There’s a movement afoot — pushed by groups like
“Move Your Money” — that’s
encouraging people to take their money out of the big banks that have been
plundering the Treasury and put it instead into other institutions like local
Another good reason to move your money into credit unions is that, unlike
banks, credit unions do not generate taxable profits, and have been
tax-exempt since the credit union structure was codified by the
Federal Credit Union Act.
Last month’s kamikaze attack on the
building in Austin was a good excuse for reporters to go back through the
archives and write up something about the recent history of attacks and
threats against the
and its employees.
Some Americans heckle or mail tea bags; others, such as Stack, act in more dangerous ways.
Michelle Lowry knows first-hand how much people hate the Internal Revenue
The 37-year-old Leander woman, who processes forms for the
in Austin, confronts that venom regularly. People slip razor blades and
pushpins into the same envelopes as their W-2 forms. They send nasty notes
with their crumpled documents. Last year during the height of the Tea Party
movement, hundreds of taxpayers included — what else? — tea bags with their
And then there’s the weird stuff.
“Sometimes you’ll see stuff that looks like blood on them,” said Lowry, who
has worked as a seasonal employee for five years. “We wear gloves.”
Lowry is used to the presence of security guards at the
office in which she works. She’s been through evacuations caused by
suspicious items in the mail, such as white powder. (It turned out to be
packing material.) And while she has always known the risks of her job, she
wasn’t concerned about her safety until now.
“I’m a little worried, honestly,” she said. “Every time I walk into the
building, I’m going to think about it.”
Austinite Jesse Pangelinan, 41, never felt threatened during his 13 years at
He said it wasn’t until after he left the agency in
to become a stand-up comedian that he came
face to face with true
rage. After he joked about his former job at a comedy club in Ardmore,
Okla., one audience member
heckled Pangelinan so badly that the heckler had to be removed from the
“I was escorted back to my car in case he followed me,” said Pangelinan, who
also works at an insurance company in Austin. “The security guard followed me
back to my hotel.”
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