So 3000 people showed up today in Boston for another Tea Party event - 3000! Considering that 20,000 people show up for Boston Bruin games and Celtic games, and 30,000 show up to watch the Red Sox, 3000 is a paltry number.
I have no problem with people peaceably organizing and voicing discontent, but the whole Tea Party thing has been largely a media driven movement. It's good TV to have a bunch of weirdly dressed folks milling around and yelling crazy stuff. The fact that you have some blatatently racist folks and obviously ignorant folks sprinkled throughout the crowd makes it even funnier.
To put the Tea Party in a bit more perspective, when Bush was in office and there were protests against the Iraq War or women's reproductive rights we'd see several HUNDRED thousand people. Immigration reform advocates in DC, Atlanta, LA, Chicago, and New York were able to gather up several hundred thousand folks with little difficulty. But even the biggest Tea Party events garner only 20,000 people.
Tomorrow the Tea Party is going to have their "big" rally in DC. How many people are going to show up? 20,000? 30,000? It is going to amount to a whole lot of nothing. I hope it is 50,000 so that DC's street vendors have a good day. There will be some heated rhetoric and no real plan and then most of this small contingent of Americans will go back home and continue to just be angry.
Sarah Palin has been asking, "How's that hope-y, change-y thing working out for ya?" To answer her question - pretty good. My stocks, retirement accounts, and kids' 529 education accounts are way up over the last year. My tax percentage went down. The overall economy is on much better footing. GDP is expanding at a rapid pace and several hundred thousand jobs are being created per month. I like the health care reform because it should work to slow the exploding cost of my family's health care. President Obama got 46 nations with nuclear material to agree to prevent the spread of loose nuke material.
Frankly, I'm not really even sure what Palin doesn't like - she made $12 million over the last 9 months with her speaking engagements. She wouldn't get anywhere close to that if the economy wasn't improving.