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July 7, 2009

On the Right Side: Too much government is a problem

Last Saturday, I attended a second local TEA Party. This one was held at Losie's on Oneonta's Southside.

Once again, I was impressed with the organization of the event and the probably 200 normal, patriotic, good Americans who simply wanted to say they have had enough of too much government.

This event was about three times larger than the one held in Milford earlier this year, and it seems the thousands of similar gatherings across the United States experienced the same kind of growth. Atlanta had more than 12,000 attendees.

No one can say that this was a nationally coordinated Republican Party event. The media and the left will try, but they are simply lying. They are afraid this movement will continue growing.

Rather, it was an event where ordinary people _ Republicans, Democrats and independents _ simply wanted to express their feelings and frustrations about the direction in which our government and politicians are going.

Thank you to those who put in the necessary hours to make the event happen and the many people who took the time to attend. It was certainly a success. Congratulations, Tim and Jim.

There are certainly many actions our politicians have in progress that should make ordinary Americans very nervous and angry.

As we have all seen just this last week, House members acted very irresponsibly by ignoring the majority of their constituents' feelings and passing the Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade Bill.

This bill and its related amendment, 1,000- and 300-plus pages respectively, are ones they hadn't even read before voting on the bill.

It was exactly the same situation with the economic stimulus package passed earlier this year. No one read it before it was voted on. As a result of that fiasco, we are discovering every day more and more pork hidden in the bill.

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