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February 22nd, 2009

The ‘Tea Party’ goes national

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What CNBC viewers began calling the Chicago Tea Party has begun to turn into a nationwide phenomenon as taxpayers across the US meet to protest the ’stimulus’ package. There’s a website, and even a Facebook page, for a group calling itself The American Tea Party.

Basically, taxpayers are fed up:

Rick Santelli simply vented the frustration of millions of Americans who are working, continue to pay their bills and are very angry at being forced to reward the “Bad boys”(Wall street greed and homeowner greed) or the world comes to an end. Perhaps the focus should be on rewarding the prudent. …

Are we all poorer, absolutely! But it’s time for the government to focus on calming and rewarding the people who continue to work to pay their credit cards and mortgages on time.

It will be interesting to see whether our elected representatives take note — and if they do, whether they take it seriously.

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4 Responses to “The ‘Tea Party’ goes national”

  1. Mitch Says: February 23rd, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Well, as you know, I support the stimulus package, not necessarily because I think it’s perfect, but because I believe something had to be done, and fast. The Republicans said they wanted more time; they’re the ones who got us into this mess, and let’s also face the fact that they weren’t griping when President Bush spent the first round of money, lest we forget that he used the first half of this stimulus package.

    So, the way I see it is that bipartisanship was never going to happen, and the best thing the Republicans have found out is that they can mobilize when they want to. I mean, this is just how politics works.

  2. Beltway Blowhards Says: February 23rd, 2009 at 11:19 am

    In his daily White House Press (Talking Points) briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took a verbal shot at the GREAT Rick Santelli, CNBC financial reporter at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Santelli had made an impassioned plea that the recent HOME AFFORDABILITY PLAN was not fair to the 92% of the people who pay their mortgages on time. His quote of: “a card laid is a card played” dismissed the people who want a “do-over” on their delinquent or underwater mortgages.

    A smug Robert Gibbs accused Santelli of not reading the bill, and waived its first page to the press corp and told everyone that Mr. Santelli could go to the web site, find the bill and press print. He then invited Mr. Santelli to the White House to discuss the issue over a cup of decaf.

    On Friday, Larry Kudlow had Santelli on his CNBC show Kudlow Report. Rick had a copy of the bill, said he had read it, proceeded to express his objections about the bill and then TORE UP THE BILL and threw it in the air to express his disgust for it.

    Memo to Mr. Gibbs — please extend the invitation to Mr. Santelli ASAP. I would send him to the meeting with just a pen and a blank pad to meet you, your stack of talking points and any liberal members of Obama’s administration you choose. Put the show on TV for all to see. I’ll put my money on Rick Santelli putting you and your band of liberal big spenders in their place.

    Better yet, call a real TOWN MEETING where Obama the Oracle can talk with Mr. Santelli and 99 other people who have mortgages (92 who are paying and 8 who can’t). It would be the highest rated show in America. Most citizens would cheer for Mr. Santelli when he spoke for all of us who are disgusted with big, liberal, “victim enabling” government.

    It looks like the Obama administration can’t take criticism from anyone. Sorry, Mr. Obama, Chris Matthews doesn’t represent middle America. Rick Santelli does.

    For his smug performance Mr. Gibbs has been put on the Beltway Blowhards WALL of GALL for his disgraceful and condescending manner towards Mr. Santelli.

    One of our greatest Presidents was Andrew Jackson, a Democrat. He believed that in this country political power ultimately rests with the people. Ordinary people should run the government, not liberal elitists. Mr. Santelli has struck a chord with the hard working, ordinary people of America.

    Welcome to TEA PARTY AMERICA!!!!!

  3. Paul Havemann Says: February 23rd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    In response to Mitch:

    First, it’s not really fair to blame the Republicans for “get[ting] us into this mess” unless you believe that they caused the entire global recession. However, if it’s partisanship you’re after, the Democrats must get their fair share of the blame, too; they pushed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy more loans made to low-and moderate-income borrowers. As recently as last year, certain Democrats blocked regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac even after it became obvious that they were in dire financial trouble.

    Second, Bush didn’t spend “the first half of this stimulus package”; you’re thinking of the TARP funds.

    And finally, there are many on both sides of the political spectrum (including Robert Samuelson) who disagree that the stimulus is “timely, targeted and temporary.” Most of it won’t even be spent this year; even its proponents concede that there’s a lot of non-targeted spending; and the new spending baseline it creates will be nearly impossible to trim later.

  4. Fran Says: February 23rd, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I can relate to Rick Santelli’s rave. Here we are the silent majority being used and abused by a government which is buying votes from the irresponsible people who messed up in their financial lives. This is just “daily welfare” again from the government. I guess Mr. Obama did not read what Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, stated many times. “What man can do for himself, do not let government do it for you”. Rewarding bad behavior only reinforces the same behavior. Mr. Santelli let the world know when the Chicago Tea Party will be held and our paid mortgages and paid credit card bills can be used like tea bags.

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