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TEA PARTY: Now, for some facts

Letter by Billie Tilstra, Graham on Sep. 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm | 52 Comments »
September 16, 2010 2:19 pm

Wow! What a diatribe in the letter (9/15) regarding the tea party! Pork bellies, beer guts, fat jowls? In high school, our debate teacher told us “if you can’t argue with the facts, call them names.” Methinks our writer has resorted to that level.

The folks who attend the tea party rallies are ordinary citizens, speaking in a unanimous voice to say “Enough spending! Enough government take over! Enough loss of jobs, homes and retirement funds.” Their expenses are not paid by “billionaires.” They are struggling to maintain their homes, medical expenses etc, .The tea party’s success in the recent primaries speaks for itself.

And before you blame Bush, think of this: On Jan. 3, 2007, the Democrats took control. That was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee, and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic collapse that occurred 15 months later was in banking and financial services. Bush requested Congress 17 times to stop Freddie and Fannie (starting in 2001), because it was financially risky. And we all know what happened with that and is still costing us.

If there are some overweight tea party members, I don’t recall that they have a monopoly on that. Take a look at the Democrats in power – plenty of fat to go around, both in their bellies and in their pockets.

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