Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tea and Taxes
Millions of Americans are paying their taxes today; in addition, thousands are participating in Tea Parties across the land to protest government spending and tax increases. Glenn Reynolds' essay today in the Wall Street Journal points out some interesting facts about the tax protests. This is a true groundswell movement which has just come into existence in the past few months. Without the Internet's ability to allow ordinary people to organize, a cross-country protest like this could never have happened. A few paranoiacs suggested the tea parties had been dreamed up and bankrolled by some large political group or other, but no one has enough money or organizational skills to mount something this big.
It will be interesting to see what happens next. As Reynolds points out, the movement could get bigger, give birth to a third political party - or flame out if everyone loses interest. I don't somehow think the last option is going to happen, at least not as long as the federal government keeps saying that spending mind-boggling amounts of money is the answer to all our problems.