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There’s been a lot of hype about tea parties lately and I just want to give my opinion on the whole thing.
I have been researching the economy’s problems and solutions, listening to political voices and talking to family and friends. I don’t watch hours of CNN or talk shows every day but I do stay up on current affairs in the news, catch the occasional O’Reilly on TV and listen to Bill Cunningham on radio. I consider myself an informed citizen, which I find rare these days.
I thought as a college student I would be forced to know about politics and government business to stay up on conversation. Now, I think the majority of college students almost never talk about important news. The things most students I’ve ran into talk about is the latest gossip or their favorite TV show. While I’m a fan of Grey’s Anatomy and The Office, like anyone else, I think it’s crazy most of my friends watch MTV Cribs and the Real World more in one day than they watch the news or an educational channel in a week.
But, then again, I guess that’s another story.
Everyone knows what the 1773 Boston Tea Party was about (at least I would hope) so I want to tell you about the current tea party and what I think it stands for and why.
Mike Wilson, leader of the Cincinnati Tea Party, said they stand for three things: limited government, free market and fiscal responsibility. I think that about sums it up.
Now onto why and first, let me preface this with: I’m not an Obama basher! Bad spending started with the Bush administration, I know. No one made a fuss about it because we could afford to be careless with our money. However, the bad spending has progressed with Obama and is affecting our pockets. Just because I support the Tea parties doesn’t mean I’m conservative or liberal or what-have-you. This is about the people (all the people) talking to the government about how they are handling our money, our time and our future.
These are the things I don’t like right now:
I don’t like how the government is “bribing” states into passing laws and bills with many earmarks for stimulus money.
I don’t like how the government is confiscating property from private businesses. Everyone agrees that the bonuses AIG gave were in bad taste but here’s the thing, they are a private business. Since when did the government have the right to step in and take control of private businesses?
I don’t like czars. Period.
I don’t like how Obama keeps breaking promises and blaming it on the Bush administration. OK, the Bush administration didn’t handle our money properly and put us in a hole but hello, shouldn’t our elected president have known all of this before he started promising to not tax people who made $250,000 per year or less? During elections, Obama promised he would cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans making $250,000 per year or less and the tax increase only would apply to the top 5 percent of Americans who were making over $250,000 per year.
Well, then tell me why Obama fully supported passage of the House Cap and Trade tax bill that was recently passed. Without saying all the madness with this bill, like how it is 1,300 pages long, I will tell you it could increase the electric billing $2,000 for each household. (That is affecting citizens who are making $250,000 or less, isn’t it?)
“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that Obama’s policies would cause government spending to swell above historic levels producing huge annual budget deficits that would force the nation to borrow nearly $9.3 trillion over the next decade.” Washington Post, March 21.
$9.3 trillion dollars aka “change.”
We used to be the nation other countries borrowed from. Now we are and will be borrowing with little hope to pay back.
The Tea Party organization is for true, informed citizens who notice bad choices the government is making and want to change it for their future and their children’s future.
Anyone who has read our Constitution knows that the founding fathers wanted a limited government. The government shouldn’t have more power than the people. So, now that they are screwing up, we need to speak out.
I will leave with a quote from Thomas Jefferson who understood what a government should be for, the people, “When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, that’s when you have liberty.”
(Jenny Johnson is the Kentucky Press Assosciation intern for the Grant County News. She can be reached at 824-3343.)