The TEA Party was started by this Rick Santelli rant
over the continuing bailouts.
The original anger of the TEA Party was directed at TARP which began under Bush. At that point, we were all at the calling stage, burning up the
switchboards as it were. TARP should not have happened. Yes, it would have been painful, but those businesses should have been allowed to fail and go
into bankruptcy rather than being bailed out. It ballooned out to auto bailouts and Obamacare which are further examples of a government stepping
where it has no business being.
What the TEA Party wants, as I understand it, if a return to the Founding principles as much as possible when it comes to the Federal government. We
want a fiscally responsible government that only pays out what it takes in and stops taking so much from its citizens. We'd also like to see many of
the Federal alphabets removed. Partially because they create a vastly top heavy bureaucracy that wastes a lot of that money and partially because many
of them are really unconstitutional.
I don't know how much you pay in tax burden, but we're approaching 40% (in a low tax state) between all our various obligations and we're not in
6-figure land which means in terms of time worked that my husband doesn't actually make any money to support us until sometime into Wednesday. And
yet, if you ask most Americans what a "fair share" is they are thinking no more than 30% at most. And this is just the overt tax burden we have,
this is not counting all the hidden taxes imposed when we pay at the gas pump or in cell phone/cable bills or on any other product we buy or what you
never see in your salary because the employer figures it out as part of the cost of doing business and hiring the first place. Ever wonder what the
true cost of all those taxes actually is? Therefore, we also want a drastically simplified tax code with either a fair or flat tax rate for all, every
entity, individual and business. That would eliminate all the tax code games being played now.
We also would like to see some massive entitlement reform. As they stand, Medicare and Social Security are going to go bankrupt. We are in the
unpleasant situation of either ignoring the situation and leaving everyone high and dry or making some massive changes which means that some will have
to cope with some losses somewhere. I feel for people because there were promises made that simply cannot be kept, but it's either we make some
changes or no one will have anything very soon. Which is worse and who will be asked to give up something? I don't know, but it won't be easy no
matter how we do it. As for the rest, I'm sure you agree it's needed, but people are going to have to learn how to make do with less and change the
way things are done. There is just no way around it.
And yes, we also need to revamp the military and the way it does business. I've heard that talked about in the TEA Party. There is a divide on what
and how. However, make no mistake. It will NOT be going away. All agree that of all Federal expenditures, the military is one thing expressly defended
and demanded in the COTUS. We need to it to ensure that we have the luxury of dickering over everything else. Now, whether or not we need it in
Germany? Yeah, I think that's up for debate.