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Tea Partiers split over debt strategy
The Hill ^ | 7/04/11 | Erik Wasson

Posted on 07/05/2011 4:11:23 AM PDT by Libloather

Tea Partiers split over debt strategy
By Erik Wasson - 07/04/11 05:24 AM ET

Tea Party activists are split between opposing any new increase to the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling and tying an increase to spending cuts, caps and a balanced budget amendment.

On one side is the Tea Party Patriots group, which is urging its supporters to sign a “no debt increase” pledge. On the other side are Tea Party-related groups with significant GOP establishment backing such as FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. Tea Party Express has joined this side.

These groups have joined a coalition calling for “Cut, Cap and Balance” to be the condition for a raising of the debt ceiling.

This approach, developed by the Republican Study Committee, calls for “substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter,” “enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget,” and congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment.

Six months ago many freshmen House GOP members were calling for no debt ceiling increase while the White House position was a “clean” raising.

Both of these positions have moved toward some compromise in a sense. The White House in April convened the Biden debt talks as an acknowledgment that some deficit controls would be needed to get a debt ceiling increase. On the right, most groups and member of Congress have moved toward exchanging spending cuts for a debt ceiling increase.

FreedomWorks this week established its own “Tea Party Debt Commission” to come up with a plan to meet the cut, cap and balance framework.

The commission is to propose a way to balance the budget within no more than 10 years without raising taxes. Its 18 members will come from key electoral states and will make a proposal by the end of 2012.

FreedomWorks spokesperson Adam Brandon said that even if the cut, cap and balance framework is adopted by Aug. 2, the long term debt problem will still need to be addressed with specific policies. This is the reason for the debt commission.

He said there is no “unified” Tea Party debt ceiling position although the activists agree in prioritizing shrinking the deficit. Brandon said the Tea Party Patriots position of “just say no” is flawed. “I just don’t think it is very realistic,” he said.

He noted that breaching the debt ceiling would mean an overnight cut in federal spending of 40 percent. Using the debt ceiling to get items like a balanced budget amendment would be a “sea change” in public policy, however, he added.

He said during a recent conference with grassroots leaders, activist were enthusiastic about "Cut, Cap and Balance" and the Tea Party Debt Commission. FreedomWorks was instrumental in formulating the cut, cap and balance approach along with the Republican Study Committee, he noted.

The group has its own proposal such as eliminating the departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development but wants to use its commission hearings to feel out its members for which specific cuts are most popular.

This carefully developed plan will be highly useful in the 2012 elections, Brandon said. It needs about six months to complete thorough field hearings, he explained. Tea Party-related group Americans for Prosperity signed onto the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge a few weeks ago.

Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity said that most Tea Party activists have abandoned the “just say no” approach.

“We think this should be viewed as an opportunity. We think the 'Just Say No' approach doesn’t give you as much leverage,” he said.

Kerpen said the only big group in the other camp is the Tea Party Patriots. “Tea Party Express and hundreds of other local groups favor Cut, Cap and Balance,” he said. He added that few lawmakers are now demanding no lifting of the debt ceiling but acknowledged that straight refusal is popular with the public.

Americans for Prosperity has its own recommendations for the debt ceiling increase, and Kerpen spells those out in a National Review essay this week.

They want the “cuts” in "Cut, Cap and Balance" to focus on specific program terminations and agencies budgets slashed and to include the end of the Medicare Independent Payments Advisory Board set up by the Obama health reform. The group also argues that Medicaid block granting can be accomplished now as a condition for a debt ceiling increase.

The approaches contrast with that of the Tea Party Patriots. In a flurry of emails to supporters, the Patriots are urging a “no debt ceiling” increase stance by linking to www.Nodebtincrease.com.

“The politicians try to scare the American people by using rhetoric like "draconian cuts," but imagine how "draconian" the cuts will be when our creditors decide suddenly to stop lending us money. Forty cents of every federal dollar is borrowed. Either we cut spending our way, or our creditors will force us to do it their way. Which way do you prefer?” one email stated.

“Therefore, if we raise the debt ceiling by $2 trillion, as they want to do, all we can say for sure is that we will be $16.3 trillion in debt instead of $14.3 trillion. How exactly does that remove us from the unsustainable path?” another asked.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americans4prosperity; debate; kochbrothers; strategy; teapartydebt

1 posted on 07/05/2011 4:11:26 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Sounds like the “go along to get along” party (Republicans) has some progress in hijacking the Tea Party movement.

Giving the government an increase in their “credit card” limit is certainly the “go ahead” to spend like a drunken sailor without regard to how you are going to pay for it.

Anyone who tells me that they are backing the principles of the Tea Party and then tells me that we ought to raise the debt limit is certainly not qualified to even be near the Tea Party.

I believe this article is simply a propaganda attempt from the GOP.


2 posted on 07/05/2011 4:19:07 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH
I don't know if this is Republican leaders hijacking anything. Go to some Tea Party rallies. Sadly, way too many Tea Partiers are all for spending cuts unless it cuts their entitlements. Even the Tea Party has some confusion within its ranks over what “Spending Cuts” means. Having said that, I have been to some Tea Parties where a lot of seniors—very admirably—understand that entitlements need to be on the table and that everyone is going to have to take a hit. If everyone had their attitude, we'd be able to solve the debt problem.
3 posted on 07/05/2011 4:25:34 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Libloather

Sorry... The tea Party is united... NO MORE SPENDING... CUT SPENDING OR WE CUT POLS JOBS!

LLS


4 posted on 07/05/2011 4:50:07 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Libloather

Because Tea Partiers tend to have a penchant for independent thought and don’t subscribe to a mass, collective mindset, any disagreement is magnified as a “split,” or “division,”... even a “chasm.”


5 posted on 07/05/2011 4:51:24 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: Libloather

I am not in favor of any balanced budget amendment because when push comes to shove it is an excuse to raise taxes. STOP THE FRIGGIN SPENDING!!!


6 posted on 07/05/2011 5:00:47 AM PDT by vicar7
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To: Libloather

TEA=Taxed Enough Already (Rush Limbaugh)


7 posted on 07/05/2011 5:05:50 AM PDT by evad (Obama needs to show us his green card)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Sorry... The tea Party is united... NO MORE SPENDING... CUT SPENDING OR WE CUT POLS JOBS!

I've never liked nor trusted Armey. Another commission, yeah, that's the ticket. Shades of Mickey Rooney, I've got an idea, let's put on a show!
8 posted on 07/05/2011 5:13:56 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Smae here.

LLS


9 posted on 07/05/2011 5:21:37 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Libloather; All

DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic. We live as very low-taxed, prosperous, responsible citizens in a country which acts as a beacon for individual liberty.

Legislatures (states & fed) can be part-time with 1/10th the pay, NO benefits, NO retirement, NO perks.

From “The Law”

Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation.

This is the seductive lure of socialism. And I repeat again: These two uses of the law are in direct contradiction to each other. We must choose between them. A citizen cannot at the same time be free and not free.

Frederic Bastiat 1801-1850

It’s the SOCIALISM, stupid. Look what it has done the The United States of America.


10 posted on 07/05/2011 5:22:21 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: DH

“Giving the government an increase in their “credit card” limit is certainly the “go ahead” to spend like a drunken sailor without regard to how you are going to pay for it.”

I’d love to see the debt limit frozen where it is no, but you couldn’t even get a majority of FReepers, much less Tea Partiers, much less Republicans, much less Americans, to go along.

You would HAVE TO be talking about things like turning Social Security and Medicare into welfare programs, eliminating Ag subsidies, the Dept. of Education, VA affairs, etc. (and no, ALL OF IT, not pick and choose)...and believe me, I’d love to see it all

Instead, even the most conservative Republicans are talking about things like limiting the increase in the school lunch program to 5% instead of 10%.

We will NEVER get there as to holding to this spending cap - even Ryan’s budget doesn’t come close to getting there.

It’s OVER...we’re toast.


11 posted on 07/05/2011 5:43:47 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Libloather

....gee, I thought we all were cookie cutter one-minded zombies, LAMESTREAM media! Make up your mind.


12 posted on 07/05/2011 6:08:46 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Libloather

Raising the dcebt limit in order to make bond payments is like you or I calling the credit card company and demanding a credit limit increase so that we don’t default on credit card payments for previously incurred debt.

No debt limit increase, and no deal. Period! Any Republican who votes to raise the debt limit, no matter what bogus deal is offered, should face a tea party challenger in the next primary election.


13 posted on 07/05/2011 6:15:17 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Libloather

Here was number two thousnad, three hundred and seventy eight to split the Tea Party, which doesn’t exist as a political party.


14 posted on 07/05/2011 6:24:48 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

Here was attempt number two thousand, three hundred and seventy eight to split the Tea Party, which doesn’t exist as a political party.


15 posted on 07/05/2011 6:26:33 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Libloather
On one side is the Tea Party Patriots group, which is urging its supporters to sign a “no debt increase” pledge. On the other side are Tea Party-related groups with significant GOP establishment backing such as FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. Tea Party Express has joined this side.

The TEA party as I understand it still stands for TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY.

Not, well maybe, kinda, we know we don't really want to be taxed more but we have to fix this or that party.
16 posted on 07/05/2011 6:34:35 AM PDT by glaseatr (Father of a Marine, Uncle of SGT Adam Estep. A Co. 2/5 Cav. KIA Thurs April 29, 2004 Baghdad Iraq)
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To: Libloather
This monster is out of control and needs to be cut back ...

U.S. debt from 1940 to 2010. Red lines indicate the Debt Held by the Public (net public debt) and black lines indicate the Total Public Debt Outstanding (gross public debt), the difference being that the gross debt includes funds held by the government (e.g. the Social Security Trust Fund). The second panel shows the two debt figures as a percentage of U.S. GDP (dollar value of U.S. economic production for that year). Data from the President's proposed budget (Historical Tables) and other tables listed when you click on the figure. The top panel is deflated so every year is in 2010 dollars.

17 posted on 07/05/2011 6:36:00 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Libloather

The RinoCrats are trying to give the TEA Party a wedgie...


18 posted on 07/05/2011 6:49:14 AM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: LibLieSlayer
Sorry... The tea Party is united... NO MORE SPENDING... CUT SPENDING OR WE CUT POLS JOBS!

Correct, wouldn't they "hope" we would "divide" (as in "divide and conquer" ... I never talked to a Tea Partier who was for anything OTHER than cutting spending. That person would be laughed and boo'd out of the local group. This is a bunch of pundit talk. They thought we were all just a scam before the last election, talked about it right up till the moment the levers were pulled ... then OMG, something "unexpected" happened ... the conservatives took the House. Hmmm .. let 'em talk ... it's all hot air. We know what we stand for and we'll pull the lever accordingly in 2012.

19 posted on 07/05/2011 6:51:06 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: LibLieSlayer

It seems to me that not raising the debt ceiling would effectively cut spending more than raising it, no matter what spending cuts went along with that.


20 posted on 07/05/2011 6:55:09 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: vicar7
I am not in favor of any balanced budget amendment because when push comes to shove it is an excuse to raise taxes.

Exactly. Fedgov spending needs to be limited to a set % of GDP.

21 posted on 07/05/2011 7:03:29 AM PDT by zzeeman ("We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.")
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To: Libloather
"Tea Partiers split over debt strategy "

Take Little Timmie's Toy away. No Debt increase.

22 posted on 07/05/2011 7:15:19 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Amen!

LLS


23 posted on 07/05/2011 7:18:53 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: sportutegrl

Not raising the debt ceiling is truly the only way that we will see real spending cuts. DC is unable to act in the best interest of anyone but themselves.

LLS


24 posted on 07/05/2011 7:25:39 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Sadly, way too many Tea Partiers are all for spending cuts unless it cuts their entitlements.

Unfortunately, many FReepers are of that mind as well.
25 posted on 07/05/2011 8:05:03 AM PDT by andyk (Interstate <> Intrastate)
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