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The Tea Party 02-04-2011

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Letter to the editor by John Toner

The tea party “grass roots” movement has awakened both political parties as to the needs of the people.

However, it is amusing to read the Tea Party guest column of Jan. 28. It goes on to quote the Declaration Of Independence: “All men are created equal etc. etc.” yet fails to show the Tea Party is mainly an all-white organization with a very small minority representation. It has also failed to control or denounce its followers who have displayed placards showing our elected president as Hitler and claim he was not born in the U.S.

Regarding health care reform, recent polls show 47 percent in favor of the reform. I have to assume the guest writer does not have a pre-existing health condition and does not utilize the benefits of “government controlled” Medicare and Social Security. The column also claimed that labor unions were the main cause of the financial chaos we have experienced, this is totally false, as anyone knows the real cause was the lifting of regulations on the financial intuitions and the greed of 1 percent of the richest people in the country. I suppose the writer would also blame trade unions for the oil rig disaster and the collapse of Enron, which was also caused by lifting of regulations on both industries.

It is important to note that the main financial support for the Tea Party movement is provided by someone who has campaigned tirelessly against Obama, the Koch brothers, two of the richest men in the U.S. with $100 billion in revenue per year.

I do not think they could be considered “grass roots.”

John Toner

Ocala