Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tea Party Supporters are not just conservative, they are very conservative

A recent poll taken by New York Times/CBS News reveals that tea party supportes are not just extremely conservative, but they are more educated and have fatter pockets to hold all their money, reported the New York Times.

The data extracted from the poll showed that the supporters are generally, Republican, married, middle-aged to edlerly white males. These tea party supporters obviously oppose Obama's adminstration. One of the many reasons for their opposition is that they believe the adminstration shows favoristism over a specific race and economic class.

"More than half say the policies of the adminstration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the the administration favors blacks over whites," the article reported.

I wonder if they would have the same perception if Obama was not bi-racial and just white. I get the impression that they feel as though Obama favors blacks because he is half black, but if that is the case, then they are inferring that the last 43 white presidents favored their own race. Moreover, the article cited that the tea supporters do not favor the health care bill or government spending and they feel like they have no voice.

Honestly, the information pulled from the polls did not shock or surprise me. I understand that the Obama administration is not perfect. No adminstration in any case is perfect; however, I would like to know what the supporters suggest Obama to do? Do they have any better ideas and if so what economic class would it benefit the most?

The current recession is creating a significant gap between the upper and middle class. Much of middle-class Americans are experiencing the severe effects from the troubled economy such as, struggling to keep their jobs and homes. A Huffington Post article reported that the government estimates 8.4 million jobs were lost so far. An alarmingly high amout of citizens who have lost their job and health insurance.

Additionally, Americans have become victims of housing foreclosures. An ABC news article titled The Come back: Defining the American Middle Class in Recession noted from Moody's economy.com that, "Since the recession began more than 5.2 million Americans have lost their homes in the financial crisis."

They feel that their voices are not heard, but the same complaint can be made about the 8 years of the Bush administration. Some can argue that their voice were not acknowledge during that administration. And we must not forget how our economy fell to pieces or how we are poured trillions of dollars for war. We are still funding the war with money that is borrowed. I'm still looking for the weapons of mass destruction. More importantly, we can not forget that Bush’s promotion of deregulation allowed Wall Street to run a muck.

It is safe to say that every administration is flawed in some form or fashion; however, it is important for all of us to not lose sight of what is important, which is getting our economy off of life support. It is essential for our economy to be nurse back to health for the sake of the many Americans struggling to regain financial security.

Yes, it may be true that tea party supporters concerns are not acknowledge from Obama's current agenda, but I think that the administration is making a great effort to deal with a grave situation. I believe they are trying to tackle the most pressing issues to the best of their ability.

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