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Re: gov't shutdown.... :( baseball55

Posted by Dinah on October 14, 2013, at 8:42:01 [reposted on October 14, 2013, at 14:44:14 | original URL]

In reply to Re: gov't shutdown.... :(, posted by baseball55 on October 13, 2013, at 23:19:02

> I can understand why the super-rich who finance the Tea Party feel this way. They would like to see wages fall and will do anything to prevent Americans from looking to government for help, which will then look to them to pay higher taxes. But why do babblers feel this way? Are you all anti-tax billionaires like the Koch brothers who finance Americans for Prosperity, which finances the Tea Party?

It may or may not finance the Tea Party. Rich people finance most parties. But my experience with Tea Partiers is large, based on where I live. In my area of the country, it isn't the rich at all who support the Tea Party.

There are a lot of things other than economics wrapped up in the Tea Party, and the people who support it support it for myriad reasons. Largely a belief that our country is not headed in the right direction, and a wish to return to better times (by their understanding). Once party affiliation is made, many people of many beliefs tend to support their party. Probably tribalism remnants. I think people with less affiliative tendencies find fault in whatever party they happen to be in.

I personally think their rise to power has hurt the Republican Party, and I fervently wish the end to the party system entirely. I think it would be nice if people ran on their own positions and beliefs.

But failing that, I'd like to see the formation of a Moderate Party that eschewed extremes on both ends.

What do we want? A sensible economic plan of judicious budget cuts and incremental tax increases, with plenty of checks on fiscal responsibility and against abuse.

When do we want it? As soon as realistically feasible for smooth implementation, with plenty of checks to make sure we're on the right path.

How will we get it? By courteous tripartisan engagement.

 

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