Teabagging

Today, folks who are mad-as-hell and not-going-to-take-it-anymore gathered in many places around the country for tea parties. Many of the protesters were anti-Obama, conservative, or libertarians who had been rallied together by the likes of Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform; former presidential candidate Alan Keyes (who filed a lawsuit challenging Obama’s citizenship); and Thomas A. Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. They were supposedly emulating the Revolutionary War tactic of dumping tea overboard to protest British rule. Instead of chests of tea, today many dangled tea-bags.

So, what were the teabaggers protesting about? Gregg Smith, over at Electric City weblog, suggests it was a way

for us ‘little guys’ to express our frustration with a political elite that is willing to allocate our money to protect the butts of very large, failed banks and bankers.

And that would make sense. There’s a dynamic emerging of big corporations making off with the TARP bailout money, while the local banks and small businesses get little help in a declining economy.

But, then we learn of protesters in Washington DC and elsewhere who carried American flags, and sodden signs bearing such slogans as “Socialism — Change we can’t afford,” “We will not bow to higher taxes,” and “Defend Our Constitution.”

Maybe they’re sore losers who don’t like the results of the popular election of President Obama. Remember him, the guy who ranked last year as the most liberal member of the Senate?

Or, are they against fighting two large foreign wars at one? Do they want to secede, like Texas, from the United States? Do they want great American companies like General Motors and Chrysler to file for bankruptcy, be dismantled and then sold off in small pieces? I don’t really know.

But, if it were government spending they are concerned about then they might find this graph illuminating:

Rising spending

As Skewz points out (at Salon.com), the upward trend has been there for a while.

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