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(Providence Journal)   Tea Party Patriots come out in force after one of their members attempts to burn down a bridge to protest a 10-cent toll. Sign goodness: "No tolls for trolls", "Obama lied, freedom died", "Hooked on phonics didn't work for me"   (providencejournal.com) divider line 166
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2013-08-19 02:29:16 AM
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2013-08-19 02:37:09 AM
Bridges don't spontaneously manifest out of the ether.  They have to be paid for via taxes or tolls.  Personally, I prefer the tax route as paying tolls creates traffic backups and is a general PITA, but somehow I doubt the teabaggers would support that either.
 
2013-08-19 02:58:14 AM
dillanweems.com
 
2013-08-19 03:03:59 AM
I don't recall Obama promising there would be no tolls on this bridge.
 
2013-08-19 03:11:00 AM
Tolls aren't taxes. They're tolls. A tax is a tax.

Just clearing that up for article guy.
 
2013-08-19 03:26:55 AM
"It's a working man's bridge," she said. "You stand out there in the morning during the week, as opposed to Saturday and Sunday, it's full of people going to work."

Yeah! And working men should get free bridges!
 
2013-08-19 04:56:12 AM

propasaurus: "It's a working man's bridge," she said. "You stand out there in the morning during the week, as opposed to Saturday and Sunday, it's full of people going to work."

Yeah! And working men should get free bridges!


Now Tea Party "Patriots" want free stuff from Obama?
 
2013-08-19 05:53:11 AM
fark toll bridges. Pain in the ass to stop and pay tolls when you're driving.
 
2013-08-19 06:23:17 AM

doglover: fark toll bridges. Pain in the ass to stop and pay tolls when you're driving.


EZPass FTW
 
2013-08-19 06:32:30 AM

Slaxl: Tolls aren't taxes. They're tolls. A tax is a tax.


A toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll, and if we don't get no tolls then we don't eat no rolls.
 
2013-08-19 06:33:06 AM

SurfaceTension: doglover: fark toll bridges. Pain in the ass to stop and pay tolls when you're driving.

EZPass FTW


That's also a pain in the ass. Much less, I'll grant you, but still slows things down.

What they should do is just not have toll bridges. Either make the whole road a turnpike or free.

Then again I grew up in Pittsburgh. If every bridge required a dime to cross I'd still be waiting in traffic from 10 years ago to get to the airport.
 
2013-08-19 06:52:47 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Bridges don't spontaneously manifest out of the ether.  They have to be paid for via taxes or tolls.  Personally, I prefer the tax route as paying tolls creates traffic backups and is a general PITA, but somehow I doubt the teabaggers would support that either.


This.
 
2013-08-19 07:00:38 AM
Angie Isadore, of Portsmouth, as she sat in a folding chair alongside the highway, wearing a shirt that said "Obama lied, Freedom died"

Did Obama make a campaign promise not to allow tolls on some bridge in Bumfark, Nowhere?

Even 10 cents is too much for Patty Kelly, of Tiverton, who painted the word "tolls" with an X through it in pink on a white T-shirt for the event. In tough economic times, she said, government should look for things to cut, not new ways to get money from residents.
"I don't get a raise from my boss when I can't pay my bills," she said.


First - not asking for and getting raises could be part reason you can't pay your bills.
Secondly - instead of a toll, howsabout we start the 'things to cut' list off with bridges over the Sakonnet River?
 
2013-08-19 07:08:16 AM
This isn't the burning of the Gaspee... and these aren't patriots.
 
2013-08-19 07:12:17 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Bridges don't spontaneously manifest out of the ether.  They have to be paid for via taxes or tolls.  Personally, I prefer the tax route as paying tolls creates traffic backups and is a general PITA, but somehow I doubt the teabaggers would support that either.


And we're done here.

No, wait...

Bathia_Mapes: [blazingsaddles10centtoll]


K, now we're done.
 
2013-08-19 07:12:19 AM
You gotta pay the troll toll to get inside this boy's soul
 
2013-08-19 07:13:56 AM
A lot cheaper than having to buy a boat to get across.
 
2013-08-19 07:14:53 AM
The stupid...... it burns like a bridge set on fire.
 
2013-08-19 07:15:10 AM
Every bridge should have a toll. Free bridges are socialism.
 
2013-08-19 07:18:01 AM

Argh Not Again: Every bridge should have a toll. Free bridges are socialism.


No, tolls are socialism.  What you're looking for is a 'service charge'.  That's the corporate American way!
 
2013-08-19 07:20:57 AM
Wait, aren't these the same people accusing liberals of wanting "free stuff?"  Their lack of self awareness is staggering.

That said, if these people live on an island that connects by a bridge to the mainland, perhaps closing the bridge and eliminating the cost altogether is the way to go.
 
2013-08-19 07:22:25 AM
I guess Tea Party Patriots are all about paying for things with usage fees when it they're not the ones using it.
 
2013-08-19 07:22:38 AM
I thought they were moving to Brooklyn.

www.providencejournal.com
 
2013-08-19 07:24:16 AM

OneTimed: You gotta pay the troll toll to get inside this boy's soul hole


FTFY
 
2013-08-19 07:24:52 AM
I hate stopping for tolls.  They should just increase taxes to cover the cost of maintaining the bridge.
 
2013-08-19 07:27:24 AM
i wonder if there is another way to pay for road maintenance and construction.  If only such a thing could be found.
 
2013-08-19 07:27:53 AM
So, were they supporting an increase in taxes to pay for the bridge?  Holy cognitive dissonance batman!
 
2013-08-19 07:27:57 AM

Monkeyhouse Zendo: I guess Tea Party Patriots are all about paying for things with usage fees when it they're not the ones using it.


They simply lack the intellect to think things through and form a coherent political philosophy.
 
2013-08-19 07:28:37 AM
The Tea Party ideology boiled down:  "We don't want to pay for things!"
 
2013-08-19 07:29:52 AM
Y'all are posting in a toll thread!

*ducks*
 
2013-08-19 07:32:26 AM

GoldSpider: The Tea Party ideology boiled down:  "We don't want to pay for things!"


That's tyranny!   If God had wanted us to pay for roads and bridges he wouldn't have put them there.
 
2013-08-19 07:33:35 AM

Muta: I hate stopping for tolls.  They should just increase taxes to cover the cost of maintaining the bridge.


This. I'm pretty sure the Tea Party wasn't the only group against the tolls. Bridges are ALREADY choke points. Adding a toll booth or three doesn't help anyone.
 
2013-08-19 07:35:44 AM
A 10c toll?  That's what they are upset about?  It costs me about $75 round-trip in tolls to go to the Outer Banks from NYC.  It costs about $60 round-trip to go round-trip to Washington, DC.

Tolls are increasing because teabagger types refuse to accept any tax increases to maintain roads or other travel infrastructure.  Therefore, tolls have to be increased.  Chris Christie of NJ only maintained his pledge to not raise taxes because he allowed a doubling of highway tolls, while cancelling the project the increases were earmarked for.
 
2013-08-19 07:36:51 AM
They don't want tolls or taxes or free bridges.

They want government out of everything and the Koch Bros to make the bridge. Then it should be free like the Internet.
 
2013-08-19 07:37:26 AM

doglover: Muta: I hate stopping for tolls.  They should just increase taxes to cover the cost of maintaining the bridge.

This. I'm pretty sure the Tea Party wasn't the only group against the tolls. Bridges are ALREADY choke points. Adding a toll booth or three doesn't help anyone.


Perhaps, but they are against taxes which would have been a much simpler and far less annoying way to have covered the costs.
 
2013-08-19 07:37:36 AM

doglover: Muta: I hate stopping for tolls.  They should just increase taxes to cover the cost of maintaining the bridge.

This. I'm pretty sure the Tea Party wasn't the only group against the tolls. Bridges are ALREADY choke points. Adding a toll booth or three doesn't help anyone.


Not necessarily.  Many new toll roads are all electronic.  No toll booths.  That being said, electronic tolls mask increases.  People don't get as upset if they don't have to pull the money out of their wallet each time.
 
2013-08-19 07:38:48 AM
Even 10 cents is too much for Patty Kelly, of Tiverton, who painted the word "tolls" with an X through it in pink on a white T-shirt for the event. In tough economic times, she said, government should look for things to cut

Such as bridge-building, bridge-maintenance etc.
 
2013-08-19 07:40:02 AM
So they are protesting a 10 cent toll...how much did those shirts and signs cost? Or is this one of those principal things, where you spend $500,000 in legal fees to not pay someone $50.
 
2013-08-19 07:41:18 AM

cram_hole: So they are protesting a 10 cent toll...how much did those shirts and signs cost? Or is this one of those principal things, where you spend $500,000 in legal fees to not pay someone $50.


No one every said teabaggers were smart.
 
2013-08-19 07:43:06 AM
Many wore yellow "Don't Tread on Me" T-shirts

You won't be treading on that bridge for much longer either if you don't pay for it, assholes.
 
2013-08-19 07:44:55 AM
This is not how I wanted my week to start.

If free enterprise built and maintained all the bridge(s), would they be free?
 
2013-08-19 07:45:36 AM
They should privatize the bridges and solve everything.
 
2013-08-19 07:46:56 AM
They were seriously flying Gadsden flags.

W...T...F
 
2013-08-19 07:48:50 AM
a 10 cent toll?  Really?

South Africa now has major E-Toll roads on 60% of the highways around pretoria/joburg that cost about $5 per 10 KM (last i heard). THAT is something to protest over, for farks sakes!
 
2013-08-19 07:50:26 AM
FTFA
Her mother, Patricia Fontaine, from the other side of the bridge in Portsmouth, had another concern: as a retiree, she faces an economic hardship because of the toll, since she often drives over the bridge to Fall River to shop and see her doctor.

I bet she doesn't stand in front of the gas station and whine every time the price of gas goes up.
 
2013-08-19 07:52:38 AM
I was driving south out of Charleston, WV a couple weeks back and I had to stop for 2 tolls booths.  I think I had to pay an extra $4.00 to drive that stretch of the interstate.  It wasn't anything special about that stretch of road which required any additional maintenance.  It seemed like nothing more than a money grab.
 
2013-08-19 07:52:42 AM

RedPhoenix122: Slaxl: Tolls aren't taxes. They're tolls. A tax is a tax.

A toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll, and if we don't get no tolls then we don't eat no rolls.


Do a barrel toll!
 
2013-08-19 07:53:22 AM
If you cross it twice a day for work, that's $1/week.  Go to Starbucks one less time a month, fatties.
 
2013-08-19 07:54:07 AM
FTFA: John Vitkevich, a spokesman for the anti-toll group, said he knew nothing about the arson and hoped that no one who was working in the effort to overturn the toll had anything to do with it. He said political action, not vandalism, would be the way to roll the tolls back. He suggested that the police investigate whether the arson was done by toll supporters as a way of embarrassing toll opponents.

Oh, wow.  He immediately jumped right to the 'false flag' conspiracy derp when asked about the arson.
 
2013-08-19 07:55:21 AM
I say we knock the bridge down in the middle of a Sunday night and never speak of these people again.

God help them if one of them finds a conch shell.
=Smidge=
 
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