What Fuels The Tea Party?

“In 1790, the nation which had fought a revolution against taxation without representation discovered that some of its citizens weren’t much happier about taxation with representation” -Lyndon B. Johnson

I’m so tired of hearing about the Tea Party movement.  My irritation with them isn’t  with their racist signs or their nonsensical arguments or their inability to properly negotiate public transit.  It’s because none of them are upset about DC voting rights.

Look, if you’re going to base your political movement on the idea of “no taxation without representation,” then you had better be outraged by the idea of 600,000 American citizens are paying federal taxes without a vote in Congress.  Put that shit on one of your signs.

If it’s not a logical argument against taxation without representation, what does fuel the Tea Party?

Honestly, your guess is as good as mine.

According to Wikipedia, the Tea Party is a conservative/libertarian political movement that is primarily concerned with “…cutting back the size of government, lowering taxes, reducing wasteful spending, reducing the national debt and federal budget deficit, and adherence to their interpretation of the United States Constitution.”

Since we know that Wikepedia is a bastion of the skewed liberal perspective, Conservepedia has something similar to say on the subject, stating that the Tea Party is concerned with “…returning fiscal responsibility and limited government.”

When you put it that way, they don’t sound so bad. I’m down with reducing budget deficits.  I think we should be fiscally responsible.

Bush started the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and then cut taxes.

From the Tax Policy Center (in 2008):

“In January 2001, at the start of the Bush administration, CBO projected a fiscal surplus of $5.6 trillion spanning fiscal 2002-11. Today, with over half of those fiscal years completed, the budget is on track to have a deficit of $2.1 trillion for the fiscal period 2002-11, for a total deterioration of $7.7 trillion. This drastic reversal is due to a combination of factors including higher government spending and changes in economic conditions, as well as the tax cuts. CBO estimates indicate that about one-third of the fiscal reversal is directly due to the tax cuts.”

Then he passes the damn Patriot Act, which has to be the biggest infringement on civil liberties since…I don’t even have much of a comparison.

So where the hell were these people during the Bush administration?  I get being angry, but they can’t be angry just because of unfunded mandates and government expansion of powers.  If it was just those things, why the fuck wasn’t the Tea Party protesting during the Bush administration?

The scary “Obamacare” bill reduces the federal deficit.  Obama wants to reduce taxes on the lower and middle class. (According to Conservepedia, the Tea Party anger stems from a rejection of the ruling class. You’d think the Tea Party would be happy that it’s getting its taxes cut.)

Instead, you have vitriolic protests against the Obama administration.  With not one saying a goddamn thing about the travesty about the lack of DC voting rights.

Edited because I couldn’t find the right citation for one of my claims about Bush tax cuts.

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