Susan J. Demas: Republicans primed to raise taxes, Tea Party doesn't care

Lesson learned. The only time raising taxes is bad is when Democrats are in power.


That's really the only takeaway you can have from the utterly pathetic Tea Party Tax Day rally Thursday at the Capitol. Only 300 folks bothered to show up, in spite of the fact that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed far bigger tax hikes that Jennifer Granholm every dreamed of.


Not even Fox News superstar Dick Morris (best known for hating on Hillary Clinton and sucking hookers' toes) and GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain (best known for pledging never to hire any Muslims in the White House) could turn angry right-wingers out.


Nor could Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Days before, organizers at Americans for Prosperity were feverishly downplaying expectations, as is the norm for staged political events, not outpourings of grassroots furor. Michigan Director Scott Hagerstrom estimated about 1,000, maybe 1,500 would show.

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