Recent revelations about the Internal Revenue Service’s selective and deliberate targeting of conservative organizations are outrageous and seriously concerning. This years-long abuse of government power is an assault on the free speech rights of all Americans. This direct assault on our Constitution further justifies the American people’s distrust in government and its ability to properly implement our laws.
The American people deserve answers about how such seemingly unconstitutional and potentially criminal behavior could occur, and who else was aware of it throughout the Administration. It is imperative that you, your predecessor, and other past and present high-ranking officials at the Department of Treasury and IRS immediately testify before Congress.
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.
The Gadsden flag, which flew proudly over the 2010 midterm elections, now lies in tatters — rent by internal disagreements, losses among its most visible standard-bearers and a growing sense that the tea party movement, which once looked like it could transform American politics, will soon be nothing more than a blip in the country’s collective memory.
The movement’s journey from boom to bust is the story of American politics writ large. The tea party’s ups and downs (in 2012, mostly downs) highlight some of the key forces shaping today’s battles — from the fissures that threaten to destroy the Republican Party to the perils of a leaderless or multi-leader effort to the difference between proving a point and winning.
I never liked the idea in the first place. I recognized some of the old crowd who were were just putting on different hats. I don’t trust groups that have no head. If they screw up, i want to be able to go to someone to complain. Failure to provide any kind of structure just proves to me that the group wanted to avoid assuming any responsibility.
Now those folks who got into office on a wish and a prayer are holding the rest of us hostage. They don’t carry the wishes of the American people, yet they hold us all hostage to their antiquated, outdated way of thinking. They cannot return to the past.
Tea party, time to sit down and get out of the way of progress. Enough is enough. You will not win.
Your political point is destroying my economic security. Therefore, I consider you my enemy. I stomp on your stolen flag.
Shortly, very shortly as a matter of fact, after President Obama was inaugurated, the Tea Party sprang into being as a national movement. It dominated Fox News, was heralded by Glenn Beck and others, and emphasized fiscal responsibility. Perhaps its moment in time can be punctuated by the 2010 mid term elections when conservative candidates supported by tea party type groups swept the House of Representatives.
Many of us who were sitting on the sidelines watching predicted that this group was a flash in the pan. We recognized some of the names from other previous conservative political thrusts. Some of us felt that many of the core leadership were simply the values contingency of the Republican party in sheeps clothing. In Vriginia, looking at the work accomplished in the General Assembly during this session’s first half, it appears that little else was done other than legislation dealing with social issues.
Four major abortion bills are still at various stages of passage, drug testing welfare recipients barely got tabled until next year, immigration and citizenship are still being batted around, length of teachers’ contracts are at issue and whether gay couples can adopt have all dominated the political scene. Not much has been done with jobs debt, or employment. Actually more time has been spent on who cannot work than who can work. While the above legislation isn’t the only legislation discussed, it has dominated the floor and the news. The only tax issues seem to be geared at amazon.com.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Radtke and roughly 30 of her Tea Party supporters stood outside the Capitol on Wednesday to protest Radtke’s exclusion from a debate featuring former Govs. Tim Kaine and George Allen.
Democrat Kaine and Republican Allen were the only two candidates for the Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb to meet the qualifications laid out by event organizers, the Associated Press and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association. To get an invite candidates must have averaged at least 15 percent in published polls and raised at least 20 percent of the amount of money raised by their party’s front runner.
In addition to Radtke, this left out Tim Donner, E.W. Jackson and David McCormick who are running for the GOP nomination, and Julien Modica and Courtney Lynch on the Democratic side.
Radtke consistently complained that limiting the debate to the two big-name former governors was a circumventing of the primary process and an attempt by the “mainstream media” to pick the Republican and Democratic nominees.
I am still trying to figure out if the Tea Party is a political party or not. If not, what are they? Is it just a descriptor? Right now, it seems like the old Republican Party has a push me/pull me relationship with people espousing TP state of mind. On the one hand, the R’s seem to want to use them in their mix and on the other hand, they seem to feel that undo influence and pressure is coming from that wing of the party.
It isn’t all innocent and well-meaning. I see about every form of presidential mockery I can think of. There is Che Obama, Hitler Obama, Liar Obama, Treasonist Obama, Socialist Obama, Traitor Obama, Thief Obama, Joker Obama, Butt Obama….so many Obamas!!
And yes, the signs are all protected by free speech. No one said free speech has to be n good taste. The point of this short review is to bring back a few memories regarding behavior. No one was arrested, to my knowledge. No one stormed a bridge. This group seemed a little old for bridge stormin’. Perhaps in their younger days. The messages, however, were just as pointed and perhaps even more condemning.
Much of Friday was spent here with TPP trying to convince the readership that the TP was somehow more dignified and better behaved than the OWS crowd. That is probably true. I wasn’t really thinking of comparisons for real. Perhaps I should have. I still want to sit back and observe the OWS. The Republicans have already begun the words game of vilifying them and defining them. Far Left, dirty, socialist, Let’s wait and see. Right now this TP demonstration isn’t giving me a warm fuzzy either. I wouldn’t want to have to spend any time around either crowd.
Interesting. I would think that the tea party would value free speech. The teacher was on his own time. Yet the tea party wants vengeance. The local school board wisely will take no action against the teacher.
I thought the tea party folks were rude and and strident. I found it especially offensive that the teacher was told not to teach liberal ideas. The kids were brought there as children. The Dream Act is for children who have been schooled in the United States and who are good students. It is simply an investment in America. We need good students to fill our work force.
Those kids are here. We can turn them in to productive students or we can send the message that they are trash and should be gang members. Those tea party folks sent the trash message. I support the government teacher 100%. He showed self control. Nazi was mild compared to what he was thinking.
Seriously, should Mr. Govt. Teacher even be teaching if he thinks all his students should be deported? NO.
Fox News is giving its usual propaganda statement.
Here is how the scenario might work down the line. Some politician will put the squeeze on the school board to punish Bryant. They will gave and find fault with his style or lesson. Teaching is an art, after all, not a science. They will find a way to mete out some hurt. I would bet money, however, that it isn’t the end.
Eric Cantor (R-Va) apparently had much more of a hand in the debt ceiling debacle than we thought. Just 10 days after the freshman class of the Congress was inaugurated, Cantor and the frosh booked it up to Baltimore Harbor for a retreat. (retreat from what? to days of work?) and he told them how things were going to be. All dewy eyed and excited about their new job, the frosh now had a way to fulfill their campaign promises.
A vote to increase the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit was coming soon, he told the caucus members who had gathered at the Marriott in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for a closed-door retreat less than 10 days after taking power. Think of it as a “hidden” opportunity, he implored them, a chance to achieve their goal of reining in the federal government and its spending habits.
“I’m asking you to look at a potential increase in the debt limit as a leverage moment when the White House and President Obama will have to deal with us,” said Cantor, one of several new House leaders who detailed the game plan for the coming months. “Either we stick together and demonstrate that we’re a team that will fight for and stand by our principles, or we will lose that leverage.
With everyone, especially the 87 GOP newcomers all revving their engine, the plan was in place–the plan to take the country to the brink of potential disaster, again. This time, that disaster resembled a default on our debt.
The Tea Party backed “Cut, Cap and Balance” fiscal plan has passed the House by 234 to 190, on a largely partisan vote, but has no chance of becoming law. The bill will probably not pass the Senate and the President has promised to veto it. According to Huffington Post:
Five Democrats, including Reps. Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Health Shuler (N.C.) and Dan Boren (Okla.), sided with Republicans in passing the measure. Nine Republicans opposed the bill, including Tea Party favorite and GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). In a statement issued after the vote, Bachmann said the bill “does not go far enough” and should have included provisions to defund health care reform.
Other Republican defectors included Reps. Walter Jones (N.C.), Francisco Canseco (Texas), Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.), Connie Mack (Fla.) and Ron Paul (Texas). Paul said he has never voted for a debt ceiling increase and never will. In addition, he took issue with Republicans for not including defense cuts in the mix of discretionary cuts.
“All spending must be deemed discretionary and reexamined by Congress each year,” Paul said in a statement. “To allow otherwise is pure cowardice.”
Newly elected Governor Scott Walker has a huge problem on his hands. Many in his state are in rebellion against him over what are seen as draconian cuts to public employees. He also has attempted to neuter unions’ power trying to restrict collective bargaining.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was heckled for his support of the Wall Street bailout during his Friday appearance at a conservative gathering, another sign the Republican could face trouble earning his party’s nomination for re-election in 2012.
During an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Hatch was asked why conservatives should believe him when he discusses federal spending, given his vote in favor of the bailout. That vote has become a litmus test for conservatives and anathema for Republicans running for re-election.
“All I can say is, there aren’t many people who will say I’m sorry. I’m one who will,” said Hatch, who earlier this week met with tea party activists at a town hall-style meeting.
Hatch is looking for support from his party’s conservative base for a re-election bid next year. The 76-year-old will not have it from his fellow Utah senator; Sen. Mike Lee said Friday he won’t endorse Hatch.
No, you didn’t make a mistake, Senator Hatch. You did the right thing. That TARP had to happen according to most financial experts. Why would this audience be so rude? Sen. Hatch has served for many years. I am not even sure why he wants to stay in office. I would tell the rude pigs good bye. You don’t heckle speakers and that includes ones I don’t like or agree with politically.
America can start its self improvement campaign by acquiring manners. The angry crowd got scolded by the moderator. Perhaps throwing them out of the event would hit home.
After the State of the Union Address, the opposition address will be given by Republican Paul Ryan of Kentucky. This job is often given to party rising stars. Ryan is expected to be a party uniter. After the senator speaks, Michele Bachmann will give her Tea Party Caucus response. Bachmann is noted for for angry, anti-Obama rhetoric. Yahoo News gives us some clues of what might be in store for us after the SOTUA:
A recent analysis by the Pulitzer Prize-winning watchdog site PolitiFactshowsthat of the 13 times she’s been fact-checked, “seven of her claims [have been found] to be false and six have been found to be ridiculously false,” says PolitiFact Editor Bill Adair. “I don’t know anyone else that we have checked, more than a couple times, that has never earned anything above a false. She is unusual in that regard.” Among Bachmann’s greatest hits: saying that Obama will hike taxes on small businesses that make $250,000 (“pants on fire”); claiming that “the president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day” (“false”); and declaring that in the 1970s, “the swine flu broke out… under another Democrat, President Jimmy Carter” (“pants on fire”). Beyond all the easily disprovable falsehoods, Bachmann is famous for simply saying outrageous things: that homosexuality is a “dysfunction”; that Obama is turning America into a “nation of slaves”; that conservatives should “slit their wrists” and be “blood brothers” to defeat health-care reform.
Rick Santelli has been called ‘the Father of the Tea Party’ because of his 5 minute rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Before that, most people couldn’t begin to tell you who Rick Santelli is/was.
People ask me if I’m the father of the Tea Party movement…I was the spark …that started it. If being the lightning rod that started the Tea Party is what’s written on my tombstone, I’ll be very happy.”
Santelli was catapulted to instant fame after his five-minute outburst on CNBC in Feb. 2009–where he decried government bailouts, called struggling homeowners “losers” and speculated aloud that a new Tea Party might be needed–went viral.
In the Sun-Times interview, Santelli called the rant “the best five minutes of my life,” but said he has not tried to influence the direction of the Tea Party in any way. He did call the rise of the movement “a proud moment for America.”
He also said that Franklin and Jefferson would be rolling over in their graves. Perhaps he should read a little history of Jefferson. Jefferson was not the most financially responsible person. His personal library had to be sold to pay his debts. Its a lot easier to say platitudes.
Much has been made of Christine O’Donnell’s surprising win over the former governor of Delaware, Mike Castle for Republican senate candidate. It appeared that even O’Donnell was surprised herself. Why has so much been made over O’Donnell rather than the others, especially the guy with the porno email? Simple. Christine O’Donnell has a paper/video trail a mile long. She is not obscure.
O’Donnell is an attractive 41 year old woman who has appeared at least 22 times on Bill Maher’s show, Politically Incorrect. O’Donnell was the Christian Activist on the panel. Additionally, she ran at least once against Joe Biden for senator. She has been a spokesperson for Concerned Women for American, and she was the president and founder of S.A.L.T. (Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth). People know too much about her.