Flemington, NJ Tea Party

The website for the Flemington Tea Party (SM) group, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Clueless Congress

Congress Needs Google to Find Out Where Stimulus Money Went
By Byron York
Chief Political Correspondent, Washington Examiner

On February 14, with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress shoveled $787 billion of stimulus money out the door. Now they're using Google to find out where it went.

During the stimulus debate, the bill's supporters stressed that it included strong oversight safeguards. But audits and reports are months, if not years, away. Oversight will be after the fact; right now, with the money actually beginning to flow, members of Congress have little or no idea where it is going. What, for example, is the Department of Housing and Urban Development doing with the $1.5 billion Congress approved for a new program called the Homeless Prevention Fund? Lawmakers don't know.

Read the whole sad story at:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Why Have a Tea Party?

(Note: For the details of the Flemington Tea Party, see the posts below).

The “has-been” media is currently engaged in its latest “nose sniffing” campaign, this time aimed at the Tea Parties being held all across the country this April 15th. A good example:

“Don’t Tread on Them”; NY Times; April 6, 2009

How amusing! The protests against the war in Iraq during the last administration were widely heralded by the has-beens as “grass roots activism”, “democracy”, “the voice of the people”, etc. etc. Now that people are protesting the out-of-control tax & spend policies of the current administration and Congress, the has-beens are suddenly aghast at the prospect of hearing the voice of the people!

At any rate, it occurred to me that when it becomes necessary for the people to protest certain policies of the government, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to that protest. (Many apologies to Thomas Jefferson).

Or in other words, we should have a good answer to the question, “Why are we having a Tea Party?”

Here are some reasons why we’re having a Tea Party. But don’t take our word for it – follow the links and read them for yourself!

"Obama's Budget: Almost $1 Trillion in New Taxes Over Next 10 yrs, Starting 2011”
Jake Tapper, ABC News
- Tax increases of $636 billion over 10 years on people making more than $250K
- Tax increases of $353 billion over 10 years on businesses

“Even Congressional Democrats Intend to Cut Obama's Budget”
David Lightman; McClatchy Newspapers
- You just know it’s bad if Democrats want to cut it. (But, we’ll believe this when we see it!)

“Fiscal Sanity Dies in Obama Budget”
Lynn Westmoreland; for the Journal-Constitution
- The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Obama’s plan will expand the debt by $9.3 trillion over the next 10 years. That’s more than all the debt accumulated by the nation from George Washington to George W. Bush.

"Congress Needs Google to Find Out Where Stimulus Money Went"
Byron York, Washington Examiner
On February 14, with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress shoveled $787 billion of stimulus money out the door. Now they're using Google to find out where it went.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Is This Tea Party a "Republican" Rally?

Several people have asked, "Is this a Republican rally?", or some similar question.

The simple answer is “No”. This Tea Party is for everyone - of any or no political persuasion - who’s concerned about the endless spending spree that the Federal government is currently engaged in!

In keeping with the spirit of the Tea Parties being held throughout the country on April 15th, this event is not affiliated with any political party or organization. Nor are we inviting any “official” speakers from any party or organization.

A small article has appeared in the local paper, the Hunterdon County Democrat which makes it appear that the Flemington Tea party is sponsored by a group called the "Republican Grassroots Volunteers". The organizers of the Flemington Tea Party did not place that article, and we don't know who did. As stated above, be assured that this event is completely non-partisan.

We believe the focus should be on protesting Washington’s out-of-control “tax and spend” mentality. And while we’re all probably pretty much in agreement as to which political party is the main promoter of that philosophy, it’s pretty certain a lot of us believe the other party hasn’t done much lately to rein in spending.

That said, at least one person asked about inviting the local (Republican) Congressman, so he could “see our frustration”. We said sure, go ahead and invite him, but please try to make it clear that it’s not for the purpose of giving a canned speech, in which we’re told exactly what we want to hear. (Yeah, good luck with asking a politician not to give a speech!) With any luck, he’ll be out of town that day.

Another person asked about doing some voter registration for the Republicans. Again, we said go ahead, but please don’t do it in a way that makes it appear that this event is in any way connected with the Republican party – because it isn’t!

So to sum up – it’s our intent to make everyone feel welcome at this event, no matter your political leanings. All that’s required is a healthy (okay, huge) dose of skepticism when it comes to the current spending plans of the Federal government!

Signs and Slogans

We’re planning to have some signs available at the Tea Party. Since we don’t have an exact headcount, we’re not sure how many are needed, and of course everyone is welcome to bring their own – just please keep it civil!

Here are some possible sign slogans, collected from around the internet:

  • (One for the kids: “I Read as Much of the Stimulus Bill as Congress Did”)
  • $11 Trillion and Climbing – That’s a Lot of Change!
  • Born Free. Taxed to Death
  • Can We Bankrupt the Country? YES WE CAN!
  • Cut Taxes, Not Deals
  • Debt is the Problem; How Can it be the Solution Too?
  • Don’t Bailout a Sinking Ship!
  • Don’t Tax Me Bro!
  • Don’t Spread the Wealth; Spread my Work Ethic
  • Don’t Mortgage my Child’s Future
  • Don’t Mortgage my Grandchildren’s Future
  • Don’t Mortgage the Future
  • Don’t Stimulate … Liberate
  • Equal OPPORTUNITY, not Equal Distribution!
  • Foreclose the White House
  • Free Markets, Not Free Loaders!
  • Give us Liberty, Not Debt
  • Green House Gases: Our Money Being Burned in Washington
  • Hey Congress – Learn How to Read!
  • Hey Mr. President – Keep the Change!
  • HONK for Capitalism
  • HONK if I’m Paying Your Mortgage
  • HONK if You Don’t Like the Word TRILLION$
  • HONK if You’re Paying My Mortgage
  • How About a 90% Tax on Congressional Salaries?
  • I Am NOT Your ATM!
  • Hey Mr. President - Keep the CHANGE!
  • If You’re Not Outraged, You Aren’t Paying ATTENTION!
  • If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Taxes!
  • I’ll Keep My Freedom, You Keep the Change
  • It’s 12PM: Do You Know Where Your Bailout Money Is?
  • Just Say NO to Socialism
  • Keep Your Hands Out of MY Piggybank
  • Let the Markets Work
  • We’ll Keep Our Money, YOU keep the CHANGE!
  • Liberty is All the Stimulus We Need
  • Next Time, Read the Bill Before You Sign It!
  • No More Bailouts
  • No Public Money for Private Failure
  • No Taxation Without Deliberation
  • No to American Socialism
  • O Dow, Where Art Thou
  • President Obama, Are You Listening?
  • Proud American Capitalist
  • Read the Bill Next Time!
  • Repeal the Bailout
  • Repeal the Bailout Congress!
  • Repeal the Pork!
  • Reward Responsibility, Not Irresponsibility
  • Save the Children: Stop Spending Their Money!
  • Stimulate Business, Not Government
  • Stop Punishing Success; Stop Rewarding Failure
  • Stop the UAW Bailout!
  • Taxed Enough Already!
  • The Very Small List: Things Government Does Well
  • Welcome Back Carter 
  • What’s in YOUR Wallet? OUR MONEY!
  • Why Should I Pay for YOUR Bad Decisions?
  • Yes We Can: Stop the Bailouts and Earmarks!
  • You Can’t Spend Your Way Out of Debt
  • Your Mortgage is NOT My Problem
  • Your Pork Broke My Piggy Bank!