• Tax Day Brewhaha: A Glimpse Inside the Tea Party

    Today many Americans will be asking the same question: Who are those people waving signs about income taxes, the president, health care and whatever other nouns fit on a piece of cardboard?

    A new CBS/New York Times survey has the answers

    [W]hile some say the Tea Party stands for "Taxed Enough Already," most Tea Party supporters – 52 percent – say their taxes are fair, the poll shows.

    Uhh, okay. So what's up with all the protests?

    Fifty-three percent of Tea Party supporters describe themselves as "angry" about the way things are going in Washington, compared to 19 percent of Americans overall who say they are angry.

    More than nine in ten (92 percent) say America is on the wrong track, while just six percent say the country is headed in the right direction. Fifty-nine percent of Americans overall say the country is on the wrong track.

    Asked to volunteer what they don't like about Mr. Obama, the top answer, offered by 19 percent of Tea Party supporters, was that they just don't like him.

    Hey, sometimes people just don't like other people. It happens. I once had this boss who was a real jerk, so I Photoshopped his face onto an image of the Joker and accused him of being a Socialist. What? What's so weird about that?

    Here's one more drop of insight into the Tea Party, the final sugarcube in the cup, if you will…

    When talking about the Tea Party movement, the largest number of respondents said that the movement's goal should be reducing the size of government, more than cutting the budget deficit or lowering taxes.

    But in follow-up interviews, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or Social Security — the biggest domestic programs, suggesting instead a focus on "waste."

    [...] "That's a conundrum, isn't it?" asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. "I don't know what to say. Maybe I don't want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, "I didn't look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I've changed my mind."

    You may not agree with the Tea Party, but you have to admire the way they stick to their principles.

    At least until someone explains their principles to them.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Social Security, Socialism, Taxes, Tea Party


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