Tuesday, 02 August 2011 17:52

Tea Party Members Not Terrorists Nor Hobbits, But Patriots

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Jeff CrouereNow that the compromise debt ceiling bill has passed both houses of Congress and has the President’s support, a crisis has been temporarily postponed. We will not default; checks will continue to be sent to seniors, the indigent and the men and women serving our country in the military. This should ease global financial concerns and allow the stock market should breathe a sigh of relief.

 While the deal will ease the current crisis, it will not put a dent in our long term financial crisis. We have seen Congress and President Obama once again “kick the can down the road.” While there will possibly be $2.4 trillion in budget cuts over the next decade and a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment, the national debt will continue to skyrocket. One estimate has the national debt increasing by another $ 9.5 trillion in the next decade.

The bill did not offer enough budget cuts or entitlement reform, but at least something was done. For the last 50 years, Congress has been increasing the debt ceiling with limited or no debate. Since 1960, it has been increased 78 times and the result has been out of control spending, no entitlement reform and an insatiable appetite for more tax revenue.

This debate was different because of one group of people, the Tea Party. Last November, Republicans took power in the House of Representatives because of Tea Party candidates. These new congressmen wanted to change the way Washington operates and they were not going to allow the politics as usual system to continue.

So, Tea Party members in the House voted to repeal of Obamacare, an outrageous expansion of the federal government that will destroy our healthcare system. These new conservatives passed Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, including real entitlement reform, and passed the “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill to deal with the debt ceiling increase. Because the Senate is under Democratic Party control and the White House is led by the biggest liberal to ever occupy the office, these bills never became law.

At least the Tea Party members forced the debate to move in the right direction. In the final debt ceiling legislation, there are at least some budget cuts, which are a small step in the right direction.

Instead of crediting Tea Party members for their reforms and positive change, the media and long time Capitol Hill politicians have characterized the group as violent racists. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called Tea Party activists “hobbits.” On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Politico, labeled the Tea Party as “terrorists.”

These kind of despicable insults are not warranted for people who are trying to save the country. Instead of waving weapons at Tea Party rallies, activists are waving the flag, singing patriotic songs and carrying copies of the U.S. Constitution.

The movement is involving people in the political process and encouraging them to contact their elected officials. This type of activism is refreshing and a major change from the dangerous apathy that gripped our nation previously. In essence, Tea Party members want to return our country to the constitutional values that made the United States of America the greatest nation on earth.

To solve our fiscal problems, Tea Party members want to restrain the out-of-control growth of this federal budget, which has ballooned in the last few decades.

The Tea Party did not create this spending problem. In contrast, it is trying to fix the problem. Last November, the new members of Congress arrived on the scene of a fiscal crime that has been committed by members of both political parties for generations.

If the United States does not embark on aggressive changes, our country will eventually become another failed state like Greece. The Tea Party is desperately trying to avert a major catastrophe. This is not the work of terrorists, but the work of true patriots.

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].


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