In the beginning, here’s what I want
November 6, 2010 Leave a comment
On April 15, 2009, a friend of mine and I went to what would turn out to be one of hundreds of Tea Parties. The party officially started in early February, 2009, when Rick Santelli, a reporter for CNBC, made a spur-of-the-moment comment about how Americans need to bring back the tea party due to increasing government creep into the markets. He made the comments on the floor of the mercantile exchange in Chicago as traders cheered in the background.
Tea parties began to pop up in Arizona and Seattle. It was decided, somehow and some way, that Tax Day, April 15 would be the coming out party for Americans tired of watching others protest. A friend and I took a personal day from work, went to the Capitol in Oklahoma City, and joined several thousand others in a peaceful, non-partisan demonstration: this wasn’t about Democrats or Republicans, it was about government run amok.
It wasn’t about the President per se, certainly not his race. Rather, it was about out-of-control spending – started by the GOP and Pres. Bush – and government control. Lest we forget, though: the budget deficit was $168 billion under the last Congress controlled by the GOP, while it now stands at more than $1 trillion after four years of Democrat control of Congress, and two years of a Democrat in the White House.
Don’t worry, Liberals, we’re weeding out the Republicans too – we just needed to get a few dozen of your guys out of the way first.
Anyway, I’ve been to a couple of smaller protests since then, but the Tea Party moved forward at a blinding pace. When Fred-6 and the Democrats decided to make “health care reform” their top priority, the train came off the tracks. Through a series of legislative bribes, backroom deals, and late night votes, the Democrats finally passed a bill none of them had actually read, a staggering collection of verbiage that, left in effect, will affect the health care of every man, woman and child in this country.
The Democrats weren’t even close to done. Along the way, they bailed out automakers (and then lied about how the automakers were doing), lenders and certain homebuyers. They made it more expensive to employ people, incentivized staying out of work with ludicrous extensions to unemployment. There was “cash for clunkers,” there was the extortion of BP via the Executive Branch of the Federal government, and yes, there was an remains the looming threat to tax carbon emissions, to nationalize our nation’s energy, and to tax everything.
This is a small list, incomplete.
Tuesday was the first phase of the American people, not just the Conservative ones, saying enough already.
Don’t misread this. The Democrats are to blame, but many Republicans are no better. They offered little help to first-time candidates while backing RINO candidates loathed by the GOP base. Charlie Crist, Mike Castle, Lisa Murkowski – the list goes on and on. Americans spent ’10 taking down horrid GOP candidates in primaries and horrid Democrats in the general election. We lost a few we possibly could have won, but the results were otherwise astounding – from the local level to the national level, it was a so-called tsunami, and it’s only just begun.
Vilified as racists, xenophobes, bigots, fascists, Nazis, homophobes, misogynists and Luddites, we’ve marched on. As Liberals throw a hissy fit for all the world to see, we’ve now already got our eyes on four ready-for-the-taking Democrat seats in the Senate and a half-dozen more that are ready-to-turn-red, to say nothing of the few Blue Dogs who got back into the House by the hair on their chinny-chin-chins.
Better yet, a lot of Democrats aren’t going to be so gung-ho about rubber-stamping every idea that comes out of Fred-6’s mouth – his messianic days are over, and the malaise is already setting in like reverse fairy dust across the fruited plains.
Along with the Congress there is the White House, which is the key to turning back an avalanche of disastrous Democrat policy – foreign and domestic – and the question of who the GOP will ultimately back and pick. I’ll leave that question for another day.
The real question is this: what do Tea Party types want, exactly?
If anything, the theme is get the hell out of the way. We want elected officials and unelected bureaucrats and czars to quit making things harder to get done. We want them out of our food, our light bulbs, our televisions, and we want them to keep their damn hands off the oil companies, the car companies, the banks, and most certainly the Internet.
I’m not associated with an organized Tea Party group, but I tend to agree with who emerges as the typical “tea party” candidate, spokesman, etc. The two most prominent national politicians associated with the tea parties are Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman, both of whom I greatly admire and would vote for in a heartbeat. Beyond them, the big TP winners were Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and possibly (as of right now) Joe Miller. The most prominent losers – the ones GOP establishment types are blaming for a host of things not their fault – were Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell, both of whom I would have supported if they were running my state primaries.
With that said, speaking for myself, here’s what I want and, I’m guessing, what most types like me want as well: lower taxes, less regulation, and massive cuts in spending, especially on domestic programs. We want massive debt reduction and an end to bailouts, stimuli and for our government to quit using Chinese- and Saudi-backed debt to fund projects, ideas, concepts and dreams we cannot afford and do not need.
The silliest arguments I see in comments sections, on message boards and yes, on Facebook, are that small-government types don’t seem to understand that our tax dollars support fire departments, the police, the schools, roads, bridges, etc.
Yeah, we get it.
We also get that our government is stuffed with people making a dollar to our 60-cents in the private sector, people backed by unions with guaranteed employment who are so disengaged from an honest living they no longer understand the meaning of the term. We have to live within our means, and it’s time for the government to start doing the same.
What the GOP, now in control of the House, do to get the ball rolling?
For starters, they are now Constitutionally in charge of drawing up spending bills. No more omnibus packages larded with pork – that’s a good start. Each department of the government should have to have a separate budget, and each budget should have to be approved by Congress, line by line. This is not new, nor is it the rocket science you would think.
Also, it’s time for pay freezes and cuts across the Federal board. From Congress down, pay, benefits, perks and anything else needs to start coming down to match their real-world counterparts.
I could – and will – go on, but this is a start. Who knows what the Congress will do, but this is a start. The GOP will ignore our wishes at their peril, because we’re coming for them next.