The Tea Party Is No More Extreme Than The Government
God, help America! If Senator Harry Reid believes sincerely that “leaving the Tea Party extremism behind” will create jobs, he is naive...and that’s being generous. His statement implies that his party has answers to solve America’s fiscal challenges. Mr. Reid, do you think your guys have the questions? Sometimes, I wonder.
Both parties have their fair share of baggage. When I look dispassionately at each group, it is obvious to me that the Tea Party’s policies are no more extreme than the government's policies.
Let’s look at the broken economy. The government is big, ineffective, wasteful, and generates too much debt. To feed its addiction, it taxes, spends, creates a large group of dependent people, and demonizes the only job creating sector in society, businesses.
Congress must focus on shrinking government, cutting taxes, and freeing businesses from unneeded controls. This will lead to less government, fewer entitlement programs, and a more robust private sector that will generate jobs. As I understand it, this is a key plank of the Tea Party’s strategy. Is this extreme? I don't think so.
Harry Reid says legislation “is an art of working together, building consensus, compromise.” Yes, and no. Yes, if the decision is likely to move the economy in the direction of an effective solution; no, if the opposite is true.
Listening to liberal politicians' criticisms of the conservative movement intrigues me. They say the Tea Party is extreme. However, they do not view as extreme, their incessant attacks on businesses, their constant need to tax, and pitting one class against another. These liberals do not see economic growth, per se, as a solution. Instead, they want to redistribute wealth to the “middle class.” Surely, there are injustices in society that we must address, but we do not solve these issues by tearing down one class, and creating warfare between different societal groups.
What do the liberals want? They want more debt, more taxes, wealth redistribution (class warfare), and more government spending. This approach failed. It will not create sustainable jobs, Mr. Reid. It will move the economy away from where it should go.
So, why should the Tea Party compromise or try to get consensus around this tried and unsuccessful strategy? Consensus and compromise sound honorable and effective, but when they take you to the lowest common denominator of defeat, you must reject them. That's what I pray the Tea Party will continue to do; stand firm against these failed policies. If this approach creates a logjam, debt default, maybe the people will see that the liberals and their worn-out strategies need changing.
God, help America.