Quote of the Day - As a tea party this contest would be wilder than the Mad Hatter and as a way of doing politics it has become entirely self-destructive.
What Would The Founding Fathers Do?
Just in case you're wondering, May It Please The Court is a member of the Decline To State party, voting for the best candidate instead of the best party. It's nice to be able to choose that way, even if you can't vote in the primaries. If you've read the recently republished Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s The Path of the Law (with a Foreword by yours truly), then you know that the right to swing your arm ends where the other person's nose begins. That's vintage Holmes, and vintage America.
But it's not just this side of the pond that thinks that way. As Margaret Thatcher said, "The trouble with socialism is that pretty soon, you run out of other people's money." Back more than 200 years ago, the Brits tried to tax the daylights out of the colonists, who promptly rebelled by throwing tea into Boston Harbor. Read about it here, if you've forgotten your high school history lesson.
So is it time to organize another tea party-style protest? The members of the New American Tea Party seem to think so. They're not asking the question, "Where's my bailout?" They're asking the question, "Why take my money?" Actually, if you think about the size of the bailout, they're taking not only yours and my money, but my granchildren's money, too. It's going to take a long time to pay back - how much is it now? Have they invented a word for that much money.
With apologies to Senator Dirksen, "a trillon here and a trillion there and pretty soon you're talking about real money."
What's your recipe for a tea party?