Writer gets tea parties totally wrong

As I stomached my way through Lowell Greenbaum's letter ("Republicans brewing some bitter tea, April 20), I recalled the words of Bertrand Russell: "A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand." I understand that Greenbaum is the Richmond County Democratic Party chairman. However, if he is going to give three cheers for the party, he should try to make sense and have it rooted in truth.

The tea party was nonpartisan. Was he there? No! I was. His rambling stated, "If it is nonpartisan, how come Republicans such as Paul Broun and Newt Gingrich are leading distributors of the tea bags?" I will not speak for these two gentlemen. But I will say that I heard Paul Broun in no uncertain terms express his displeasure with Democrats and Republicans for their out-of-control spending.

Greenbaum writes, "According to the Obama plan, we will be reducing the debt over the next few years while increasing millions of jobs." Really? Obama and this Congress have spent more than $1.5 trillion in alleged stimulus funds. Now we have a $3.65 trillion budget. How is that reducing the debt? Greenbaum probably believed Barry Soetoro when he told Congress that the stimulus plan had no earmarks or pork. I guess Greenbaum is grading Soetoro on what he says, not what he does.

As for millions of jobs, time will tell. However, remember the hundreds of billions of dollars spent to rescue mortgages? Only one has been saved thus far. Don't hold your breath waiting for the deficit to decline and millions of jobs to be created. I'm still waiting for the 100,000 additional police officers President Clinton promised the crime bill would deliver.

This president and Congress have woken a sleeping giant; we are mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.

Lee Benedict

Martinez

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