UPDATED: Are they dumping tea or drinking Kool-aid?


On Dec. 16, 1773, Americans in Boston held a "tea party" to protest a distant government that imposed taxes on them with no representation.

On April 15, 2009, thousands of Americans ginned-up by a ratings-crazed cable TV network will hold not-so-spontaneous "tea parties" to protest a government seeking to reduce taxes for 95 percent of them -- less than six months after a record number of citizens voted to elect new representatives.

How much caffeine is in that tea these days?

Seriously, what exactly are people protesting? If they're protesting government bailouts and soaring deficits, where were they during the George W. Bush presidency? And if they're protesting higher taxes, then they would have to be making more than $250,000 a year. And most people making more than $250,000 a year don't attend protests -- they have "people" for that.

This is not a rhetorical question. What are people protesting today? Please be articulate. 

UPDATE: Attytood reader DR weighs in via email:

The real Boston Tea Party; was it really about "taxation without representation"(as we are taught in school), or was it about a transnational corporation receiving permission to transport tea free of duty from Great Britain to America, allowing it to wipe out New England–based tea wholesalers and mom-and-pop stores and take over the tea business in all of America? 

I say make the rich pay their fair share of the taxes! 

I am truly amazed & confounded that the common folk actually identify with the elite (as if they are really one of them)
Anyone care to weigh in on this?