Where Was The Tea Party?

It has been a few days since Hillsborough County gave away $6.5 million of tax payer dollars to Bass Pros Shops. But we have yet to hear a peep out of the Taxed Enough Already crowd. What gives?

It has been a few days since the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners gave away $6.5 million to Bass Pros Shops so they could create a bunch of low-paying uninsured jobs and take commerce away from smaller, locally owned and operated companies. Aside from a single letter to the editor in the local paper and a couple of half-hearted news stories there has been very little public outrage on this subject. I was rather hoping that at least the local TEA Party would chime in on this, but perhaps they are salivating over the thought of cheap guns and fishing tackle at the mega box store that quite literally brings the outdoors in doors.

Six-and-a-half-million tax-payer dollars are being handed over to a company that doesn’t need the money in order to “improve” a section of roadway that does not need improving and to build a strip mall that does not need to be built. Just think for a moment and I a certain you, dear reader, can name a half-dozen local projects that could use that money. Locally these include widening Lithia Pinecrest and Bell Shoals Roads, multiple intersections in need of drainage improvements, school facility improvements, and raises for bus drivers, teachers, and other public employees.  

It is a little disappointing that the very people who claim to be all up in arms over the misuse of taxpayer dollars have not weighed in on this obvious money grab. You know, the flag-waving, gun-toting, health-care-denying, birth certificate-craving halfwits who claim that the American people are Taxed Enough Already (in case you didn’t know what their acronym stands for). But I gather that their interest only extends to frothing at the mouth and spitting into the wind at events over which they have no control or are too ill informed to understand. It is one thing to slap an anti-government bumper sticker on your car and call yourself a patriot, but quite another to actually learn about an issue and peacefully protest on behalf of the local citizenry (a.k.a. your neighbors). The inability of the TEA Party to speak up about fiscal issues on the local level underlines their continued ineffectual nature and again demonstrates why no one takes them seriously.

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Lynn February 26, 2013 at 01:24 PM
The reason they are not there is because of people like you. You have decided we have nothing to offer. Look in the mirror and see who is frothing at the mouth! Maybe we are just sick of people like you who only like to insult people.
Jery Elliott February 26, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Oh .. right ... and the TEA Party is the most wholesome down to earth whip smart group on the planet? I laugh at your defensiveness.
Jery Elliott February 26, 2013 at 04:02 PM
You are correct Lynn, the TEA Party has NOTHING to offer. Where were you when the County Commissioners were voting on this? The only one who had any balls to voice in opposition to this giveaway was Kevin Beckner. Amazing how the common sense Democrat is more outspoken about the use of taxpayer dollars than the Taxed Enough Already yahoos.
Elizabeth Belcher March 04, 2013 at 02:36 AM
What is really appalling about the Bass Pro issue is that the Brandon Chamber of Commerce supported to taxpayer giveaway. I thought that Chambers of Commerce were supposed to support and promote local businesses. Brandon Chamber of Commerce betrayed their own rank and file members. Personally, I think after their actions, all small business members should resign.


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