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What’s the Tea Party’s Impact?

April 8, 2010

A coworker sent me the below link and asked for my $0.02.

My $0.02 worth of a response went as follows:

Dear Joe,

Sorry, but I’m rather pessimistic if only because so many people are receiving all sorts of government assistance and/or their jobs are tied into an expanding government.  When Nancy Peolsi can get away with claims that the new healthcare initiative will immediately create 400,000 jobs – and no one (so far as I heard) bats an eye that these will be federal government jobs to deploy and monitor Obamacare, it tells me that not enough people understand macro economics, the necessity of reigning in the size of government, and how the size of government has a direct effect on individual freedoms. 

To that end, I believe very few people will actually be willing to shrink the size and scope of government and cut themselves out of something they feel they’re entitled to.   How many parents will turn away Pell Grants for the college aged children?  How many people will say “No, thank-you” to receiving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?  Will my neighbor, who just retired from 30years in the military be willing to reduce his $85,000/year pension?  Is it possible to reduce the expenditures towards education – say, to the percentage as it was in the mid 1960s?  What farmers are going to forgo farm subsidies?  Why the hell are tax dollars still supporting (at least to some degree) National Public Radio?  Give me a little time, and with hardly any effort, I bet I can come up with >100 programs in which people are dependent on continuing government spending. 

I don’t see that the current Republican leadership, as listed in the article, has the courage to go after big government spending and entitlements because they’re too concerned about getting re-elected.  And realistically, I believe part of that lack of vision, direction and leadership is driven by the memory of what happened with the Contract for America circa 1996 when the “masses” supported the Democratic side of the isle with regard to shutting down parts of the government when there wasn’t appropriated money.  It is unfortunate, but I think the relatively few numbers of people who comprise the heart and soul of the Tea Party will be voted down by the masses such that the Tea Party is doomed to be a vocal minority.  I regret to say that the liberals have won.  And the long term effects, I believe, mean that this country has in essence lost its ability to be self-governing.  We have become a nation of spoiled children who’ve grown up with no one ever saying “no” to our neverending demands to acquire what we want through someone else paying for it.  That’s where I’m at.  Moreover, I see it as futile effort to spend my personal time and money to ‘right’ (pun intended) the ship. 

Lets face it, those in Washington, or even at state and local levels are fulfilling the “desires” of that for which they’ve been voted into office.  Perhaps I should take comfort in Scott Brown’s election to the Senate to replace Ted Kennedy.  But I guess I don’t.  At least not yet.  Hopefully it doesn’t come to this – but it may be necessary for a severe economic depression to bring about monetary policies and changes in government spending that current leaders in both the Republican and Democratic parties are unwilling to do.  Until then, I will certainly vote for – and maybe even support with my money – those whom I believe will limit and hopefully reduce the size of government.  I guess that’s all I can do.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. JPR permalink
    April 8, 2010 3:12 pm

    Fear not as all is not lost. Even democrats are waking up. This article says that democrats themselves are shying away from Obamacare.

  2. Bob permalink
    April 8, 2010 3:40 pm

    Thanks for your comment, JPR. Ed Morrissey, a conservative blogger over at, puts forth the notion that the GOP lost credibility between 2002-2006 which could have quite possibly prevented Obamacare. He says,

    “The GOP had total control of Congress from 2002 to 2006, and the only significant plan they put forward on health care was the creation of the Medicare Part D entitlement that did little but to speed the coming collapse of Medicare. In that effort, the Republican majority did everything that the GOP has rightly accused the Democrats of doing this time around – such as using statist solutions to a problem where market-based solutions existed, and fudging the numbers to fool people into believing it wouldn’t cost too much.

    “Not once during that period did the party seriously attempt to reform the health-care cost structure, let alone through the use of market-based strategies now expounded by Paul Ryan, among others. Why? First, Republicans did attempt to reform Social Security in 2005 with market-based strategies and got demagogued by Democrats for making the effort. But it wasn’t really that reason that kept the GOP from engaging on health-care reform. That issue was widely seen as a Democratic strength, and Republicans didn’t want to engage heavily on their turf.

    “What we see now is the result of leaving that vacuum on a major issue. Since the GOP refused to engage on it, they wound up with lower credibility. More importantly, by not accomplishing reform when they had their chance, Republicans left it on the table for when the Democrats got complete control of Washington.”

  3. Bob permalink
    April 8, 2010 3:42 pm

    Oops – here’s the link for the above quote:

  4. Bob permalink
    April 9, 2010 8:32 am

    There was a link on Drudge this morning to an article which stated Rep Bart Stupak, one of the democratic holdouts for passage of Obamacare, is resigning. Is this a sign that those who voted for Obamacare will be facing more difficult re-elections come November? If nothing else, perhaps JPR is correct – Democrats are waking up to the realization of what they’ve passed.

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