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The Tea Party's First Victory
Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-10-2011

Posted on 04/10/2011 4:38:57 PM PDT by smoothsailing

OPINION

APRIL 10, 2011

The Tea Party's First Victory

Obama opposes spending cuts right up to the time he calls them historic..

This is getting to be a habit. President Obama ferociously resists tax cuts, trade agreements and spending cuts—right up to the moment he strikes a deal with Republicans and hails the tax cuts, trade agreements and spending cuts as his idea. What a difference an election makes.

This is the larger political meaning of Friday's last minute budget deal for fiscal 2011 that averted a government shutdown. Mr. Obama has now agreed to a pair of tax cut and spending deals that repudiate his core economic philosophy and his agenda of the last two years—and has then hailed both as great achievements. Republicans in Washington have reversed the nation's fiscal debate and are slowly repairing the harm done since the Nancy Pelosi Congress began to set the direction of government in 2007.

Yes, we know, $39 billion in spending cuts for 2011 is less than the $61 billion passed by the House and shrinks the overall federal budget by only a little more than 1%. The compromise also doesn't repeal ObamaCare, kill the EPA's anticarbon rules, defund Planned Parenthood, reform the entitlement state, or part the Red Sea.

On the other hand, the Obama-Pelosi Leviathan wasn't built in a day, and it won't be cut down to size in one budget. Especially not in a fiscal year that only has six months left and with Democrats running the Senate and White House. Friday's deal cuts more spending in any single year than we can remember, $78 billion more than President Obama first proposed. Domestic discretionary spending grew by 6% in 2008, 11% in 2009 and 14% in 2010, but this year will fall by 4%. That's....

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1 posted on 04/10/2011 4:39:00 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Tea Party members are those who say they are. I don’t believe there is a leader, just a common cause.


2 posted on 04/10/2011 4:42:23 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: smoothsailing

who the heck wrote this?


3 posted on 04/10/2011 4:46:19 PM PDT by jenk (ima go with tgo)
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To: smoothsailing
Another such victory over the Romans, and we are undone.

Pyrrhus
4 posted on 04/10/2011 4:46:31 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: smoothsailing

Before the celebrations begin remember that Obama has incorporated $700 billion of supposedly one time emergency spending into the budget baseline. Cutting $38 billion means he is keeping 95% of it. Not to mention the $100 plus billion snuck into the health care destruction bill. Even Ryan’s cuts are less than the stimulus ($700bil for ten years would give us $7 trillion). Put the champagne back in the fridge it is way too early


5 posted on 04/10/2011 4:47:01 PM PDT by freedomrings69
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To: smoothsailing
Great, we have just begun bailing the Titanic with a Demitasse instead of the recommended bucket. Another two or three victories like this and we'll be home free.

Or maybe free of our home.

6 posted on 04/10/2011 4:49:50 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: smoothsailing; ExTexasRedhead; Kaslin; SunkenCiv; Nachum; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

“the Obama-Pelosi Leviathan wasn’t built in a day, and it won’t be cut down to size in one budget.”

Very true. This was round one and we won. Now on to the next budget.


7 posted on 04/10/2011 4:51:31 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: freedomrings69

Yeah, but it’s still 5% more than we would have without the pushing from us. Only 95% to go.


8 posted on 04/10/2011 4:55:03 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: smoothsailing

9 posted on 04/10/2011 4:55:31 PM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Tzimisce; jenk; Navy Patriot
And the last paragraph of this WSJ OP/ED...

"One of the ironies of Friday's budget deal is that it is being criticized both by Ms. Pelosi and some conservative Republicans. We can understand Ms. Pelosi's angst. But conservatives are misguided if they think they could have done much better than Mr. Boehner, or that a shutdown would have helped their cause. Republicans need to stay united for the bigger fights to come this year, and for now they and the tea party can take credit for spending cuts that even Mr. Obama feels politically obliged to sell as historic."

10 posted on 04/10/2011 4:57:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

i guess we don’t get to find out who wrote it.


11 posted on 04/10/2011 5:07:46 PM PDT by jenk (ima go with tgo)
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To: smoothsailing
This is a rare and disappointing case of BS from The Wall Street Journal. Far from a victory for the Tea Party, this latest budget atrocity is a humiliating defeat for the Republican Party and its pathetic leadership.

Despite the Republican majority in the House -- and its ironclad Constitutional stranglehold on spending initiatives -- the Democrats are still firmly in charge of Congress. Obama has proven that John Boehner is his bitch, and that the GOP rank-and-file have no stomach for any fight. The Dems created this huge deficit, but with this vote the GOP now owns it.

Pathetic. We are doomed to collapse...

12 posted on 04/10/2011 5:07:53 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine
The Journal Editorial Report on FNC has additional commentary...

The WSJ's Paul Gigot, Dan Henninger, Mary Anastasia O'Grady and Stephen Moore discuss the winners and losers of the "shutdown showdown"-VIDEO

GIGOT: So $39 billion in one year, I never -- well, in my lifetime that has never happened.

HENNINGER: Right. And it's just the beginning. Ultimately, this was a political exercise, Paul. And one of the things that came out of it was that -- what we learned is that John Boehner outsmarted the strategist on the Democratic side.

Complete Lexis-Nexis Transcript

13 posted on 04/10/2011 5:40:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

this is rubbish. Tea Party LOST, BIG! What I see here is GOP insider trying to placate the outrage that a lot of Tea Partiers are felling over this betrayal. Boehner need to go


14 posted on 04/10/2011 5:57:11 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Always A Marine
We slowed from 140 MPH to 139 MPH heading toward a brick wall. Great!
15 posted on 04/10/2011 5:58:06 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: smoothsailing

This was not a victory for the “Taxed Enough Already” party; they already had real victory when Scott Brown won in MA (just based on his opposition to ObamaCare - a tax nightmare) and Christie won in NJ (a hatchet-man if there ever was one for cutting taxes). For a group that focuses on reducing taxes, those were real victories and the budget deal isn’t.


16 posted on 04/10/2011 6:00:22 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: 4rcane

Boehner is more frighten over government shut down in which he get blamed than he is over the debt crisis which is bankrupting every Americans by the fed printing money to buy up Boehner’s insane spending budget


17 posted on 04/10/2011 6:00:49 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: smoothsailing

At this point the only people the Republican hacks are fooling is themselves.


18 posted on 04/10/2011 6:02:35 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: kearnyirish2
they already had real victory when Scott Brown won in MA

Sorry. Victory is not electing pro-abortion socialists just because they have an R by their name. You're fooling yourself.

19 posted on 04/10/2011 6:03:38 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: kearnyirish2

way too early to say scott brown or christie was a victory. Scott brown is acting more and more like democrat-lite plus obamacare is already passed she he’s been useless. Plus Christie still having fixed his state spending problem


20 posted on 04/10/2011 6:04:15 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: jenk

You could contact the WSJ, they may have the answer for you....

http://help.wsj.com/customer-service/


21 posted on 04/10/2011 6:07:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: EternalVigilance

I’m no fan of Scott Brown; he ran against ObamaCare and won. The TEA Party isn’t anti-abortion, but only against government spending on it. Conservatives are projecting themselves onto a movement based on a tax revolt, ascribing other conservative positions to it that aren’t relevant.


22 posted on 04/10/2011 6:12:44 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
If the core principles of the American Revolution, the cornerstone principles of this free republic, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, are shoved out, it's phony. Nothing more than an extension of the corrupt, failed, GOP.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."

Shoot, if it's not pro-life it's not even truly American at all.

23 posted on 04/10/2011 6:16:59 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: EternalVigilance
Rep. Allen West weighs in on the budget deal and the impact of GOP freshmen: "We've changed the political culture here in Washington, D.C so I think the era of big spending is over...but this is not the time to dance in the endzone"

VIDEO

24 posted on 04/10/2011 6:21:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 4rcane

The impact of Scott Brown’s election is unclear, but the fact that he won as a liberal against ObamaCare versus a liberal who supported ObamaCare should be something the TEA Party should glean some hope from.

Christie has already capped our property tax increases, no small feat in a state with among the highest property taxes in the nation. The number of government workers ALREADY laid off in NJ probably is incredible; when the cities of Paterson and Camden lay off ONE THIRD of their police officers (Newark & Jersey City also laid off many, but not 1/3), and many other public employees (teachers, firemen, town clerks, etc.) are also being laid off, that is incredible. Unless you’ve lived here a little while, you can’t understand how bad it had become, and how significant his election was.

At this point, our annual school budget votes go something like this: if the voters approve the budget with it’s increases, we lose 3 teachers; if the budget fails at the ballot box, we lose 8. Since many un-tenured teachers have already been let go, they’re starting to cut into the tenured teachers with the least seniority - life-time employment that accompanies tenure is no longer the way of the world here.


25 posted on 04/10/2011 6:21:28 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: EternalVigilance

The TEA Party is a tax revolt; anything else attributed to it is debatable. Citing the American Revolution isn’t relevant beyond the fact that it, too, was a tax revolt. It isn’t the “American Tea Party”; the “tea” represents Taxed Enough Already, and they happen to be in the United States and proud of it.

FWIW, as far as freedoms, most colonies kept slavery after the revolution.


26 posted on 04/10/2011 6:25:35 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: smoothsailing

I don’t believe him.


27 posted on 04/10/2011 6:26:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: EternalVigilance; kearnyirish2
Victory is not electing pro-abortion socialists just because they have an R by their name. You're fooling yourself.

Scott Brown was the lesser of two evils. More importantly, he gives the TEA Party a chance to demonstrate to all politicians, "we can put your butt in power, and we can remove it as well."

28 posted on 04/10/2011 6:31:49 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear

I agree; on the whole I think it was a positive thing for the movement, and flexing of muscle in a notoriously expensive part of the country.


29 posted on 04/10/2011 6:38:46 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
Citing the American Revolution isn’t relevant beyond the fact that it, too, was a tax revolt.

A total misreading of history.

The sum total of the thoughts of the revolutionaries, as expressed in the work of the Committees of Correspondence and ultimately in the Declaration, make it clear that what it was really about was the restoration of respect in law for the natural rights of the people.

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"Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature."

-- Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists - The Report of the Committee of Correspondence to the Boston Town Meeting, Nov. 20, 1772


30 posted on 04/10/2011 6:41:25 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: Grizzled Bear
Scott Brown was the lesser of two evils.

Hey, if you think electing evil is a victory for America, just because some politician has an R by his name, I seriously doubt there is much I have to say that will make much difference to you.

But, I will say this, for the sake of any readers: If the "Tea Party" thinks this is all about money, it's already part of the problem.

31 posted on 04/10/2011 6:49:28 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: smoothsailing

Yeah... funding NRP, Planned Parenthood and Obamacare is a Tea Party victory - and cutting defense spending?

Yeah, sure. The GOP delivered a budget the Democrats could love!

Its business as usual in Washington.


32 posted on 04/10/2011 6:52:37 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: EternalVigilance

I think he’s got it just about right.

I also liked this exchange between Paul Gigot and Dan Henninger during the Journal Editorial Report on FNC earlier today:

GIGOT: Dan, do you think the — we’ve got the debt ceiling debate coming forward here and that’s a big, big fight.

HENNINGER: Right.

GIGOT: Does the victory — I think you called it a victory that Boehner got on this current budget. Does that increase the momentum and political capital on the debt ceiling fight and the Ryan budget?

HENNINGER: I think it does very much. What John Boehner proved here, I think, was that he can govern. It’s important for the general public to think that someone in Washington can govern.

Now the debt ceiling is going to be a huge challenge because I think it’s a bit of a political distraction.

Having said that, I do not object to the people on the right or the Tea Party pushing all the time against the Republicans in Congress to keep cutting spending. These are politicians, after all. They’ll back slide eventually. They’ll break your heart eventually.

http://www6.lexisnexis.com/publisher/EndUser?Action=UserDisplayFullDocument&orgId=574&topicId=100007214&docId=l:1396036741&isRss=true


33 posted on 04/10/2011 6:53:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Excuses. We’ve heard them all before.

There is NO conservative movement in Washington. They may talk tough but they ALWAYS cave to the Left when the going gets tough.

God forbid they explain to the American people why we should have $100 billion in cuts.

We can’t have that because the Democrats will call the GOP mean names!

Rush said it before: compromise is for losers. And the GOP is a party of RINO losers!


34 posted on 04/10/2011 6:56:07 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Always A Marine

Yup... vote for Republicans and you get Democrats!

I warned about this last November but no one listened. Now reality is setting in.

We have cross dressing Democrats in Washington and they are called Republicans!


35 posted on 04/10/2011 6:58:21 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Always A Marine

Yup... vote for Republicans and you get Democrats!

I warned about this last November but no one listened. Now reality is setting in.

We have cross dressing Democrats in Washington and they are called Republicans!


36 posted on 04/10/2011 6:58:27 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: EternalVigilance

I’m not sure which of those items was any different after independence than before. The British colonists saw no point in sending tax revenue to London if they could collect & keep it here (which is exactly what they did).


37 posted on 04/10/2011 6:59:29 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: EternalVigilance
Hey, if you think electing evil is a victory for America, just because some politician has an R by his name, I seriously doubt there is much I have to say that will make much difference to you.

Here's a news flash, there was nothing even remotely resembling a Conservative in the race. We didn't have a Miller or an O'Donnell (Note; had the GOP supported the voters' choices, they might have won). Brown is too far to the left to even be called a "RINO." However, by beating the DNC darling and killing their Camelot-Dynesty dreams and seizing the seat they claim belongs to the Kennedy's, we bloodied their noses.

The don't respect us; but this made them fear us. That's good enough for me.

They'll fear us more if we get a conservative candidate and we can throw Brown's butt in to the gutter with the rest of the trash.

38 posted on 04/10/2011 7:00:33 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear
That's good enough for me.

Not me. Just one more liberal in the Senate wasteland.

And if Massachusetts should have taught us anything over the last decade, it should be that a liberal with an R by their name can actually do more real damage than a liberal with a D by their name.

Think Romney. Socialized medicine. Taxpayer-funded abortions. Gun bans. The homosexualization of state government and the government schools. Sodomite fake marriage. Etc.

39 posted on 04/10/2011 7:18:19 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: goldstategop
I warned about this last November but no one listened.

You warned us?

What did you offer for the alternative?

40 posted on 04/10/2011 7:22:39 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: EternalVigilance
That's good enough for me.

Not me. Just one more liberal in the Senate wasteland.

SO........who did the Party you head up run in that race?

41 posted on 04/10/2011 7:24:19 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: Balding_Eagle

No one.

But if we had the power to put someone on the ballot there at that particular point in time, I assure you it wouldn’t be someone who stands foursquare against our party’s platform, like the Republicans did.


42 posted on 04/10/2011 7:26:17 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: paulycy

I’m going to a Tea Party Rally on Saturday. Trying to decide on a sign.


43 posted on 04/10/2011 7:28:27 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: MayflowerMadam

Share when you make up your mind. We have a tax/tea party rally Friday.


44 posted on 04/10/2011 7:29:29 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: goldstategop
Quote of the Day!

"He brought us back a historic cut in spending. We haven’t done anything like this since we demilitarized in World War II,” - Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) speaking of John Boehner.

45 posted on 04/10/2011 7:34:07 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: EternalVigilance; GrizzleyBear

Talk is cheap. There’s a reason you don’t, and won’t, have the power to run someone in those kinds of races, and Grizzly hit on it pretty well upthread.


46 posted on 04/10/2011 7:35:53 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: smoothsailing

No, I would think that the TEA parties’ first victory was the 2010 elections.


47 posted on 04/10/2011 7:36:21 PM PDT by redhead ("I think I'm the best fish filleter in the whole third grade." --Piper Palin)
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To: smoothsailing
Quote of the Day!

"He brought us back a historic cut in spending. We haven’t done anything like this since we demilitarized in World War II,” - Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) speaking of John Boehner.

And oh, by the way, the final number is really pretty much the Democrat crumb on the bottom right...

48 posted on 04/10/2011 7:39:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Well, whatever. You just go right ahead celebrating your mythical “victories” then.


49 posted on 04/10/2011 7:40:44 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Want a balanced budget? It's easy. Just put government back within the Enumerated Powers.)
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To: redhead

I agree. The title is silly. The T.E.A. party has had many victories before this, otherwise the leftists wouldn’t be smearing it all the time.


50 posted on 04/10/2011 7:41:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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