I’ve been watching the news all day (at least since I got out of class), and they’ve been covering some of the larger tea parties across the nation. The one in Sacramento has a few thousand people gathered there, and one taking place in New York later tonight is expected to bring in over 5,000 people.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it down to my Lansing for the protest at the Capitol, but I wanted to show my support for the tax-hike protests.
I will say that I’m not a huge fan of dumping the tea into bodies of water – I think it’s too much of a visual stunt that doesn’t have much meaning to it; however, I absolutely support the gathering of everyday citizens coming out to tell the government that they are opposed to the government taking so much money in taxes.
We need to stop these bailouts, whether that’s the Big 3, Wall Street, Freddie and Fannie, or whatever. We need to cut wasteful spending. Government spending IS necessary, but we should be spending our money on productive things, not pork projects.
While I’m on the subject of pork, I’ll give a shout out to the Citizens Against Government Waste’s 2009 Pig Book, which you can find on CAGW’s website.
It’s nice to see a good grassroots movement sweeping through the country. And it’s not about Republicans or Democrats. Republicans have lost their way too – we’ve overspent as a party – the Republican Party needs to return to its principles of fiscal responsibility and small government, instead of having officials like former Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) taking millions of dollars of taxpayer money back to his home state.
It’s time to rein in spending and cut taxes for all Americans (except those who aren’t paying any taxes, and are basically getting a welfare check from the government in a form of a tax refund).
I’ll try to do a recap of the tea parties with some numbers of how many people showed up over the nation.