Leaf - The roads were built with taxpayer dollars - that comes from private industry and the people they hire - as well as gas tax. People working pay that.
To the posts above - Answer the real question - why does the city go into business to compete directly against private business with the taxpayers money.
Zero - Government should not compete with the private sector. That's called economic fascism
The CTFP isn't using taxpayer money. It's always easy spending someone else's money
While I like Scott's political views, one can't forget his personal escapades, though it doesn't seem to matter anymore. Weiner is now going to run for Mayor. Our President was part of a Choom Gang. Everyone has foibles. DesJarlais' rise to the level of not qualifying him for elected office.
All groups not treated equally. A very liberal local group that supports this President received their IRS approval in a year or less without the intrusive questions. They applied two years after the Tea Party - and received their approval well before the TP. In addition, it was retroactive - the IRS is not allowing the CTP to be retroactive. I firmly believe this came from the very top. This administration outdoes the Nixon Administration in the cover ups and enemies list. And I'm old enough to remember the Nixon years well.
This editorial writer needs to do a little research before prostrating herself for the "cause". It's not whining when you are right.
You really ought to learn about the Tea Party - you know nothing about it. Nah - knowledge would just get in your way of demonizing.
The point is that all the groups should be treated the same - if you want to change the rules of tax exempt, no problem from me. We'd all be better without the IRS, the Fair tax does that, the flat tax limits them.
Rickaroo - Thank you for having the chutzpah to put your name on your opinions - most people here don't, and I think if they did, they're tone would change. I can only speak for the overwhelming opinions of the people in the Chattanooga Tea Party. We are adamantly opposed to economic fascism of Reagan, Bush, and Obama (who I think may be the worst of the bunch.) And just like you, I believe the country would be better off following what I think important. As for not calling out librul - he and I weren't talking. My goal is to get the truth out about the Tea Party - the media will never print it. As for dirty politics - I agree, compared to the old days, it is very tame now.
I don't want a nanny state that takes care of us from cradle to grave - I want people to be able to fail - especially the big corporations (GN and others) and banks that robbed Americans of their hard earned money. I personaly have had failures in my life, but was fortunate to be able to get up and back on my feet again. I believe that small business is the engine of America, but unfortunately that engine is going away to the multi national corporations that are doing there best to rid themselves of the competition all with the help of the federal government.
Rickaroo - you win - I can't compete with a name calling person who doesn't even have the guts to use his own name, with "facts" that are wrong. No sense in my even trying.