Friday, July 24, 2009

Tea Party protesters show more intensity than MoveOn in Dallas

a href=""Dallas Observer:/abr /br /blockquoteLocal a href="" target="_blank" members had penciled in on today's schedule a protest in front of Senator John Cornyn's Spring Valley Road office, during which they had hoped to pressure the senator to support a href=""President Barack Obama's public health care legislation/a. But when Paula Anderson, a member and spokeswoman, showed up at 11:30 a.m., she found another contingent had beat her to the proverbial punch: A large number of a href=";x=0amp;y=0amp;" target="_blank"Dallas Tea Party/a members were already set up, voicing their opposition to the /br /Anderson was stunned: "We really did not expect them to show up." She estimated the crowd at about 130. "From our perspective we took names of everyone there, and we had about 30 people," she told Unfair Park. "And I would assume they maybe had 100." As it turned out, according to Jessica Sandlin, Cornyn's Texas press secretary, Tea Party-hearties also showed up to health-care legislation rallies in Austin and in San Antonio; after the jump, you'll find a statement from the senator concerning the day's /br /Meanwhile, the person who organized the opposition in Dallas, one Q Coleman, a Tea Party member, estimated the crowd swelled to at least 200. "The vast majority of people here didn't want this," Coleman said. "We beat them 10 to 1. ... We all agree that health care needs reform. We're just opposed to the government taking it over." (Sandlin writes in an e-mail to Unfair Park that "I think there were about 200 people in attendance -- 20 of whom were affiliated with Moveon.")br / a name="more"/a br /A Gallup survey released today shows that since September 2008, a href=""an estimated 5 million people have lost their health care coverage/ /br /"I'm just amazed they are so strong in what their beliefs are," Anderson said of the Tea Party members. "With people being without health care, it's just hard to imagine people could be so against the plan [President] Obama is trying to put in place."br /br / //blockquoteThe left has never understood the Tea Party movement and this encounter demonstrates they still don't get it. While I won't pretend to speak for those who showed up, generally those in the movement prefer free market answers to issues, because the market is more efficient at rationing goods and services than governments are. It is a choice between control freak government "solutions" and the benefits of the market place. To the extent the health care system is not meeting everyone's needs now it is because of distortions in the market caused by both insurance and government. If there is a problem, many of us do not believe that government has the /br /The more subtle message from this event is that the left underestimates the intensity of the opposition to their policies at their political peril.div class="blogger-post-footer"img width='1' height='1' src=''//div

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