There seem to be a few folks with too much time on their hands and a huge amount of frustration over losing the election last November. And tomorrow they're going to have a little tea party -- a nationwide protest in 500 cities and towns is scheduled for Wednesday -- to let everyone know just how angry they are. I have no problem with this in theory. As long as they pay their taxes, they have a right to express their opinion about how the government is spending "their" money -- though the tea-bagging ceremonies strike me as a little bit like throwing spitballs in sixth-grade history class.
If the teabaggers were real patriots, however, they would come up with real alternatives to fix the problems about which they're complaining. As best as I can tell, teabaggers draw their inspiration from an on-air rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli back on February 19 when he complained that Obama's $75 billion bailout of mortgage defaulters "rewarded bad behavior." Interestingly, Santelli has no problem with the other $12.725 trillion -- out of a total of $12.8 trillion -- being spent to bail out Wall Street's bad behavior.