If they fail to oust President Obama in 2012, perhaps the Tea Partiers could seek political asylum in Germany. Germany has already passed a balanced budget amendment and now, gearing up for another election, the coalition government of Angela Merkel is planning on giving low- and middle-wage earners a tax cut. The WSJ reports:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling center-right coalition said it plans to cut income taxes for low- and middle-wage earners, a small but symbolic step as the coalition begins setting the stage for elections in 2013.
The €6 billion ($8.3 billion) tax cut, to take effect in two steps ahead of the next general election, could be seen as a necessary move to restore peace in Ms. Merkel’s fractious coalition. It also may be a small gesture to German voters who increasingly feel that the fruits of their labors are being funneled into bailouts for profligate euro-zone members while ordinary Germans see few personal gains.
Germany still has a few more changes before it qualifies as a red state; those gun laws need to change, for one thing, and there is all that business with the unions. Still, if the budget-balancing, bail out-hating, tax-cutting Germans keep moving in this direction, they will soon be carrying handguns to church.