Saturday, February 28, 2009
i'm red as a tomato and it ain't because i'm blushing
If you want to know how sick my home state is just read a little bit. If you don't have the time or interest in reading, just watch the video. These kinds of Texans are the ones who are just shy of lynching.
the morbid side of Texans
Several hundred protest Obama stimulus program in Fort Worth
Republican officials are among several hundred showing their displeasure with recovery program
By AMAN BATHEJA
FORT WORTH — Chanting "No more pork!" and "No more bailouts!" a few hundred "tea party" protesters stood outside a west Fort Worth sports bar for hours Friday, cheering and waving signs at passing drivers to protest the Obama administration’s economic stimulus program.
"I bet there’s not a single person here today who wants to pay their neighbor’s mortgage," Tarrant County Republican Chairwoman Stephanie Klick said to yells and applause.
Klick was echoing a self-described rant last week by CNBC personality Rick Santelli against the Obama stimulus policy.
Friday’s protest outside Cowtown Sports Bar and Grill on Camp Bowie West was one of many reported nationwide including in San Diego, Atlanta and St. Louis.
Carrying a sign that read "News flash: There is no money," Mindy Wood of Fort Worth said the far left was using the economic crisis as an opportunity to stage a "Marxist revolution" within the federal government.
"I’ve been getting more and more frustrated as the days go by," Wood said.
Those interviewed approved of Gov. Rick Perry’s recent declaration that Texas might not accept all of the stimulus money designated for the state.
"This isn’t about Obama. This is about taxation," said Rick Ledoux, 50, of Fort Worth. "No one’s saying do nothing. That’s a straw man. We’re saying do the right thing."
Ledoux said tax cuts should be the main way to stimulate the economy. While acknowledging that the stimulus bill has already been signed into law, some said they hope Congress will push for changes.
Several people said a host of elected officials, Republicans and Democrats, have betrayed their constituents by supporting part or all of President Barack Obama’s stimulus proposals.
"I think we should throw everyone out of there who is for all this government spending," said Robert Paul of Benbrook, son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a former presidential candidate.
Many of the signs targeted Obama’s fiscal policy with words such as "Hope + Change = Fear + Debt" and "Taxpayers revolt against Gimme-mania." Some took aim at the president himself, with slogans such as "Obama is a damn liar" and "Obama 'bin Lyin’."
Klick said signatures on petitions collected Friday will be sent to state and federal elected officials.
Participants predicted that the rally was just the first step in a movement to vigorously oppose Obama’s policies.
"We can’t allow this assault on the principles that make America great to succeed," former Arlington state Rep. Bill Zedler said.
AMAN BATHEJA, 817-685-3932