No overarching conclusions about the group’s beliefs/motives here, but a few things have emerged from the primordial media ooze to gain purchase on the shifting sands of my awareness:
- When Dick Armey and FreedomWatch are organizing and funding a lot of your efforts, you can be a lot of things, but “grass roots” is not one of them.
- In general, I, too, worry about budget deficits. But, having not slept through Econ 101 (got a B, in fact), I understand that when consumer demand has collapsed and jobs are hemorrhaging, the government has to spend because no one else is going to. And it’s funny how so few of those NOW worried about deficits worried about them between 2001 and 2008.
- One thing I don’t worry about is the notion that federal income taxes are unacceptably high by any recent historical standard, because they’re just not. On the other hand, a recent CBS/New York Times poll found, teabagger concern about those taxes appears to have been overblown by anecdotal media reports: “Most [Tea Party movement supporters polled] describe the amount they paid in taxes this year as ‘fair.’”
- And, finally, although I’m willing to give teabaggers in general the benefit of the doubt on race issues, that doubt is significant all the same for this reason: that same poll found that:
- 25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites — compared with 11 percent of the general public.
- They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people.
UPDATE: If the Christian Science Monitor is mocking you, you probably should just give up.