By now, we’ve all heard the crude and tasteless ways that CNN and MSNBC referred to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who attended last weeks Tax Day Tea Party’s. At CNN, it was Anderson Cooper who allowed a guest to refer to them as “teabaggers”. I’m pretty sure Cooper knew that this had sexually tainted overtures. And over at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow chuckled her way through a story about the Tea Parties, again using the same nasty terminology as Coopers guest. And both networks are just scratching their heads trying to figure out why their ratings are in free fall.
Here’s a clue. While left leaning cable news and newpapers are calling the participants everything but thinking Americans, Fox News covered the events like they were newsworthy. For the day, Fox drew more viewers that CNN, MSNBC, and CNN Headline News….combined! Why? It might just be that ordinary citizens are paying more attention than the liberals thought. Maybe we’re not all drowning in the Obama Lovefest that most news outlets are perpetuating. And it could be that we see through the nonsense that the President is serving up. Here’s one of my reasons for attending.
Federal spending in the Obama budget just passed, will create $9.3 trillion in deficits over ten years. It increases spending by $1 trillion over those ten years, and then doubles the publicly held national debt to over $12 trillion. As angry as I got at the irresponsible budgeting of George W. Bush, this is nearly treasonous. And they want us to believe that we don’t have anything to worry about because Obama is gonna make the nasty rich pay for it all! So the rest of us can just sit back and enjoy the ride, right? Um, whoops…..
According to Obama’s own numbers, this ain’t gonna work. According to Brian S. Wesbury and Robert Stein, both economists with First Trust Advisors of Wheaton, illinois, if you raised the top tax rate from 35% to 100%, you still don’t have enough to cover Obama’s spending. And these are the people that he says will pay for his huge stimulus package, the bank bailout, and all the new spending he plans to do. So there is no way that taxing the rich is going to cover his needs. So, guess what? If you think for a minute that your taxes aren’t going up, think again.
During his first address to Congress in February, the president said that “if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat, not a single dime.” Before the warm fuzzy feeling left us, the president had signed a bill that would increase federal taxes on tobacco by 62 cents. There was no exemption for low income smokers, who make up the vast majority of smokers. He is putting into place a huge “cap and trade” tax on energy companies, and you can be sure that will be passed on to the consumer. So here is a tax that is charged to you on your energy bill. Again, no exemption for lower income families. Their taxes go up…..a lot!
Well, what about all the budget cuts the administration is going to be making? Are you kidding? They have already insulted us enough with the president asking his cabinet to cut $100 million out of their budgets. This is a budget cut of .0023%. It’s like me saying that I need to cut back on my annual spending, so I won’t buy a Snickers Bar this week. Ridiculous waste of press coverage.Obama says not to worry, there will be lots of “savings” in his budget. Here are some examples of Obama’s savings assumptions:
1. The “temporary” stimulus spending will be allowed to expire. this includes all the spending on education and health care in the stimulus. How many times have you heard of a government program ending? Me neither.
2. Discretionary spending will be held to 2% annually after 2012, compared to 8% now. Words cannot express how big of a lie that is. Never has happened, never will.
3. The $632 billion “down payment” on universal health care will not be expanded. Stop. Please.
So, I believe that all of this is why we gathered to protest. We see what is coming. We see what our children are going to spend their lives paying for. We see that we have been sheep far too long. We know that the only way to stop it is to remove from office those that insist on taking us down this road against our will. And those who continue to bow at the altar of Obama because he isn’t George Bush, are really going to have a hard time explaining to their children how they could have wished this horrible future on them.