I'm talking about the local tea party. Nonprofits and unions are regulars before local governments, looking for handouts and higher benefits. When Lehigh County Commissioners considered cutting quality of life grants, museums and artsy-fartsys I never heard of came out of the woodwork, literally screaming. And unions worried about a sale of Northampton County's nursing home, have actually used Gracedale residents as props, carting them at County expense to meetings in their wheelchairs, after scaring these seniors half to death that they'll be thrown into the street.
But these special interests are beginning to encounter something new - the taxpayer. At last night's informational meeting concerning the sale of Gracedale, the usual supporters showed up. But this time, the tea party was there, too.
Special interest groups and lobbyists protect all kinds of hidden agendas, on both left and right. It is refreshing to see one group speaking for the taxpayer. That group should be or elected officials.