Meridian Tea Party Group Rallies Support

A large group gathered Tuesday night in Meridian to rally support for local residents who are going to protest their discontent with the way business is being run in Washington.

Those who plan to demonstrate joined with Web supporters of meridianteaparty.com, which includes local business owners, at the meeting at EMEPA Auditorium. Among the issues of concern was the health care reform debate.

The local effort has grown from three people to at least a hundred. Coordinators say the meeting focused on ways to help support local protesters who plant to march on Washington, D.C., Sept. 12.

"When we watch our legislators spend money upon money that we functionally do not have, and that worries a lot of business owners and a lot of people in the world are concerned about it," said Paul Tarver, a board member of meridianteaparty.com.

This group is considering having a local rally Sept. 12 to show support for those in Washington, D.C., the same day.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    The government is only proposing that they run the health insurance industry. If this plan is passed there will be no incentive for private employers to keep covering employees and the free market system, however poor it may work, will die because no one can compete with government. This is just one more move toward Socialism and under this plan the government will make our health care decisions and not us or our families. Everything that our government gets its hands on ends up costing more than it ever has and being less efficient. Do we remember the toilet seat debacle? The health care system may not be the best it can be, but if this bill passes we will be praying for the "good old days." By the way, I work for the government and I see the mess everyday, but if you want to keep your job, you shut up, keep your head down, and try to help folks the best way you can without drawing attention to yourself. One last thought, why do we get so upset because other people make money?
  • by Storm Location: Meridian on Aug 13, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    Hearing the comments coming from Arlen Specter and Co makes me think they haven't heard "the people" yet. Maybe we need to speak a little louder. Could it be the new 3rd party will be the "Tea" Party? Go American Tea Party!!!!!!!!!!
  • by c. Location: meridian on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    "The government" is not proposing that they run the health care industry. And to make the outcry even more ridiculous, what we have now is NOT based on any kind of free market. There is no incentive for anyone to compete with improved service or lower costs. The doctors charge whatever they think the insurance company will pay. The insurance companies pay based on what they think they can siphon from the policy holder. The less they pay for, the higher their profit. That means you, the consumer, potentially get no or reduced services, while still paying the mandatory premiums. Don't like the deal they offer? Fine, you get your coverage dropped, which flags you as higher risk, meaning your next policy (if anybody else will take you) costs even more than the last one. Where are the market forces in that?
  • by Dave on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    The Democrats most definitely whipped Republicans in Congressional races last year, but not by a very, very wide margin. It's a comfortable margin, yes. And Barack Obama won the presidency by taking only 52.9% of the vote. Yes, he won, most definitely, but that is not an overwhelming mandate for his ideas and agenda. It's just a win for him and a big loss for the rest of us. I think a lot of people would go back and change their 2008 votes if they could. The government should not run everything, primarily because they are so bad at so many things. That is what fuels anger and frustration, which these people have a right to express whenever they choose. Not speaking up at one time doesn't mean you forfeit your right to speak up later.
  • by c. Location: meridian on Aug 12, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Where were you guys when trillions of dollars were wasted on wars? What about Bush's TWO failed stimulus programs? What about the massive bailouts for the hyper-rich Wall Street gambling addicts, which if you'll recall, kicked off LAST YEAR. Dontcha think it's a little hypocritical to only complain when it's a Democrat wasting our tax money? You had a chance to kill this health care business last November, and you lost, by a very very wide margin.
  • by Emmie Ross Location: Ohio on Aug 12, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    Here’s the reason why Americans are being dragged out of their town hall meetings. July 31, 2009 Dear Tea Parties, What pushed back President Barack Obama’s Health Care bill? The Universal Health Care bill was a “slam dunk” for President Barack Obama on July 20, 2009 to pass in the United House of Congress and the United State Senate before July 31st. July 21, 2009, God stepped in through: the Blue Dog Democrats, the Tea Parties, and the book that exposed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s paper trail scandal to push back the Barack Obama’s Universal Health Care bill, effective 2013. On behalf of God and the American people, thank you. Author Emmie Ross An Awakening Spiritual Journey into Dirty Politics after Election 2008
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