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Chan Lowe: Tea Party Caucus


It does seem ironic that these politicians are jumping on the Tea Party bandwagon in hopes they’ll get reelected and be able to spend two more years mismanaging the same Evil Empire against which they rail.

If I had a job with their salary, perks, and benefits, I wouldn’t want to leave it, either. Sure beats taking your chances in the private sector.

Small government is for the little people, not elected cheeses, particularly if along with the job comes a tidy staff allowance to hire lackeys who can handle the nuts and bolts, thereby leaving you free to demagogue your pet issues.

The new caucus members had better hope that their tri-corned constituents never find out the full extent of those benefits they pull down—the free gym membership, the more-than-generous pension, the health care, the travel allowance, the taxpayer-financed self-serving puff piece mailings, to name only those I’ve heard of.

They might just find themselves on the wrong end of a pitchfork.

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Just like Obama really: When Obama accepted the democratic nomination and ran as a democrat, I knew "change" was unlikely to be found anytime soon.

I had always had the secret hope he might really mean what he was saying about change, and he would use his nomination speech to decline the nomination, chastise both democrats and republicans for being useless demagogues and say he didn't want any part of either of them and he was forming a new political party dedicated to no principle other than "do what works".

Now that would have been "change" :-).

In a way you are right because most of the true tea party people believe in term limits for our senators and congressmen. Not that I believe anyone that gets in to office would vote for that. What we need is a constitutional admendment to set term limits on house and senate.

I like the fact that the politicians identified themselves as being members of the Tea Party Caucus...Wish we could get all politicians & lobbyist to do the same,as to their affiliation.
In fact----Wouldn't it be good to have them wear NASCAR type patches (on their suit jackets) when they decide which laws they'll propose, pass, or veto.?
We'd get a much better idea as to who they're getting "perks" and funding from, wouldn't we.??

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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