– What was that about violence and misspelled signs? Will the left condemn? And spellcheck?
– Rolling Tea Party to greet Obama in Quincy and Macon
– Macon County Patriots plan a massive rally for Obama when he rolls through to view the POET Biorefining ethanol plant
– This breaks my heart: Homeless hero dies in the street and 25, TWENTY-FIVE people walk past him
Continuing to pierce the falsity that insurers make oodles of cash monnay:
In 2009, the largest 14 insurers had profits of roughly $9 billion; that approached 0.4 percent of total health spending of $2.472 trillion.
If total health spending is $2.472 trillion per year, that’s about $6.8 billion per day and $283 million per hour. So the profits from last year of $9 billion of the 14 largest insurers account for about 32 hours of annual spending on health care or less than two days of the total spending. It’s then all of the other costs that account for the rest of the 99.6% of spending and the other 363 days.
There were promises of transparency and of a new kind of collaborative politics where establishment figures listened to ordinary Americans. We were going to see net spending cuts, tax cuts for nearly all Americans, an end to earmarks, legislation posted online for the public to review before it is signed into law, and a line-by-line review of the federal budget to remove wasteful programs.
These weren’t the tea-party platforms I heard discussed in Nashville last weekend. They were the campaign promises of Barack Obama in 2008.
Mr. Obama made those promises because the ideas they represented were popular with average Americans. So popular, it turns out, that average Americans are organizing themselves in pursuit of the kind of good government Mr. Obama promised, but has not delivered.
Tea partiers are still angry at federal deficits, at Washington’s habit of rewarding failure with handouts and punishing success with taxes and regulation, and the general incompetence that has marked the first year of the Obama presidency. But they’re no longer depressed.
Instead, they seem energized.
Press attention focused on Sarah Palin’s speech, which was well-received by the crowd. But the attendees I met weren’t looking to her for direction. They were hoping she would move in theirs. Right now, the tea party isn’t looking for leaders so much as leaders are looking to align themselves with the tea party.
You must read the whole thing.
Glenn gets it completely. It’s why the St. Louis Tea Party, among many others, refuse to endorse candidates, instead demanding that candidates who seek consideration endorse the tea party principles of limited government, individual liberty, and low taxes.