To the Editor: I was handed a flyer inviting me to the Tea Party in Charlie Daniels Park by a man strolling the streets of my neighborhood. It said to sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence, enter my children in a poetry contest on what freedom means to them and bring a soup can for the future soup lines. Many people I respect are into the Tea Party, including my sister-n-law, and according to your paper, my favorite teacher of all time, Mrs. Sherrie Orange, 4th grade. I am frustrated about the situation in this country, but after thinking critically about possible solutions, I have decided that the Tea Party hasn’t got them either. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with several of the Tea Party’s complaints about the government behaving in a fiscally irresponsible way. I just don’t agree with the solutions the Tea Party offers to correct them. It’s easy to be critical, but it’s harder to come up with pragmatic solutions to problems this country faces. The areas I disagree with the Tea Party are as follows: 1. I am frustrated that our government allowed banks “too big to fail” to grow so bloated under a bubble. I believe the solution to this happening in the future is that Wall Street should be regulated more strictly. The Tea Party wants a blanket of less government controls.2. I am frustrated that our government started a pre-emptive and costly war without securing the money to pay for it first as President Harry Truman did with the Korean War. (Khadafi just kind of went away; I wholeheartedly believe Saddam would have done the same). I believe that we shouldn’t rely on borrowed money from China to pay for that war. The money to pay China back is not going to materialize out of thin air. I believe in paying your debts, no matter how stupidly they were created. This will have to be with higher taxes for awhile.3. I believe mandatory spending -- in healthcare/social security -- should be reformed by the government. I don’t believe securing healthcare insurance for employees should be the responsibility of businesses as it is depressing their earnings, making them unable to compete globally. The Tea Party wants less government involvement in healthcare. In China, if your child is in a car wreck and it cost $15,000 to save her and you don’t have $15,000, the child dies. We shouldn’t try to compete with China on this one. I believe as Americans we should decide how much we want to spend in saving unfortunate people’s lives and put it in black and white how we are going to pay for it.“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” President Harry S. TrumanI recommend reading a book written by David Walker, the former comptroller under President Ronald Reagan, entitled Comeback America.Megan Morris
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