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Is the public really being heard?

Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 2:21 PM

Quite a few people who feel President Obama's administration is taking a "tax-and-spend" approach paraded around Shelbyville's square today in support of their stance.

I wasn't among them, but I'm becoming increasingly concerned with America's deficit continuing to grow. At some point, something's got to come to a stop.

I'll usually back anyone's right to express their feelings in public as long as they're reasonable and non-violent. Today's 'Tea Party' in Shelbyville and elsewhere is a good example of how to protest the right way, whether you agree with the participants' political positions or not.

But do you think anyone in Washington really paid any attention to what went on nationwide today? Did today's protests make any difference, other than a few people letting off some steam?

Or have average Americans become the unheard masses, pandered to come election time and ignored otherwise?


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I think that the public is definitely being heard. There are many campaigns and organizations out there for people to voice their opinions such as 99problems.org. Check it out

-- Posted by mandal on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 2:39 PM

I think there is a big difference in being heard and being listen to :>(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 3:55 PM

I'm sure we are being heard I just think we are being ignored. I wasn't able to attend the protest today for reasons beyond my control, but I'm sure glad there was a good turnout.

I heard someone say today that Pres. Obama said he had no idea about the tea parties.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 5:45 PM

If you think it wasn't heard, all you had to do is listen to the President. Why else would he assign a "task force" (the guy has more task forces than the Navy) to simply the tax code and lessen the cost today? Why would he trot out the press secretary to calm fears about rising taxes for "working families" (as if other people don't actually work). These guys know they've stepped into a pile of it and they are trying to make it smell like perfume. It won't work. The majority of Americans are fed up with irresponsible government and are tired of be considered as limitless revenue stream to fund every knucklehead"s pet project. They're tired of watching government (notice I didn't say "Obama", this runs through several administrations and across party lines) expand in some vain attempt to be 1970's Europe.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 7:11 PM

I can't remember a time when government actually listened or cared what the people thought until election times comes around. Obama is no different (he has already broken several campaign promises already).

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 6:29 AM

We will continue to go into debt as long as the Federal Reserve is owned by private parties. We go deeper in debt as a few get richer. The money from the federal reserve already has interest on it as soon as it leaves the reserve(borrow 200 mil payback 250 mil).

After we eventually get taxed to death, there soon will be no middle class, only "filthy" rich and extremely poor.

Next time the tea party comes around it needs to be after work hours.

-- Posted by brown eyed girl on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 8:13 AM

I agree . . .I dont understand why they choose that time to have it. It seems they would have attracted more people if it was after work or evening. I probably would have gone if it was at that time and as long as it was a more bipartisan affair because Democrats and Republicans are both to blame!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 10:06 AM

As far as the Tea Parties in Nashville and Murfreesboro go, they were both more than just bi-partisan. There were Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians (saw their signs), and Constitutionalists (me) there. There were people there with anti-Bush signs, anti-Obama signs, anti-Federal Reserve signs (and no, it is NOT part of the government...it's worse than those payday loan places), and pro-states' rights signs. People are going to have to get over there partisan bickering if we're ever going to get out of this quagmire that our government has gotten us into. And I don't mean just the guys that are in office now, this has been going on for more than just the past few administrations.

-- Posted by Thom on Thu, Apr 16, 2009, at 11:39 AM

10 things you should know about Obama's plan (but probably don't)

The plan:

1. Makes a $634 billion down payment on fixing health care that will go a long way toward paying for a more efficient, more affordable health care system that covers every single American.

2. Reduces taxes for 95% of working Americans. And if your family makes less than $250,000, your taxes won't go up one dime.

3. Invests more than $100 billion in clean energy technology, creating millions of green jobs that can never be outsourced.

4. Brings our troops home from Iraq on a firm timetable, finally bringing the war to a close--and freeing up almost ten billion dollars a month for domestic priorities.

5. Reverses growing income inequality. The plan lets the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire and focuses on strengthening the middle class.

6. Closes multi-billion-dollar tax loopholes for big oil companies.

7. Increases grants to help families pay for college--the largest increase ever.

8. Halves the deficit by 2013. President Obama inherited a legacy of huge deficits and an economy in shambles, but his plan brings the deficit under control as soon as the economy begins to recover.

9. Dramatically increases funding for the SEC and the CFTC--the agencies that police Wall Street.

10. Tells it straight. For years, budgets have used accounting tricks to hide the real costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts, and too many other programs. Obama's budget gets rid of the smokescreens and lays out what America's priorities are, what they cost, and how we're going to pay for them.

This is the change we voted for....or atleast the changes I voted for. Why don't any of you take the time to find good things about Obama, instead of always looking for the bad (jaxspike)

-- Posted by Disturbia on Sat, Apr 18, 2009, at 10:52 PM

Propaganda: The dissemination of information aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviors of people. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense, often presents information primarily in order to influence its audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or gives loaded messages in order to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda.

Until we see the results its all just that.

-- Posted by devan on Sat, Apr 18, 2009, at 11:32 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.