Here’s a shocking journalistic discovery by famous webzine the New York Times: Turns out all those Tea Party people are out of work or, at best, retired and homeless. Surprise! Bet you thought they all had seven-figure executive salaries and traveled to these dirt-lot Sarah Palin swap meets on Lear Jets.
When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care. Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist.
And that’s basically the whole article: Unemployed people angry about stuff like not having government health care and not having their manufacturing jobs protected by the government have turned to the Teabagging Movement, because that’s exactly what the Founding Fathers did when they got laid off from their toilet-factory jobs and were each thirty-grand deep in credit card debt and couldn’t sell their shitty suburban houses because they bought during the bubble.
The newspaper report notes that ruined jobless people also organized and protested during the Great Depression, but those strange “smart people” actually demanded help from the government. [New York Times]