Tea-bagging the Tea Party

I was going to write a big old long blog post commenting on how I feel about the geniuses protesting today at the tea parties. But then I realized, the Utah Democratic Party basically summed it up for me, so I stole this from them. Below this are my own comments. If you care.

Utah Democratic Party’s Response to “Tea Party”
As a party with a record of fiscal responsibility, Democrats understand the anxiety people are feeling over ballooning deficits. In January 2001 when Bill Clinton left office, it was projected that by now our national debt would be paid off. Instead, Republicans decided to cut taxes for those with top annual incomes and now we are facing record debt
The premise of these corporately funded, Fox News and right-wing radio orchestrated “Tea Parties” is that conservatives now can be trusted to spend our money wisely. They propose we put off needed investments in infrastructure, education, energy and healthcare during the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. The decreased spending will magically revive a declining economy instead of driving up unemployment rates and thereby driving down consumer spending, and digging a deeper hole in revenue.

“Tea Party” participants complain a great deal about taxes. As of April 1st nearly one million Utahns began receiving a tax cut that will total more than $500 million. This tax cut took effect immediately in the form of less income tax withheld from workers’ paychecks. The only member of Utah’s congressional delegation to vote for Obama’s tax cut was Congressman Jim Matheson. Congressmen Bishop and Chaffetz, both speakers at today’s “Tea Party”, voted against this tax cut for struggling Utah middle class families.
According to Utah Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland, Bishop and Chaffetz’s vote against a tax cut for working Utah families was a real slap in the face. “Over the past eight years the average working family has seen their income decline by about $2,000 and their healthcare costs mushroom. Meanwhile the wealthiest one percent of Americans saw their income literally explode and their taxes cut.” Chairman Holland concludes, “Utah deserves representation that will stand up for working families when they need it most. By voting against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Bishop and Chaffetz both failed us.”
Republicans in the Utah legislature dutifully voted against any proposal that involved increasing anything with the word “tax” in it including: gas taxes, cigarette taxes, centrally assessed property taxes that hit big business, income taxes, or severance taxes. Instead, they decided to increase the cost of nearly everything else: vehicle registration fees, business fees, court fees, college tuition, public employee health insurance co-pays and premiums, public school student fees, and even marriage license fees.
Utah Democrats have been a consistent voice against the ballooning of the national debt during the Bush years. It’s these past Bush and Republican policies – and not the Recovery and Reinvestment Act – that is to blame for the current economic and fiscal crisis. Some of the Bush policy supporters speaking at the downtown SaltLake “Tea Party” should be the focus of participant’s rage.
I want to know where these protestors were during the Bush adminstration when Bush expanded the government so it was basically the biggest government in American history. I want to know where the protestors were when Bush put us trillions of dollars in debt when Clinton handed us a surplus at the end of his administration. I want to know where the protestors were when Bush was handing out bail-outs left and right with no government oversight and accountability, which led to AIG executives having over-inflated bonuses. People who are loyal to the party and not to the principles of the party are hypocrites. Back when Bush was president and the damn Democrats in office stood idly by and did NOTHING to stop him from over-spending, expanding government, starting pointless wars with countries that DIDN’T attack us, cutting the rich’s taxes while increasing the middle class’ taxes, and dropping the ball on Hurrican Katrina, I REFUSED to call myself a Democrat. I was so ashamed of them. If you really believe in the principles of your party, you fight for those principles, not the leader behind your party abjectly abusing and crapping all over your principles to retain power.
So really, all I gotta say protestors, is that I support your right to protest. Thank goodness we live in a country where dissent is welcome. We have the right to speak ill of our leaders and criticize them when we think they are doing our country harm (unless, of course, you’re a Democrat and the president is a Republican). But the real reason you’re protesting is your guy lost. You lost people! It’s time to put on your big boy panties and get over it. We held an election and your side lost. Suffice it to say that when the person you disagree with gets elected, you’re going to disagree with the policies they set forth. That’s just logical. And unless and until the Republicans put forth a viable plan to recover the economy that doesn’t include tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, they can shut the hell up.
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One thought on “Tea-bagging the Tea Party

  1. I love how you and I are like E.T. and Elliot. You can be Elliot if you want. I’m cool with being the Alien. Because I JUST wrote a blog about this exact same thing. I absolutely love it! Yippee! Wasn’t protesting deamed “Un American” back between 2000-2008? Silly conservatives! I thought these colors didn’t bleed!

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