In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tea Party Amnesia
Give them credit. The anti-tax crowd is doing a masterful job of orchestrating a series of nationwide "Tea Parties" to protest the tax policies of the new Obama administration. They'll have all the right visuals for the TV news hounds and they'll hit all the "right" rhetorical buttons to whip up the masses into an anti-government fervor. Plus our capitol steps will be graced by Joe the Plummer. Be still our hearts. While it may be appropriate to take a shot at the new president, where were these folks when the Bush administration was in office? Guess their grievances only count when a democrat is in the White House. For example the Tea Party crowd complains about 8 0selling our debt to China." This did not start on Mr. Obama's watch. For example, they grip about "earmarks for special interest groups." This did not start on Mr. Obama's watch. For example, they complain about leaving a debt to our great grand children. Wow. This did not start on Mr. Obama's watch and neither did their complaint about lawmakers not reading the $500 billion tax bill. Come on. Not reading a bill is a time-honored tradition in the nation's capitol hardly unique to this administration. And then in a fitting rage of anger, the anti tax bunch is upset that they are "taking from your family budget to pay for their federal budget." First of all it is "our" federal budget and=2 0secondly taking money from your budget and giving to the feds is hardly a new concept. So it will be grand that the Tea-types exercise their right of free speech on April 15th, but while they are at it, they should tell the media and the public that they have a bad case of amnesia, too.