(08-02-2011 03:27 PM)zorritta Wrote: This is what I don't understand about Americans - they voted in Tea Partiers! Who are there EXPRESSLY to make drastic cuts that, yes, will definitely reduce the budget deficit (which we all agree is important), but in the process will utterly decimate the lives of that exact same group of people - who can afford it far less than other groups.
Actually, whether spending cuts will reduce the deficit is not all that certain. If you make cuts that causes the economy to crash in some way, your deficit actually goes up anyway because tax revenues go in the toilet. The lack of tax revenue from our extreme loss of GDP at the end of Bush's term is one of our problems now.
And cuts almost certainly will not reduce the debt (which is the real problem in the long term). The reason is that our structural debt problem is the rising cost of health care. The only cuts that would tackle the long term debt would require cuts so drastic that it would make Cantor's plan look sane.
Quote:I may be wrong, but isn't a large demographic of Tea Party voters middle-class, working citizens? The same citizens that WON'T benefit from Tea Party political moves? Where is the disconnect here? Are we just not educating the American public how politics actually WORKS?!?!
Well, there's the tea party, and there's the people at the rallies. The tea party, as such, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch brother's. The guy deemed responsible for the first rumblings of a "tea party" and who led it actually disassociated himself from it when it got taken over and used as a front for right-wing Astroturf.
Plus, there's a black guy in the White House. Racial prejudice has been trumping economic self-interest since the dawn of racial prejudice.