“Tax Day” on April 15 is taking on a deeper meaning this year. Across the country “Tea Parties” are being organized in opposition to the Obama economic agenda of what is considered wasteful spending, bailouts, pork, and just plain generational theft. The number of people who now believe that Obama’s economic policies are wasteful, harmful and counter-productive is growing. They believe these policies will lead to higher taxes, increased unemployment, hyper-inflation, massive deficits and expanded government.
So what to do? Obama has this Congress in his back pocket, so that won’t work. Thus the “Tea Parties.” For those in Washington state, you can find out more information here, or check out all the different sites (32 at my last count) across Washington. If you want nation-wide information, you can find it here.
The MSM (Main Stream Media) have largely ignored this happening, except for this morning’s column in the NY Times (of course) by Paul Krugman. He tears into the Republican party, and links the “Tea Parties” to the GOP. I guess he did not read the press release by Tea Party organizers. They, in effect, told the Republican National Chairman Michael Steele to “stay home.” The organizers are emphasizing that this national activity on Wednesday is a nonpartisan event, not an RNC event.
So…on with the “Tea Parties.” If you want to take part in these activities, go to the web sites noted above and participate.
This current Tea Party movement was triggered, in part, by the impassioned comments by CNBC reporter Rick Santelli in February concerning the lastest bailout. These sparks lit a wildfire, which has grown into these current Tea Parties. James Leggette in “Tea Parties, Tax Revolts and Real Change” talks about the history of “Tea Parties” going all the way back to the “Boston Tea Party.”
Today’s political leaders, on both sides of the fence, need to take note. These “parties” could be the beginning of a huge groundswell of political activism that could have far more impact than is currently envisioned. Just perhaps…