We’ve had enough of the out of control spending, the bailouts, the growth of big government and the soaring deficits. And we reject the future tax increases to pay for all of this spending and debt down the road. We are gathering on 9-12-2009 to deliver our message in person that we’ve had enough!
The nice thing about this statement is that it identifies the crucial problem: excessive spending. Many anti-government protests focus only on high taxes, without stating what spending should be reduced as well.
Cutting expenditure is politically difficult, of course. Virtually all expenditure benefits some interest group; otherwise, it would have been cut already. Medicare is a perfect example; everyone either receives it now or hopes to receive it in the future, so support is widespread. Yet Medicare is a large and growing fraction of the budget, so lowering spending without touching Medicare is missing the forest for the trees.
The Tea Party groups could thus gain enormous points for honesty and consistency, yet lose a large fraction of their support, by opposing not only new spending like Obamacare but also existing spending like Medicare. We will see.