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Videos, Liveblog Stories from Tea Party Midwest Convention

Former Fox commentator Glenn Beck will headline the event, which will also host Republican Congressman Joe Walsh and Andrew Breitbart.

The Tea Party is hosting its Midwest convention in Schaumburg Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.

Patch will be covering the event live as it unfolds. 

Patch will be liveblogging during the keynote speech by former Fox commentator Glenn Beck beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.


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Matt Shedor October 03, 2011 at 12:06 PM
The wealthy contribute most of the taxes.., uh, revenue. I am all in favor of closing loopholes that have been cultivated by lobbyists; the same lobbyists that campaigner Obama promised to do away with. And Sully, you are perfectly willing to pay higher taxes because you can? You do realize that you can write a check to the IRS and make a voluntary contribution, don't you? Why not get together with Michael Moore and Warren Buffet and have a check writing party? or like them, would you rather grandstand over having higher taxes?
Brad Faxton October 03, 2011 at 12:36 PM
That's a new one.....*shrug*
Brad Faxton October 03, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Did you know I already do that? Each year I either owe a little or get a little back. In either case, I will either add $100 to my check I write or subtract $100 from the refund I would get. If the uber rich would just sack up and pay 2% more, the world would be a better place.
Matt Shedor October 03, 2011 at 03:24 PM
thank you for answering for Sully. The 10% of households with the highest incomes pay more than half of all federal taxes. They pay more than 70% of federal income taxes, this according to the Congressional Budget Office. This might be asking a little much, but you don't think that cutting spending is an option here? Billions and billions of dollars from the stimulus bill went towards Democrat contributors and their pet projects...money that we borrowed...money that our grandchildren are on the hook for. And you whine about the rich, who already pay more than their fair share in taxes, to pay more so Obama can take care of his green buddies, his union buddies, etc?? The answer is to cut spending. The gov't doesn't need to be involved in every facet of our lives... and nobody is worse at getting value out of spending a dollar than our federal gov't.
Brad Faxton October 03, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Yes, cut spending but also increase tax rates. For goodness sakes, if I'm earning 5mill/yr, having to pay 3% more works out to be a tax of 1.8mil before to 1.9mil after. In dollars that we all can understand, if you make 80k paying 3k more or $115 per paycheck (bi-weekly pay periods). $115.
Sully October 03, 2011 at 06:42 PM
It's relative Matt. A certain percentage of my income is different than the same percentage of another income. To one who has one million dollars, paying ten percent is not the same as someone who has 100. Comprendez? And I do donate quite a bit (none to political parties, however), but gee, thanks for sharing that info. Uh, one more question- do you have any idea how much money is contributed to republicans and republican causes? I'm guessing not because the right wing press would never report something like that. Did you know that the Kochs are making a killing from dealing with Iran, a terrorist nation we're not supposed to be making deals with? Again, probably not.
Eric Moen October 03, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Why all the fighting? What we as Americans need to do is just use some common sense, without all the bickering. Nothing will ever get solved with name calling, it just makes people more angry and closed minded to the point you're trying to make.
Matt Shedor October 03, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Sully, there's a problem with your analogy...and it is a problem with our tax system as well. You say, that to one who has a million dollars, paying ten percent is not the same is someone who has 100. However, we've got almost 50 % of Americans who end up paying zero, while the top 10% of wage earners actually contribute 70% of the total revenue collected by the gov't. Wasn't it Obama who said that everyone has to have some skin in the game? (when he was trying to get the debt ceiling raised again...something he had previously said was a failure of leadership when Bush was in office) So if the top 10% are contributing 70% of ALL revenue collected, why don't we at least ask for a dollar from someone who makes 100? and i understand that you were just trying to draw a comparison "..it's all relative", but until we ALL have skin in the game, the takers will vote for those who will give them the most. for nothing.. and ask that the laws take as much as possible from those who have earned their wealth.
Sully October 03, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Matt- The problem is everything is stacked in favor of the wealthy, from loopholes to supreme court rulings. The rich can afford personal physicians, can afford elite schools, don't have to worry about day care or transportation or paying their electricity bills. They don't live paycheck to paycheck and have to worry about where their next healthy meal will come from. They don't put money into the economy. It's all in the market or sitting in off shore banks somewhere. As for the so-called "job creators", if that's the case, why has unemployment been the issue it's been for years (including the Bush years)? Why are people all for corporate welfare but not for the welfare of fellow human beings? Are corporations more important than people. In my opinion, no.
Craig Doherty October 04, 2011 at 03:41 AM
And once again Matt, your argument that 50% of Americans pay zero taxes is complete and utter BS. But keep repeating it over and over again and some dupe might actually believe it some day.
Sully October 04, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Craig- actually the statement that 50 percent of Americans don't pay taxes is technically correct. There are certain circumstances that people conveniently seem to ignore though when stating that statistic.
Craig Doherty October 04, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Sorry, not correct at all Sully. It is a distortion of a statistic that says 50% of people have no income tax liability when they are filing their taxes. That means that they either have paid their full amount already for the year (through payments or withdrawals), or they have overpaid and they are getting money back according to their tax filing. It absolutely does not mean that they didn't pay any tax at all. The way this statistic has been been mistated also ignores the fact that we pay taxes every day in the form of sales taxes, property taxes, and various other tax levies. That one's been going around and around and has been debunked by everyone and their mother, and it still keeps popping up like a child-support order on Joe Walsh's desk.
Sully October 04, 2011 at 01:22 PM
That's my point- it is a distorted statement.- "The Joint Committee on Taxation, a respected bipartisan committee of Congress found that in 2009 roughly 22 percent of "tax units" ended up paying nothing. Another 30 percent actually got money back from the government — meaning they made money — through mechanisms such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, a longstanding policy that encourages low-income Americans to work by refunding money through the tax code. The caveat here is that the statistic is measured in "tax units" — which is people or families who file tax returns. (The calculation will exclude some people, but not, for instance, people who receive unemployment benefits. The Internal Revenue Service considers that taxable income.)" -politiFact (continue)
Sully October 04, 2011 at 01:23 PM
"How did we get to the point where most Americans don’t pay federal income taxes? The main reason is that the United States employs the tax system not just to collect funds but to distribute them as well. Bob Williams, a tax policy specialist at the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, told our colleagues at PolitiFact Virginia this is largely carried out through popular tax breaks, which are sometimes called "tax expenditures." "There are lots and lots of them," he said. "We estimate they total more than a trillion dollars a year in reduced taxes, and in fact the bulk of those go to the top end of the income distribution." However, because high earners have so much income liability, the breaks they get still don't whittle their taxes down all the way to zero. By contrast, popular lower- and middle-income breaks such as child credits and mortgage interest deductions do get a big share of the population off the hook."
Matt Shedor October 04, 2011 at 09:50 PM
We can be thankful that the wealthy in this country are propping up the rest of us. Some of us (like our president) spend much of their time chastising the rich... the majority of us are lucky that they fund the bloated gov't.
Donny October 05, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Liberals are a cancer on society.
Sully October 05, 2011 at 01:57 AM
How sad that you believe that.
Donny October 05, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Hey Sully, then why don't you pay more taxes? If your willing nobody is stopping you. Did you file form 1120-C each year? Did you know that about 2000 returns a year file and pay more in taxes than what they actually owe and donate money to specifically pay off the nation debt? You're "perfectly willing to pay higher taxes", yet you make no mention of form 1120-C... You're about as ignorant as it gets and your contributions to this blog are as trustworthy as a butt monkey.
Donny October 05, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Matt- he does not otherwise he would have proudly told us he files 1120-C... All talk and no substance, much like is buddy Obama.
Donny October 05, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Sully will you file form 1120-C next year and pay more because your willing to pay more? Me think nots, me thinks you blow smoke up other peoples butts...
Sully October 05, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Methinks you know nothing about me. Methinks me also care not what you think. Methinks you are a sad, bitter, misinformed individual who sits in front of the boob tube all day watching nothing but Fox or listening zombie-like to Rush's radio show.
Sully October 05, 2011 at 09:26 AM
For Donny and the other poster who won't stick with one name (the author of this article is a republican who worked under Reagan and Bush Sr. and also served on Ron Paul's staff)- http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/regulation-and-unemployment/?smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto
Matt Shedor October 05, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Sully, yes, the rich can afford this and the rich can afford that and there are millions of others who are living paycheck to paycheck. America offers equal opportunity but doesn't promise equal results.
Sully October 05, 2011 at 01:07 PM
No Matt, America does not promise equal results for all. However, when the playing field is unequal to begin with, it is much harder for the less fortunate to make it to the level of the fortunate. Bushs, Kennedys, etc. were born with wealth so they were pretty much guaranteed good fortune. How does the child of a child of a child of poverty rise above if the opportunities are so far out of reach?
Cheryl Miller October 05, 2011 at 01:42 PM
A child can climb out of poverty by working hard. Strong role models in someone's life also helps, but that is not the governments responsibility either. Human nature is strong and begs for basic needs. Hands out just might make it easy for one to accept status quo.
Donny October 05, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Sully why don't you file form 1120-C and pay more taxes like your willing to? Just answer the question, or are you blowing smoke up my butt?
Donny October 05, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Sully, I know you did not file form 1120-C soooooo you actually do not want to pay more in taxes. Oh and hey you were right on one thing, I'll be watching Fox News at my vacation home this weekend in Michigan and behind the boob-tube will be a beautiful sunsets over Lake Michigan. I hope your work ethic, morals and political philosophies work for you. Mine are doing just fine by me. cheers!
Donny October 05, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Silly the playing field was stacked against me. Work hard, play hard. The weather is going to be so awesome this weekend.
Matt Shedor October 05, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Donny, i'm part of the new green party. Green with envy...enjoy.
Sully October 06, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Am I suppose to feel jealous, Donny? Envious? Nope, sorry. I hope you have a very nice time in Michigan. My ethics, morals, and political philosophies work just fine. I know that what I do helps my fellow man and hopefully in turn, helps this society. What do you do for society, Don? Kick puppies and pollute our air and water? Drown kittens maybe? After all, anything to satisfy YOU, right? It IS all about YOU I presume. Other people can fin for themselves- to hell with them and society- It's all about you, right, Don?

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