Sean Hannity could turn Atlanta tea party into a big bash

You’ve heard about these anti-tax Tea Party protests going on across the country on April 15, Income Tax Day.

What you may not know is that the event planned for the state Capitol next Wednesday may be one of the largest in the country.

Organizers include the Georgia chapter of Americans for Prosperity. See the group’s web site here.

The Atlanta event was running along modest lines until Sean Hannity, the Fox News provocateur, decided to broadcast his 9 p.m. show from the steps of the Capitol, according to Randy Lewis, one of the planners.

Right now, a crowd in the neighborhood of 10,000 is expected. Several city blocks will be shut down — a difficult maneuver, given a Braves game at the same time.

Lewis said there’s talk that country music singer John Rich will be there to sing his latest hit, “Shuttin’ Detroit Down.”

No word on who will supply the hot water or the cups and saucers.

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Not Disappointed

April 6th, 2009
6:38 pm

I cant wait!!!! Hello Hanni Pie!!! Kimmer misses you….

Colin

April 6th, 2009
6:48 pm

So are they going to be celebrating the tax cuts that I’m already seeing in my pay check thanks to Obama? I want to party also to celebrate this! I’m just surprised Hannity is involved- he seems to be such an Obama hater. Maybe he’s had a change of heart.

Marty

April 6th, 2009
6:54 pm

Hey Jim,
Did you think that these people are coming out to address the problems that they are having with the Obama adminsrtation, not because Hannity is in town. A lot of people are going because they want the unfair tax system changed to the Fair Tax. This way everyone pays for the Federal Government., not just the evil rich… like you. Some are coming to tell the Prsident to stop spending our childrens and grand-childrens money, before they get a chance to earn it. Some are going to tell President Obama that our Health care system is the best in the world. And…if you want to cut the cost of health care open the system up to the free market.
We are finally standing up to tell the world that we are mad… and aren’t taking it anymore.

Bobby

April 6th, 2009
6:57 pm

Sean Hannity is nothing more than a mouth foamer. He just can’t deal with the fact we have turned his conservative anti-Americanism into liberal Americanism. I haven’t seen anything to make me regret my vote on Obama after the fine mess Hannity and his Republicans got us into. They have only themselves to blame.

Christopher Cook

April 6th, 2009
6:59 pm

Sean Hannity is a right-wing tool.

Will Jones - Atlanta

April 6th, 2009
7:00 pm

Nahmias and Hannity…and Gingrich: Roman Catholics are reconquering Georgia without firing more shots after JFK and Dr. King.

How nice if we could all just follow the Black, White, Jew and Gentile WHIG Founders.

Live free by the Creed and love G-d. That’s what made America…and made America great.

William Tecumseh Sherman and all the Roman Anti-Christ’s other slavemasters are smiling down in H.ll.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 6th, 2009
7:04 pm

Are they coming to celebrate the fact that we have the most embarrassing education and medical system in the developed world?

Will their ‘tea party’ include the Mad Hatter and his fun loving lagomorph companion?

I look forward to the response by the left once this thing goes down.

Dave

April 6th, 2009
7:05 pm

Colin – if you can actually tell you’ve gotten less money taken out of your taken home pay(which is not a “tax cut” by the way) you need to find a better paying job.

Dave

April 6th, 2009
7:07 pm

Aaron Burr V. Mexico – I’m not even going to waste my time with nonsense…

GTC

April 6th, 2009
7:12 pm

Talk about “tools” and anti-Americans are the liberals commenting on this article. If you knew anything of what a tea party stood for, maybe your comments wouldn’t come across so ignorant of the facts and what’s really going on out there. I couldn’t say it any better Marty. Ditto and Amen to that! Obama and his big government knows best, tripling the deficit, overspending, increasing taxes, and control every aspect of your life motto is the problem.

David

April 6th, 2009
7:18 pm

You don’t need cups and saucers if all you’re going to do is throw it into the harbor.
Wait a minute, Atlanta doesn’t have a harbor. Maybe we can stuff all this tea in Underground until the video lotto terminals arrive.
Or maybe we shouldn’t be impersonating Yankees.
Oh wait, this is the Atlanta paper. My mistake.

NParry

April 6th, 2009
7:19 pm

Just what we wanted to hear in a depressed city – a whiny-nosed, spineless radio talking-head and all the rednecks who can’t afford to pay any taxes in the first place gather at the Red Neck Capitol.

jane

April 6th, 2009
7:20 pm

Hey, some of you guys must of skipped American History class. Check out the chapter on the Boston tea party and see if you can connect the dots.

Will

April 6th, 2009
7:26 pm

GTC- Im pretty sure that the Boston Tea Party transpired due to taxation without representation. Not because the government returned to the tax rates of 1993.

Bobby

April 6th, 2009
7:28 pm

You know Marty I have mixed emotions concerning the Fair Tax. But as long as people like Boortz support it, I can’t help but believe it can’t be good for America. And of course with people like Sean Hannity coming to town for your Fair Tax Org makes me even less inclined to support it.

Rob

April 6th, 2009
7:29 pm

Whoever said the American Health Care system is the best in world is seriously wrong.
47th highest early mortality in the world, treated like customers instead of patients.
Ive lived in countries with universal health care, and I got treated quicker, better and more thouroughly than here. And didnt go broke or forced into bankrupcy, or droped by an insurance company cos of a preexcisting condition.
No theres nothing wrong here, oh and the economy is fundermentaly sound!

Saul Good

April 6th, 2009
7:34 pm

Want to find all the brain dead, low IQ scoring, bible fantasy believing nitwits all in one place on the 15th? Just go down to the capital building…they’ll all be there.

Rod

April 6th, 2009
7:38 pm

Anyone notice when Bush was in office he had positive stuff to say even last summer when the economy was tanking he said we’re fine we’re still growing as soon as Nov08 took place he has not said 1 word of positive trust me if the people who were unhappy when Bush was in office threw a tea party downtown would look like Underground when Atlanta won the Olympics this guy is a hypocrite Sean you are a terrible American!

avie

April 6th, 2009
7:40 pm

Ah yes Colin- that $15 extra dollars in my paycheck each week helps out a whole lot, and the raised tax increases elsewhere will take that, plus a lot more, and give it right back to Mr Obama to give to another corporation so he and his government can control every thing…freedom will soon be gone, but you will have your $15 extra bucks–dont blow it in one shot!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 6th, 2009
7:46 pm

But Dave…you just did waste your time by stating you were not wasting your time with ‘my nonsense.’

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 6th, 2009
7:48 pm

Well Avie, maybe you could give it to the Libertarian party. Per capita/party member, Libertarians donated approximately 1/3rd the amount that Republicans and Democrats did.

Libertarians want cheap government. They also want cheap politics.

RickNole

April 6th, 2009
7:48 pm

Saul Good – I am sure you are “ALL KNOWING” eh?
Probably dont have a college degree or understand how the tax system works. Probably dont even pay taxes, just one to benefit.

You liberals think you are so intellectually superior. So quick to start calling conservatives “bible thumping tralor trash”.

When you wake up one day and all of your hard earned money will be going to Obamas pet projects then maybe you will figure out what is going on in this country. And before you jump my bone, I am a well educated BLACK male.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

April 6th, 2009
7:53 pm

I KNOW I’m intellectually superior to anyone who doesn’t believe in anthrapamorphic global warming.

And my hard earned money is going to go to health care which we desperately need, which will SAVE this country money in the long run unlike

*Putting my social security money in the stock market.

*Giving away my tax money to Haliburton, Enron, Blackwater and the like.

I don’t care what the color of your skin is, if you’re Republican, you’re dumb.

Marty

April 6th, 2009
7:53 pm

Bobby,
The Fair tax is not about Boortz. It is about everyone paying their fair share. The tax is base on what you buy, not what you earn. I would take a Flat tax that the government could not morph (sp?) back into the system that we have now. I want a tax system that the people control, not the goverment.

ATL Guy

April 6th, 2009
7:54 pm

Hannity thought that Palin was more than up to the job, didn’t he? What I want to know though is when we have another Timothy McVeigh attack, will the right run away with their tails between their legs? They will totally disown having contributed to another supremacist attack.

Marty

April 6th, 2009
8:03 pm

ATL Guy,
A Terrorist is a Terrorist. Whether it is McVeigh or Bin Laden. They all need to be put down. We need a government that is not trying to re-arrange everyones money. We need a goverment that gets out of peoples wat, so they can earn a paycheck and raise a family.

Colin is an A$$ Clown

April 6th, 2009
8:05 pm

Colin,
You must earn somewhere around minimum wage or less. Those are the only people that Binlama is giving tax cuts to.

Fulton

April 6th, 2009
8:10 pm

As I scan down the posts, I see nothing but typical blog stupidity & hatred, which accomplishes absolutely NOTHING!

Lefty, righty, republican, democrat; all silly labels meant to divide us and obviously, it’s doing a wonderful job! While the issues continue to mount…

ya’ll r so predictable…& stoopid!

gatorman770

April 6th, 2009
8:12 pm

No Colin it’s not, but I hope the slight increase in your paycheck will make up the the 35 percent increase in the cost of meat and other foods caused by the heavily susidized cornbased ethanol industry that has been kept alive by $25 billion in federal handouts to help the environment, but has produced unintended and potentially catastrophic, environmental consequences, with little or no return to taxpayers in energy securityor protection from global warming.

Joseph Blow

April 6th, 2009
8:12 pm

People like Sean Hannity could care less about the struggles of everyday people. This nothing more than a cheap trick or ploy. It is amazing how one party only gets motivated with decisive issues. Sean Hannity’s rating are down because his usual listening base have lost their jobs because of the failed policies of the last 8yrs I can hear them saying now …..”that dog don’t hunt”

J-Tex

April 6th, 2009
8:13 pm

Actually, the tax code is NOT based on what you spend, it IS based on what you earn. That’s called a progressive tax. Taxes based on spending are inherently regressive, as they penalize low earners who spend their entire paychecks on necessities more than they tax those who have much larger disposable incomes. The idea of a progressive tax is based on many philosophical outlooks that have nothing to do with Marx or “Socialism”.

The proponents of the so-called “Fair Tax” would LIKE for the tax system to be based on consumption rather than total income, ignoring the various philosophical issues that arise from such a system.

And, seriously, anyone who thinks that the US has the best medical care in the world obviously doesn’t care about the various studies that rank the US well below our fellow industrialized nations in, well, pretty much every category.

Please, continue to believe what the right-wing talking heads tell you…please continue to believe that, even though BASIC medical care here is beyond the reach of millions, that we, as the wealthiest country on the planet, have the best medical care. Nero is fiddling. Things are burning.

Boots

April 6th, 2009
8:17 pm

Hannity is in love with the sound of his voice and doesn’t seem to have the capacity to understand that his brand of conservatism has destroyed the Republican party and relegated it to a position of irrelevancy.

They are without ideas and intelligent leaders, so they revert to obstructionism. And, from looking at the 2012 candidates that are lining up — foaming at the mouth — this period of irrelevancy will stretch well into the future.

The Republicans can’t talk about big government, deficit spending, ear-marks and other foolish notions — they took it to a new level with Dubya.

OIFVet

April 6th, 2009
8:28 pm

$15 raise in your paycheck. 425 raise in your unemployment(welfare) check.You people are idiots to bask in the glory of 15 extra dollars.2 hours at a minimum wage job gets you the same amount.The fair tax taxes those who don’t pay tax in the USA ie drug dealers,illegals and i visitors to the US.Just because you want someone to control your decisions for you does not mean the rest of hard working society does. Your social security money is in the biggest ponzi scheme in the world. The social security plan Busch proposed gave us the choice to do with our money what we want. I would have rater had mine in the stock market but that would have involved choice which liberals are against.

Pierce Randall

April 6th, 2009
8:29 pm

I mean, who cares? The 20-30% of the country that won’t like Obama no matter what he does. Not worth having a political debate about. I pay taxes, I support the President, and I also consider myself a citizen of the United States, not a consumer or a gun-hoarding nation-of-one like a lot of these people. If you want to see skeezy, self-justifying white people (yes, they’re mostly white) with goatees ham on about how the government, and not the lack of college degrees, or having too many kids, or buying oversized pickup trucks when there was an oil shortage, or having a subprime mortgage, or just about any other reason other than their own decisions or anything that has a plausible solution in the first place victimizes them. Let them have their one day, and they’ll shrink back into the shadows, or as much in the margins as they’ll ever be in Georgia.

Cherokee

April 6th, 2009
8:31 pm

avie I’m enjoying my part of the largest tax cut in US history – too bad you can’t.

And the Fair Tax? Sheesh, that again? Boortz wants it so that the cost of government will be transferred from him to you, Marty. And you’re gleefully helping him attain his goal.

Amazing.

Hannity, by the way, is a cowardly pig.

OIFVet

April 6th, 2009
8:33 pm

The fair tax gives prebates to all. Which makes up for the money that “low earners”(lazy) would be taxed on basics necessities. Now you can stop spending you lies J-tex

DannyX

April 6th, 2009
8:34 pm

There’s certainly no need for a tea party.

Try winning some elections!!!! LMAO

fed up

April 6th, 2009
8:38 pm

All of you pretending to know about the fair tax need to read the book especially the comment regarding the poor people spending most of their money. It is amazing to me that if a person leans to the left they tend to think that anyone who doesn’t has no good ideas, same with people that lean to the right. Some people have good ideas no matter what their political affiliation is. Whoever posted that Sean Hannity is coming here to promote the fair tax is wrong, that’s not why he’s coming to Atlanta. A few people posting here need to do a little research before spouting off, it shows the lack of intelligence and/or knowledge of a specific subject.

Bill Orvis White

April 6th, 2009
8:40 pm

I like Neal, Hannity, Rush and all the rest, but they don’t go far enough. I say scrap the entire tax system. Do you want roads? Privatize them! Do you want schools? Moms in every community can get together and start their own schools. Health care? If every just found their own docs without their employers doing it, then it would get cheaper. Public transport? Again, privatize it! Anyone can come to a good southern state and start his own cab or bus company.
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard is what most of government should be. No more handouts to anyone for any reason. Are you falling on hard times? Go to your local church, mosque or synagogue.Scrap it all: Medicare, Medicaid, SS and more!

Jim is Envious (again)

April 6th, 2009
8:41 pm

“Provocateur” means “he’s a lot more famous than I’ll ever be.

GTchemE

April 6th, 2009
8:45 pm

Man the crazies are out here tonight. It’s amazing. The word ‘Hannity’ is on the ajc home page and every wacko leftist that comes to the site feels the insatiable desire to go on and regurgitate the talking points of John Stuart and the Daily Kos. You leftist, semi-retarded sheeple need to get some new arguments.
Cherokee, that is an outright lie. Unless you’re making minimum wage and collecting welfare, you have not seen a penny of gross income increase. And if you are, how’s that $0.60 tax on cigarettes going? LOL. Tax cuts for 95% of America. lol.

GOP lost in space

April 6th, 2009
8:48 pm

Rush, Hannity all the same (LOST)! OH yea Jesus was a socialist evangelical of the right wing 66 books of it. Jesus said give ceasar what is ceaser. Help the poor and outcast not a tax cut for the rich at every breath GOP right wing nuts.
Not all of the GOP is sick, we need all kind of views to make America work something The Right wing nuts in the GOP has lost and fail to see !!!
Not just southern Right wing nut Buba’s. That why they loved DUBYA lost in the mind! The GOP is just as much a Big Goverment as the Dem’s they spend on the people or GOP on the rich and Big buiness They both are big spenders!!! just look at what they do not what they say!!!

Caveman

April 6th, 2009
8:48 pm

It’s funny to read the Cons shrieking about how Obama is taxing us to death yet, other than for tobacco, taxes haven’t gone up.

Not one Con has said one peep about how Georgia Republicans are raising taxes left and right and could still only balance the budget with the help of a $1.3 billion dollar handout from evil old Obama.

Let’s see:
Georgia property taxes will be increasing because of Georgia Republicans killing part of the homestead exemption.

For the first time person to person car sales will be taxed. Even giving your son or daughter your old car will be taxed. Oh, but those that can afford to buy Porches and Ferraris will get out of paying 99% of the ad valorum tax on their six figure chariots. Thanks to georgia Republicans.

THe citizens of Georgia also get to pay for Georgia Power’s new power plant, not the stockholders, they only get all the profit none of the risk. Thanks Georgia Republicans.

Now tell me again who’s raising taxes and hurting the economy? Evil Obama? Or the Gold Dome good ol boys ?

George

April 6th, 2009
8:54 pm

I don’t care if your Republican, Democrat or other with $56 Trillion unfunded liability in our future and our public debt more than 10% of GNP today while the rest of the world runs no more than 2%, along with 49% of our current debt held outside this country, service must be reduced and taxes raised. And even if we taxed all companies and individuals 200% we still face a bleak future. We MUST learn to live within our ability to pay for the services and goods we want. Our Government sets a very poor example.

See http://www.pgpf.org/

Bob

April 6th, 2009
8:55 pm

I was actually planning on being there. Now that hannity will be there I’m less inclined to go. I don’t want to be forced to listen to his show while I’m standing around.

GTchemE

April 6th, 2009
9:03 pm

Caveman and GOP Lost in Space
You need only go to any conservative website on the internet to see that conservatives are pissed at the Republicans. You are completely right when you see “look at what they do, not what they say”. The Republicans, unfortunately, have not honored the conservative grass roots for a long time. Don’t mix the two groups up.
This event doesn’t need to be about politics at all. This is about standing up to the government and saying enough is enough. I don’t care if the taxes have ‘only reverted to the 1993 levels’, as if that is a good thing. Wouldn’t you like to keep more of your money? Don’t you know that you could be paid more at work if your business were not so heavily taxed? When the government gets out of our lives, everything gets better.
Of course, if you’re weak minded or lazy I can see the appeal of having a nanny government that can make all the important decisions of your life. I understand. You screwed around in high school and either dropped out of college or didn’t go. Instead of ever striving to make the best of your situation and fulfill the American dream, you sat back and pointed fingers at all of the evil people in society that are ‘keeping you down’. You smoke all your life and don’t take care of yourself. Then you expect all of those evil rich and middle class people, the ones keeping you down, to pay for your health care. After all, it’s only fair.
Meanwhile, I tried hard in high school. I worked through high school and saved for school. I take care of my body so that, barring acts of God in which case I am covered by cheap catastrophic insurance, I will not need expensive health care. I am paying for my own college so that I can obtain a high paying job one day. I am fulfilling what my immigrant grandparents sought when they came here.
The difference between me and you is that I am taking full advantage of the American dream paid for by the blood of people from around the world. I am proud that I can do this in America. Our Founding Fathers would be proud of people like me. They would be disgusted with people like you.

Bob

April 6th, 2009
9:16 pm

@ George

What about Japan? Is that country developed?

60.8% of GDP (2007 est.) – USA
170.4% of GDP (2008 est.) – Japan

George

April 6th, 2009
9:43 pm

Bob, USA has had a negative savings rate for years. Japan has typically run over 10% and could handle the one time blip internally without asking other countries to finance their debt which took 10 years to overcome. USA has had debt run well above 130% of GNP during WWII etc but with 62 million baby boomers approaching retirement and expecting SS and Medicare, we don’t have enough tax payers to pay for that number of people. If we do nothing the interest alone on our debt will be higher than the entire annual Defense budget.

Bobby is A Fool

April 6th, 2009
9:44 pm

Bobby, you are a complete GD Idiot!!! I know you are anti-business because of your liberal views and all, but I will be completely disappointed if you don’t join the rally on April 15th….After all, as a liberal Democrat you are probably either unemployed or under-employed which means you have lots of spare time, but not much spare change. Come to the rally, you might learn something. Liberals typically stay that way until they start making money and paying more in taxes, then their views change. Keep your fingers crossed Bobby; in only a few years you’ll be making $8/hr if you stick with it

Tuesday Vandy Girl

April 6th, 2009
9:44 pm

The facts here are simple…in statewide races, fulton and dekalb just don’t matter that much..sure for those of you who live within the perimeter, it’s the entire universe, but most people in the state just don;t care about MARTA..and with the light speed decline of clayton county(facts are facts..that county is a black run farce at every level and department) when “those people” who ride MARTA moved in and took control and the county demographics changed from suburban white to extended urban black, I think the “MARTA Brings crime” long standing argument, is very well proven and supported.