Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Anyone?


First, let's take a look at what happened Wednesday and then, I'll comment...

Protesters began gathering at state capitols, in neighborhoods, and town squares across the country yesterday to kick off a series of tax-day protests designed to echo the rebellion of the Boston Tea Party. Hundreds of rallies against government spending were being held across the nation, more than 235 years after the original Boston Tea Party tax revolt. Organizers say they’re steamed at increased government spending since President Barack Obama’s administration took over.

The demonstrations were held everywhere from Kentucky (which just passed tax increases on cigarettes and alcohol) to South Carolina (where the governor has repeatedly criticized the $787 billion dollar federal stimulus package). There were large protests in California, New York, and Atlanta too. In Atlanta, thousands of people were expected to gather on the steps of the Georgia capitol, where Fox News Channel conservative pundit Sean Hannity was set to broadcast his show Wednesday night. He's been promoting the show on Fox.

Organizers said that the movement developed organically through online social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and exposure on Fox News. And, while they insisted it was a non-partisan effort, it has been seized on by many prominent Republicans — such as former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who viewed it as a promising way for the party to reclaim its momentum. Gingrich planned to speak at a tea party that was held in a New York City park and Armey at a similar event in Atlanta.

Gingrich's advocacy group, americansolutions.com, partnered with tea party organizers to get word to the group's members. "It's the Reagan coalition reorganizing itself," Gingrich spokesman Rick Sawyer said.

Herein lies my problem... Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, The Reagan Coalition, and the advocacy group called americansolutions.com. These people are yelling and screaming about taxation and government spending. It's funny but, I didn't hear Newt Gingrich or Sean Hannity screaming during the last administration when the deficit was steadily rising. I guess THAT kind of government spending was okay.

American Solution? I haven't heard Sean Hannity or Newt Gingrich come up with an alternative solution to just what it is we are supposed to do about the present economic meltdown that occurred while their party was in the White House and had control of both houses. I don't like the idea of spending all of this money either. I shudder at the thought that my grandson's children may yet be paying for this mess but, what are we to do?

Should we waste two or three years debating a solution or should we shovel it under the rug and concentrate on American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, gay marriage, and flag burning? I'm going to do something here I've never done before... I'm going to give my ideological opponents a chance to tell me right here what they think is an alternative solution to this current economic problem.











Yeah, just what I thought... nothing!

25 comments:

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Tell em why you mad brother-lolol,
Tell em why you mad, yet so right!!

James Perkins said...

Standing and Applauding Good Brother!

Vanessa said...

Alright...You havin church up in this peice!-LMAO...

Simon Bastion said...

A good assessment....The Repubs are trying to rally around something, anything to discredit the current administration and yet they aren't offering any solutions!

Toni said...

Speak On It Keith!

Angie B. said...

I missed these kind of posts from you Keith..Glad you're back on it!

Lisa said...

It's easy to stand outside and throw a rock at the window..That's what the republicans are doing right now..and you're right..They aint comin up with no solutions.

Halo said...

Tell the truth and shame the devil..I watched all of these "tea
party" protests on television, and was just shaking my head.

Sunflower said...

Bravo Keith, as usual, very addequately stated.

Tate2 said...

I mostly agree with you, but I understand how people feel about working hard and giving up their tax money to a government that so far has already mis-managed it...I wouldn't have been in one of those Tea Party's, butI certainly understand people's concerns.

Swaggie said...

Seems like the Republicans will exploit any kind of public displeasure to use it to their advantage. The Democrats do the same thing...I think what you said that resonates the most with me is that if you're going to protest something , have a solution, an alternative solution..A very valid statement.

Jazzy said...

From What I understand...The idea for the "Tea Party" came from a guy claiming to be non-partisan.
He was trying to build a broad based populist support for Tax Reform...Then Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich jumped on the bandwagon and turned it into a Republican Platform.

Sean said...

I missed your biting Political commentary brother..Glad to see you haven't lost your edge.

Captain Jack said...

The Republicans are wasting their time...Like you said..if they can't come up with a viable alternative solution..people will soon see through that.

Cheryl said...

Anything Sean Hannity or someone from FOX News supports is suspect to me.

Brenda said...

Weighing in over here again...Good Post..All I can say is ...so much for Bi-partisan support of the Obama Administration..I know he wanted that..but this country is still too widely divided and fickle.

These same protesters will probably beneifit the most from a lot of his tax reform programs,that's the irony of it all.

Anonymous said...

You're a bully.....that's what you are...Obama can do no wrong in your eyes and your syncopathic readers who idolize every word you write just blindly agree with you..
I myself will never comment here again after today.

Keith said...

@anonymous- "After today ,I myself will never comment here again."

Really? Is that a promise?? You're lucky I didn't delete THIS comment.
I don't care if you don't comment..really,I would rather you never comment...See ,something good came out of this post after all!

Have a good life!

Keith said...

Oh by the way ..Is "syncopathic" really a word???

Strongblkwmn said...

I have so many things i'd like to say about the whole tea party thing, but my mama told me if I don't have anything nice to say...

I'm sure we'll all really miss the comments of the Anonymous blogger. Good riddance.

Great post Keith.

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

Great post!

They are calling themselves "teabaggers". Somebody didn't do their homework about the term "teabagging" lol

LadyLee said...

LOL @ Southern Black Gals "teabagging" comment. Yep, that's what I thought too, Southern... Uh, do they know what teabagging is? LOL

Keith, it is REAL strange how Michael Steele had requested to speak at one of the tea parties... but was turned down.

What do you make of that? Hmmm...

Proves to me that he is a mere TOKEN. He suppose to sit there and shut up. His black skin will cause ALL of "us" to fly over to the republican party. Uh no... we ain't stupid. HUMPH.

I think Hannity and crew are taking advantage of the situation, really. And the republicans are looking for anything to get them back in the fold. Really...

ninamm said...

LMAO @ Anonymous' Hollywood exit.

...and hey, I'm no sycophant! LOL

Raven said...

What really bothers me about this is that it seems no one was bothered about the government spending and taxes before now. Why all of a sudden? And the clowns here in TX (Bush Country) are the worst!

www.cantabria-3d.com said...

It will not succeed as a matter of fact, that is what I consider.




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