CHICAGO, IL (April 15, 2009) – Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL, released the following statement in response to “tea parties” being held on Tax Day.Comrade Schakowsky forgot to mention the recent,massive federal cigarette tax hike she voted for which hurts a lot of poor people.We know Comrade Schakowsky doesn't feel comfortable with the anti-tax crowd.So what kind of crowd does she feel comfortable with? Here's a picture of Comrade Schakowsky at the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America 46th Annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington dinner.Comrade Schakowky was the featured speaker at the dinner in May of 2004.The Democratic Socialists of America clearly explain on their website their ultimate goal:
“The ‘tea parties’ being held today by groups of right-wing activists, and fueled by FOX News Channel, are an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs. It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt. Not a single American household or business will be taxed at a higher rate this year. Made to look like a grassroots uprising, this is an Obama bashing party promoted by corporate interests, as well as Republican lobbyists and politicians.”
We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.Comrade Schakowsky was an early supporter of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.But,who could forget Comrade Schakowsky is married to convicted felon Robert Creamer of check kiting fame.We can assume the subject of taxes and tax returns is a sensitive subject to some.
We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.