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The Real Debt Ceiling Story Needs to Be Told

Everything you need to know about career polititicans, the media, and the Tea Party was illustrated in the recent debt ceiling debacle.
It had it all: the Big-Government advocates demanding compromise, yet clearly having no intention of doing anything remotely fiscally responsible; the so-called conservative Republicans passing and then undermining their own bill (Cut, Cap, and Balance), only to ultimately (and predictably) compromise everything away, agreeing to another kick-the-can-down-the-road bill; the American people ending up worse off than they were before, as S&P downgraded our AAA credit rating for the first time in American history; and everyone in the political class, including the media, blaming the Tea Party. They’ve gone so far as to dub S&P’s action the “Tea Party downgrade.”
Sometimes all you can do is marvel at the Big-Government advocates’ total disregard for reality and the intelligence of the American people. They’ll say whatever they want, regardless of its open absurdity, and assume people will believe it.
Slicing through all the rhetoric, though, you get to this simple and undeniable fact: many, if not most, in the Tea Party compromised and reluctantly supported the only legislation that could have prevented the downgrade by increasing the debt ceiling the full amount President Obama requested while implementing real spending cuts. S&P sovereign-rating chief John Chambers said that the two criteria for maintaining our AAA rating were (a) $4 trillion in cuts, and (b) bi-partisan support. The Tea Party largely endorsed the Cut, Cap, and Balance approach, which cut spending by the appropriate level and was passed in the House with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Both criteria were met.

So the Tea Party was the only chance this nation had at maintaining its AAA rating.

But the political establishment, knowing they look silly and are losing ground daily in the eyes of ordinary Americans, are desperate to shift the blame to the only organization that deserves none. They are terrified of us, because we represent an enormous group of engaged and principled Americans actively pushing for real fiscal responsibility, regardless of the political ramifications. They know their only chance at continuing to grow government and spend America into an economic black hole is to discredit the powerful nationwide movement fully committed to stopping them.

This entire story is screaming for a Voices of the Tea Party e-book. Simply describing the events from start to finish of how the debt ceiling was raised in 2011 will illustrate everything wrong with Washington and everything right with the Tea Party movement—a movement convincing the nation it’s finally time to return to America’s founding principles and shift the power from We the Government back to We the People.

Jon Wakefield is a leader of the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party

Who’s Mainstream and Who’s Fringe?


America is a highly polarized nation.

We hear that all the time, but is it accurate? Last week, The Daily Caller reported on a Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll that showed 65% of America supports a balanced budget amendment, while only 27% oppose it.

That’s not highly polarized.

The Hill conducted a poll on raising the debt ceiling (which just suffered a massive defeat in the U.S. House), and found a nearly identical split at 62-27% opposed the measure, including 64% of independents and a plurality of Democrats. Want more? Gallup conducted a similar poll and found the split to be 47-19% against raising the debt ceiling.

That’s not highly polarized.

CBS News conducted a poll on cutting spending vs. raising taxes to reduce the federal deficit and found that 77% of Americans prefer cutting spending, while only 9% want taxes raised.*

That’s not only not highly polarized, it’s almost totally unified.

What do all these issues—a balanced budget, a frozen debt ceiling, reduced spending, and low taxes—have in common? They are straightforward applications of the core Tea Party principles of constitutionally limited government and fiscal responsibility.

These polls aren’t anomalies and they aren’t the only issues that the American public agrees with us on. I continue to be struck by just how much they are with us on issue after issue. Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising, though, considering that conservatives outnumber liberals in America by a 2-1 margin (according to Gallup). And this has been the case for a long time. An e-book that catalogs the broad support across all political demographics for basic Tea Party policies would make an excellent addition to the Voices of the Tea Party series.

President Obama and his allies often call Tea Partiers fringe (when they’re feeling magnanimous enough to refrain from calling us by a sexual slur), but when even significant numbers of regular Democrats are supporting basic Tea Party ideology—whether they know it or not—it’s hard to argue that our movement isn’t mainstream. It is President Obama and his allies—who support a severely unbalanced budget, hiking the debt ceiling by well over $2 trillion, raising taxes, and blowing up record spending even more—who are on the fringe of every major issue facing the nation today.

*The specifics of what to cut is where Americans disagree. We will ultimately need to find common ground and work together, but for now the Tea Party can confidently claim that we have handily won the argument that Federal Government is too big and needs substantial cuts.

Jon Wakefield is a leader of the Richmond, Virginia  Tea Party