Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rainy Day, Tax Day, Tea Day?

(picture by tcunation)

Right now, down in the Inner Harbor, on this rainy April 15th there are citizens gathering for a "protest". How many people, who knows, I really can't see the Harbor from my office, but I take it there will be some people down there. Probably more if it wasn't raining.

I've been reading the news lately about how people have been sending their representatives tea - leaves, bags, boxes, etc. - to show their frustration over taxes or excessive government spending or what have you. I find this rather funny though, and a good history lesson for all those people out there. Tea, that was good, but Monopoly money would have been better; the $1 Trillion being printed and thrown into the economy is just as worthless. That would have been a better contemporary connection.

Nothing wrong with a peaceful "rebellion" right? It's what gets people and more importantly elected officials to understand what's going on. This is how things get saved (see Senator Theatre). On the downside, it also gets things delayed (see Red Line), and helping NIMBYs get things shut down (see anything NIMBYs don't like or everything).

As Thomas Jefferson put it "a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

So go throw some Tea into the Harbor, it might freshen things up down there, but remember to remove it from the water lest the environmentalists get testy.

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