One simple chart from the Congressional Budget Office explains why a Tea Party Movement exists.

Look at the last bar on the right.  Deficit spending hasn’t inched up, it hasn’t even exploded.  The operative verb is hemorrhaging.  Our budget is hemorrhaging because of spending imposed on America by the Democratic Party.

These are partisan deficits.

Democrats were justly (if insincerely) critical of excessive government spending during the Bush years.  Heck, rank and file Republicans were critical.  Why do you think so many stayed home in 2006 and ceded Congress to the Democrats?

Republicans got what they deserved.

And now America is getting what it deserves turning over the keys to the treasury to a party that believes that the government that governs the best spends the most.  The late, great Thomas Jefferson is surely turning over in his grave.

The depth of the fiscal carnage is so utterly breathtaking, it could easily lead one to despair and cynicism.

Don’t fall for it.  After all, this IS America.  We are the most resourceful country in the history of humanity.  The ballot box gives us power, and don’t think otherwise.

The damage done by our elected officials can be mitigated by a strong response at the ballot box this November.

To be fair to my Democratic friends, Republicans have colluded in the expansion of the Federal Government.  They deserve much blame, but Democrats deserve more in light of the explosion in spending that began when they retook Congress in 2006, and in light of the hemorrhaging since President Obama took over last year.

To put things in perspective, in 1980 the Federal government spent an average of $2498 per citizen.

This year, the estimated numbers are $11,640 per citizen (or $4470 in 1980 inflation-adjusted numbers).

My liberal friends contend that the root cause of the deficits are “Bush’s tax cuts for the rich.”  But that doesn’t square with my analysis of the data.  For the decade of the 80’s, the government collected an average of $22,688 in taxes per citizen.  In the 2000’s, they collected an average of $29,427 per citizen.  (2009 receipts are estimated.  Numbers are inflation-adjusted in 1980 dollars.)

In other words, receipts have skyrocketed.  They are not the root cause of our deficit hemorrhaging.

Spending is the problem.

The Tea Party Movement exists largely because they know we can’t afford the spending imposed on our nation by both parties.  Rank and file Republicans tend to be fiscally frugal.  Elected Republicans aren’t so consistent.

The Tea Party Movement is a mechanism to keep elected Republicans accountable to the taxpayers.

Look at the chart above again.  We’ve got a big spending problem.  Let’s elect the women and men who can fix the problem.

To my Republican friends, if you regain Congress this Fall, don’t blow it.  You’ve got one more shot.  We’re counting on you.

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  1. skyedog27 on April 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Yes, Republicans are as much to blame for the financial crisis this country is facing as the Democrats. Men and women sent to Washington to REPRESENT the people have largely ignored our directives while bowing to Corporations and Unions. This is why we need term limits. Our founding fathers did not intend for our representatives to be career polititions. Nor did they intend our government to repress the people with over-taxation of some for the benefit of those who won’t work.
    Pork spending must stop. Our government is spending huge amounts of tax payer money with apparently no oversite. For example: Medicaid reimbusements. Medicaid paid my father-in-law’s nursing home $800.00 for two items that actually cost $45.00 each! We know these shenanigans go on constantly. Where is the outrage? Is there no one who actually audits or shops around for the best price of anything? Apparently not. As long as the trough is kept filled the hogs will belly up.
    The Tea Party movement is largely a group of ‘common folk’ who are fed up with out-of-control spending and government interference in our lives. We are not a group of nuts. We do have principals and common sense.
    We need our government to be able to mount an army to defend us. After that the government is pretty much interferancing in our lives.
    At this point it doesn’t seem to matter which party is in control. Neither party seem to have much in the way of moral pricipals or, regarding the Republicans, any backbone to stand by the words that got them elected in the first place.
    We don’t need to elect Republicans or Democrates. We need to elect people who are moral, upright, ethical and who believe in our constitution. Men and women who make laws that are solid, stable and morally correct, not ever changing, evolving and morally bankrupt.

  2. bobic7 on April 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm


    I think both you and skyedog27 are right on the money (no pun intended). If you have time go to this web page and read the article by Scott Burns. He’s a respected financial writer and offers interesting comments on how the deficit will erode many traditional paper assets. Note his reference to David Swensen who is Manager of the Yale University Endowment Fund. Be sure to scroll down to his column.

    Bob Roelf
    Iowa City

    • quinersdiner on April 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Bob: Burns’ article is a good one. The price to hire workers is going up thanks to increasingly burdensome government regulations, which creates a disincentive for employers to hire new workers.

      I expect unemployment to remain high for years to come, just like Europe, as we emulate their big government model.



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