Right, so back to the Tea Party.... I followed my directions "to the T" (heh heh), but never found the Star of India restaurant. Instead, my directions took me right into the East Horton Plaza parking entrance. So I went with it, parked, got out the stroller and supplies, and decided I could walk a few blocks. No big deal, right? I exited the parking lot, paused a moment to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of downtown San Diego nestled against the salty-aired harbor. So fresh. And off we went. I headed toward Broadway and followed the thoroughfare toward the harbor. After a block or so, I figured I should probably ask someone where the restaurant was instead of wandering aimlessly about the city. I approached a group of friendly-looking homeless folk. One man emerged from the group when I mentioned the Star of India and pointed me down Broadway saying that I had to walk right to the harbor and I'd find it there. That's when it dawned on me that perhaps we weren't talking about a restaurant, but a ship. And then I remembered that the Star of India is a replica of an Old World vessel. Duh. Seriously Liz, sometimes I could just..."Knock, knock. Anyone home upstairs?!" :0) Oh well, we walked briskly to avoid extreme tardiness, stopped to say hello to Daddy whose building we passed on the way, then charged on to the harbor and our fellow rally-goers. The boys had a great time absorbing the city folk and structures. I can certainly always use the exercise. No complaints here.
The rally was well underway with an estimated 600 (!) protesters. People were lined along the bay front road, eliciting horn honking and cheers from autos and trucks. Bullhorns were blowing, children were scampering about, folks were chatting amicably about shared concerns. And they even actually dumped tea into the harbor amid chants of "Throw that tea! Throw that tea!" All in all, I'd say the protest was a rousing success and with reports still flowing in, countrywide protest tallies are already at an estimated 25,000! People are concerned about the so-called stimulus bill, the mortgage and bank bailouts, and now the $3.6 trillion dollar budget that Obama unveiled yesterday! He claims he will bust the national deficit in half by 2013, but the numbers just don't add up (or down, for that matter). In fact, in a FOX news release following the announcement of this new government budget, a breakdown shows that the federal deficit will actually be greater by 2013!
"The cost of the stimulus bill and the increased bailout support would push the deficit for this year to $1.75 trillion, nearly four times last year's record $455 billion and a percentage of the economy -- just over 12 percent -- not seen since World War II. The deficit would remain near $1 trillion over the next two years before dropping to $581 billion in 2012 and $533 billion in 2013, the year that Obama has pledged to cut the deficit he inherited in half."
- Only a small percentage of the $789 billion will be going toward practical building projects. The rest is allotted for the creation of more bureaucratic, "ditch-digging" desk jobs (in fact, about 600,000 more on the government payroll that we support with our taxes), tax cuts and credits that penalize ambition and capitalism while rewarding those who don't even pay any taxes, bailouts, bailouts and more bailouts, and earmark funding of pet projects.
“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”~The late Dr. Adrian Rogers
- Oh, and let's not forget that a HUGE chunk will be going toward the initiation of universal health care here in the States. One step closer to socialized health care. Ever seen what socialized health care looks like in countries that have implemented it? Let's just put it this way, Canadians cross the border on a regular basis to PAY doctors for health care services just so they won't have to wait in a hospital waiting room until the Second Coming in order to be diagnosed and receive medical attention. Now, don't get me wrong, something has got to change with our healthcare system because to deny people medical care due to a preexisting condition or lack of employment or lack of income is wrong. It is. But universal healthcare is a scary way to go about that. Where insurance companies operate on the basis of individuals regularly paying into a consumer pool and essentially paying for the sick consumers or the off-chance that they themselves get sick, increasing the number of individuals taken on by insurance companies will naturally increase the premiums the rest of us have to pay. I don't explain this well, but here's a great 20/20 series with John Stossel and Michael Moore that addresses the issue of socialized healthcare and touches on this insurance arrangement.
- Duh. Who wants to pay for a financially irresponsible person's mortgage?
- Um, I'd really like to save my money to buy MY OWN house.
Here's what I don't like about the $3.6 trillion dollar government budget:
- Double duh. Spending money increases debt. It really is that simple.
- Government shouldn't be gambling with taxpayers dollars.
- This budget response from a couple of our senators sums it up nicely:
"I agree with the president that we need to make some tough decisions regarding how we spend taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, at this juncture, while the American people are tightening their belts, Washington seems to be taking its belt off," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.
"This budget makes clear that the era of big government is back, and Democrats want you to pay for it," House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a statement.
Obama White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel said, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste...it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." What does that mean? What good things can you NOT do except in crisis? Hmmm...can't think of anything. We can always do good things. But often the chaos of crisis provides the opportunity for monster policies to be pushed quietly through under the radar (kind of like the fact that very few, if any, legislators were able to read all 1073 pages of our current, ratified stimulus bill).