In ordinary times one would think that people who favor a balanced budget and no or low government debt would get some respect. But not in these times. With a Presidential Administration, a majority of the Senate, and a minority of the House bent on Social Democracy -- the incremental advancement toward socialism by democratic means -- anyone advocating financial responsibility is the enemy.
Unfortunately, the main stream media are accomplices in this crime against common sense. And that brings us to the reason for this particular rant.
Yesterday, the morning paper contained an editorial disguised as news from Associated Press titled "Hardline conservative groups driving Republican agenda." Click on the thumbnail or read it at news.Yahoo.com. The first paragraph repeats the title, and here's the second paragraph:
Tea party allies like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America showed their might by insisting that the GOP embrace the government shutdown that hurt the nation's economy and the party's reputation.
You can read the whole thing at the above hyperlink, but the quoted paragraph should give you a flavor. But let's look at a couple of items from that paragraph. First, they site "the government shutdown that hurt the nation's economy" but neglect to provide any evidence that the economy was hurt while the entire nation all got an eyeful of the damage the government did to itself by preventing veterans from visiting war memorials.
Next, about that alleged damage to the "party's reputation." The msm must really fear the Tea Party movement. If, as they claim, it is hurting the Republican Party they would be cheering it on. Instead, they're afraid the Tea Party adherents will be successful. And that must keep Democrats at the AP awake at night.
Are there such things as "hardline liberal groups?" Yes, of course there are. The President, who absolutely refused to negotiate with Republicans, is as hardline liberal as they come. Hardline liberals are currently taking the U.S. down a dangerous path, but you won't see the AP using that word "hardline" anywhere near them. Save that for the Tea Party.