Tea Party vs. John Boehner

Seems Speaker John Boehner has a choice to make when it comes to spending cuts in Washington.  Side with the “Washington Way” or remember those who helped put the GOP in the majority in the House.  While the House had passed $61 billion in cuts the latest “COMPROMISE” numbers are a mere $33 billion.  The message is simple for Speaker Boehner & the rest of the House GOP leadership, have a backbone and take a stand.  It’s called “elections have consequences” as Conservatives were reminded after the 2008 election.

It’s the same message that needs to be heard when it comes to the federal debt ceiling.

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Memo to the GOP

That group that helped return you to the majority in the House, you know the Tea Party, is getting a little irritated with your actions lately.

It’s this simple, the House Republican leaders have no plan to cut real federal spending or to repeal ObamaCare. Repealing or defunding ObamaCare was the ONE priority Americans sent the Republicans to do when they were returned to power in the House. I began to sense how things would be when Republicans pledged to cut spending by only $100 billion. $100 billion? Wow. Veni, vidi, durmi! I came, I saw, I yawned! We have a $1.65 TRILLION deficit this year alone! And, of course, Republican leadership has already retreated from the $100 billion to a measly $51 billion. You have to hand it to Republicans, they never fail to disappoint!

Republicans like Boehner and Cantor are making a very grave mistake counting on the continued support of the tea party. The Texas Congressman I met with told me “Republican leadership takes the tea party vote for granted because they believe the tea party will never vote for a Democrat.” That is true in most cases. However, the tea party will vote for more conservative Republicans in the primary! Boehner, Cantor and the rest of Republican leadership needs to face primary challengers back home. Republicans were not returned to power to be Democrat-Lite! Or RINO Republicans. One would think 63 new freshmen Congressmen who were supported by the tea party movement might wake up a few RINOs in Washington.
But you’d be wrong!

The RINOs in Congress tell us “You don’t understand. You don’t know how it works up here.” You’re right, we don’t know how it works but have pretty much figured out how it doesn’t work! And it doesn’t work with the clutch of lifetime, bureaucrats we are currently stuck with who cannot find it within themselves to cut any more than $51 billion from a $1.65 TRILLION deficit! Boehner, Cantor and the rest of their cronies should understand the tea party is not loyal to the Republican Party! The tea party is loyal to the Constitution of the United States and the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedom and responsibility, and national sovereignty! Right now, all of those are being trampled on by politicians and the negative effects are becoming more evident each day!

At the end of the day it’s simple.  Politics as usual won’t cut it.  Compromise isn’t an option when it comes to the basic principles.  It’s something that not only Republican leadership in the House needs to understand.  It’s something that House members elected last November need to understand as well, if they want to be more than a one-term Representative.

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Standoff within the Senate GOP …

over earmarks.

Fresh off the tea party’s show of election might, GOP Sen. Jim DeMint said Tuesday he’ll force a showdown next week with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other old guard Republicans over “earmarked” pet projects that DeMint and other victors last week made a symbol of out-of-control deficit spending.

The South Carolina Republican, buoyed by support from six GOP freshman, is optimistic he’ll win a change in internal GOP rules to effectively bar any Republican from seeking earmarks.

“Americans want Congress to shut down the earmark favor factory, and next week I believe House and Senate Republicans will unite to stop pork barrel spending,” DeMint said.

DeMint won backing from 25 Senate Republicans, including McConnell, earlier this year to impose an earmark ban on Republicans and Democrats alike. Despite winning the support of a majority of Republicans, the proposal was easily defeated by Democrats and 14 pro-earmark Republicans. Thirty-three of 41 Senate Republicans then sought earmarks in this year’s unfinished roster of spending bills.

McConnell, however, isn’t enthusiastic about the idea of a ban now. And he finds himself caught in the middle of an unwelcome battle dividing his party and opening it to criticism from anti-pork tea party activists who helped Republicans take back the House and elect several anti-earmark senators.

Among the GOP freshman supporting Sen. DeMint’s proposal is Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson.

Cosponsoring DeMint’s proposal, to be unveiled at next week’s Senate Republican Conference, are Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) as well as Senators-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire).

The proposal sets up a standoff between the Tea Party wing of the Senate GOP – Lee, Johnson, Paul and Rubio all got strong Tea Party pushes during their campaigns – and establishment Republicans in the Senate such as minority leader Mitch McConnell.

An early battle between the Tea Party and “The Establishment”?

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The Last Best Hope

If they don’t hear us NOW, they will hear WE THE PEOPLE this November.

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