Few of you may have made it down to the Tea Party Patriots convention in Nashville, as the $500 cover charge is not exactly an amount that everyday Americans can just drop on any festival or convention.
If you didn't get to go, I hope that you did read up about it following the event, as there were some groundbreaking revelations during the Q&A session with Palin. You've probably seen the snapshot of her obviously glancing at her hand as she is answering questions.
Though this act may seem like a big, embarrassing display of ignorance on her part, I think that we should hold back the urge to sink our teeth into this gaffe. I know it is tasty, and it's just sitting there, but it will grown about as many legs as the Obama teleprompter attacks did. (BTW, never forget that Ronald Reagan was an avid user of the prompter, as well).
Anyway, a much tastier morsel and clear evidence of the Tea Party movement being the grass-roots realization of the past two decades of GOP fiscal irresponsibility, and Sarah Palin delivers it to us in the palm of her hand.
Recently I received a letter in the mail from my prescription drug provider (an insurance company that is different from my health insurance provider, which is also different from my dental insurance provider). It goes something like this (paraphrased):
Dear Mr. Kane,
We are proud to announce that we have enrolled you in our brand new online, mail-order pharmacy. You may visit our website to order your prescription drugs from now on. We are so sure that you will enjoy this new feature that we have taken the additional step of tripling your co-payment when you purchase prescriptions, after three months, from any other pharmacy. We are doing this to ensure that you have access to the most affordable prescription drugs possible.
Today I was perusing Congressman John Boehner's (R: OH-8) website. He's recently posted a news item entitled President Says Health Care Bill Doesn't Cut Medicare, but House Bill Includes $362 Billion in Cuts. Specifically, he attempts to take President Obama to task on what he considers to be a lie being told to the American Public. Specifically, he wants to convince the reader that the new health care plan will cut Medicare benefits.
So I had a curt "difference of opinion" with a primary organizer of the "Cincinnati Tea Party", Brian Willis, whom I mentioned in a previous diary entry.
This gem was an interesting insight into the movement:
However, as tax payers, we also are coming to recognize that we are not "fairly" represented. Because those who do not pay taxes in this country have an equal voice, we find ourselves increasingly in the situation where a majority of voters, desiring to receive more money and benefits from government, can get their way without contributing anything but their votes. This "dependent class" voting block increasingly has the power to control elections in order to appropriate for themselves more money from we the taxpayers. I am not advocating that non-taxpayers not be allowed to vote. I am advocating, however, that government be limited, as per the Constitution, to protecting the rights of citizens and not be allowed to ever expand the taxpayer burden in order to buy votes from, and improve the lot of, the "dependent class".
Some time ago, I wrote a Diary Entry about the disturbing discovery that all of the so-called "Cincinnati Tea Party" organizers are actually from various suburbs around the city. In fact, some don't even reside within the same county, and one hails from across the river in Kentucky.
Yet they want to bring their silly "petition" to my city hall, and waste the time of my police department which must police their gathering rather than take care of more important work.
I promised to follow up with links, so here you are.
The "Cincinnati Tea Party" is organizing again their march to fountain square and then city hall.
Not a single one of their organizers actually lives within the City of Cincinnati.
Irony: When a bunch of ultra conservative zealots stage a "Boston Tea Party" to plead their case that they deserve more of a vote, and greater representation, than the rest of us.
So, I went to the the Cincinnati Enquirer today, and saw that the ultra-conservative, anti-tax, anti-poor, and revisionist wedge of the locally dwindling Republican contingent is planning a "Boston Tea Party".
You can see (and should see) the website here: http://www.cincinnatiteaparty.org/
If anyone with a brain is in the area, I strongly urge you to attend with big signs displaying your choice of variation of the above definition of Irony.
To Rep. John Boehner,
This morning, Politico reported on discontent among GOP members of Congress who feel that they were left out of the decision-making process in the upcoming bailout bill. Though I feel that all viewpoints are valuable to come to a reasonable solution, I feel that concerns should, at the very least, pass some sort of scientific muster to retain their value.
In the Republican Party, when it comes to helping the middle class it is "everyone for themselves". When it comes to bailing out big banks and big business, "we're all in it together".