Terry Paulson
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What was President Obama’s reaction to hundreds of thousands of citizens taking to the streets across America on tax day? He said at a DNC fundraiser, “I’ve been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes. You would think they would be saying, ‘Thank you.’” That may play to his liberal fans, but most Americans know that big government can’t give anything to anyone that it hasn’t first taken away from someone else. To give, they take away.

Discounting Tea Party participants is like calling your sports opponent a joke before the big game. Such statements just provide motivational ammunition for many upset Americans looking forward to exercising their right to vote in November. Many are eager to clean house on the enablers who have supported President Obama’s ill-conceived policies before he can do further damage to our economy and founding principles.

Maybe the president prefers to make fun of his opponents because he can’t answer their questions. Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman asked the president whether it was a “wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care” package when “we are over-taxed as it is.” Without his trusty teleprompter, the president launched into 17 minute rambling answer that lulled the crowd into a daze.

His confusing response speaks volumes. This inexperienced president had no answer. He’s like a young man excited about his first credit card who buys everything on credit and keeps paying the minimum while his debt explodes.

But adults attending the Tea Party events across America know that it’s our debt he’s exploding! The bill is coming due, and Americans for generations will have to pay for his excesses in higher taxes, higher fees for everything imaginable, and a possible VAT or sale tax. Somebody must feed the beast he’s birthed as it grows!

The Tea Party movement isn’t a dangerous display of civil unrest; it’s democracy in action. Why do they often hold their events after hours or on the weekend? These people work. They are responsible citizens who play by the rules. They hustle for work, apply their gifts, work hard, save and handle the adversity that comes their way. They take responsibility for themselves. They value liberty over government dependence. These people clean up after their own demonstrations.

When these hard-working Americans read that 47% of Americans pay no income taxes, they resent it. What’s fair about taking from the hard, honorable labor of half of Americans and giving it those who haven’t earned it?

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Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

 
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