The Tea Party Movement Message - Reduce Taxes, Reduce Debt, Reduce Spending
It seems to be taking a while for some of the more sophisticated people to figure it out but the ordinary working American citizens seem to get the message very quickly - stop the bloated bureaucracies and fat-cat spending, stop spending money we don’t have, stop raising our taxes for an inefficient government that is getting less and less done and bankrupting the country in the process.
Yes you can reduce taxes and reduce the debt when it is part of an overall strategy - now known as the Tea Party Movement - that reduces the size of government, the wasteful spending of bloated bureaucracies, and reduces taxes creating an environment where individuals thrive, enjoy the fruits of their labor, and feel directly the strong incentive provided in a republic democracy with free markets where anyone can rise to the top - these are the Tea Party ideas.
This country has seen many examples such as the large numbers of Indochinese immigrants who have arrived penniless and then made their way to the top by the tried and true methods of studying hard, working hard, living responsibly and honestly, and creating opportunities in a free country and then seeing their dreams and ambitions come to fruition - all this while being given nothing for free except the grand opportunity to live in a free country that guarantees everyone has an equal chance to work hard to improve their lives so that they may thrive and prosper.
“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” --Benjamin Franklin
Believe in the American People - A Tea Party Movement Mantra
They may even fail along the way, and when they do there is no government to prop them up, give them a bailout. If there was sure it would be nice, but it really wouldn’t work because for one thing they would have to pay much, much higher taxes so their government would have the money to bail everyone out, and secondly the government would be bailing an ever increasing number of people out of their troubles because businesses would not do everything they could to avoid failing since the consequence was not that great with a bailout waiting as soon as they couldn’t pay their bills and make their business efficient, their products desirable for purchase, or their services competitive and reliable amongst the competition.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” --George Washington
A Continual State of Dependency Weakens a Democracy
When seen in this light the bailout is the most inhumane thing a government can do as it places the recipient in a continual state of dependency and thus they will never have the pride of the true “pursuit of happiness” but will languish in a state of impotency made ever weaker by the gradual loss of all incentive and motivation. This is true for the largest Wall Street firms and ordinary American citizens, though certainly the society should help to provide for those who are unable to work or have suffered some misfortune beyond their control - we are humane and generous people.
“Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” --Thomas Jefferson
Tea Party Ideas - Should the Government Let People Get Fat or Put a Tax It?
When government sees fits to regulate and tax every aspect of a person’s life, creating mountains of new laws that need to be enforced, taxes that need to be collected, and money to be redistributed - or at least what is left of it after the “administrators” finish counting it and dividing it up amongst themselves to pay for their offices, cars, meals, insurance, media campaigns, etc. - then that government will be an ever increasing drain on the people’s energy as it siphons away the fruits of their labor for the ones who work hard and diminishes the incentive and competitive innovations of those who receive the redistribution.
“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” --Thomas Jefferson, 1774
Tea Party Ideas - Why the Tea Party is Fiscally Responsible with a Heart
Unlike some previous attempts at diminished government interference in people’s lives, the Tea Party Movement keeps its passion for those who are less fortunate. A society will always have its social ills that need the help of the government to try to right wrongs, help those who have suffered great misfortunes, provide assistance for the poor, sick and elderly - a country needs to take care of its own.
The Tea Party Movement is not concerned with diminishing the support for those who really need it. Instead they are concerned with trimming off the very, very thick levels of fat around the bellies of the bureaucracies that are sinking the American ship with their obese taxing and spending - there is clearly a point at which this is in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and there are many ways to make the case.
“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws - the first growing out of the last...A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.” --Alexander Hamilton, 1794
Tea Party Ideas - An Efficient Government Allows for an Efficient Citizenry
In a healthy economy and with an efficient government there will be plenty of money to give a leg-up to those in society who really need it - and by the way that group does not include people on Wall Street or people who made ridiculous home purchases with no money and little to no income and who were gleeful when they found a mortgage company dumb enough to lend to them.
Many of the people who engineered a sub-prime loan purely based on a speculation that the housing market would climb and climb are the same people who did not take care to live within their means in their personal lives. It is just like a business in the free market - the owner’s incentive to win out against competitors ensures their responsible practices and efficient methods.
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” --Thomas Jefferson
Tea Party Ideas - How to Buy a Home in America
In the past American citizens knew from a young age that there was a way to own a home. First you start saving for a downpayment, you try to work hard at your job and advance so you can show a stable income, and you don’t live beyond your means so that your credit stays good and reflects upon your character as someone who should be trusted with a huge loan. That way you can buy a house, and that way your business will win out over its competitors.
People will visit your store rather than your competitors because you have taken pains to greet each customer, to deal with any problems they may have with your products so they come back over and over again.
That way you can soon open another store, and then another, or perhaps one really big store if that is what your due diligence and market research shows is the best step to take in a competitive market in a free country where competition thrives to the benefit of the customers as well as the business owners who have absolutely no restrictions on how successful they may become. Any single person in the United States could become the richest person in the world.
In the Past Our Government Showed Healthy Passion for Helping Less Fortunate
As if the opportunity afforded to every American wasn’t enough, the U.S. government has long had in place very helpful programs for first time home buyers so they could overcome the hurdle of getting that first mortgage. Income and credit requirements were already eased, poor people were given generous assistance.
One could simply not argue that poorer people had no chance of owning a home because with even a modicum of a downpayment and some efforts at meeting the requirements, a reasonably priced home was in the reach of a vast majority of the populace.
Tea Party Ideas - First and Foremost ... Common Sense
It wasn’t until the Wall Street bankers figured out a way to make a vast amount of money off the American people and American government that they started doling out the sub-prime loans for huge amounts to completely unqualified buyers that it caused a severe increase in home prices (why not, everyone wanted to buy them), and this in turn put a “reasonably priced home” out of the reach of those who were struggling financially and may have been able to buy a home before the price run-up.
And they would have been able to buy it the proper way, by their own honest efforts and perhaps with a reasonable and gentle amount of assistance from the government, an amount of assistance that provided more and not less incentive for these economically struggling folks, many of whom in the past were able to improve and maintain that first home, pay it off, and proceed to move up the ladder of opportunity America provides.
Will the Tea Party Form its Own Party?
Since the Tea Party is not a registered political party it’s name has not yet appeared on any ballots. The candidates that have been supported by the Tea Party have been Republican, but one could argue that these were candidates who supported Tea Party ideas and not Tea Partiers who supported Republican ideas.
With many Republicans now feeling somewhat secure in the notion that they can ride the Tea Party wave to victory, there is also a danger now, to them in particular, that if the Tea Party creates its own party it will compete most directly with them, siphoning off votes much like Ross Perot did with his
Facts and Suppositions About the Tea Party Movement
They have been holding rallies and demonstrations numbering hundreds of events throughout the country.
They’re better educated than the population overall, and they’re passionate about their cause. Some say they are “angry” about the way things are going with the government, reflecting their very strong opinion about the country’s direction and the continuing prospects of increasing taxes, spending, deficits and debt.
They are generally part of the anti-Obama vote due to the huge spending bills he has supported, and they are largely a part of the anti-incumbent vote wanting to oust many Republicans as well as Democrats. They don’t like Congress because of their bloated spending and back-room deals.
An April, 2010 CBS/New York Times poll found that within the larger group of Tea Party supporters was a much smaller subset of people, about 20%, who have either donated money to the Tea Party movement or attended a Tea Party rally or demonstration. These are referred to as Tea Party activists.
Remember to take these following statements with a grain of salt because there are many variables in polling and how a poll is run and who is being polled as well as the pollsters themselves. Also the opinions and percentages may have changed considerably since that time. Presumably the many Republican victories and victories of Republicans backed by the Tea Party resulted in an improved opinion of the country’s direction overall.
In any case, the poll concluded that about half of all Tea Party supporters consider themselves to be angry about the country’s direction as led by our government in Washington D.C., though among Tea Party activists the number was more than 70%.
The Tea Party activists are more pessimistic about Obama and the direction he has taken the country than the Tea Party supporters overall (New York Times/CBS poll).
About four in ten Tea Party supporters feel they pay too much income tax while more than five in ten activists feel that way.
More than 62% of Tea Party activists were pessimistic about the economy (e.g., it is still getting worse) and the job availability outlook in the United States.
One interesting finding has been that half of the Tea Party activist group has an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party and only four in ten have a favorable opinion. Yet Sixty percent of Tea Party supporters usually or always vote Republican, and seventy-five percent of the Tea Party supporters consider themselves to be conservative and about 40% very conservative. About 40% are Independents while only five percent are Democrats (about a third of the adult population is Democrat).
About half of the Tea Party supporters said that decreasing the federal government’s role was the top priority of the Tea Party movement, while 7% the goal was to elect Tea Party candidates to public office. Half think Sarah Palin will make a good president, but only 40% of Tea Party supporters feel that way.
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