What do you think when you hear someone forcefully complain about something, which ultimately isn’t true? What goes through your mind when you hear an adamant complaint about someone, knowing that the person doing the complaining has a hero which is far more guilty of the accusation? You would have to assume that the person is either hiding their real prejudice or they are grossly misled.
This is the only conclusion I can come to after watching coverage of today’s tea bag party on television.
I’m still trying to find out what exactly the tea bag party protesters are protesting. Is it high taxes? Do they know that President Obama has passed the largest tax cut in American History? As he promised during his campaign for President, he has cut taxes for 95% of working Americans. Republicans aren’t happy with this, because it was not a tax cut for the rich.
Are they protesting the increasing Federal deficit? They were silent when President Bush took a BUDGET SURPLUS and turned it into the LARGET BUDGET DEFICIT American has ever known. A budget deficit greater than all PREVIOUS DEFICITS COMBINED! A budget deficit run up during a strong, growing economy. The total predicted increase in the budget deficit during the next 4 years is less than the increase during the Bush years, and it is during A RECESSION, which is the greatest factor in deficit spending.
Where were the Republicans then? Were they holding tea bag parties? No. Were they protesting Big Government? No. Were they calling the man responsible for this incredible growth in the size and power of government a socialist or a communist? No. They were oddly silent. In fact, they called anyone opposed to the policies of this man an enemy of America.
The only logical conclusion is that they are now protesting because they hate President Obama, since none of their other arguments hold water. Why do they hate President Obama? Your guess is as good as mine!
This false protest further cements the fact that the Republican Party is a small minority faction made up of either greatly prejudiced people, or greatly misled people.
» left by JL from US (4 years 248 days ago.)
I am participating in a tea party rally, and I don't hate Obama. That generalization is incorrect. Do some checking and you will be able to find democrats currently in office that are participating,whether to save their jobs, or because they truly disagree with the direction the country is taking.
» left by Ronyae(1) (4 years 248 days ago.)
Puzzled on the direction of this write. Although, your opinion is welcomed in this 'free will' world, but what drives this writing?
» left by Anonymous (4 years 248 days ago.)
Not a fan of Obama, but don't hate him. Not a fan of greedy, corrupt people in private business or the public sector, and there are certainly plenty of these people in both parties.The research I've done does not support some of the facts you've present above, but you're entitled to your opinion. I just want less goverment intervention everywhere, and that's not where Obama's leading this country.If you were watching t.v. at all when the AID bonus fiasco was going on, I think you'd see few Republicans were protesting in the streets. A great number of these people were UAW or other union folks and just ordinary working class people, not usually the people I'd associate with membership in the Republican party, but I could be mistaken.I'm not sure what the tea bag thing is going to accomplish either, but when the American people, from which ever party, began to stalk some of the executives who received AIG bonuses, some of the execs decided to give their bonus back. Guess protesting can work, depending on how it's done.
» left by Teresa Ortiz (4 years 248 days ago.)
Hi, I admire your passion. But your statements are not entirely correct. Obama has spent more in the first few months of office than bush did in his eight years.You are entitled to your opinion, but it is a far stretch to say all who participated in this tea party are Obama haters.Good writing.Blessings to you! Teresa
» left by Tex Norman(60) (4 years 248 days ago.)
The tea bag protests are in one sense just the anti-tax crazies that come out every tax season because they hate taxes. Of course these crazies usually hold their protests in parks created and maintained by tax dollars. These nuts use cops to maintain order and protect them, and, obviously law enforcement exists because of tax dollars, yet tea bag protesters hate taxes and so they show up on tax day to protest taxes. The fact that their taxes have not gone up, at least not yet, unless you're a smoker, and that the taxes on the middle class will go DOWN, and the taxes on the rich will go up to the levels they were at under the Clinton administration, doesn't seem to matter to the tea bag crowd. What is alarming is that this year, the tea bag crowd is being joined by the Republican Party. The Republican Party a major political party is associating itself with the tea bag crowd.The head of the Republican Party, Michael Steele, when asked about the tea bag folk said that he disagreed with Joe Biden when the vice president said paying taxes was patriotic. Mr. Steele said he saw nothing patriotic about paying more of your money to the government.Is this the head of one of our major political parties saying that is UNpatriotic to pay our taxes. Is the head of the Republican Party advocating that people break the law, and refuse to pay their taxes?Some of your comments here point out that there are Democrats that support this tea bag protest, and that is probably true, but it doesn't make the protest any less silly.Many of the wrongs voiced by the tea bag folk were just as wrong when similar stuff happened under the Bush administration, yet these protesters didn't seem to mind before. Why would they let some stuff go when Bush did it, but not when Obama's administration does it? Is it race? Sometimes that is what is behind the protest.But I think the real motivation behind the tea bag revolution is anger over the AIG and bank/insurance bailout money. It is the mishandling of the TARP money by Bush, Congress, and the Treasury Secretary that took an event that always happens around April 15th and made it a bigger event this year.My sadness is for the Republican Party that is joining in with the Libertarians, Militia/survivalists, and just regular ole tax haters. The Republican Governor of Texas is actually saying, and implying that he supports this NO TAX movement and may advocate for the session of Texas from the Union. If you think this is proper talk for elected officials and Republican party leadership then so be it. As for me, I think it is crazy, revolutionary talk.
» left by Connor Davidson (4 years 248 days ago.)
Great article. Well done.I see what you are saying but I still prefer Obama to Bush. I think we need to give him more time before we can judge him indefinitely.
» left by Rebecca Park Totilo (4 years 247 days ago.)
Do you have any constructive ways to cut tax-spending? I think we need to look at what we are doing to our future.
» left by Sandra E. Graham (4 years 246 days ago.)
Great article, Vince. I understand their protest was Obama administration over-spending. But I didn't see them dumping any tea when Bush got us into the trillion dollar debt we're in now.Sandra
» left by robert melaccio sr. (4 years 228 days ago.)
Sorry Vince, you sound more republican then the republicans. Hate has no boundries and we should all stand for truth regardles of person or party. How strange we can't seem to get past that?
» left by John from Pittsburgh (4 years 167 days ago.)
I personally think 80% of people are sheep when it comes to politics. That goes for the left and the right. The right is riding this "socialism" thing, when most are babbling like fourth graders who know nothing about the different forms of government across the world. The leftist also babble about stupid crap when they are not in power. It is no different. However, I do agree that most of these arguments going on are very stupid. I really think they are there because Fox news is telling them "dat dare socialist has takin over Amerika, Git em!"