Today's tax day is unlike any in previous years past. This year, a citizen uprising over our current government's spending practices is happening all over the country, coming in the form of American Revolution-era Tea Parties.
Some out there are simply dismissing the nation-wide protest, saying that this is a far-right-wing political stunt motivated by Republican politicians trying to stir up trouble. No.... In fact, according to that Wall Street Journal article I linked to, the Chicago Tea Party declined a speaking opportunity offered by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. The tea parties are simply individual citizens organized through social networking that are fed up with our government.
In my mind, there is no reason this should be partisan. Democrats and Republicans alike criticized President Bush for his big government spending practices, and now President Obama is hosting Deficit Spending: Extreme Makeover.
The bottom line is this: deficit spending removes government accountability to the people. If a government is allowed to spend whatever it wants without paying for it with taxes, the people no longer have to supply the financial resources needed to fund government growth. When government no longer requires money from us to pay for its actions, less people care what the government does because it does not affect them financially. Thus, government is free to do whatever it pleases without limits and nobody cares.
And when that happens, as it is right now, the "limited government" that our founders believed so strongly in will be gone. That is why we're protesting. And you should be too.