So it's now confirmed: That women interviewed at a Georgia Tea Party protest was indeed former Velvet Underground drummer and ur-riot girl Moe Tucker. Tracked down by the St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times, Tucker unloads on the Obama administration and government waste, while complaining that there has been no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients. But Tucker argues that she isn't "against food stamps, welfare or Medicaid, if only they would oversee these programs properly!"
No country can provide all things for all citizens. There comes a point where it just isn't possible, and it's proven to be a failure everywhere it's been tried. I am not oblivious to the plight of the poor, but I don't see any reason/sense to the idea that everyone has to have everything, especially when the economy is so bad. I see that philosophy as merely a ploy to control…
My family was damn poor when I was growing up on Long Island. There were no food stamps, no Medicaid, no welfare. If you were poor, you were poor. You didn't have a TV, you didn't have five pairs of shoes, you didn't have Levi's, you didn't have a phone; you ate Spam, hot dogs and spaghetti. We all survived! I am not against food stamps, welfare or Medicaid, if only they would oversee these programs properly!"…
I am also against the government taking over the student loan program, car companies, bailouts and the White House taking control of the census (what the hell is that all about?); [about] any First Lady telling (I know, I know, "suggesting to") us what to eat, the mayor of New York City declaring "no salt" (screw you, pal!), the mayor/city commissioners of Anytown, U.S.A. declaring you can't fly a flag, can't say the Pledge of Allegiance and can't sing the National Anthem….
As a lead-in to the next part of your question: Today it was announced that there would be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients because "there's no inflation." I'd love to know what makes them think that! Where the hell do they shop? Prices have been rising for over a year. Inflation is a natural happening, I know. But why is it that suddenly food prices don't go up two or three or five cents, but instead they're going up 40, 50, 60 cents at a clip? No inflation my ass!
My anger stems from the unbelievable (criminal!) waste of money on pork and earmarks. It drives me nuts to see that X millions are being allocated to build a turtle tunnel, a donkey museum, a salamander crossing, etc, etc, etc
An interesting interview, almost ruined by a clueless interviewer. For example:
How did you get involved with the local Tea Party movement?
I'm not "involved" with the local movement. I went to the first Tea Party in June or July of 2009 because it was within striking distance and I wanted to be counted.
Are you still involved in Tea Party activities?
Thanks for listening to the previous answer! And when Tucker clarifies that she's an angry independent, not a conservative ("Anyone who thinks I'm crazy about Sarah Palin, Bush, etc. has made quite the presumption"), the Riverfront Times follows up by asking if she knows are "other closet conservatives in the music/art world?"
Update: I should note, in fairness to the interviewer, that the interview was conducted via email.