Alex Knapp hits a home-run at Outside the Beltway with this post regarding the absurdity of the whole tea party and “Going Galt” movement:
Let’s call the “tea party” and “going Galt” nonsense what it is: unprincipled partisan hackery. If these were truly principled protests, they’d have been around all through the Bush and Republican-controlled Congress years, too.
And, he goes on:
* I didn’t see people sending bags of tea to their local city councils when tax dollars were taken from the middle class and used to support athletic stadiums and tax shelters for athletic teams worth hundreds of millions–sometimes billions of dollars.
* I don’t recall anyone threatening to cut their own wages to protest the fact that the United States Armed Forces continues to contract with KBR despite the fact that KBR cannot account for billions of taxpayers funds that it has already received.
* And I’ve done some searches, but I didn’t find any evidence of large scale protests aimed at a Republican Party which, over the last eight years, further doctored the tax and regulatory codes to favor large, public corporations and disfavor small businesses and individual entrepreneurs.
But then, that’s not too surprising when you consider who some of the leading voices behind this meme are Michelle Malkin, for example, didn’t realize that George W. Bush was a big spending liberal until sometime last fall, and Alex is correct to note that there was very little complaint from the right about anything that Bush did, with the notable exceptions of the Dubai Ports deal, the McCain immigration bill, and the Harriet Miers nomination.
And now, we see that Newt Gingrich has jumped on the Tea Party bandwagon. As I noted last week Gingrich is hardly the best spokesman out there for fiscal restraint and limited government, and the fact that he’s latched on to the movement makes one wonder if the whole thing isn’t just a big astroturfing campaign.