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I was tired of paying taxes to be redistributed to people who won't work

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To The Daily Sun,

I have been reading many letters to you lately bashing the Tea Party. While I value the right of everyone to have an opinion and to express it, I feel that most people are placing blame where it doesn't belong. I will explain what I mean by telling you why I am proud to be a member of the Tea Party.
I'm originally from Connecticut and when I was in 6th grade, I remember reading in a school book the difference between Democrats and Republicans. It said that Democrats were the party of the people, focusing on helping the poor with welfare programs. Republicans focused on tax breaks for businesses. Liberal indoctrination at its finest but I bought into it. I said I was going to be a Democrat when I grew up because I wanted to help poor people.

This lasted for a few years until I found out that a friend's mother decided she was going to quit her job cleaning houses because she could make more on welfare. Even though I was young, I knew what fraud was when I saw it. She was a woman who was able to work, but she was going to stop working and get money for nothing. For the next four years before they moved, I got to see this woman sit around her house all day smoking pot while both of my parents had to go to their jobs everyday so they could afford the things we needed. It was at that moment I became a Republican.

The years went on and I went from job to job looking to better myself or at least to earn money so I could live. While working at a store that was hiring people for a remodel, a family member that was on unemployment came in. I told him that the store was hiring and that he should apply. He didn't want to because Obama was going to extend unemployment benefits and he was going to be in line to get more money. I was outraged by this and I made sure he knew it. I looked him right in the eye and said, "You're part of the problem." He ended up applying and is better for it to this day.

A short time later the Tea Party came on the scene. I liked what TEA stood for, Taxed Enough Already. I was sick and tired of paying taxes that were being redistributed to people who were able to work and wouldn't. Now don't get me wrong, I know there are people who need help and I have no problem with them getting the help they need. But at this point in time I'd bet good cash money from the small amount I get to keep from my paycheck (because most of my money goes to paying rent and gas for my car so my wife and I can get to our jobs) that there are more people defrauding the system than actually need help.

So let's get onto the debate of today. Obamacare is a program that is based on fraud. You may think it isn't but here is why it is. First, it is supposed to help the poor by getting them subsidies to buy health insurance. So in other words it is going to give more money not only the people who can't afford health insurance but also more money to the people who are able to work but are unwilling to work for health insurance. But that isn't only where the fraud is. The fraud is also in the waivers given to the friends, donors, and supporters of Obama. The fraud is also in the subsidies guaranteed to the members of Congress who make anywhere from twi to 10 times as much as the people who the law is supposed to help. We already fund the Cadillac health insurance that they already have, but now we have to give them more money for it? Looks like fraud to me. And let's not forget Obama himself delaying parts of the law for some (the employer mandate) and not for others (the individual mandate). This was political posturing and criminal behavior as he does not have the legal right to do that and therefore has broken the law.

Do I want Obamacare to be repealed? You bet I do. It's not because I don't care about poor people and it's not because I hate Obama. It's because I am sick and tired of the fraud that government programs allow to happen and I'm certainly sick of paying for it. That is why I am proud to be a member of the Tea Party.

Scott Schoonmaker