Mendte: Tea Party & Fiscal Cliff

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NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – Larry Mendte wonders why the once vocal Tea Party is keeping quiet over the tax proposals.

As we near the fiscal cliff and the debate rages over taxes, government spending and Obamacare, you know who has been conspicuous in their absence?

We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.

The grassroots national movement spontaneously materialized in the wake of Obamacare in 2009 with rallies like this one.

The Tea Party mantra was less spending and lower taxes.

In other words, all of the stuff we are talking about now, last count there were over 40 million Tea Party members or affiliates across the country, where are they hiding?

There`s a few things going on, first the Tea Party has an image problem, they have been portrayed as kooks by democrats and many in the media.

I am not a witch.

It doesn`t help that many of the candidates the tea party backed actually turned out to be kooks.

But the bigger problem may not be the candidates who lost, but the Tea Party candidate who won.

There are dozens of them in congress, they are now part of the very big spend and tax government the Tea Party so despises and it has been a hard dose of reality.

The movement is finding out the hard part was, that it is easy to complain about government, it is much more difficult to govern.