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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 610, March 13, 2011

"Much food for thought"


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Coffee, Tea, or Mad Dog 20/20?
by Mike Blessing
mikewb1971@gmail.com

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First came the Tea Party movement[1], sparked by massive, peaceful protests in American cities. (2009/2010) The name comes from the Boston Tea Party of 16 December 1773, where the Sons of Liberty "disguised" themselves as Indians, boarded British cargo vessels docked in Boston Harbor, and threw the tea in those ships' holds into the harbor.

What are the Tea Party principles? Here they are, as best I can determine:

  • Individual rights

  • Constitutionally-limited government

  • Fiscal responsibility in government

  • Free market economics

That sounds familiar! Wait a second here—Bill Koehler and I have been pushing the very same ideas on The Weekly Sedition since 1998. That's thirteen years, off and on.

In response to the "unseemly" and "disrespectful" tone that many Tea Party protestors showed towards Congresscritters who supported ObamaCare, the "Coffee Party USA" was started. Its stated premise was (still is?) that "government is not the enemy of the people, but the expression of our collective will, and that we must participate in the democratic process in order to address the challenges we face as Americans."

If there's any doubt that "Coffee Party USA" is the Obamaton answer to the Tea Party groups, feel free to check out their mission statement or their "about us" page.

I don't know about you, dear readers, but that sounds like Borg-speak to me—"Resistance is futile" and "Freedom is irrelevant. Self-determination is irrelevant."

Anyway, see just how the "Coffee Party" takes America by storm!

In a civil, non-confrontational manner, of course.

And then there's the last protest movement to arrive on the American political scene. This one hit just recently, as public employee unions get all worked up over possible pay cuts, layoffs and furloughs due to budget shortfalls. Let's call this one, for lack of a better name, the "Mad Dog 20/20 Party." It's named after the infamous low-end fortified wine named, of course, "'Mad Dog' 20/20."

After all, they're getting upset because the never-ending gravy train that they were promised seems to be running out of steam. More precisely, it's running out of piles of FRNs, taxed away from Productive Class private citizens, that can be thrown willy-nilly into the "boilers."

The difference here is that when some private citizen chugs a bottle of good ol' Mad Dog, only one person gets drunk. But in the current situation with the public employees, while they get to run amok like drunken sailors (I know—I'm defaming drunken sailors, who only blow their own cash), it's the rest of us that get that reeling, room-is-spinning feeling as we see the public debt (that somehow *we* are expected to repay?!) explode to new heights, and the value of each FRN these clowns leave us with drops correspondingly.

The most disgusting thing about the Mad Dog 20/20 Party is that some of its crowd have had the nerve to refer to themselves as being akin to the protestors in Egypt, who recently caused the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. Let's see—the Egyptians were protesting about police brutality, corruption in government circles, election issues, and the economic malaise caused by the Mubarak regime.

In contrast, the Mad Dog 20/20 Party complains that they might be out of work, and after all, who will process the welfare handouts while they're off the job? That's when they're not protesting possible cuts in pay.

I think that We the Taxpayers would make out much, much better if these people were actually drinking massive amounts of cheap alcohol on the job, as in they wouldn't be as able to intervene in the economy as much, and there might be some "leftover" FRNs at the end of the year.


NOTES

1. Often confused with the Boston Tea Party, established in 2006, re-established in 2008.


First published at mikewb1971.xanga.com


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