Craig T. Nelson: I won’t pay taxes until my government starts listening to me

posted at 8:36 pm on May 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

He’s mad as hell, he’s not going to take it anymore, and he wants the Howard Beale of cable news to turn the sentiment into a movement. I’m sympathetic — no fiscal conservative who’s seen those blood-curdling deficit charts could be otherwise — but I’ve watched this twice and can’t quite pinpoint what his problem is. Is it cuts to education spending? Lack of balanced budgets? Federal bailouts? And how exactly is government being unaccountable to him? The point of my earlier post about the dopey conservative who regrets voting for Obama is that anyone could have and should have seen that he’d be a tax-and-spend liberal. A majority elected him anyway and now he’s spending in earnest, with the taxing shortly to come. They wanted Change and he’s giving them a snoutful. That’s democracy.

Alternatively, he might simply be saying he doesn’t want to pay for programs he doesn’t believe in, but, er, join the club buddy. Is there a man or woman in America who’s satisfied with every item in the budget? What’s his deal here?

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He didn’t think this through. If he wants to influence others, come on tv and tout the tea parties, and/or organizing for a voter revolt. This is just suicide. The tax folks don’t like national fingers in their eyes.

marklmail on May 29, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Allah, do you actually watch what you post? I watched this on Beck last night and it was EXTREMELY apparent! If the Federal Government bails out California, taxpayer money from the other 49 states to prop up a state government in which the HAVE NO REPRESENTATION.

You can make some arguments that this has already been done through earmarks for special projects… but this would be the last straw for many. It would indicate the end of the republic in the literal sense, with the Federal Government absorbing “ownership” of California. All you have to do is look at car companies and think “too big to fail”… and wonder what percent of California would be demanded by the Obama administration.

dominigan on May 29, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Well said, dominigan. If We are forced to pay for the result of California’s years of wasteful spending, shouldn’t We get a say on every aspect of their budgets, spending, laws, etc.? I’m not talking about some moronic obama “czar” of California, but true representation.

hogfat on May 29, 2009 at 8:48 AM

dominigan on May 29, 2009 at 8:14 AM

I saw it too and knew what he was talking about. Man..Id hate to be in California if Ahrnold stops those welfare payments.

becki51758 on May 29, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Confirmed. CT Nelson is a good actor. Just saw him the other week in the intensely mediocre but rife-with-nudity, Peckinpah-is-coasting thriller The Osterman Weekend, where his mustache he steals every scene he’s in. (Not too difficult, though, when Rutger Hauer is the star, even for the mustache.) He plays a self-professed Leftie anarchist, so it must have been a stretch…well, maybe not the anarchist part, considering this threat to withhold taxes.

Still, pretty good actor.

curved space on May 29, 2009 at 9:23 AM

If folk want to lead a movement, they need to identify a very few very simple to understand comments and stick with them..wandering all over the place is pointless…If one person does not pay his taxes, publicly, he goes to jail. If 50,000 publicly do the same thing, the government panics and if 1,000,000 did the same the government falls. Until we get that million or so a tax revolt cannot work.

JIMV on May 29, 2009 at 12:33 PM

JIMV on May 29, 2009 at 12:33 PM

but it doesn’t start w/’that million’…It starts like a serious North-eastern blizzard….one flake..than 2…then a flurry of’em….than snowed in.

lobosan5 on May 29, 2009 at 1:18 PM


lobosan5 on May 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM