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Well, this would be true, except, as the New York Times/CBS poll shows, the Tea Partiers aren’t a bunch of working-class folks mad about losing jobs. They’re a bunch of middle-upper class right-wing activists mad because Obama’s the President and taxes go to schools, hospitals, police, roads, and everything else America doesn’t deny to poor people.
For instance, 23 per cent of Americans think the most important problem facing the country is the economy. So do 23 per cent of Tea Party supporters. But another 27 per cent of Americans think the biggest problem is a lack of jobs. Only 22 per cent of Tea Partiers say jobs. Tea Partiers are more likely than average to call a problem “Politicians/Government” (13 per cent as compared to four per cent), and the deficit (11 per cent as compared to five). The emphases are different here. Americans don’t like a bad economy that leads to them being unemployed. Tea Partiers don’t like government and the deficit, which they blame for a lack of jobs.
Further, 54 per cent of Americans blame the Bush administration or Wall Street for the state of the economy (32 and 22 per cent respectively). Only five per cent of Tea Party supporters blame the Bush administration. This is the Bush Administration that ran the economy for eight years before the economy went to shit. And one tea partier in twenty blames Bush. A plurality of Tea Partiers (28 per cent) blame Congress for the state of the economy. A further 10 per cent blame the Obama administration, and only 15 per cent blame Wall Street.
A majority of Americans think the government should spend money to create jobs. A majority of Tea Party supporters would prefer the government to reduce the deficit. A plurality of Americans (39 per cent) think the deficit is the fault of the Bush administration, you know, the administration that pitched Medicare Part D, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the upper-class tax cuts, all of which were unfunded. Tea Party supporters are most likely to blame Congress (37 per cent, as opposed to 19 per cent of the American public), followed by Obama (24 per cent, as opposed to a mere eight per cent of the American public). If there’s a problem, Tea Partiers blame it on the Democrats. 38 per cent of Americans have a favorable view of Republicans. 54 per cent of Tea Partiers have a favorable view of the GOP.
56 per cent of the Tea Party supporters think Obama’s policies favor the poor, as compared to just 27 per cent of the general population. Tea Partiers are most likely to think Obama has increased taxes; Americans are most likely to think Obama has kept taxes the same (both are wrong).
Tea Party supporters are less concerned than the average American that they will be out of work in the next twelve months. Tea Party supporters are more likely than the average American to rate their household’s financial situation as “good” or “very good.” Tea Party supporters are more likely to call themselves middle class and less likely to call themselves working class. Tea Party supporters, on average, make more money than other Americans.
Larry Flynt and an awful lot of other people have misread the Tea Party. Supporters of this movement are more likely to be wealthy, educated and Republican. They are not working class people who are frustrated that they are out of work. They are reasonably well-off Republicans who dislike the Government spending money on poor people. Americans dislike Wall Street, Tea Party supporters dislike Democrats. This is a right wing movement, and speaking to it in social justice terms will not work. Larry Flynt, you are wrong.