The Tea Party protests are a series of nationally coordinated, locally organized protests across America in 2009.The protests are in opposition to various aspects of government spending, including the Homeowners Affordability and Stability Plan, the Troubled Assets Relief Program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009. The name "Tea Party" is a reference to the Boston Tea Party and is meant to convey feelings about the American revolution.
I did some research just to make sure this Wikipedia definition was true and in fact it is, they claim to not only be protesting Barack Obama and his policies but George Bush and his policies and the fact that the government is getting bigger and that the financing of AIG, GM, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Chrysler and so many other industries that have been bailed out is wrong and that we should not be getting out of this recession through huge gov't spending, but according to a USA Today article, by "build(ing) an anti-spending coalition around regular taxpayers". In an article by The New Straits Times Online, a woman by the name of Marilyn Henrity, who is 70 states that her money is disappearing and that she is tired of taxation without representation. In a Huffington Post article, a letter by Michael Steele is analyzed and the letter seems to be an endorsement by the Republican Party for the tea parties that are going on today:
Vice President Joe Biden said during the 2008 campaign that it is patriotic for Americans to pay more in taxes. Since taking over control of Washington, the Obama Democrats have decided we should all be more "patriotic" having passed or proposed more than $5 trillion in new spending and $1.4 trillion in new taxes.
I don't know about you, Jim, but I don't believe there is anything patriotic about giving more of your hard-earned money to the government to bankroll the liberal Democrats' agenda to increase spending to record levels, change the tax code to redistribute the wealth of working families, and destroy the savings of millions of middle-class Americans.
So on this Tax Day, April 15, the Republican National Committee is asking you, along with hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists across our country, to assert a real patriotic act by sending a virtual tea bag to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the tax, spend and borrow Democrats. Let them know enough is enough and you don't approve of their plan to pass the largest tax hike in American history.
OK, First of all to Marylin Henrity, you are complaining about your money disappearing, well at your age, not to be prejudice against seniors in any way, shape or form; but again as I was saying at your age the only money that you are probably getting is from Social Security and your retirement funds. Well just in case you have'nt noticed the economy is terrible, stocks are going down terribly and the reason all this is happening is because CEO's of huge companies were taking in major bonuses that they did'nt deserve, companies invested in risky stocks and many people were being greedy in terms of the things that they can afford or can't afford, in what way is that the Obama administration's fault if they were'nt even in office. Now you could have argued that politicians who were in power at that time should have taken action to reduce the risky spending but still keep this country's economy in a capitalist state but guess who that boils down all the way to. YOU AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! Because guess who was in power when signs of a recession started looming, Yes that's right PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH! At the same time you could argue that Democrats were serving in Congress as the majority but these signs started during his first tenure as president and guess who the majority in the Congress was at that time, Yes you guessed it right again THE REPUBLICANS! What I was just talking about before was your retirement funds that were previously in the stock market, now let's get to your Social Security. The gov't pays you money once you retire of course known as Social Security, but when the money that the gov't has continues to decrease what do you expect your Social Security to go up? But if I'm not mistaken (and I'm not too clear on the Social Security thing) the gov't pays you the same social security no matter what's going on in the economy, isn't that right? Now let's get to where you said that you were tired of taxation without representation. Now with Obama's current plan that he wants to put into effect soon, if you make $250,000 or less then your taxes will decrease, but if you make more than $250,000, in other words if you are wealthy then you pay more taxes. Not to judge by appearence but based on the footage that I saw on Fox News today from these protests, these look like typical Americans who probably most likely make less than $250,000; and again not to be judgemental but they did'nt look like rich people who own a whole bunch of houses and have a huge income. My point is IF ANYONE SHOULD BE COMPLAINING IT SHOULD BE THE WEALTHY PEOPLE NOT THESE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WHO WILL BE PAYING LESS TAXES. Also, notice how I used the word "WILL". Guess what? The Bush tax policies are still in effect, and guess who the raise in taxes came from GEORGE BUSH!!!! IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU SHOULD BE PROTESTING ABOUT IT'S THAT OBAMA HAS'NT CHANGED THE BUSH TAX POLICIES YET!!! NOT THAT OBAMA IS FORCING YOU TO PAY MORE TAXES NOT TO BE RUDE BUT ARE YOU GUYS OUT OF YOUR MINDS!!!! If you wanna use that quote from the Boston Tea Party back in the 1800's that would not be effective at all, because it's taxation WITH representation, for crying out loud GIVE THE GUY A BREAK! It seems like whatever Obama does, it's automatically bad because the Republicans say so. "Oh no, Obama got a dog, THATS TERRIBLE, fellow Republicans NEVER BUY A DOG AGAIN!" "Oh no, Michelle touched the Queen, Oh my God she is the worst first lady in the history of society as we know it" I mean what's next, "Oh no Obama IS actually American let's move to Canada" OH PLEASE WHAT KIND OF BS IS THAT!!!! STEP UP A LITTLE, Let's Stand TOGETHER and not Fall DIVIDED People.
Let me now address Michael Steele's letter, he states that he does'nt believe it's patriotic to pay taxes, I disagree with that, (but I guarantee if Dick Cheney said that the Republicans would have agreed and the Democrats would have gone bedlam YOU SEE THIS IS WHY I HATE POLITICS, EVERYONE IS ON THE OPPOSING PARTIES D!%K, HOP OFF! Sorry for being so wishy washy lol lemme get back to my liberal stance LOL) I actually believe that it is patriotic to pay taxes, because this is how we fund the gov't to help create new jobs, new infrastructure, help protect the people of this nation, create new technology for public use and for use of defense against other countries etc. Where will the gov't get the money to do that if we don't pay taxes? Growing marijuana and making it legal LOL? And when you think about it your helping someone that might not have been as blessed as you by paying taxes so the gov't can give out Medicad, food for homeless shelters, Social Security, Welfare (although many would argue that people don't work as hard because they know they can get welfare), food stamps and etc. Tell me how that does'nt make you feel good on the inside. And if you believe the Obama administration is corrupt for some reason, do you think they would be the first? I mean George Bush gave so many of his friends exclusive contracts in Iraq to make billions of $, Bill Clinton had an affair, Both Bushes fought in wars that were money wasters, Reagan used cheap tactics to get the economy smooth instead of finding a solution, but politicians no matter what the party will be politicians and if we can't trust them with our money then who can we trust honestly? (God! LOL These presidents I'm sure would have a guilty conscience should they do something to destroy this country because people put trust in them to help them but they did they opposite, believe me I know, it feels bad when you let a person down, imagine letting over 300 million people down)
To those that believe that the stimulus package was stupid becuase of so much gov't spending R U STUPID? To those who believe anti-spending tactics are gonna work R U STUPID? Lemme give you an example. For a business to run smoothly you must have someone (the owner or manager) who is willing to spend money to get a building for where the business will be, to research what industry you want to get into, to buy products to sell, and to get advertising so people can come to your business and be attracted by your business, and invest in your business by spending money in your business and buying products. If there is no one to buy products, then how the hell are you going to keep up with your expenses, that means you will have more expenses than income Does that make any sense? Is that a money-making venture? Well that's the situation the US is in and that is why as of 4/15/09 we are $11,172,298,738,031.41 in debt. Now Obama can't fix the debt situation and get it to millions, thousands, hundreds or even billions, but he can help reduce it by helping to get these stimulus packages going because in the long run if industries are making money and the private and public sectors are making money then the gov't can make money because it can charge more taxes. And I don't know if you teabaggers notice but "Fifty-three percent of Americans -- roughly the same percentage that elected Obama president -- told pollsters they approve of the recent government expansion, while 44 percent said they disapprove." according to a new Gallup poll released today.
Fox News is supposed to be a journalistic enterprise but as the years pass by Fox continues to grow into right-wing propaganda, although you gotta give credit to Fox for continuing to market to the 49% of the people who did'nt vote for Barack Obama because those people are more politically active than the 51% who did vote for Obama, (due to the fact that there were more young people involved) and if you are more politically active then you are more likely to watch FOX Noise, I mean Fox News than say MTV, BET, TNT, USA, ESPN etc. and in the end that all equals better ratings and more money. In order for MSNBC and CNN (more leanent towards to Obama) to attract more viewers they must reach out to those youngsters who voted for Obama because they are probably watching MTV, BET, TNT, USA, ESPN etc., or maybe if one of them were to lean independent or straight news no opinion or bias, which in my opinion none of them do, then I believe it would help because technically MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and HLN (all more liberal leaning cable nets) are splitting viewers with themselves and entertainment networks. Also, in my opinion Fox News should seperate their news programming from their opinion programming becuase you can not be considered a news network if you have people on during your news programming promoting right-wing tea parties
Finally, I think it's dumb to have these tea parties because it is breaking up the Republican party. First of all, according to the organizers this is a party to protest against Dems and REPUBLICANS not just Dems, despite that "fact" the GOP still supports this cause (WEIRD!). Second of all, prominent Republicans like Fat Rush, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Michael Steele etc. did not and will not speak at these parties, instead Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, who are rumored to be starting a third party or bringing the Libertarians to prominense, are the major supporters and/or speakers at these parties. Obama's approval ratings are the highest in the world besides Brazil's president, and the first lady's are even HIGHER! If the Republicans want to even think about winning in 2012, this type of seperation better stop because if Newt and Paul start their own party then the votes will probably be split with the Republicans because they basically have the same beliefs, it would be a redo of the '92 and '96 Clinton elections when Ross Perot who was a right-winger challenged George Bush Senior and Bob Dole respecitvely. Liberals are LMAO about these parties so the only people it's hurting are U GUYS! I leave you with 2 videos from David Shuster of MSNBC on Countdown about Conservative Teabagging!
By the way here are all the web links I used for this report:
By the way these right-wingers better not go too far with these protests, I honestly thought we would see riots or something or huge carnage in the city whoever won because there was so much hatred in this election due to B.O's skincolor, you may disagree with B.O. and his policies but don't take it to the level of hatred and violence, and that also goes for B.O. supporters. Let's be leaders not followers becuase right now the whole world is following the Chinese. If the Chinese give up there investments in Africa, the US and Europe and even in parts of Asia we could see a huge economic crisis coming. A recession even bigger than the one we are in right now. Oh God, I don't even want to imagine, anyways just keep praying.
-God is Love. Stay Breezy. Stay Cool. Peace and Adios.