Monday, March 15, 2010

Teamsters and Tea Party Activists: Kindred Spirits?

For a moment, let's ignore Teamster president James Hoffa's attack on Tea Party activists last week.  It seems as though at least one Teamster local has something in common with the American Tea Party movement: It doesn't like dumb taxes either.

In this case, it's a soda tax that Philadelphia's mayor, Michael Nutter, is proposing that has Teamsters local 830 popping mad.  You see, IBT 830 represents workers and drivers at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Philadelphia and the mayor's new soda tax may be taking some fizz out of the members' jobs.

This had the Teamsters out protesting during the St. Patrick's Day this weekend.

"We understand that the city is broke. We get it. But it can't just be on the backs of my members. He's got to figure something else out," said Dan Grace, of the Teamsters.

Geez, Dan.  You're really not that different than a lot Tea Party activists.  You seem to understand that high taxes means few jobs.

Perhaps you can take your message to Washington, as well, Dan.

We hear there's a big rally coming up real soon and there will be a lot of people there who you might actually agree with.

Perhaps there's hope after all.


“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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