The Tea Party takes credit for the Sequester
While many Republicans are trying to deny any part of the sequestration, many in the tea party see it as a great victory and celebrate whittling down government. According to Washingtonpost.com:
Deep reductions in domestic and defense spending are set to begin Friday in a process known as sequestration, which will make progress toward the tea party’s goal of shrinking the government. What unfolds over the following months will be a high-stakes test of whether significant cuts in spending will help or hurt the economy — and the Republican Party’s brand.
The cuts, worth $1.2 trillion over 10 years, are slated to become reality after a period when the tea party — a movement, represented by a group of Republicans elected in 2010, whose goal is to radically cut the government — has struggled to have a lasting impact on Washington. The tea party saw President Obama win reelection and enact more than $600 billion in tax increases on the wealthy, while GOP leaders agreed to allow more federal borrowing without anything in return.
But many Republicans say the sequester is the moment when the tea party can claim it has made its mark. Although Democratic and Republican leaders are pointing fingers, the tea party and its allies are happily accepting credit for the cuts.
“This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), a tea party Republican elected in 2010.
Most Americans know it was the tea party republicans who were the catalyst for the sequestration even though many folks are now back-pedalling to beat the band. The tea party seems quite willing and proud to accept the “credit,” regardless of how dubious the distinction is. Wonder if they will be quite as willing to accept credit when food isn’t inspected,, parks are closed, teachers and medical personnel are furloughed and our national security is compromised? I hope they enjoy setting the economy back on its haunches. Ideology first, country second. I hope they don’t dare call themselves tea party patriots. Harming the country isn’t patriotic.