Tea party represents rich Republicans

December 02, 2010

Dan Rodricks has it exactly right in his column on Dec. 2nd (" Tea party and GOP: Defending indefensible tax cuts" the so-called "tea party" is just a front group for the richest of the rich Republicans, and they advocate more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires because that is who funds the tea party, billionaires like Charles and David Koch.

Jane Mayer's Aug. 30 New Yorker article describes how the Koch brothers founded Americans for Prosperity, a major tea party funding and training institution. Despite this, The Sun and most other large media organizations continue to pretend that the tea party is some sort of populist, grass-roots, organization.

Mr. Rodricks has described the ways in which the tea party advocates for continuing the 30 years of trickle-down economics and rewarding the policies of the Republican Party. This economic scheme led to the near collapse of our financial system in 2008, and we face decades of high unemployment and misery for all except for those who rake in over $250,000 per year.

Extending tax cuts for the rich will continue the decline of the United States. President Obama could stop this with his veto pen — will he have the courage to stand up to the greedy rich and their tea party representatives in Congress?

Roger Fitzgerald, Hampstead

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