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TEA party rally bring less than hoped-for crowd to Alameda County Fairgrounds

Original post made on Apr 18, 2012

Saturday's TEA party tax-day event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds drew less than the hoped-for thousands of people that attended a similar event in 2010. By 2 p.m., about 100 people had arrived to hear from a lengthy list of Conservative candidates list on the bill. Part of the decline can probably be traced to a similar event in San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 2:42 PM

Comments (24)

Posted by Bill, a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

Looks like the flash in the pan T-Publicans have had their 15 minutes of fame. As the rest of the country sees just how extreme these kooks are their popularity is dwindling. I guess people in this country are waking up and don't want to live under the motto of "One Nation Under the Koch Brothers".


Posted by LMP, a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

I never saw any announcements in the paper about this event. That could account for the low turnout.

If you think people aren't tired of reckless government spending, wait until November. Fiscal responsibility is not an "extreme" position.


Posted by CW, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I agree with LMP! It wasn't publicized enough! Beware Bill, we in the Tea Party will "ALL" come out and vote against Obama in November! We are not kooks! We are quite sane, I assure you. We believe in this country enough to make a stand against Obama and his big government, tax and spend policies. We realize that another 4 yrs of Obama will turn America into a communistic country. Bill, if you like communism so much perhaps you should move to Iran or China!
The Tea Party is the "sleeping giant"!!! Don't ever underestimate us, think we are going away or "dwindling" because we are here and you will hear us loud and clear in November!!


Posted by American, a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I fail to understand why anyone is against any organization, such as the Tea Party, that is committed to cutting government waste and reducing taxes?April 15th is especially tough for those of us self-employed, as we have to pay taxes for last year, and our first quarter taxes for this year as well, at the same time. I suggest we change the presidential election from the first tuesday in November, to April 15th, when paying so much in taxes is still fresh in everyone's mind.

I also think the liberal press unfairly attempts to portray all Tea Party members as a small band of kooks, and underestimates how many true independent voters believe cutting government waste and reducing taxes to be more important than any other election issue.

Americans may disagree on social issues, such as abortion, gay marriages, medical marijuana, etc, but when it comes time to vote, whichever candidate is more in tune with cutting government waste and reducing taxes will ultimately win in November. There is something wrong with our country where we work essentially until the end of May for no compensation(it all goes to taxes)and it is not until June that income earned reaches those who actually earned it.


Posted by Sam, a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Real fiscal re sponsibility would actually mean increasing taxes on corporations. The share of the country's total tax burden that is paid by corporations has fallen from 27% in the 1950s to about 9% today. The effective tax rate for the Fortune 500 group of corporations, taken as a whole, is only 16%. Corporations are not pulling their weight.

Speaking of reckless spending, how about the $2 trillion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? I didn't hear too many Tea Party'ers protesting the Bush Administration when it took us down that foolish road.


Posted by Public Employee, a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Its your oversimplication of the tax and spending process that is your problem. We love you, but you need to get informed about the broader world in which you live. All of the cuts the TEA party suggest have to do with helping people in need. But you fail to look at the $700 Billion/year defense budget, unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Medicare and Social Security for the aging baby boomers, and you certainly miss the fact that the national decifit tripled under the presidencies of your heroes Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush all in the name of corporate greed. Its because of your anti-government ideology that the middle class is vanishing and people have to fight harder now than ever before in history just to maintain some standard of living, all of which could be stripped away with an unintended circumstance.

The real message of freedom and hope in this country is in the Occupy Movement, not the TEA party. Your 15 minutes is up!


Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

T. E. A. - Taxed Enough Already.

It's just that simple. Why try to imbue it with Machiavellian machinations that don't exist?


Posted by Pb, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

"We realize that another 4 yrs of Obama will turn America into a communistic country."

Proof please? You people keep saying this but you don't ever care to explain how this supposed great, secret political shift that nobody else but you can see is taking place, and WHY you are opposed to it, apart from being told communism is bad your whole lives. And how exactly does taxation play into this? European countries that aren't "communistic" pay much higher taxes than us.

"Bill, if you like communism so much perhaps you should move to Iran or China!"

Neither of these are truly communist nations. If you hate welfare and government assistance programs and taxation so much why don't YOU move to a 3rd world country where the Great Unregulated Market delivers you healthcare in the form of cheap counterfeit drugs, you pay the local warlord for protection, and the only help you receive if a natural disaster strikes is a tent from the UN and some Bibles from the 700 Club.


Posted by KM, a resident of Danville
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

So CW says the Tea Party is not all kooks, then goes on to say we will become communists like Iran? Hmmm sounds pretty kook-ie to me.

I would like to see lower taxes on the middle class, and let people like Mitt Romney who make millions pay something more than 13-15%. But the Tea Party hasn't succeeded at all, in fact it seems a total failure so far - nothing has been done to balance the budget, reduce the deficit or cut spending. By not being willing to negotiate, they lost all opportunities to get a big spending reduction which was offered up several times in different ways. Blocking all progress is not a success.


Posted by KM, a resident of Danville
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

So CW says the Tea Party is not all kooks, then goes on to say we will become communists like Iran? Hmmm sounds pretty kook-ie to me.

I would like to see lower taxes on the middle class, and let people like Mitt Romney who make millions pay something more than 13-15%. But the Tea Party hasn't succeeded at all, in fact it seems a total failure so far - nothing has been done to balance the budget, reduce the deficit or cut spending. By not being willing to negotiate, they lost all opportunities to get a big spending reduction which was offered up several times in different ways. Blocking all progress is not a success.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

Public Employee-get back to work, do your job; you're wasting our money-(what a shocker).


Posted by Alan, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

Of course, why is this news ... no one cares for this sad group of losers. Sometimes they stand at crow canyon & cammino tassajara with protest signs looking like a bunch of clowns, no one even honks to show any support.


Posted by Dale, a resident of Danville
on Apr 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

The media is in the back pocket of the dems and the affirmative action prez. Vote often in November--time to toss Alinsky's protégée.


Posted by Public Employee, a resident of Danville
on Apr 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Mom. As soon as I can find work after getting laid off 3 years ago, I'll be sure to use your money wisely. I am currently just trying to make ends meet after CalTrans stationed me in the Diablo Valley area for a job only to find out that the funding got cancelled during the CA budget crisis. Therefore I had to foreclose on my home which tanked my credit and move my wife and kids into a one bedroom condo.

I know I know, this was all MY fault. These were all MY bad decisions. Good thing the banks were able to take the house back and sell it again for $450,000 so they don't have to take a hit and ruin THEIR credit. Good thing I was there for them. Good thing I worked by butt off for CalTrans for 6 years before they slammed me.

Good thing all you TEA partiers are there to support me in this community. Oh, but you want to slash any funding for people in need. Those are the costs that are draining system. Not the wars, or defense, or tax cuts for the billionairs, nope, little ol me who just trying to earn a living for his family and do good work for the people of California.

Occupy People! The Tea party is over!

Go ahead Mom, criticize me for wasting YOUR money.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Danville
on Apr 20, 2012 at 7:02 am

Stick a fork in the TEA folks there done. Goad them a little and they will deny their kooks then tell me I'm a communist and should go live in Iran. It doesn't take much to get them to show everyone how shallow and uncaring they are. Public Employee said it all.


Posted by Danville Patriot, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Apr 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

I wish BOTH sides would realize we need to two things at once: curtail Federal spending, AND raise taxes on the upper 5%. When Eisenhower was in office, did they call him a "re-distributor of wealth" even though the top tax bracket (for people making over $400,000) per year was 90%? Did they call Nixon a "re-distributor of wealth" even though the top tax bracket was 70% (for people making over a million per year? Mitt Romney paid 12% of his income in taxes, around 2.5 million (off of 23 million made through capital gains). IF he paid double that, around the same tax rate that the rest of us pays, is there ANYBODY who thinks his lifestyle would have changed one bit? If we're serious about getting this deficit spending not only in control, but to also begin paying it off, we need to do BOTH. How about for every $1 tax raised, we lower spending by $3? OH. That's right. President Obama offered that, and the right-wing legislators turned it down. Both the left and the right,...better get their act together, and start working together to fix this!


Posted by CW, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I just can't believe what I am reading! Can you "honestly" say Obama has done a good job? He has us in more wars than Bush, has raised our national debt from $3 trillion;(under Bush) to $15 trillion, he's spending our money wastefully; (one example: Solyndra, for another he had two, $2M "each" campaign buses made for him in "canada"....not the U.S., gave $2 Billion to Brazil for oil drilling but won't allow us to drill), he and his family take extravagant vacations when Americans are losing their jobs and homes, he caters to the Muslim world and apologizes for Americans, he is taking our freedoms from us one by one and is tromping on our Constitution! How can it get any worse?!! Oh, and he paid less in taxes than his secretary! He only paid taxes of 20% on his almost $800,000 income! So much for "taxing the rich"!!!


Posted by Slowly Recovering, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Public Employee,
I have experienced the unpleasant, uncomfortable and demoralizing situation your unemployment has caused. Sometimes it takes decades to get back to where one had hoped to be. Sometimes one doesn't quite break even with hopes and dreams.

You were expecting that "the man" would always be your patron. You expected that you were owed a job. Now you're mad at "the man."

Is there a specific dollar amount you expect to take from me? Has "occupy" come up with a tithing schedule? If you force me to tithe, what? $400/week, would that be enough? It would cause me to loose MY house, but then, I guess it would seem more "fair." I have been struggling since I was in your position; I'm barely back on my feet. Now you want me to become your patron since "the man" didn't work out for you? Frankly, I don't think I owe you anything.


Posted by Gone Fishing, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I read a story about a group occupying Boston Harbor. They were protesting rich merchants importing products from India and China to sell here without any benefit to Americans.

The protesters not only trespassed on private property, they illegally boarded ships and threw products overboard making them useless at great loss to the company.

The police are looking for these vandals but they don't have any leads about their identities since they came out a night wearing disguises. Do any of you know anything about this?


Posted by Danville Patriot, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Apr 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

CW,...don't know where you're getting your facts (FOX news, perhaps?) but they're wrong.

I will not debate you, or argue with you, or try and change your mind, you're obviously a partisan individual, and you're part of the problem in this country, certainly not part of the solution...


Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville
on Apr 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I have a question for both sides:
Does that photo really depict protestors of some sort, or did the bus break down on the Country Time Buffet tour?


Posted by CW, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Dear "Danville Patriot"....and I say "patriot" questionably! I get my information from many sources, and "yes" Fox News is one! YOU should watch Fox News, Mr. Patriot! You could certainly learn alot from them! What do you watch? MSNBC, that very liberal, hateful and mean network that tell one lie after another?

How can anyone vote for a president who has raised the national debt to exhorbitant heights, wasting hard working American's tax dollars on useless projects and a so-called "Stimulus" plan that didn't stimulate anything? Any president who mandates that churches and church organizations must handout condoms as well as practice birth control and abortions is not a true Christian in my book. He doesn't deserve my respect or my vote!


Posted by CW, a resident of Blackhawk
on Apr 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Oh, by the way: This president has not come up with a budget, (which by the way goes against the Constitution, but that never stops him), in over 1,000 days, yet criticizes anyone who does come up with a budget plan....such as Paul Ryan! Where's Obama's budget plan? I know: it's "let's keep spending and printing money until the United States goes into bankruptsy, like Greece"!!!! You who think Obama is so wonderful may not like him so much when this country goes into bankruptsy!! I have a great idea: Let's split the country putting all the liberals; progrssives, on the east side of the country and all the conservatives; capitalists, on the west side of the country and I would bet the west side thrives and flourishes while the east side becomes communistic, poor, starving, and sick!! Who would like to take bets on that???!!!! You know I'm right. Think about it! Obama, his administration and the Dems are opposed to capitalism but almost all of them got rich as capitalists! Now they want to turn this country into a socialistic state. The "biggest" problem with this is that at some point there won't be enough hard working people to pay for all the government handouts! Then what?!!! Everyone wants the government to take care of them but someone has to finance that government.


Posted by Huh?, a resident of Danville
on Apr 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Whoa, CW, just.... whoa. National debt was under $1 T (and less than 30% of GDP) when Reagan took office. His tax cuts quadrupled the national debt and made it 68% of GDP by the time Clinton took office. The increase in debt took a brief time out during the Clinton years dropping to 57% of GDP when GWBush was elected; his tax cuts drove it back up to 74% of GDP (and almost $11T) with the economy in free fall and a second great depression a very real threat. Out taxes are lower in relation to the income and wealth of the nation than at any time since WWII. And still the TEA folks are whining about being asked to contribute to the upkeep of the nation. Talk about a sense of entitlement!

As to what you think the Constitution says: try reading it some time. You have no clue what it says. Fox is not your friend. (Hint: The President's job is set out in Article II.)


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