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Where “No Taxes” Is Taking Us

Remember what TEA Party stands for: "Taxed Enough Already," as if the members, self-righteous in their anger, have been taxed by evil government into personal penury, and they are "mad as hell, and not going to take it any more!" Such sentiments are the natural outcome of a 50+-year-long campaign by libertarians and disgruntled Hobbes-oriented conservatives to halt and roll back the social programs of John Locke-oriented liberals, i.e., meaning in general terms, that the misanthropes of the so-called right wing want to abolish the New Deal and most of the twentieth century's development of the middle class.

What was a small stone rattling down the slope has turned into a roaring avalanche, accreting additional objectives as it grows, so that now it is not merely "entitlements" and "welfare" which are on the chopping block, it is the primacy of the federal government itself, including such things as the constitutionality of an income tax to fund it, and federal protection of civil rights, as well as, at the other end of the scale, the power of local jurisdictions to provide public services like roads, utilities, police and fire protection, even education. The wrecking crew has really and truly come to a  town near you.