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Steve Lunetta: The SCV 'TEA' party

Posted: April 19, 2009 10:38 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
From the smoldering wreckage that was the Republican Party, a Phoenix is rising with wide-spread wings and a mighty resolve.

You can see it on the daily news programs, hear it on the radio, and feel it in the presence of your coworkers around the water cooler.

People are angry. Very angry. This anger is rooted in the incredibly poor decisions made by our elected officials.

Let's be frank - raising taxes when the economy is bad and people are hurting is just plain stupid. No matter what the justification, the public sees these acts as callous, selfish, mean-spirited and wrong.

Liberals don't get it. They say "freedom has a cost, so pay up." They tell this to the plumber that hasn't worked in three weeks, the painter that can barely afford to feed his family, or the accountant that was just laid off from his job.

I'm not sure how they expect folks who have no money to pay more for gas, groceries and clothes for the kids.

Republicans are beginning to rediscover their roots. While the party leadership in Sacramento gathers around Governor Arnold and drinks his Kool-Aid, grassroot Republican groups are banding together with the realization that we are truly the party of smaller government, lower taxes and personal responsibility. The party is awakening, and none too late.

Last Wednesday, hundreds of Santa Claritans took to the street in front of City Hall and held our local TEA Party. TEA stands for "taxed enough already." Carrying signs that railed against Obama's bailouts, tax increases, illegal immigrants that take American jobs and a lying governor, these patriots lined Valencia Boulevard and received a continuous series of friendly honks from passing motorists, indicating their support for the protest.

Andy, a Newhall resident, told me he was "tired of high taxes, out of control spending, and not getting much for it." Andy couldn't be more correct.

All we've gotten for our tax money is bloated state employee unions sucking the lifeblood from our government while negotiating decreased services and a tolerance for poor performance. We've paid for a Porsche and got a Kia.

Walter from Valencia related that "they can't make money out of thin air. It's a total waste. Then, they spend this made-up money on useless things."

Like bailing out financial companies that made bad business decisions. Like auto companies that kept making SUVs when gas was $4.60 per gallon.

Walter went on, "Barney Frank and Maxine Waters decided to give home loans to people that could not afford them. It's a big con game."

Actually, it was the Clintons that forced Fanny and Freddie to begin making loans to people that could not afford it, but that was a minor detail.

Walter is right that Congress continued programs that led us into the current financial mess.

Gil from North Hills said that "we should not be spending our children's future." With massive overspending and a stimulus plan close to $1 trillion, our kids and grandkids will be paying for our excesses. Gil also related that his "biggest fear is that this will ruin our country."

Why do liberals fail to understand? Is it their massive arrogance and self-righteousness that gets in the way of sound thinking? Is it the fact that they are unwilling to admit that increased tax burden upon an already stressed populace is simply wrong?

I believe it is something far more simple. Liberals have been in power so long in the Golden State that they believe that they are no longer accountable to the people.

This is what frustrates the growing legions of TEA partiers - government no longer listens to the people.

Our government no longer represents us. And, as Patrick Henry said, "taxation without representation is tyranny."

Finally, I ran into BJ Atkins, one of our local elected officials and an excellent Republican. BJ told me that he is very encouraged by this large rally and that the party "is starting to wake up. We believe in the Constitution yet we are often labeled as right wing extremists. Look around - people are beginning to respond to us and our message."

And our message is simple; lower taxes, smaller government, personal accountability. This isn't extremism - it's common sense.

If you are fed up with high taxes and want to be part of the Republican rebirth, contact the SCV GOP at

We are in great need of volunteers for a variety of jobs. Translate your anger into something productive! Join other conservatives as we continue the TEA party fight.

Steve Lunetta is a Santa Clarita resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Right About Now" runs Mondays in The Signal.


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