Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Anyone?

I just don’t get it.

Did the conservative right really think this was a good idea?

I get the concept of what they’re trying to achieve, but the moment they started “tea bagging” this whole situation became a joke to most people capable of rational thought.

Dave Johnson at Huffington Post sums it up nicely:
A number of people I have spoken with are planning to attend a "tea party" tomorrow, so I thought it might be a good idea to write about this. They are not what they claim to be. They are not "spontaneous" or "grassroots." They are another corporate-funded campaign to trick people into supporting more cut taxes for the rich.

The "tea parties" are promoted as a "grassroots uprising" against "high taxes." Tea stands for "Taxes Enough Already." However, 95% of Americans will received a tax cut in the next year if the upcoming Obama budget passes. Only Americans with incomes above $250,000 will receive a small tax increase -- and even then their taxes will be much lower than almost any time in the last 80 or so years. This increase on the top incomes will help pay for some of the Republican-caused economic damage as well as reduce the budget deficits that the country has faced ever since the same income group received tax cuts after George W. Bush was elected. (This is similar to the tax increase in first Clinton budget that led to the great economy of the 1990s and large budget surpluses.)

The other complaint from tea party organizers is that President Obama is "spending too much." The increased spending in the stimulus package and upcoming budget funds education, unemployment checks, efforts to ward off foreclosures and other programs designed to help bring us out of the recession and provide jobs. These are programs that benefit regular people instead of big corporations and the rich.

So regular people who go to these corporate-organized tea parties are asking the government to undo their own tax cuts and reduce their own government services in order to keep taxes low for the very rich . I wonder if people have really thought this through?

I think it's pretty obvious that they haven't thought anything through (otherwise they'd be democrats lol).

I’m not gonna lie, I do think it’s great that Americans are taking the time to stand up for something they believe in.

(We were given the right to assemble for a reason.)

I just can’t understand why these “teabaggers” have decided to embrace the very party that got us into this mess, or why poor people always feel the urge to “fight” for the rich.

Joe “the plumber” is the perfect example.

What Bill Maher so pointedly brought up on a previous show, was how Joe decided to side with John McCain out of the hope that he would earn enough money to be in the tax bracket that was getting so much concern over the election (those earning 250,000 or more a year).

So he essentially voted against his current financial situation, and for the financial situation he may or may not one day be in.

I can’t be the only one who sees how asinine that is.

And when I see pictures like this, I want to hang my head in shame for the ignorance of America:

Cause how in the hell can anyone think this is socialism?

I shouldn't be surprised. The only excuse I can think of for the blatant disregard for most of these protesters best interests is ignorance and maybe just downright boredom.

That and maybe the “herd mentality” most people have.

Cause what rational excuse is there?


You know it's a sad day in the GOP when they decide their message is not only "tea bagging," but that they had to steal even that from the libertarian party.


  1. I don't think it is correct to say that the policies of the Republican party caused the recession. Many factors led to the current recession but one was certainly the actions of government, not just one party. Specifically, the belief by many congressmen and bureaucrats that owning a home is somehow a right helped facilitate the housing crisis. Too many people blame bankers who bought and sold these home loans and reserve no blame for the individuals who knowingly purchased homes they couldn't afford and the politicians who helped subsidize this activity. The causes of the recession are very complex and cannot be contributed to one political party.

  2. Of course it’s not completely the Republican parties fault (deregulation happened under Clinton), but you must admit it’s a bit hypocritical to try and attack Democrats for excessive spending when the biggest deficit EVER was run up under their watch.

    I also find it repugnant when people are quick to criticize, but offer no alternative (the Republican proposed budget was such a joke that even Republicans voted against it).

    Most critical debate is coming from within the Democratic Party. Maybe if the republicans focused more on the issue at hand rather then “tea bagging” the white house, I would view them in a more respectful light.

  3. You are correct about the spending habits of Republicans. Despite the claims of some, they are not the party of small government and free-market capitalism. Check out Stephen Slivinski's "Buck Wild: How the Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government."

    But excessive spending is not going to make our economy stronger. Government finances its spending by either borrowing it, taxing us, or creating it. The amount of money the government is currently borrowing is scary. That will eventually have to be paid back by future Americans and they will be worse off because of the debt.

    Equally encumbering are the taxes they levy on us. Excessive taxation inhibits growth by reducing the incentive to work, invest, and spend.

    Lastly, the amount of money the government is creating will come back as inflation that will erode the savings of millions and force us to pay higher prices for everyday goods.

    The Republicans are certainly hypocrites but someone has to speak out against this insanity.

  4. Excessive spending isn’t good for the country if it continued into the long term, but it’s necessary to get the economy moving in the now. Someone has to spend and right now most people aren’t able or willing to.

    And the taxes against us are not excessive. I don’t care what anyone says. (We have the lowest taxes of all developed nations.)

    The fact that most economics agree that spending is the only way to stimulate the economy, while some people continue to screech like dying banshees shows the ridiculousness of this whole situation.

    It may not be great or wonderful, but this stimulus is needed.

    And most of these people are buffoons.


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