RICK SANTELLI: While the vandals are on the street corners, the Tea Party conservatives they’re working state houses, the governorships, the mayorships, the Senate, the House. See, they understand, they’ve read the Constitution. If you want to make a difference, don’t go break windows, okay? Break some phony arguments that things like austerity are going to put you in the hole. What put you in the hole is borrowing 38 cents of every dollar you spent. That’s what put you in the hole, pure and simple. Everything else is political spin.” Read more and video: here
CNBC’s Rick Santelli, who is one of the few sane voices at CNBC, said in about 60 seconds what most haven’t been able to say in 20 minutes, including Barack Obama. There is no relationship between the Tea Party (a true “grassroots” movement) and the jumbled, disgruntled, entitlement- minded people who brag about being a part of the Occupiers.
Mr. Santelli, regardless of what ‘rights’ Ron Paul would like to grab onto, is widely known for being the father of the Tea Party movement. It was his speech on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, that’s given credit for so many Americans getting off the couch and getting involved with what became known as The Tea Party movement. Here’s his original speech: