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Old 09-16-2009, 09:12 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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i doubt your average tea partier supports the government spending much, if anything on public transportation.
Agreed. What about "Taxed Enough Already"?
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Mass transit is a 'socialist' construct. Isn't that system, and others like it, contrary to the principles of the Tea Party protestors? If so, what are they doing utilizing it?
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:21 PM
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Mass transit is a 'socialist' construct. Isn't that system, and others like it, contrary to the principles of the Tea Party protestors? If so, what are they doing utilizing it?
It seems, from a previous thread about public education, that many feel that since they pay taxes, public transportation is not "socialist".
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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It seems, from a previous thread about public education, that many feel that since they pay taxes, public transportation is not "socialist".
And they don't mind people without children subsidizing their kids' education.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:32 PM
 
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Mass transit is a 'socialist' construct. Isn't that system, and others like it, contrary to the principles of the Tea Party protestors? If so, what are they doing utilizing it?
Yes, that's the irony. What a bunch of nitwits!
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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Metro - Rail - Disruption Reports - Archived Services Reports

DC Metro posts daily subway ridership numbers:

Here are the last 4 Saturdays.
Sept 12 had 133-136,000 more riders than the 2 previous Saturdays.
Note that this would include ridership both ways to/from the event, and that not all attendees took the subway.


12-Sep 437,624
5-Sep 300,963
29-Aug 303,997
22-Aug 293,200

Compare this to Obama's Tuesday Jan 20th Inauguration with ridership 358,000-411,000 more than surrounding Tuesdays.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 708,867
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 1,120,000
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 735,326
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 761,369
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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Mass transit is a 'socialist' construct. Isn't that system, and others like it, contrary to the principles of the Tea Party protestors? If so, what are they doing utilizing it?
because many of these individuals have no problem with LOCALLY financed projects.. its the federal government overstepping their boundaries which is the problem..
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And they don't mind people without children subsidizing their kids' education.
Education again is a LOCAL issue.. I do indeed have a problem with FEDERAL funding..
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:42 PM
 
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Metro - Rail - Disruption Reports - Archived Services Reports

DC Metro posts daily subway ridership numbers:

Here are the last 4 Saturdays.
Sept 12 had 133-136,000 more riders than the 2 previous Saturdays.
Note that this would include ridership both ways to/from the event, and that not all attendees took the subway.


12-Sep 437,624
5-Sep 300,963
29-Aug 303,997
22-Aug 293,200

Compare this to Obama's Tuesday Jan 20th Inauguration with ridership 358,000-411,000 more than surrounding Tuesdays.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 708,867
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 1,120,000
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 735,326
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 761,369
So to compare the math, 437K on sept 12th, vs the Jan 20th totals of 1120K riders, which looks like the rally brought in 1/3rd the Obama numbers..

Not to shabby at all for a little old tea party.
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:55 PM
 
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Brody Mullins reports on money and politics.

Protesters who attended Saturday’s Tea Party rally in
Washington found a new reason to be upset: Apparently
they are unhappy with the level of service
provided by the subway system.

Rep. Kevin Brady called for a government investigation
into whether the government-run subway system
adequately prepared for this weekend’s rally to protest
government spending and government services.

Seriously.

Tea Party Protesters Protest D.C. Metro Service - Washington Wire - WSJ

The teabaggers whine once again, this time about taxpayer funded services...
Just when I think I can no longer be amazed.....

It's so ridiculously ironic I can't do anything but laugh.

Welcome to the teabagger Twilight Zone.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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So to compare the math, 437K on sept 12th, vs the Jan 20th totals of 1120K riders, which looks like the rally brought in 1/3rd the Obama numbers..

Not to shabby at all for a little old tea party.
No, shabby would not be the best word to describe it. Profoundly sad would be a more accurate description. While the very well paid shills sit in their ivory towers, they can incite ignorant people to hatred, bigotry and to rally against their own best interests. These people are pawns for Corporate America's Health Insurance Industrial Complex and the media shills are the ones getting exorbitant salaries for spreading the insanity. Yes, profoundly sad.
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