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Tea Party Patriots, Marrakesh Chapter

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Tea Party Patriots, Marrakesh Chapter

We enjoy a tea party as much as the next Victorian lady of leisure, but we must confess we're a bit confused about the objectives of Sarah Palin's merry band of mischief makers.

They, er, don't want to pay tax? Like Wesley Snipes? What do they think taxes are used for? Except in places like Saudi Arabia (and Alaska), where fossil fuel extraction pays for virtually everything, taxes pay our police, our firemen, our garbage collectors, our parks departments, our pothole fillers, and so on.

Not to mention paying to try to get the economy back onto some sort of rational footing after eight years of fiscal insanity (a mess the current administration has to a large extent inherited).

Want more money in your pocket? Buy the tall instead of the grande, and pocket the difference. Buy a regular coffee instead of a latte and pocket the difference. Put on a sweater in winter and turn on a fan, not an air conditioner, in summer. And pocket the difference.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“He’s a socialist. And to tell you the truth, I think he’s a Muslim and trying to head us in that direction, I don’t care what he says. He’s been in office over a year and can’t find a church to go to. That doesn’t say much for him.”

— Tea Partier Kathy Mayhugh, 67, on President Barack Obama

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