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I'm a writer, publishing both as SJ Rozan and, with Carlos Dews, as Sam Cabot. (I'm Sam, he's Cabot.) Here you can find links to my almost-daily blog posts, including the Saturday haiku I've been doing for years. BUT the blog itself has moved to my website. If you go on over there you can subscribe and you'll never miss a post. (Miss a post! A scary thought!) Also, I'll be teaching a writing workshop in Italy this summer -- come join us!
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For the last few days we've been hearing that today, tax day, there'd be "teabagging" events going on around the country. T.E.A. stands for "Taxed Enough Already," and the anti-tax events involve ripping open teabags, or dumping them unripped, into bodies of water. The object is obviously to recall the Boston Tea Party, and to send a message that taxes are too high. The interesting dimension of this idea to me is where it's coming from. Conservative commentators are saying it's rising from the people, it's a grassroots revolt. But I doubt that. For one thing, it was news fast; but when you watched the footage about the first of these events, a few days back, there were only maybe three shots, endlessly repeated. In other words, there was a lot of noise about this stuff before there was much stuff. For another thing, the word "teabagging" was already in slang use with a WAY different, X-rated meaning. Conservatives and libertarians aren't by definition Luddites. Someone, or many more than one, would have put on the brakes and called the phenomenon by a different name early on if this were a grass-roots movement. No, it looks more like it was dreamed up by the Republican establishment, a spark they hoped would catch on with people and become a roaring fire. To mix my metaphors. And the best thing is, the media folks already have a term for something like this, a phony grass-roots movement.


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