April 4, 2008 | Peter Roff Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2009 3:54:21 PM by abb
Washingtonâ€™s continued mishandling of the economic crisis has disquieted the electorate. The bad economic numbers, the precipitous decline in the stock market, the dramatic increase in government spending and the tax increases lying just over the horizon paint a picture of an out-of-control federal government grasping at straws in the search for solutions.
In the case of the current crisis the blame appears to have been assigned almost totally to Obama, at least by the thousands of U.S. taxpayers attending near-spontaneous â€œtea partiesâ€ in protest of the Democrats agenda of more taxes, increased spending, higher deficits and a surge of borrowing to pay for it all. These mass protests, which have been occurring in different spots almost weekly â€” 2,000 people in St. Louis, 3,000 people in Cincinnati, 6,000 people in Orlando â€” promise to culminate on Tax Day, April 15, with at least 300 protests at sites large and small according to the â€œofficialâ€ Tax Day Tea Party Web site.
As was the case with the Obama campaign, the new â€œTea Party Movementâ€ is bringing people out to engage in politics, many for the first time in their lives. And, again, as was the case with the Obama presidential campaign, these activists are making liberal use of new media technologies like Twitter and Facebook to find supporters and allies, to meet each other and to establish a sense of community...
The â€œTea Partiesâ€ augur the beginnings of a new political movement, it is now clear, that may eventually exceed the power of MoveOn.org and others of the new liberal pressure groups in their ability to influence the votes of politicians in Washington as well as state capitals in every region of the country.
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