On the Recent Tea Parties

The recent “tea parties” were an interesting event attended by a conglomeration of people. Whether it was a political-party event or not, I ask this to those who sincerely attended about concerns about government spending: Would you have attended if the rally was held during 2001-2006 span?

  • If so, abandon your party and then join and vote Libertarian.
  • If not, you attended for partisan reasons.

John Avlon’s closing paragraph about the topic is a great point.

In his closing remarks to the New York rally, all-but-announced 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich hopefully pointed out that the tea parties of 1773 were just a beginning. But for these Tax Day protests to have any lasting positive effect, they will need to widen their targets to a repudiation of the Republican Party’s Bush-era contempt for balanced budgets, their pork-barrel spending, and first-round TARP bailouts. They will need to be willing to work with President Obama and centrist Democrats if the promised move toward entitlement reform emerges. Any credible transpartisan movement to restore a sense of generational responsibility to our politics first needs to prove that is not the puppet of partisan ambitions. That’s a modern declaration of independence our Founding Fathers might smile upon.

Economic basics tells us that government monies should stimulate the economy during difficult times, which it’s trying to do. On the other hand, economic basics also says that government needs to get out of the way during growth periods, which is something that it seldom does.

Today’s times are unique because never before have we faced the need for government spending while possessing a large deficit; and it is obvious that the many people would rather blame the current administration than the general practice of the past 40 years. Hence a trivia question, name the presidents (since Nixon) that left office with a smaller deficit than they inherited.

So President Obama is freezing the cabinet budgets. Ho hum because it is a pebble in the Grand Canyon. I appreciate columnist David Brook’s words in a recent column.

Obama imposes hard choices on others, but has postponed his own. He presented an agenda that bleeds red ink a trillion dollars at a time. Now he seems passive as Congress kills his few revenue ideas (cap and trade) and spending cuts (agricultural subsidies). Huge fiscal gaps are opening this decade that can’t be closed by distant entitlement reform. They can’t be closed by cynical Potemkin cuts, a few million at a time.