Lorie Byrd has a great little essay on “Five Reasons You Should Tea Party this Week”:
On Wednesday, April 15, thousands of people are expected in all 50 states to join together for over 500 “tea party” protests. Those attending the tea parties will be standing in opposition to rising taxes, more government control over private enterprise and less individual liberty. If you agree with any of the following, you might want to join the party on April 15 to let your voice be heard.
1.You don’t mind paying reasonable taxes, but you don’t believe your wealth should be “spread around” in the manner Congress and the President are proposing.
Why are tea parties being held on April 15? John Hood wrote at Carolina Journal Online: “Informed taxpayers know that it doesn’t really matter which way the payments flow on April 15. If we ‘get’ a ‘refund,’ we understand that it only signifies the government’s power to compel us to lend it our money at zero interest. If we send in a check, we understand that it is only on top of a much-larger sum we’ve already paid…It’s not that we believe there should be no taxes. Government is a necessary institution for the preservation of our liberty. By its very nature, government is compulsory and will tax us. But the taxing power should be used only according to constitutional principles, to fund the limited, constitutional functions that private individuals and voluntary associations cannot do for themselves.”
2. You believed Democrats when they spent the past eight years criticizing President Bush for deficit spending, and you are upset that in just over three months President Obama, along with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, have tripled the deficit.
3. You believe the “Stimulus” bill contained too much pork and not enough stimulus. You believed candidate Obama when he promised to reduce earmarks and reform the earmark process, then were outraged when he signed a bill containing thousands of earmarks.
4. You oppose the current bailout mentality and oppose the bailouts, both past and future. You not only fear the amount of debt funding the bailouts adds to your children and grandchildren, but fear the exercise of control the government is exerting over those it “bails out.”
5. You believe businesses should not be under attack by the United States government, especially during a tough economy and you oppose increased government control of the private sector. You don’t believe the way to promote and encourage strong businesses and entrepreneurial spirit is to attack CEOs for taking bonuses the government had already approved and then tax those who did not return them at 90 percent. You don’t believe the President should be asking for the resignation of the CEO of General Motors or any other American company. You don’t believe the President should be capping the salaries of American executives or of any other American working in the private sector. You don’t believe the President of the United States should be guaranteeing your car warranty.
There’s more, of course. Read the entire thing here.
Meanwhile on the San Antonio Tea Party Front, Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent, and Steve Vaus are confirmed. San Antonio Police told Baptist Security they could be expecting over 5,000 people or more, and advised them to plan accordingly.
I’ll be there. I’ll be taking lots of pictures, which I promise to post when I get back home. I don’t promise anything before 10pm at the earliest — I expect gridlock.
And I promise not to faint in front of Glenn Beck.