Tea Party Over Zuckerberg

Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 01:16 PM

By John LeBoutillier

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Time magazine proved its irrelevance and reinforced why it is in terminal decline by naming Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, featured in The Social Network hit movie this past summer — as its 2010 Person of the Year.

Are they kidding? In a year of tea party political revolution and WikiLeaks treachery and heroic Chilean miners, this man is the most important man of 2010?

American politics has now disintegrated into near-anarchy. If a Republican member of Congress even talks about working with President Obama, he/she is demonized.

The word “compromise” is banned from our vocabulary — to be replaced by finding “common ground.”

How exactly are we going to get anything done like tax cuts and spending cuts if we will not work with the (elected) White House?

Isn’t politics the art of getting as much of what you can get now and then, in the next election, trying to win more power to do even more?

I hear some talk-radio hosts and Sarah Palin and others decrying this tax cut deal. Interesting. These are the same people who were totally in the tank for G.W. Bush and a Republican Congress who were more liberal and fiscally irresponsible than anyone we have seen in the political realm in years! But now they’re fiscal conservatives?

I love almost all conservative talk radio hosts, but they got all flummoxed up with Bush. And because of Bush we have Obama. If Bush had ruled properly, there is no way someone so outside the American political mainstream as Barack Obama would ever have won the White House. But G.W. Bush blew it so badly that the country reacted by going to the other extreme. Thus, we have Obama.

The tax deal isn’t perfect. But the GOP, not the tea party movement, has been fixated on tax cuts over everything and anything else.

Wasn’t the lesson of 2010 that we need to cut the national debt and reduce the size of government?

Isn’t our precarious fiscal situation in part responsible for the mess our national economy is in? Yet the GOP pushes these tax cuts over debt reduction, and in that conflict will come the imminent Civil War inside the GOP and the conservative movement.

I proudly voted in Congress in 1981 for the Reagan tax cuts — with one reservation: where were some spending cuts? We never had them!

Yes, we were in a Democratic House, but couldn’t the GOP have tried harder to cut government? So, while the tax cuts did indeed reinvigorate the national economy, the federal government exploded in size. And we are today paying for that constant spending, which happened again under G.W. Bush and a GOP Congress: tax cuts, two wars with no one paying for them and then this idiotic Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit — an entitlement put in by Republicans!

No wonder the tea party has come along. And no wonder the Republican Party cannot find its way.

The tea party movement, not Mark Zuckerberg, should have been the Person of the Year. The tea party is the only entity keeping a fiscal eye on the ball in D.C.


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