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How the Tea Party Is Like Hamas

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Senior writer Allison Hoffman’s piece today in Tablet Magazine provides a useful heuristic for viewing the debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington: the Mideast peace process. “The underlying differences—mutually exclusive claims to a finite piece of land in one case, mutually exclusive views of what government is for on the other—are arguably unbridgeable, even in the best of circumstances,” Hoffman points out. “As a result, the incentives for those in charge point toward minimizing personal losses over risking career suicide in service of achieving a sweeping solution that is politically risky and possibly untenable.”

While a fair-minded person could find both leaders in either debate equally feckless, or one leader more so than the other, in both situations there is an imbalance: the presence on one side of utter, uncompromising extremists who have obtained the power to make or break a deal. The good news is that the Tea Party is not like Hamas in the latter’s genuine evil, and anyway Speaker John Boehner appears to have more control over the fanatics than President Abbas does. Insha’allah.

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jacob arnon says:

“How the Tea Party Is Like Hamas”

I despise the Tea Party, and I hate Hamas.

Yet, I can see more differences between them than similarities.

One huge difference is that the Tea Party is fueled by libertarian principles, while Hamas is fueled by anti-libertarian Koranic principles.

Another difference is that I suspect that many Tea Party members are hypocritical opportunists, while most Hamas members are true believers in Eric Hoffer’s sense of the term.

Yes, Hamas is just like the tea party. Hamas kills little babies (and others) and wants to destroy the Jewish people. The tea party is based on the constitution’s fundamental right to protest government policies, and simply wants the government to stop spending more money than it takes in. Keynsians and their ultra-liberal ilk might hate that idea, but we are not all Keynsians now. The current risk of default clearly demonstrates that the tea party has the right position on spending.

Carrie says:

We get it. You are a liberal publication, but to compare the Tea Party with Hamas is just in the realm of absurd and insulting to all thinking people.

Bill Pearlman says:

Are you kidding me. I know you people are left wing but lets stay on planet earth.

Robert Blanton says:

Jacob Amon says he “despises the tea party,” which is a very Hamas-like sentiment when you are able to hate an entire group of people simply because they exist! I am a member, so-to-speak, of the Tea Party. And what is my great sin? l. I believe it is irresponsible for the government to spend money it doesn’t have, because that money comes not from them but from us, the American people. 2. I believe it is irresponsible to borrow money without knowing if you can ever pay it back. At this moment 41 of each dollar the fed gov’t spends is borrowed from China, Austrialia, and whoever else. With this new law, the national debt will baloon to $16 trillion and we will pay back $2.4 trill over the next 10 years. Who’s kidding who? If you owed $14,000 to the bank and said, “If you’ll loan me 2,000 more I’ll pay you back 2,000 over the nest 10 yrs.;i.e, $200 per yr,” you’d be laughed out of the bank! If you read this and don’t understand the looming catastrophe about to fall on us, then I don’t know what else to say. Instead of hating the Tea Party, you should join it and help us force this gov’t into financial responsibility. The best to your and yours.

Brooks says:

Robert and Craig–First to Robert: You (An individual or group) can’t create a near catastrophe then claim your ideas are correct because of the near catastrophe. That is backwards logic. The Tea Party refused to do something that has been done under every US President (most under Reagan and Bush Jr.), then refused to do ANY negotiating. Now our economy is worse off because the Tea Party refused to concede anything, while the other ‘side’ did. You consider that GOOD economic policy?? Now to both of you guys: You are leaving out a BIG part of the Tea Party….They do want the government to not run in the negative anymore, and YES that is a GOOD thing. What you conveniently left out is that they refuse to increase revenue to do it!!! Right now the wealthiest Americans are paying the lowest taxes EVER (except for one 4 year period from ’88-92)!!! The top tax bracket is now 35%. From 1971-81 it was 70%…that is no typo..TWICE as much. Under your boy Reagan, it was 50%. (’82-’86). From 1964-1970 it was between 70-77%. Oh yeah, and from 1951-63 it was 91%…..91%….repeat…91%. This is time period I want to focus on. Why was it 91% you ask? Because during WW2 we ran up a huge war defect. The country was in horrible debt (unthinkable to people at the time). Did the people and government decide to steal from the Social Security fund? No. Cut off help to sick and poor? Nope. Cut education? Of course not! The wealthiest people stood up and said “We are the ones that can afford to help the most!”, and they raised taxes (revenue), and cut down that deficit. I am, of course, not suggesting we go back to a 90% top bracket, but 45% for 300k+ would solve 90% of the problem. We need to run the government more efficiently and cut down on waste, but to suggest that we should take away money from the people who need it most so that the wealthiest can keep paying the lowest taxes ever is lunacy! By the way-I come from a ‘fortunate’ family, so our taxes would go up.

Ernie says:

Ok, here’s what’s just happened here: Allison, whose brain was polluted by her liberal college education, and who is now posing as “journalist” in her big-girl job at the Tablet, writes a piece and gets something missing from her life- ATTENTION. Marc wants attention too, so he writes the equivalent of “What she said! So there!” and posts it. Now he gets attention too! Congratulations, you poseurs.

woodrow says:

I don’t like the ‘tea party’ but I wouldn’t go quite this far. ‘tea party’ is just a bunch of middle/upper middle class people who don’t appreciate paying all the taxes in this country. Hamas has rocket launchers aimed at another country.

michael says:

Wow! All these liberals are acting like the Tea Party is some kind of alien invasion.

Let’s not forget that the Tea Party is made up of American Citizens.

And we’ve had enough of liberals destroying the fabric of what made America great. God, morals, duty, honor.

All of those words are as foreign to liberals as they’re opinion of the Tea Party.

God bless America.

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