Circumstances did not permit me to attend a Tax Day Tea Party yesterday, but I did watch them on TV. To be fair, I did watch the coverage on Fox News almost exclusively, but in my defense, the other networks either were not covering the events or, were only talking about it with old men in suits, and frankly, people in goofy hats, carrying witty signs have a higher entertainment value for this housefrau.

Some of my favorite signs included:

  • Spread the work ethic, not the wealth
    Stop robbing my piggy bank (held by a very cute kid)
    Why do I feel like a ship passing Somalia?
    Party like it’s 1773.
    If you have time to read my sign, try reading the legislation next time!
    Fiscally conservative and fabulous!
    I’ve read as much of the legislation as you (held by another small child).
    Trust in God, not Govt.
    Give me liberty not debt!
    I liked my old Uncle Sam, not my new Big Brother.
    It’s the spending stupid.
    Tax Congress 90%.
    Keep the change.
    We ARE the people.
    Who will bail America out?
    You can’t fix stupid, but you can vote them out.
    We are not the ATM.
    Let the failures, fail.
    I owe what??
    Clean the House and Senate.
    Bring back common sense.
    You work for us and YOU’RE FIRED!
    Don’t blame me I voted for (someone else).
  • The reaction of the White House and the Left has been predictable: dismissive and rude. Nancy Pelosi commented: ”This [tea party] initiative is funded by the high end — we call call it astroturf, it’s not really a grassroots movement. It’s astroturf by some of the wealthiest people in America to keep the focus on tax cuts for the rich instead of for the great middle class. Really? Because every one of the people that I saw interviewed were just regular ‘salt of the earth’ type folk. To quote Neil Cavuto, “this was not the Grey Poupon crowd”. Ms. Speaker, I suggest you get off of your Gulf Stream and come back to economy class for a while. The unwashed masses welcome you.

    The MSM also was under the delusion that somehow the GOP organized the rallies as a way to re-energize their base. Let me tell you, they did not. The GOP is not that organized or smart, if they were they would have fronted someone other than John McCain last year and that person would have won the election and the GOP would have never lost the Congress in the first place.

    So now what do we do? My hope that these tea parties will keep going and that the people who supported them and attended them will do more than just call and write letters to Congress and the President. It’s safe to assume that many in Congress will just sit back and do the same things they have always done, which is not much. So my question to you Derby Fans, is this, were would you like to see the Tea Party movement go? What is the next step?