Some pundits and Democratic politicians have predicted that the tea party movement to reform government is a flash in the pan and won't last through the 2012 election. Norman Braman begs to differ. He tells me a tea party group in Ft. Lauderdale "gave me a medal."
The flip side of an energized electorate demanding that government not spend more than it takes in and that it take in only what it absolutely needs, respecting the people who earn it, is that increasing numbers of us must be torn away from the public trough. "You can do it," rather than "government will do it for you," is the type of thinking that built America and sustained us through wars and economic downturns.
Four years ago, the Christian Science Monitor reported that, according to an analysis by Gary Shilling, an economist in Springfield, N.J., "Slightly over half of all Americans -- 52.6 percent -- now receive significant income from government programs." That figure is probably higher today. No wonder many have become addicted to the politicians who keep sending them checks instead of encouraging the able-bodied to care for themselves. The United States is seriously and dangerously speeding toward socialism, in function, if not in name.
Howard Jarvis led an anti-tax revolt over high property taxes in California. In 2011, Norman Braman of Miami could be his successor.