Teabagging Day!

Oh goody. The wingnuts and free-range loons are going to be out in force today (“Tax Day” for the 17% of Americans that haven’t already filed their income taxes) protesting all of the “reckless government spending” — something they were quite happily oblivious to for the past decade or more, apparently. Anyway, a couple of views on the protests from the left:

Howard Dean — as usual, the voice of reason. Go figure. I know that pseudo-cons will likely never be capable of getting their heads around that idea, but contrary to the ridiculous caricatures of him conjured up by the right-wing during the 2004 election, the guy is a very sensible and moderate fiscal conservative — always was, and still is.

16 Replies to “Teabagging Day!”

  1. I wonder what MSNBC will have tomorrow when the ‘teabagging’ jokes and double-entendre are passe. I’ll miss it for sure – itw quite funny, more so that the Republicans and the Fox-news driven ‘teabaggers’ don’t get the joke (cuz they can’t use Wikipedia, apperently).

    That being said, I still think Obama and the mainstream are wrong with their spending approach (which worked so well for Bob Rae in 1991) and refusing to do anything about the Fed and fiat money.

    The difference is, of course, I can think they are wrong without resorting to bizarre conspiracy theories or attributing sinister motives to them. I’m sure Obama believes he is doing the right thing. And I’m sure guys like Krugman want to believe that Keynesianism works despite. They aren’t evil or stupid, they are just wrong.

    Mike

  2. Even as a Conservative, R/T, the marginalization of Howard Dean by not only the Republicans – but, in fact, by Democrats as well was a significant loss to government in the U.S.. I have listened to Dean on several interviews, and he is, in fact, an extremely intelligent individual. The fact that he isn’t the Secretary of Health is, in my mind, one of the great early failings of the Obama administration.

    .. but then, who knows, I mean, the MSM didn’t make any effort – and neither did the Republicans -to resurrect the history of Joe Biden cheating in law school, so there may be hope for Howard Dean yet.

  3. Mike — I’m sure that MSNBC will be looking for the “empty seats” at the Tea Bag Parties, looking to embarrass Fox News. It’s kind of funny that the folks in that movement don’t seem to get the humour of “Dick Armey Teabagging the White House!”

    As for the spending approach, well, you may be right, but I don’t see that there’s much alternative under the circumstances. So-called Austrian School theories might well be the answer, but they’d be political suicide. And do you really think that doing “something” with the Federal Reserve would be advisable at this point? Besides, there’s no political will for that at all, on either side of the political spectrum except for some libertarians and, if you’ll excuse me saying so, a few “cranks”…

    We’ll see if Krugman, et. al. are wrong, I guess and whether their approach was the right one. Although with regards to Paul, it should be noted that he can always claim that the government didn’t do enough to pull the economy out of its slide into recession, or whatever.

    By the way, let me return to my question from a few days ago… Have Von Heyck’s theories ever been implemented in the real world and, if so, what would be the best example of them in practice? I think that even some of the neo-liberal governments of the 80s were still pretty much mixed economies despite the limited shift to privatization, and full-throated espousal of free-market principles. Also, their monetary systems never changed from the conventional model of reserve currency.

  4. Rob — I was hoping he would get a more prominent role in the Obama administration like head of the DHHS, but he doesn’t seem too out of sorts about getting passed over. Maybe it’s just as well, given that he can be a polarizing figure — that happens to pols that speak their mind, it seems.

    As for the MSM ignoring Biden’s cheating in law school, I’m not familiar with that. But most people probably aren’t aware that Sara Palin was blessed by a witch doctor, either. One who she praised quite highly, I might add. So these things cut both ways to an extent.

  5. I just love Maddow’s delivery: “I should be reporting on the teabagging but I’m ridiculing it…I. Can’t. Help. Myself.” You can tell her mother’s from Newfoundland.

    I actually agree with Mike on the stimulus spending as a matter of principle and in the long run, it won’t work. But politically, the Democrats have no choice.

    I don’t see the situation to be that comparable to Canada’s. However, since the yoking of our economy to debt-financed consumption is finally complete and since the consumer culture in Canada is now hardly distinguishable from the American one, it’s an experience we need to pay attention to very closely.

  6. I actually like what is happening on twitter, with various people talking back about what they pay taxes for and why it is valuable. Like talking back and wrecking the party, hehe.

    Tagged #teaparty

  7. Off topic, Red, but have you seen that the Victoria Sunshine Guarantee paid out for Sunday? 1.28 cm of rain.

    This is a different article than I read earlier, which mentioned something about a $5,000 deductible with some type of insurer, in order to limit potential losses. As it is, it is looking like a smart move since the payouts aren’t that much even when it happens – and they are getting the press.

    Anyway, just thought you’d get a kick out of it.

    Here is the article:

    http://www.canada.com/Victoria+gives+tourists+rebate+rainy+days/1499438/story.html

  8. Joseph — Well, good for them. 🙂

    I hadn’t seen that actually, so thanks. We had a downpour of hail (!) here the other day, but I guess that probably didn’t count.

    Today, however, it’s just gorgeous (as was yesterday) — sunny, clear blue skies, daffodils out, cherry blossoms… the whole nine yards.

  9. Ti-Guy — I suspect much of the Conservatives’ “stimulus” spending is phony as a $3 bill, so they’ll probably come in way under what they’ve budgeted for.

  10. Sometimes I hate politics.. the whole “Tea Bagging” thing is basically sour grapes.

    Look. You lost. Deal with it. Take some time to maybe be a little introspective, consider why and, just saying, you might want to find a less ignorant figure-head than Rush Limbaugh…

    Just saying..

  11. Even when they had control of all three branches of the government, they still weren’t happy, so it’s little wonder they’re pissed off now. And some of it, to be sure, is purely an anti-government thing, which is understandable, but I don’t imagine these folks would be thrilled if the feds just sat on their hands and did nothing while the economy does a tailspin into the crapper either. Sometimes there’s just no pleasing people one way or the other.

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