I agree with you for the most part, are you sure you're in California?
Floyd Alvin wrote:What's the figure, half the people in this country don't even bother to register and half of them that do don't bother to vote? If that is the case my guess is it is a lot more then just those that supported the Tea Party that feel that way.
Absolutely. I think that a majority feels that way, it's just that the demonstrators vocalized their feelings in an organized fashion.
Floyd Alvin wrote:Unless you figure that many people are not participating because they are so happy about the way government is running things.... fat chance of that! lol
A lot of people did not participate because of apathy, work, kids, introversion, etc. Also, I think some people are so invested in the "Obama is the answer" idea that they will follow his plans, regardless of wether or not they agree with them, longer than they normally would or should in order to save face. This is not to say republicans or any other political party supporters don't do the same thing. It's an issue with Democrats because we have a Democratic president.
Floyd Alvin wrote:But to follow your train of thought of taxers being politicians I'm not sure it is as simple as that.
We all know that it is much easier to get reelected then it is to get elected in the first place. So either the vast majority of the voters are also taxers or stupid, one or the other.
Maybe I'm becoming a little too jaded and synical, but I think it is as simple as that. I believe a lot of reelection occurs because most people are more afraid of the monster they don't know than the monster they know. A vast majority of voters are not neccessarily stupid, but I would venture a guess that less than 20% of voters spend more than 2 hours researching the names on the ballots they cast. Especially when they feel safe and stable.
If you ask the average person if they believe they are being over taxed, I would propose that 95% will say yes, assuming you don't ask a politician. It's no surprise that the idea of a tea party has been resurected. However, by putting a spin on the act, claiming that it's a GOP stunt to attack Obama, you change the focus of the people who would defend Obama.
The reason there are two parties in politics is so the argument is Republican vs. Democrat. This focus on the two sides battling takes away from the bigger picture which is that we are increasingly paying more and more to for our government to see less and less results. Most anything that can be taxed is being taxed. Property tax, Income tax, Sales tax, Death tax... You get taxed when you make the money then get taxed when you spend it. How the **** does that make sense?
I think a major downfall occured when being a politician became a career. Formerly, the leaders of the community would step up to form a board to see that the needs of the community were addressed and taken care of. They were the successful and intelligent and not necessarily the deceitful and opportunistic.
Look at your local government to see an example of government still working. The people in local govenment still need to look their neighbors in the eye. They can't jump into a black sedan or on a private jet and avoid the contention, they live in the same neighborhood as they're constituents. They have no where to hide. Which forces them to either stand up for what they believe and take the heat or go with the flow and avoid conflict. In either case, everything is transparent. In the event someone does operate dishonestly for personal gain, it ends up being caught, although occasionally it takes a while, but it gets caught. When there is a regular rotation of staffing and open oversight, there is no opportunity for personal gain at the cost of the taxpayers. No hiding. No fat paycheck. No smoke. No mirrors.