Loveland Tax Day Tea Party: 3rd annual event growing -- which is why Ken Buck will be there

Anyone who doubts the continuing influence of the so-called Tea Party movement need only look at the guest list for tomorrow's third-annual Loveland Tax Day Tea Party.

Speakers constitute a who's who of conservative political power in Northern Colorado and beyond.

Those expected to be on hand include Weld County District Attorney and almost-Senator Ken Buck, now representing an organization called Balance America; state senators Kevin Lundberg and Shawn Mitchell; Patriot Today publisher Robert Rowland; GrassRoots Radio's Ken Clark; Mothers Against Debt's Amy Oliver; Northern Colorado Tea Party head Lesley Hollywood; Liberty Watch's Nancy Rumfelt; and concentration camp survivor Hulda Bachman.

The festivities, which get underway with a march along the south shore of Lake Loveland at 2 p.m. before relocating to Hammond Amphitheater at North Lake Park (Taft & 29th), are a far cry from the first Tax Day Tea Party back in 2009, says Tom Buchanan, chairman of the Loveland 9.12 Project.

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Last year's Tax Day Tea Party march.
"It was very impromptu, very disorganized," he concedes. "We'd just started, and we expected maybe 150 people. But 1,200 showed up at the busiest intersection in Loveland" -- 287 and Highway 34 -- "at rush hour!"

The mob was so large that Loveland police feared someone would get hurt. So Buchanan spent much of his time reminding everyone through his bullhorn to be careful not to stumble into traffic.

Everyone survived, but "after having three blocks of people six deep, we decided to move it to a safer location" in 2010, Buchanan notes. Hence the shift to the south side of Lake Loveland, where around 1,000 people marched to accompaniment from the Northern Colorado Fife and Drum Corps. The gathering was so successful that Buchanan and company decided it might be fun to invite speakers this year -- and he says everyone asked was eager to attend.

No wonder Buchanan shrugs off suggestions from progressives types that the Tea Party movement is fraying thanks to political realities reps elected by the movement are now facing.

"Actually, I think it's gaining more steam," he says. "I think more people are waking up and getting in tune to what's going on."

What about the federal budget deal, which settled on cuts considerably smaller than the those most grassroots-conservative legislators wanted?

"As far as the budget goes, it's never going to be enough for us," he concedes. "We always want to make government as small as possible. We've got to get people back to being self-reliant -- move away from social programs and get people to take care of themselves. The founders never set up the government to take care of people. They set it up to give people an equal opportunity to grow and prosper. And when you start taking care of people, you put them on the plantation, so to speak."

Still, Buchanan acknowledges that there are needs out there -- which is why tomorrow's Tax DayTea Party will also include a food drive and a fundraiser for Wellington Marine Corporal Jason Hallett, who lost both legs, one arm and part of his other hand in an Afghanistan mine explosion. "We believe that if we're going to tell the government to get smaller," he notes, "we should be picking up the slack."

For a map to the event, click here.

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ChrisP
ChrisP

it's just painful to watch so many completely clueless grown adults with no ideas.

The ignorance of these "Tea Partiers" is just awful. It's a though stupidity has its own party. Monty Python's "Upper Class Twit of the Year" has nothing on this.

importer
importer

Front page news in my local tea party paper. A whopping 150 people turned out to see those "heavy hitters".

Habanacabana420
Habanacabana420

What is amazing is these people talk about what patriots they are, when what they really are wanting is what is going to continue to sink the economy. Well, guess they will reap what they sow, no jobs for their kids or grandkids.Who are they trying to kid with all this wrongian talk about cutting everything. Themselves I guess, they are deluded and easily manipulated. Enjoy your selfish, greedy World and being used by the Koch bros and other rich people to work against middle class goals. Suckers.

Eric
Eric

These times have spawned the worst in our species.

The overwhelming majority of these "loveland tax dat tea party" attending idiots are literally advocating against the very social obligations that they're currently receiving, and worse, obligations their parents and siblings are receiving.

I suspect these older conservative teabaggers and their ilk are somehow deluded into believing that somehow, some way, some future republican bureaucrat will exempt them from the draconian cuts to medicare, social security and medicaid they're advocating for because that bureaucrat somehow knows they're republicans that actually deserve their entitlements, as opposed to those "other people" that don't.

Make no mistake. These "rallies" are anything but "grassroots" organized. Freedomworks and the other astroturf groups are spending millions to steal billions from the very tax paying rubes that are attending these phony "rallies".

The very speakers and "attendees"............lundberg, buck and mitchell...............are GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, with government employees benifits, health insurance, retirement benifits, and every other benifit they're entitled to as government employees. Theye advocating for the abandonment of government help, employment, and social security and midicare................for everyone other than them!

Anybody that falls for this con deserves exactly what lundberg, mitchell, and buck have in store for them

But while the government shrinks, the population ages and gets sick, people have no social safety net, and the nation falls into 3rd world status, creatures like lundberg, mitchell, and buck will be on the government dole, with every entitlement that they're telling the "loveland tax day tea party" attendees that they have no right to.

The "loveland tax day tea party" is absolute proof that stupid's the new cool.

Tallulah
Tallulah

Again it will look and sound like the cast of Winter's Bone.

importer
importer

"move away from social programs and get people to take care of themselves. The founders never set up the government to take care of people."

I guess they didn't read the part about "promoting the general welfare". Funny how they only see and read that which agrees with their predetermined views.

arch
arch

oh no, not here too.

Rgottlieb2
Rgottlieb2

Let's hope some sensible, intelligent people are there taking names so that other sensible, intelligent people know against whom to vote.

Drum950
Drum950

Here's to returning the country to Christian, Conservative values.......

cynical_one
cynical_one

So, Wellington Marine Corporal Jason Hallett, I guess you'll be happy when the government gets so small they can no longer afford your VA health care benefits.

cosliberal
cosliberal

And we hope they spend the day discussing how their stupidity enabled the Republicans that they elected to destroy Medicare.....morons

SamL
SamL

you are a fool. you have no clue what you are talking about. you are the one who is easily manipulated by thinking that the conservatives are the ones destroying the economy when there have been more jobs lost since obama was elected. And maybe if you had a job or a life you could get a little money and you wouldn't worry about taking from the rich and giving to your sorry jobless poor ass.

Habanacabana420
Habanacabana420

"These "rallies" are anything but "grassroots" organized. Freedomworks and the other astroturf groups are spending millions to steal billions from the very tax paying rubes that are attending these phony "rallies"."

Sue
Sue

Eric, simply fantastic reply! I think I love you! Those older teabagger types probably imagine they will spend their retirements being shuffled around in luxury buses paid for by the Koch's or one of their friends to harass liberals at townhall meetings as they did (and I saw personally, not just on TV) during the summer of 2009. In ant case., they seem to have no idea that they are being used and will be discarded once their usefulness (when they become to old or weak to wave obscene signs and shout loud enough to drown out a speaker's voice, as I saw happen here in Boulder, Colorado. (Where I was also threatned, BTW, with being arrested if I were close enough to one guy to smell his ***** breath)

Tom B.
Tom B.

Importer: The General Welfare clause was put in to ensure that all people were treated equally under the law, not to promote redistribution of wealth.

solar_satellite
solar_satellite

Voting against people is not adequate to preserve democracy.

Eric
Eric

The words "christian" and "conservative" cannot be used except as opposites in viewpoints.

Sgt. Kabuki
Sgt. Kabuki

Here's to imposing my religious beliefs onto others....

Sue
Sue

Drum, does that mean I have no rights in this county? I am not a Christian, at least not of your ilk, and I douby I care for your values. I believe with all my heart in rule by law, and that this country never was and never should be designated as "Christian" country. We are not a theocracy and I will do everything in my power to make sure it never is. On the other hand I respect and observe many Christian values, but to me they are simply humanistic values that anyone who cared anything about his fellow man would observe without a church or a God necessary to tell him about what are decent values.. There are other, equally respectable values held in this country, lawful values, that may not be Christian by your standards, I don't know. I praise Marine Corporal Hallett and thank him for his service. I also wish him all the best given his misfortune. I have a stepdaughter who served as a Marine Captain, a helicopter pilot, who was often under fire, during her two deployments to Iraq. We are proud of her and grateful that she came back in one piece. Some of her friends did not.Thank God for the VA for those who came home with injuries, some permanently disabling and in need of life time care. That is a "Christian", but also a plain humanistic value to me: taking care of those who sacrificed for us. Shrinking the government to the extent that the radical right wishes would certainly make such care very difficult to come by. The expenses, as I am sure Corporal Hallett must realize, can be mountainous, far beyond the ability of a his church or his family and friends to aid him with, judging from his injuries. I am guessing hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps surpassing $1 million, I don't know I am on disability (after working and fighting it for decades as it gradually became worse) from a congenital disease and have a very good idea of what decent medical care costs.. I know what ambulances cost, and ER's, not to mention surgeons, drugs and other necessary treatment that allow me to lead a near normal and productive life, be a good wife, and do volunteer work when I feel up to it. You see, I feel the need to give back, even though I began to work and pay into Medicare about the same time Medicare was passed into law. I still pay for it plus supplemental insurance and co-pays. I do not sit around on the sofa swigging beer or eating chocolate watching American Idol waiting doe my next Social Security check to arrive so that I can splurge on unhealthy food and clothes and luxuries I cannot afford. I pay my bills on time and am happy to see my tax money go to help other like me and Coporal Hallett. How would I be received at the gathering tomorrow if I showed up wearing one of my Obama t-shirts? Very badly, I suspect. Maybe get thrown in the lake? LOL! I doubt I would get a word in edgewise, though I would not go for wny reaso but to listen and observe, then come home and report on what I jad seen and heard. Nothing like getting it from the horses mouth! I'd take a hand held recorder to make sure I didn't take incorrect notes or anything out of context. How would I be received, HUH?

Adam R
Adam R

How have they destroyed medicare?

Habanacabana420
Habanacabana420

Oops, meant to say that is exactly the way it is, and these people are fools.

Eric
Eric

Thank you Sue,

and thanks for being in the front lines in this fight.

Eric
Eric

Receiving obligations like SS and Medicare that a taxpayer paid into his/her entire life is not "redistribution of wealth"..

"Redistribution of wealth" is the republican held House of Representatives' plan to privatize health care 100%, "redistributing" your..............that's YOUR.............money to the health insurance industries.

Que the banjo music from Deliverance.

importer
importer

And are all people treated equally under the law? I think not. I'm not promoting a redistribution of wealth. I would like to stop the redistribution that is taking place with all the assets of the country moving to the top 1%. We haven't had this kind of inequality for almost a hundred years.

Eric
Eric

The House 2012 Budget plan, which passed 235-193 (5 abstentions) last week, with all 235 "yes" votes cast by rethugs, repeals traditional Medicare and replaces it with a voucher system guaranteed to lose its' value over time.

How do the vouchers lose their value?

The House rethuglican plan, privatized Medicare replacement, will not keep up with the rising cost of health care.

So the "vouchers" will only cover a tiny fraction of the cost of a public health care plan now, and will cover even less into the future.

The taxpayer won't pay into Medicare any more, because it will be gone. That person will purchase a thousand dollar a month health plan with a 2 thousand dollar a year voucher.

Do the math.

Yep, you're on the hook for 10 grand a year in healthcare costs. That's before "complications".. Compare that with the Medicare tax on your pay stub.

That's the republican giveaway to the health insurance lobby. Again..

Of course you can allways hope health care costs go down.

Good luck with that.

Now, think about when you're 70, in poor health, and you have a two thousand dollar "voucher", begging an insurance company to cover you.

Remember skeezix, it's what you screamed for at the "loveland tax day tea party"

And buck, Mitchell, and lundberg, fully covered with pension, health care and retirement, egged you on, laughing at you all the while..

Good news though... The 2012 House rethuglican Budget Plan, with its'privatized medicare replacement health plan won't pass in the United States Senate.

It's still controlled by the Democratic Party.

Bottom line, the 9/12'ers, birthers, tenthers, gun nuts, christ-ies, teabaggers, anti-choice thugs, Medicare receiving but Medicare for anybody else hating older conservative, flag waving white former Vietnam era draft dodgers that now worship at the feet of phonies like "gunny bob newman" will be rescued by a Democratic government body in the form of the U.S. Senate they hate and and a President these idiots say isn't even a citizen.

Once again, the educated half of the country will save the hillbilly half. In spite of the hillbilly half's best efforts to vote against their own best interests.

If you're not in the top 1% and you're a republican, you're an idiot.

Sarah Palin, Trump, Pawlenty, the republicans in the House and Senate are telling you they're on your side and laughing at you for believing them.

The chant at the 2012 republican national convention will be "stupid's the new cool.".

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Eric, another strong take, which we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

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