President Obama did a little campaigning and bashing today — which you paid for.
He flew to Missouri aboard Air Force One to bash Fox TV and people that participated in the Tea Party events on April 15.
Today the White House is using Air Force One for its intended purpose. President Barack Obama disembarks Air Force One on his way to a town hall meeting, Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Why Missouri? Republicans in the Missouri legislature have said they might just return at least some of the Obama stimulus that comes to the state to the state’s taxpayers.
“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security…but let’s not pretent this is about the stimulus,” Obama said.
But all is not smooth sailing for Obama.
Ninety percent of Americans consider the economy an important issue — the most ever in an AP poll — and 65 percent said it’s difficult for them and their families to get ahead.
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A large number of protests called TEA parties took place April 15th. The widespread misreporting of these events is a cause for concern.
What the TEA parties are not:They are not organized by FOX News or hidden wealthy people. They were not attended by crackpots.
What the TEA parties were and are:
They are not a tax protest.
Like the protest I attended in Beltrami County, these events are a statement concerning the direction and size of government based upon trends identified over the past few months. There is concern that government spending is out-of-control and unaccountable. There is concern that mistakes are being made that will need to be paid for by at least two generations not yet born.
I found the protesters surprisingly well informed on monetary policy and constitutional governance. I found little fear, ample concern and solid resolve. That resolve seemed to have been shared by thousands of horn blowing truck and car drivers flashing victory signs as they passed the blocks of protesters on Bemidji Avenue.
The word “grassroots” is overused these days, but this protest movement is the closest thing to genuine concern by working Americans that I’ve seen. The Bemidji event was organized by friends that I made during the 2008 campaign and paid for by small donations from the hundreds of people who showed up to exercise their 1st Amendment rights.
Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of Americans hit the streets to express personal, but common, concerns about government going out-of-control. An apparently frightened and clueless Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) called the movement “Astro Turf”; a widely used term for synthetic grass roots movements. She shared that “powerful rich Americans trying to avoid paying taxes” orchestrated the entire TEA party phenomenon.
Frequent spokesperson for the left, Janeane Garofalo alternately called the TEA party participants “haters of a black man in the White House”, “people with a neurological disorder”, “ignorance, apathy, hate and fear.” Someone’s off the deep end and it isn’t those who read their Constitution.
A final observation on the TEA parties in Minnesota needs to be made. The protesters were surprisingly aware that our DFL controlled Minnesota Legislature is following the lead of Congress. While the numbers are billions instead of trillions, our Legislature is dedicated to business as usual and a raft of taxes to pay for it. Representative Tom Rukavina has a sweeping income tax increase sitting in committee and ready to mysteriously show up in the Omnibus Tax Bill.
DFL legislators have dozens of tax raising schemes at a time when state government should be shrinking, economizing and getting out of our face. Tom Anzelc (DFL-Balsam Lake) has signed onto 106 bills” 40 of them spending bills. There are 302 bills on taxation before the Legislature; there will be plenty of taxes to pay for Anzelc’s spending habit.
The TEA parties seem plenty authentic and triggered by tone-deaf politicians and unprecedented government growth.
Published in the Grand Rapids Herald Review