[FoRK] "Two faces of the Tea Party"

Dave Kammeyer kammeyer at kammeyer.org
Thu Jun 24 10:14:25 PDT 2010

The closest thing to a formal platform is this:


Two planks are Balanced Budget, and extend the Bush tax cuts, followed
by some sort of tax overhaul.  They pay for this by ending earmarks.
That oughta save a few billion.

Repealing HCR and keeping SS/Medicare is something you hear from most
tea-on-the-street folks, because most of the tea party is old and
about to collect these benefits.

Another plank of theirs is capping the increase in the size of the
federal budget.  That's a good start, but the on-budget discretionary
part of the budget is dominated by military spending.  You don't hear
most TP people clamoring to cut military spending.


On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 6:55 AM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
> On Jun 23, 2010, at 21:23, Dave Kammeyer <kammeyer at kammeyer.org> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>>> If you perform this filtering over most of the various TP factions,
>>> you'll
>>> discover something not so extreme.
>> Yeah, but you'll also find something that's not coherent.  It's a
>> don't cut my Medicare or Social Security or the military, cut my
>> taxes, and balance the budget.  There's also a subsidiary, coherent,
>> anti-intellectual, pro-Christian, Traditionalist aspect to the
>> platform.
> BS.  You've asserted this before, IIRC, but (a) I see no such thing, because
> (b) there is no unitary TP to *have* a platform.
> Further, I've previously cited articles quoting the heads of a couple of the
> major constituencies that directly contradict this.
> But you go on manufacturing "fact" by assertion, or propagating that meme,
> or whatever you are doing.
> It's the economy, stupid.  You can selectively sample whatever part of the
> rabble you want, but the consistent theme among the major players is *not*
> what you are claiming.
> jb
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