There is something laughable, pathetic and scary about the “Tea Parties” being planned this April 15th. If you haven’t been watching Fox News, alleged citizens groups are planning hundreds of demonstrations nationwide on Wednesday to oppose Obama’s “socialist policies.”
This is ludicrous, of course. Obama is Wall Street’s best friend and is doing the exact opposite, funneling trillions of dollars to save the finance sector. His intention is not to strengthen the economy, but to save the wealth of bondholders and shareholders. (Obama also wants to ensure that the government can continue to use Wall Street and the dollar’s dominance as tools of economic statecraft to order international relations, but that’s another story.)
Nonetheless, the tin-foil-hat crowd is tuning in, fed by the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and other fear-mongers (because it’s good for their ratings). It’s funny to see them actually ranting about burning books and claiming the digital TV converters are “brainwashing units.”
But it is pathetic because this is another Astroturf campaign by the right that finds a wide (and shallow) pool of dupes willing to become foot soldiers in their own destruction. Rather than protest how we’re being ripped off to save the rich, the peasants are charging the barricades to fight for more tax breaks for the rich.
What’s scary is that just as Clinton fulfilled the neoliberal revolution, Obama is about extending it. And no matter how extreme the right becomes, it has the potential to claw its way back to power to push its crazed policies.
That’s why it’s so important to fight for policies that are actually in the public interest, not the White House’s faux socialism, where they talk about public ownership, but enact policies that mean we own the toxic debts of the rich while they walk away with all the profits.
Starting at noon this Wednesday, “Tax Day,” down in the Wall Street area, there’s a genuine protest of the people, for the people. AIG is putting up its building for sale for $100 million. There’s an organized demonstration calling for proceeds to go to victims of the economic meltdown. It’s our money, we should get it.
Here’s the details. (One suggestion, if you bring tax forms as called for, make sure it doesn’t have any personal information on them.)
JOIN CODE PINK, REVEREND BILLY AND THE CHURCH OF LIFE AFTER SHOPPING, AND MANY OTHERS!
TAKE BACK AIG!
They broke it
We bought it
They sell it
We want our fair share!
PROCEEDS TO THE PEOPLE!
April 15th- NOON
AIG HQ @70 Pine St, NYC!
BRING YOUR 1040 FORMS AS PROOF OF PURCHASE!
AIG, the casino-gambling poster child of the economic meltdown, is putting its swanky downtown office building up for sale, but they aren’t saying what will happen to the proceeds. In response to our government putting up $170 billion of our taxpayer money to bail out AIG, We the People hereby claim an 80% stake in the company. They want to sell their headquarters for $100 million? We want $80 million to go to aid for the victims of the meltdown- the foreclosed upon and the recently homeless. Not one more dime into the coffers of AIG! AIG must pay restitution to its victims! TAKE BACK AIG FOR THE PEOPLE!
BAILOUT MAIN STREET NOT WALL STREET!