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Nashville's Tax Day Tea Party is only about an hour away, and Pith
is all atwitter with anticipation. The Politico's Ben Smith writes today
about the reluctance of the Republican establishment to join the wackos in the Tea Party revolution. What's up with that? In Tennessee, Republicans have no such fussy qualms about hanging out with angry nutjobs.
Ron Ramsey, Zach Wamp and Marsha Blackburn, just to name three state GOP leaders, have embraced the Tea Party protesters in press releases. Wamp saluted them, Ramsey applauded them, and Blackburn asked them for campaign cash.
Wamp: "By holding the line of taxes, at both the state and federal levels, we can help give small business people, entrepreneurs and working families a fighting chance in this tough economy. That's why I have introduced the 'American Working Families Tax Relief Act' that includes several common sense solutions for the challenges facing working families and small businesses in Tennessee. And that's why as Governor, I will oppose any attempt to pass a state income tax and will dig even deeper to identify and eliminate the waste and abuse of our tax dollars to help hold the line on any new taxes."
Ramsey: "In Tennessee we balance our budget every year. We show that it can be done. And in 2007 - the year Republicans took control of the state Senate - we even cut the sales tax on food. Our friends in Washington could learn a lot from Tennessee."
Blackburn: "The liberals' favorite day is tax day, April 15th. ... The election filing deadline is less than a year away and I need your help to be ready for the inevitable attacks. Please click here to send a $15 contribution on this April 15th tax day to my Blackburn for Congress re-election campaign. Then please help me by forwarding this e-mail to all your like-minded friends and family."