A smaller turnout for tea

Yep, it could have been the rainy weather, but whatever the reason, today’s crowd for the fourth Tea Party of the year on the Morristown Green was probably the smallest of the four. About 500 showed up to hear the usual speeches by people who denounced everything about the federal government they do not like as “Marxist.”

An amusing thing is that I saw a sign in the crowd that said, “Hands Off Social Security” and another one that said “Hands off Medicare.” I guess those government programs are not “Marxist.”

This time around, there was a protest group of Drew University Students, who held signs proclaiming among other things that health care is a right.

“We wanted to come here with a positive message,” said one of them, Matt Carroll.

Police were on hand to make sure there was no trouble.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

7 Responses to A smaller turnout for tea

  1. P says:

    This is becoming the classic “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Seniors are afraid that health care “reform” will impact their Medicare program, and either they are right, or we are facing an even bigger tax increase and/or debt burden since the various Dem programs include about a half a billion in Medicare “savings”, and that’s just over the next decade.

  2. It is funny that Republicans are now griping about cuts in Medicare. Over the years, the GOP often has complained about waste in government programs, and that is the idea here … get rid of waste …
    Republicans should like that approach, but some of them do not want a debate, they just want to stop any reform. That’s politics.
    But here is their problem. The Dems have the numbers and there will be health care reform and there will be a public option. Perhaps it won’t be exactly as those on the left wanted, but it will be there in some form. And that in my mind will be a very good thing.

  3. SolomonDrek says:

    ““We wanted to come here with a positive message,” said one of them, Matt Carroll.”

    Any relation to Mike and Maurice? Just wondering.

  4. P says:

    Republicans griping about cuts in Medicare is funny, but see my comment above about politics making strange bedfellows (for another example, Google “Dede Scozzafava”).

  5. P says:

    Regarding waste fraud and abuse – If Obama believes that he can really route them out and save hundreds of billions of dollars, then attack the problems with Medicare first BEFORE we roll it out the same mess to the entire populace. Right now, Medicare and Social Security are taking in less $$ than they are paying out, so I would think that correct that problem would be a higher priority.

  6. P says:

    As for Health Care “Reform” in general, there will be something passed in the next six months because 1.) the Dems have the votes; and 2.) they can’t afford a repeat of the HillaryCare debacle. However, I doubt it will include a real Public Option UNLESS Harry Reid is willing to go nuclear, and I still don’t see him having enough support, or the guts, to go that route. He’s up for re-election next year and he can’t stray too far to the left.

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