David Letterman Meets the Tea Party: Are You Satisfied with a Life on Welfare?


A few weeks ago, I was tickled by watching Pamela Stout appear on David Letterman.

Stout is the president of the Sandpoint Idaho Tea Party Patriots, before which she was a homemaker, a business owner, and a social worker for low-income housing residents. Like many in the Tea Party movement, Stout was never very politically active, but has since been aroused by out-of-control spending.

When Letterman asks her to explain why she thinks things are getting worse in this country, she replies with this:

I think [it’s] the fact that we demonize business… We need to give [individual responsibility] back to people. We need to give them a sense that America is a great place to live and that you can succeed. To be satisfied living on welfare and in public housing, to me that’s sad. I want people to believe that they can do better.

This is what I like about the Tea Party movement. It is so varied and so disorganized, and there is plenty not to like, but Stout represents the overarching sentimentthat individuals are being robbed of their responsibility and dignity by those in power.

Stout isn’t a racist or a homophobe or a xenophobe — she is just a normal person who sees value in self-reliance and industry.

And why shouldn’t she?

The supposed do-gooders in power tout their welfare packages as pathways to a paradise where no one is in want, but their means do not achieve their ends.

The only way this nation will achieve long-term stability and prosperity is by adopting the outlook that Stout puts forth here — that a healthy community requires healthy individuals.

It doesn’t seem like too controversial of an idea to me.

Pam Stout

Pamela Stout is president of the Sandpoint Idaho Tea Party Patriots

Is it just that we, as a country, have grown “satisfied” with living on some form of welfare? It would seem that way. Whether it’s our cries for universal healthcare or “affordable” housing, it seems that we have become a nation of class envy and self-absorbed dependency — one that loves to fight and bicker about who gets which government goodies first.

Individuals should be competing to be the ones who create value, not the ones who get it wrapped in the prettiest package under the Christmas tree.

The Tea Party movement is a healthy (though imperfect) step in the right direction.

Note: The above video is the second of three videos. To watch the complete interview see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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  • Remnant Culture

    New video post: David Letterman meets the Tea Party. Are you satisfied with a life on welfare? http://tiny.cc/4zcdj #tcot #tlot #teaparty

  • http://twitter.com/kbnerison/status/13441937518 Kyler Nerison

    Good article about the Tea Party on Letterman and why the #teaparty's message is a winning one. http://bit.ly/ak94Fl #tcot

  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/13505781513 Remnant Culture

    We have become a nation of class envy and self-absorbed dependency — one that fights over who gets govt goodies first. http://tiny.cc/4zcdj