[... a left-leaning somewhat-independent friend of mine suggested I read this NY Times opinion piece recommending that the tea party not push too hard. I got... a little carried away.]
There is no wisdom there. All he's doing is reading the tea leaves for the November elections (a remarkably apt analogy!), then curling into the fetal position and whimpering "Please don't hurt me too badly." Comparing our current government to what was in place under Lincoln or even when the Whig party was in power is patently absurd. The comparison to FDR is a little more accurate, since he started most of our big government projects... including, I should note, Social Security, one of the entitlement programs that are about to bankrupt us. I don't consider that a particularly good role model to follow no matter how politically popular it is to force the relatively young and healthy to pay for the health care and retirement of the elderly.
Fact is, the Tea Party as a whole is damn tired of politicians telling us how far we can go. Look at Obama -- how far has he gone, with his majority in the house and supermajority in the senate? If we take the house, we'll pass everything that we can possibly ram through the senate. If we capture the senate, we'll pass everything we can ram through the filibuster. We'll force the president to veto everything. And when he does, come 2012 he'll have a record to run away from.
Has the department of education accomplished anything more than increasing federal control over schools that continue to fail just as badly while funnelling union dues to democrats? Eliminate it.
Has the department of energy accomplished anything more than blocking new nuclear reactors from serving the energy needs of the country? No? Eliminate it.
Did the recently-renamed department of mineral resources accomplish anything other than spending our tax dollars inspecting drilling rigs that failed anyway and spending more tax dollars pretending to buy cleanup equipment that somehow wasn't available when it was needed? No? Eliminate it.
Has Obamacare accomplished anything more than bankrupting medicare faster and raising the cost of health care? No yet -- and what it plans to accomplish is horrifying, so we'll eliminate THAT before it has a chance to do more damage.
I can go on for hours like this. 2010 is just the opening volley. 2012 will clear the rubble. I fully expect Presidentess Palin to veto any bill that she can't roll up tightly, sharpen the tip, and stab into the heart of some vampiric beaurocrat. She's like Chuck Norris, only cuter. And she shoots wolves. From helicopters. With frikkin' laser beams. (Well, I may be exaggerating about the laser beams).
UPDATE: FDR can't be blamed for Medicare.
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