I don't mind Obama opposition in general, and concerns about exploding the deficits are more than reasonable concerns. Heck, make a coherent argument against anything I support, and I'll listen and consider it.
My problem with many — if not most — of the Tea Party protesters is that — well, how shall I say it — they're idiots. They simply don't understand how things work, so they're not in a position to criticize.
The classic example are the senior citizens who are on — and like – Medicare, but who loudly voice their opposition to any form of government-run healthcare. Do they have low IQs or are they just uninformed? Is there a brain severance that prevents them from understanding that the kind of thing they protest is something they actually like?
Doesn't matter, really. At the end of the day, one can dismiss their viewpoints as, at best, noise.
And today we have another example.
Last weekend, a large number of tea party protesters descended on Washington, D.C. to protest the — well, they really didn't have a unifed message, but generally, it was against government.
And apparently, some of them were less-than-satisfied with the service they got from the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), and found themselves facing crowded trains. It was difficult to get from point A to point B.
The irony? Well, the Washington metro is public transit — in other words, it’s run by big government. Nevertheless, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) has written a letter to WMATA complaining that the service wasn’t good enough for the tea baggers:
“These individuals came all the way from Southeast Texas to protest the excessive spending and growing government intrusion by the 111th Congress and the new Obama administration,” Brady wrote. “These participants, whose tax dollars were used to create and maintain this public transit system, were frustrated and disappointed that our nation’s capital did not make a great effort to simply provide a basic level of transit for them.”
That's right. People opposed to government spending are now calling on government to provide better services.
By the way, they didn't only use public transportation.
millionstens of thousands of teabaggers used the facilities of the government-run National Park system.
- They left a significant amount of trash behind in garbage cans (mostly anti-socialism signs, of course) for the government-run sanitation department to dispose of.
- They arrived at the Tea Party on government-built and -maintained roads.
- They relied on government-funded police to provide security.
- Many of them are on government-provided social security and/or Medicare.
Apparently, many of these people think these things pay for themselves. Or they want these government services (or better government services), but they just don't want to pay for them.
But Steve Benen takes a closer look at the complaint of Rep. Brady:
Apparently, Brady heard complaints from some of his constituents who traveled to D.C. to protest "big government." They were disappointed to discover, however, that the government hadn't done more to satisfy their public-transportation expectations, and now want other government officials to address the problem.
In some instances, Brady said constituents relied on private enterprise — taxi cabs — rather than the (ahem) public option. The conservative lawmaker described this as a bad thing. Local officials, Brady said, should have made "a great effort to simply provide a basic level of transit" to the public.
Read that sentence again and replace "transit" with "health care coverage."