The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face," David Axelrod said Sunday.
I think any time that you have severe economic conditions, there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that's unhealthy."
Now if this "analysis" sounds familiar, that's because it is similar to the way that CNN reporter, Susan Roesgen, described the tea parties. When she famously confronted a protestor, Roesgen also pointed out that most people receive a tax cut under the Obama plan.
The Obama administration should fear the movement because, in reality, it is a grassroots and populist uprising. Now, whether it will be viewed as such is still up for debate. The Obama administration has taken great pains to portray itself as a populist administration. He has taken great pains to portray himself as a "man of the people". As such, for the "people" to rise up against him is something he simply can't be viewed as having happened.
Now, it has been asserted by both Axelrod, Roesgen and others that in fact the tea parties need not direct their anger at the administration because most folks will get a tax cuts. Here is why the folks at the tea parties aren't buying it. First, these so called tax cuts amount to $13 weekly until a total of $500 is given back. That's it. That's the tax cut. Second, the folks at the tea parties perfectly understand that you can't just spend with reckless abandon without raising taxes on everyone in one way or another. Either taxes will go up, or inflation will go up (which is just another form of taxation)
Furthermore, the tea parties are much more about reckless spending, bloated government, and more government control, than they are about taxes per se. The folks at the tea parties know that inherently that more government spending is a bad thing, whether there are new taxes yet or not. This is something that the other side, Axelrod and Roesgen included, either don't get or won't acknowledge. Yet, those at the tea parties will not be deterred in their battle against reckelss and bloated government, no matter how much they are mocked by establishment like Roesgen and Axelrod.