April 15 marks the 9th anniversary of the first Tax Day Tea Party rallies. It was a time of incredible passion for the Constitution, limited government, and fiscal responsibility. Thousands, perhaps millions, of people who had never done anything more political than vote or write a letter-to-the-editor, joined in rallies, marches, and campaigns. They called talk shows, collected signatures, gave money, and even ran for office. What happened to that passion? Where are the thousands who fought so hard against bloated government?
Did the Tea Party live up to its promise or
did it wither in the hypocrisy of political partisanship?
Last week, a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican President passed and signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that funds the government through September. It includes a treasure trove of liberal spending, along with dramatically increased defense spending.
The Atlantic Magazine said of the bill:
“President Obama finally got a Republican-controlled Congress to fund his domestic budget. All it took was Donald Trump in the White House to get it done.”
According to The Atlantic, “Congress eliminated none of the 18 independent agencies Trump wanted to scrap, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And several of the programs he wanted to zero out won huge increases instead. Take the TIGER grants, an infrastructure program created by Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package. Congress had allocated $500 million to it each of the last several years, despite annual Obama requests to boost it to $1.25 billion. Trump’s budget called for axing it entirely, but lawmakers went even higher than Obama, giving $1.5 billion to TIGER. Or the Community Development Block Grant, a federal housing program that had been receiving $3 billion from Congress annually. Obama actually proposed cutting its funding by $200 million in 2016, while Trump called for chopping it altogether. In the end, it received $3.3 billion—a 10 percent boost.”
This legislation is an insult to the thousands of Americans who have fought for fiscal responsibility over the past nine years. But, where are the protests? I see vigorous discussions on Facebook. Has this replaced the real activism of the patriots who rallied and marched in 2009 and 2010? The lack of real response leaves the Tea Party movement subject to accurate labels of hypocrisy.
The Republican majority in Congress, President Trump, and all who support them should be ashamed of this spending bill. “Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska accused his party of hypocrisy. “Every Republican would vote against this disgusting pork bill if a Democrat were president,” he said in a statement.” said The Atlantic. President Trump and the Republicans promised balanced budgets. Instead they’ve continued to saddle our children and grand children with never ending debt.
Liberals and Progressives make themselves easy targets because of their expected and blatant hypocrisy. Millions of people marched around the country, in Washington, DC, and in Lincoln Square to protest bank bailouts and President Obama’s stimulus bill (which was a puny $831 billion over 10 years compared to this $1.4 trillion over 6 months). When so-called fiscal conservatives fail to live up to their promises, we must hold them responsible. An (R) after their names should provide no protection from their lies.
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