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?) were middle class. Actually, I’m willing to bet most of them were. I think Taibi means right wing middle class Americans. I’m sure at least a few of them turned out in September as well, actually, but not in the numbers they’re turning out to protest having their roads and bridges repaired.
Also, there have been tax resister demonstrations on tax day for YEARS. But again, I don’t think they turned out people in these volumes.
Sadly, I haven’t been able to drudge up any numbers about how many people turned up the September protests (let alone how many of them were of the right wing persuasion). Nate Silver has some numbers about the teabaggers though.
One more quote from Taibi:
Oh, and there’s one other thing. I heard today from Steve Wamhoff of Citizens for Tax Justice. He had an interesting tidbit to offer on the teabagging movement. According to his research, 39% of respondents with incomes below $30,000 told the Gallup agency that they felt that federal income tax levels were “too high.” Which is interesting, because only 32% of respondents in that income category will pay any federal income taxes at all on their 2008 income. You can draw your own conclusions.