The Tea Party so wanted five conservative judges to find the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional but as you know, that was not the decision. [float=right]
Boston Tea Party rally in Columbus Park.
Photo by Chris Faraone.
[/float] So today, the Boston Tea Party rallied in opposition of the national health care law in Chris Columbus Park near the waterfront and the North End.
Still, taxes in any form are a source of resentment for the Tea Party. Even when it comes to the "job-killing" deficit, they refuse to address it in part by raising taxes. Not for nothing, but what isn't job-killing these days, clean air and clean water notwithstanding?
On one hand, Tea Party people feel the decision has given them ammo -- "It is a Tax." -- to use against their enemy, also known as a political opponent, in the upcoming election. But this tax penalty will affect about 1% of Americans only, and the Federal penalty is substantially lower than what we pay in Massachusetts; $700 versus $1200.
On the other hand, Tea Party people find the Affordable Care Act so distasteful that in their rhetoric they're threatening to secede from the union, the absence of death panels from the final law notwithstanding. Perhaps, they're being a little over dramatic. As the joke goes, Tea Party people secede to Canada in a bid to leave socialized medicine behind.
I've always wondered why Tea Party people used the word 'socialist' as an epithet. It never has been for me. Apparently, calling someone 'socialist' in Tea Party parlance means 'unamerican'. Never mind that roads, interstate highways, police departments, fire fighters, public education, medicare, social security, government funded primary research, medical research, NASA, and national defense is socialism. Government is a decent model for us to do together what we cannot separately.
I wonder what distopic future the Tea Party seeks ...Government hands off my medicare!