“There’s a lot going on in Washington that we’re not very comfortable with.”
That was Cokie Roberts on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos as the Sunday morning panel sought to figure out what the April 15 tea parties were all about.
Was it about taxes? Well, taxes haven’t gone up. In fact, they’ve gone down – but they might have to go up given the massive new debt that the government is now incurring.
Was it about that debt? Perhaps the public has a gut sense that short-term gains from economic stimulus spending will be outweighed by the heavy burden of debt on the economy.
Maybe it’s government involvement in the economy. The administration has made competitive and leadership decisions for the auto industry recently, breaking down a dividing line between the public and private sectors that has been well accepted for most of our nation’s history.
“There’s a lot going on Washington that we’re not very comfortable with.”
Of course, there’s a theory that the tea parties were manufactured by interest groups on the right and that they were motivated by simple anti-Obama passions.
So, what were the tea parties about for you?