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Tea Party Is Best Way to Get Economy Back on Track


To gain support of the Tea Party, candidates will need to focus on spending cuts, lowering taxes, and private-sector job creation.

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Special interests, pay-for-play politics, and excessive deficit spending are the name of the game in Washington. "Good politics" has long taken precedent over "good policy." The bottom line is that politicians have gotten way too comfy up on their incumbent pedestal. But now the country has started to get fed up. It's more apparent than ever that the game is rigged in favor of special interests and cronies. Forget a disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street. I think the rift between what politicians do for themselves versus what they do for the people they serve is a much wider gulf. This is why America is starting to develop a nice taste for tea!

The problem with politics in general is that it generally attracts the most narcissistic and power-hungry people in our society. The people who generally seek political office have a strong desire to gain power and be heard. The candidates who get elected are ambitious and charismatic; they raise the most money and outspend their opponent. Candidates with good ideas who shun the corporate contribution money generally don't fare well. The country badly needs a third party to break the two-party model and begin holding politicians accountable for this self-interest. I think that given the amount of corruption and scandal that has come to light in recent years, Americans are just finally starting to get angry enough to do something about it.

The Tea Party movement has gained tremendous notoriety on a national level since its inception, which is a very impressive feat for a group made up of largely unpaid volunteers. Standing for the ideals upon which this country was founded upon, such as basic freedoms and limited government, the Tea Party has found a voice standing up for downtrodden Americans disillusioned by a government that's spending and inflating away our future. The political posturing from both Democrats and Republicans has gotten us nowhere, and each party has demonstrated a lack of vision and pragmatism. The Tea Party is sick and tired of how Washington ignores the public voice, and has taken matters into its own hands.

The Tea Party is fearful that our nation may be heading toward a downward spiral triggered by deficit spending and corruption in Washington, and is determined to put a stop to it. Pushing for free-market capitalism and a separation of economy and state, the party believes the recent economic recession was a result of corrupt capitalism and a Washington-created housing bubble, not a failure of free market capitalism. If given a chance, free markets will always produce wealth and upward mobility.

With elections on the forefront, intelligent candidates will avoid alienating the Tea Party because of the presence it has forged. Although it tends to favor Republicans, the Tea Party has problems with both political parties and the two-party system in general. ObamaCare was shoved down our throats and excessive spending habits have them upset with the left, while corporate favoritism has them upset with the right. With the Democratic Party supporting initiatives to increase the power of the government, it's more than likely that they will be giving their vote to Republicans come November. Regardless of political party, to gain support of the Tea Party, candidates will need to focus on three topics: spending cuts, lowering taxes, and private-sector job creation. As Americans we should decide what to do with more of the money we earn and what happens to our tax dollars. Big government leads to too much special interest and wasteful spending, and Washington needs to shrink.

I'm just a technical analyst but I do think this Tea Party movement will finally get our country back on track. It's about time those in Washington feel a bit pressured to start doing the job they were elected to do: Serve the people!

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