Liberal and Tea Party Common Interest
What do liberals and Tea Partiers have in common? Anything?
The Tea Party complains of “taxation without representation.”
“The Tea Party movement is a populist United States protest movement that promotes fiscal conservatism. The movement emerged in early 2009, partially in response to the 2009 stimulus package as well as the 2008 bailouts.”
Liberals complain that the current political climate favors the wealthy elite.
“Liberalism is the belief in the importance of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of
these principles, but most liberals support such fundamental ideas as constitutions, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights,
free trade, secularism, and the market economy.”
The idea that we are taxed without representation has some merit to it.
A “leaked” secret memo by the Citi Group corporation tends to confirm we are living not in a democracy, but in a plutocracy; a society ruled by the wealthy few. The memo states:
“The top 1% of households account for 40% of financial net worth, more than the bottom 95% of households put together.”
“We project that the plutonomies (the U.S., UK, and Canada) will likely see even more income inequality, disproportionately feeding off a further rise in the profit share in their economies, capitalist-friendly governments, more technology-driven productivity, and globalization.”
The real problem is that the wealthiest people make donations to the the legislators who then protect the interests of the wealthy, often by favoring corporate profits over the interests of consumers or the middle class.
Tea Partiers have a strong arm (popular support), and a mighty bow (exposure of the fact of legislators not representing them),
but their aim (liberals) is off the mark.
They should aim at that system whereby the wealthy elite pay the legislators (campaign contributions) to favor corporate money-makers over their own citizens.