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Danville Tax Day Tea Party

Original post made on Apr 15, 2009

A Tea Party will be held at the intersection of Hartz Avenue and Diablo Road today to protest the "irresponsible" spending going on in the state and Washington, D.C. Tea Parties are being held across the U.S. on tax day, April 15. Organizers say this is not a liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican protest activity but a way for everyone to show concern about the direction or country is going. Bring a sign and meet at the intersection from noon-2:30 p.m. and again from 4-6 p.m. RSVP to or 930-9002 indicating how many adults and children you plan to bring - or just stop by to watch.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 5:35 PM

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Posted by Ralph Hoffmann
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Apr 15, 2009 at 6:36 am

I believe I know the direction our State and Nation is going. It went from a Republican to a Democrat President on 11/4/08. In CA, GOP registration went from 34.8% in 9/05 to 31.1% in 3/09, while DEM registration went from 42.8% to 44.6% over the same period. I, for one, don't protest a democratic-republic form of government.

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 15, 2009 at 8:07 am

For accurate insight into the Tea Party protest, see today's Wall Street Journal:

Web Link

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2009 at 8:32 am

Ralph, I don't believe people are upset about 'a democratic-republic form of government.'

I can only speak for myself, and I am unhappy about what I perceive to be a LACK of true representational government.

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Posted by Shelby
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 15, 2009 at 9:34 am

Ralph -

You are clearly a Kool-Aid drinking Democrat. If you believe the federal and state governments are spending your, and the next several generations, tax money wisely, stay home.

This has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans, and everything to do with fiscal responsibility. Again, if your not in favor of fiscal responsibility, stay home.

I for one don't feel it's my responsibility to pay anyone's mortgage but my own. If you disagree, stay home.

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Posted by Ken
a resident of Diablo
on Apr 15, 2009 at 10:35 am

People are either unaware of the real burden of government on the average tax payer or their heads are in the sand. The tax burden on a person earning the US household average of $56K (a paltry sum in the bay area considering the cost of living) is 54%. Try to imagine what it is for a higher income typical Bay Area resident when further impacted by our (highly) progressive tax rates.

How does one arrive at 54%?

Income Tax
Payroll Tax (FICA)
Corporate Income Tax
Estate and Gift Tax
Gasoline Excise Tax
Customs Duties (Tax)
Air Transport Taxes
Diesel Fuel Excise Tax
Alchol Excise Tax
Tobacco Excise Tax

Property Tax
Parcel Tax
Sales/Gross Receipts Tax
Income Tax
Business Fees and Taxes
Corporate Income Tax
Gasoline Excise
Public Utilities
Insurance Recipts Tax
Personal and Business Motor Vehicle Licenses
Tobacco Excise Tax
Severance Taxes
Special Assessments
Personal Property Taxes
Estate and Gift Taxes
Alcohol Excise Taxes
Other Personal Taxes

Some quotes:

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them." -Thomas Jefferson

"When the people fear the government, there is tyrnanny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." -Thomas Jefferson

I suggest to go to the tea party if you are niether ignorant or apathetic about what is happening today. The laws passed by this current goverment will be impossible to overturn in the future without a fiscally conservative super marjority. This is not likely. Even after the pendulum shifts back to common sense, those favoring left minded socialism will filibuster efforts to correct the wrongs of our current government.

Don't fall victim to the snubbing and mocking voices of the left. They are incorrect and history has proven this so. There is, in fact, 'virtue' in honest and decent pursuit of self interest and of a limited government responsible to the people. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are just trying to reinflate the bubble with government spending and printing of money backed by nothing. It will only prolong our problems and result in future taxes much higher than they are now. If you want to see the end of the US as a prosperous and producing nation, feel free to do nothing.

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Posted by Ken
a resident of Diablo
on Apr 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

Ralph -

The US Constitution provides that the 'majority' will prevail only in political and public affairs, and that majority power is expressly limited by inalienable 'individual' rights. The simple fact that the majority can vote on any issue doesn't make it right to do so. Therefore the majority cannot and should not vote an individual's life, property, or freedom away.

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Posted by Suzie
a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm

This is neither a Democrat nor Republican issue. This is an issue for each American to whom freedom is important. Frankly, it's time for a third party... perhaps a Tea Party, for the people and made up by the people. A new party that is more concerned with issues of the people than campaign contributions. I for one would, as a young and hopeful woman, would support it whole heartedly.

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm

THE NOON DANVILLE EVENT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS! Thank you to all who participated, and especially to Nick Contompasis, who organized everything.

COME STAND WITH US NOW from 4 - 6 pm, same location!!!

It would be PHENOMENAL to have an EVEN LARGER TURNOUT for the 2nd event!!!!


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Posted by Farmer Dave
a resident of Danville
on Apr 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm

It's amazing how Republicans have discovered fiscal responsibility SINCE the 2008 election when they were voted out.

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

To 'Farmer' Dave -

It's not just Republicans (I'm Independent), and this is not a new issue.

After having written dozens of letters, hundreds of emails, and hundreds of faxes to our elected 'officials' over the past fifteen+ years, I have decided to 'take it to the streets.'

Have always been a believer in civil discourse and working within the system, but it has become apparent that the political class - and you're fooling yourself if you don't think there is one - has dropped ALL pretense of listening.

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

Many thanks to both Dawn for all her work via the internet, and to Nick Contompasis, who organized the Danville Tea Party. I attended both the noon and afternoon "parties". It is high time we Americans express our outrage to the ever increasing taxes voted in by "our" government.

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Posted by Jayne, 40 yrs. resident
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

I was really hoping to support the Tea Party gatherings and read the C.C. times and Chronicle each day, hoping to get some info on where they would be. Maybe I missed the info, but I noticed that the Chronicle today; has the "party" reporting, way back in it's pages. I give the C.C. Times credit, for having it on their front page. Even on the radio, they mentioned Sacramento; but nothing in our area. Lot's more people would have turned out, if we'd only known. I hope things keeping going and Washington hears us. We live in scary times.

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