Tea Party Movement Gains Momentum
Of course, what’s interesting about the Tea Party movement, whatever its success, is that it is pretty much about what it says it is - lower taxes and less government spending. A lot of people, Republican and Democrat, are concerned about our escalating debt and what this might mean for future generations. This is clearly a serious subject for serious discussion from whatever side of the issue you fall out on, but… no matter… the moment something gains momentum out comes the derangement crowd. In a certain way, it’s a sign of success. Roger Simon http://pajamasmedia.com
Taxed Enough Already (TEA) information can be found at http://taxdayteaparty.com (Be patient with URL, as the server is getting double duty on US Tax deadline day!) The web site has a state-by-state “find a tea party in your state” list of cities that the grassroots movement has sprung up in, and where the Tea Party (round 2) will be held. In this blog, we posted about the original Rick Santelli (CNBC business reporter) on his ‘rant and rave’ about higher gov’t spending and too much government, and his call for a Chicago Tea Party (March 3rd post). On February 27th, a number of 1st round Tea Party protests and rallies were held. Now the second round is planned for US Tax day: the April 15th deadline to pay your 2008 income taxes.
In Colorado, Tea Party events are to be held in Colorado Springs, Craig, Delta, Denver, Durango, Loveland, Montrose, Grand Junction, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Steamboat Springs, Walsenburg and Woodland Park. (Blogger note: Boulder and Aspen are absent from list. Do the fine residents of these towns really think all is well, and taxes are too low?)
In New Mexico, Tea Party events are to be held on April 15th in Artesia, Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Roswell, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Silver City and Taos.
Meanwhile the political left is trying their level best to discount, diminish and dumb down the Tea Party political movement. In fact at the Huffington Post, “citizen journalists” can sign up to cover the Tea Parties: “The Huffington Post wants to have citizen journalists at as many of these events as possible. If you think you'd be interested in attending one of the Tea Parties and reporting back to us with dispatches, photos, or video, click here to sign up. We'll contact you shortly with further instructions.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com
We’ll contact you shortly with further instructions? From whom? To really cover the Tea Party events, or just try to discount this grass roots American movement?
Back to the Tea Party movement. Many Americans, from the political left and right, Republican & Democrat, independent and other political parties are alarmed as the massive US Government spending, expansion of Federal programs coming from Washington DC and the Congressional appetite for more spending, more taxes and more government “top down” solutions. Thus the Tea Party movement.
On April 14th, at the National Press Club http://npc.press.org the Citizens Against Government Waste http://www.cagw.org gave their annual press conference on the 2009 Pig (pork) Book. This well researched document (available from the web site) details wasteful US government spending and pork. While it is disappointing for taxpayers to read, the annual Pig Book details the members of Congress and their pork spending ways. You can find the “Porker of the Year” and the other details on the big spenders in the Congress.
Let’s look at what the wasteful government spending leads to: Higher taxes at the local, state and Federal level. In 2008, the “Cost of Government Day” was July 16th. According to Citizens Against Government Waste, “Cost of Government Day for 2008 is July 16. Americans now work more than half of the year 197 days to pay their share of the cost of government with 84 of those days due to federal spending alone. This year, the average American will need to work an additional 16 days out of the year to pay off his or her cost of government compared to 2000 and four days compared to last year.”
Will the massive spending in 2009 push the “Cost of Government Day” into August?
If you are tired of more government programs, irresponsible spending and inevitable tax increases, we’ll see you tomorrow at the Tea Party event near you.
© 2009, Jasper Welch, Four Corners Media, www.jasperwelch.org