Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) blasted "tea party" protests yesterday, labeling the activities "despicable" and shameful." "The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs," Schakowsky said in a statement.
"It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt," she added. "Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.
Here is the response I sent to her email.
I attended a Tea Party last night with my family. If you met me I wouldn't think you would consider me a "typical" anything. I am definitely not a "right-wing activist fueled by FoxNews." My husband works as a manager for a
company and I work for a .. . We bought a house we could afford and we try hard every month to live within our means.
I don't need television to tell me that what Congress is doing is wrong and despicable. The work I completed while earning my graduate degree in History provided me with the capability to think for myself and weigh both sides of the issue. It's shameful that too many in America don't take it upon themselves to better themselves instead of whine and complain about what they don't have and what they think we should provide for them.
My immigrant ancestors arrived 100 years ago this summer. My husband's Citizen Potawatomi ancestors walked the Trail of Death. My children represent all of the best that is possible in this country. When times are tough in our house, we do not run up our credit card with more debt hoping that someone else will pay it or plan to leave it for our children to pay. Your Congress is doing exactly that. They have spent my children's tax dollars and my grandchildren's tax dollars.
I pray every day that God's will be done in this country. That we find a way to motivate people to work hard, take care of their families and their neighbors. While we need government for some issues, we do not need government to replace our common sense and ability to be responsible for ourselves. Our Tea Party was a family friendly, respectful gathering. We are not the mindless masses. You should take a good long look at the videos of the hundreds of thousands of HARD WORKING Americans who have no voice in the government, who gathered (after work I might add) to have their say.
You need to honestly think about the rhetoric that comes out of your month when you repeat "party lines" without an independent thought. You know perfectly well that a) 95% of (working, not all) Americans will not see a tax cut, because b) SOMEONE has to pay for the $4 TRILLION in entitlement programs. Also, you
might want to brush up on your history.... there is a reason that socialism continues to bankrupt and fail.
Thank you for your time.
Shelly K. American