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'The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids'

Posted by Steve Greenlee  September 27, 2010 03:58 PM

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TeaParty.jpgOne of the stranger items to cross my desk in a while arrived in this afternoon's mail. "The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids," published by Really Big Coloring Books of St. Louis, purports to be a "teaching and learning tool." But many of the pictures to be colored and dot-to-dots to be completed are accompanied by fun passages such as this: "When taxes are too high, the high tax takes away jobs and freedom. In 1773 we had a Tea Party and this led to freedom from high taxes. Today we are having another Tea Party and this will lead to freedom from high taxes again! Ask grandma and grandpa what this means. Ask you friends what this means. Are you going to have your own Tea Party?" The text runs above and below a cartoon of a woman (the president? hmmm, wonder who that is) preparing to sign a tax code. I'm kind of hoping there's a sequel, maybe something like "The Tea Party Nursery Rhyme Coloring Book," where Jack and Jill get injured while carrying a pail of water, wind up in a bleak government-run hospital where they wait for days to be treated, develop gangrene from their infections, and are finally euthanized by a "death panel." ... (If you missed it, check out the Tea Party "comics" that ran in yesterday's Boston Globe and on Boston.com.)

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