This time, it's a typical Liberal fantasy about the "Tea Party." The Left, you see, wants there to be a 3rd party comprised of Tea Partiers. They want it so bad, they will invent one. Of course, the Tea Party is a movement, and out of some movements come 3rd parties, but, that hasn't happened yet in this case. I hope it doesn't happen, because the things the Tea Partiers stand for - smaller government, fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, elimination of earmarks, among other things - are things the GOP used to stand for.
Of course, Rob could have read the Contract From America, a document culled together by several Tea Party organizations, and he would have found, contrary to the "conservative social views of the Tea Party" that he abhors so much, there is little social policy in that Contract. In fact, it is:
- Protect the Constitution - Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.
- Reject Cap & Trade - Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures.
- Demand a Balanced Budget - Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike.
- Enact Fundamental Tax Reform - Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words—the length of the original Constitution.
- Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington - Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning.
- End Runaway Government Spending - Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth.
- Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care - Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries.
- Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy - Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs.
- Stop the Pork - Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.
- Stop the Tax Hikes - Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.
Hmmmm, don't see anything that really smacks of social policy (with perhaps the exception of the repeal of Obamacare). But, the Left wants to make the Tea Party movement seem a social conservative movement, when it is not. Hell, the GOP has largely been carrying social conservatives water for 30 years, it's the fiscal conservatives who have been abused by the party..
Rob takes another cheap shot at Sarah Palin (unqualified, despite being more qualified than Obama), Joe the Plumber (unlicensed and financially strapped - hey - I thought Liberals were the champions of the Little Guy?), Rand Paul (a flaming bigot - expect that meme from Liberals for the next 5 months), and some kook from North Carolina who got into a run-off in the GOP primary. This from the party that sent Alan Grayson, Hank Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, and William Jefferson to Congress (among others).
But, Rob goes on:
"There is a large undercurrent of bigotry and unthinking anti-government sentiment. Unthinking? Look at all the wild misconceptions and outright falsehoods propagated by the Tea Party over the health care bill. Most of their beliefs and statements about it were simply lies. Look at the repeated examples of bigotry and tacit racism in the Tea Party. Look at the signs they carry at rallies."Bigotry? This is outright slander. When members of the Congressional Black Caucus decided to take a photo-op walk through a Capital Hill Tea Party rally, they were attempting to goad the protesters into making racist statements, and, when they didn't, they lied and said they had heard racial epithets at least 15 times. Despite the multitude of cameras present, and one Congressman filming it on his cell phone, NO ONE has taken Andrew Breitbart up on his $10k offer (to the UNCF) to produce video of any racial slurs being hurled. NO ONE. Why? Because it didn't happen.
Lies about the health care bill? Ok, get specific Rob. No one really needs to LIE about the health care bill to prove how bad it is. How about this - AT&T takes a $1B charge due to tax changes in the bill, others take smaller charges. Or, how about this, from my mother-in-law's doctor to her:
"We regret to inform you that due to significant reimbursement decreases and endless regulations, effective July 1, 2010, we will no longer be a participating provider for Medicare."That's your "doc fix" at work. Was that a lie?
Oh, and those signs. That would have been easy to put a link to some of those HORRIBLE signs. But, he didn't. How about these signs? Pretty respectful stuff, eh? I guess if you're an anti-semitic, America-hater, they are ok. BTW, Zombietime has plenty more of them.
Rand Paul is certainly going to pose challenges for the Tea Party movement who got behind him, and mostly, it's because he's got a Libertarian streak and isn't a seasoned campaigner. Everyone in politics knows that you don't argue against the Civil Rights Act, even if parts of it go against your Libertarian beliefs. So, stupid move. As for BP, what he said was:
"What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of, 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.' I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I've heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it's part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it's always got to be someone's fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen."He wasn't attacking those who want to hold BP accountable, he was attacking those who's first reaction is always to blame business (i.e. socialists). Anyway, I think it's plenty American to attack a foreign company, so give one to Obama here. Exxon wouldn't have done this.