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Tea Party Movement

What is the "Tea Party Movement"?
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David Bunyan

on 14 April 2010

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TEA Party Movement What is the Tea Party?
The Tea Party movement is a populist United States protest movement that promotes fiscal conservatism. The movement emerged in 2009 through an ongoing series of Tea Party protests. These are partially in response to the 2009 stimulus package as well as the 2008 bailouts. In addition to the recent Healthcare Law.
The name "Tea Party" is a reference to the historic Boston Tea Party of 1773, a protest by American colonists against taxation by the British government when the colonists had no representation in the British Parliament that pre-dated but laid the ground for the American Revolutionary War. Tea Party protests have sought to evoke similar images, slogans and themes to this iconic period in American history. It may also refer to the often-used acronym TEA Party, a play on a party slogan: "Taxed Enough Already.”
The Tea Party movement "an ideological mix of libertarianism and conservativism with the common denominator being lower spending and smaller government." The general consensus within the Tea Party is that "big" government, along with big spending, is to be avoided.

Entities of the Movement
The Tea Party Patriots are a national organization
The Tea Party Express is a national bus tour run by Our Country Deserves Better PAC
Tea Party Nation held a National Convention February 4–6, 2010.
Keynote Sarah Palin Polls/#'s
A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,900 adult Americans conducted in March of 2010, found that of those who identified themselves as part of the Tea Party movement:
88 % were white
77 % voted for 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain
74 % identified themselves as Republicans or independents who lean Republican
16 % said they are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents
60 % have a favorable impression of the Republican Party
82 % have an unfavorable opinion of the Democratic Party

A poll by CBS News/New York Times taken Feb 5-10, 2010, found that only 2% of Tea Party supporters were aware that President Obama had cut taxes Obama Reaction
On April 29, 2009, Obama commented on the Tea Party protests publicly during a townhall meeting in Arnold, Missouri, saying: "(When) you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we're going to stabilize Social Security ... But let's not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the Recovery Act, because that's just a fraction of the overall problem that we've got. We are going to have to tighten our belts, but we're going to have to do it in an intelligent way. And we've got to make sure that the people who are helped are working American families, and we're not suddenly saying that the way to do this is to eliminate programs that help ordinary people and give more tax cuts to the wealthy. We tried that formula for eight years, and it did not work, and I don't intend to go back to it."
Promoted by conservative commentators such as:
Sean Hannity
Michelle Malkin
Glenn Beck
Glenn Reynolds
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey
Rock guitarist and political activist Ted Nugent
Country musician John Rich
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
Conservative radio host Neal Boortz.
Supporters OPPOSITION The protests have been derided by commentators such as:
Rachel Maddow
Keith Olbermann
David Shuster
Talk show host Leslie Marshall
New York Times columnist and Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman
Conservative author Andrew Sullivan
liberal public policy advocacy group MoveOn.org
Political satirist Jon Stewart
What do you think?
Agree/Disagree with their message?

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