Triumph of The Tea Party

This article was revised after Congress passed the debt ceiling increase.

Have tea party voters turned a mundane function into an unnecessary crisis?

Why is there a debt ceiling?  It’s not in the Constitution or the Bible.

America has a debt ceiling because politicians find it too difficult to vote against specific borrowing and spending in the present but quite easy to vote for limits on borrowing and spending increases in the future.

Continuous increases in spending and debt have been the norm in Washington for a long time.  But this time is different for two reasons:

  • As the chart shows, President Obama’s debt increase is unprecedented and alarming.
  • Millions of voters reacted decisively in the 2010 election by replacing big spending incumbents with people who are determined to stop the tsunami of red ink.

President Obama, the Democrats and their media disciples are outraged at Republicans in the House who resist more borrowing.  In his prime time address Obama said,

In the past, raising the debt ceiling was routine. Since the 1950s, Congress has always passed it, and every President has signed it.

Quite true.  In the past half-century Congress has failed to discipline itself and has increased the debt ceiling 76 times.  By the way, in 2007 Senator Obama voted against a debt ceiling increase calling it “a sign of leadership failure.”

Over at the Huffington Post Geoffrey R. Stone snorted,

The debt ceiling has never before been used as a leverage point for partisan political demands…presidents from Eisenhower to Bush II have regularly raised the debt ceiling without controversy…But the Republicans are exploiting the need to increase the debt limit in order to hold the nation itself hostage to their demands.

What are those unreasonable “demands?”  That the government borrow less, that it establish a path to a balanced budget and eventually stop borrowing.  In other words, for the first time someone in Washington is striving for a real debt ceiling, not a sham.

The Washington Post’s E. J. Dionne freted that:

Pushed by the tea party, Republicans have created an unprecedented situation by tying an increase in the debt ceiling, once a routine matter, to sharp cuts in spending.

Mr. Dionne wants us to think the tea party and the Republicans did something wrong.  But we could have written the same words here in Liberty Works to congratulate the heroic tea party activists for succeeding where generations of pompous politicians failed!

The debt ceiling compromise was a disappointment in some ways and it won’t be the last increase.  But it will be the last routine spending and debt increase.  That’s a major progress step toward less government and more liberty and we can thank tea party activists launching a new era in Washington.

President Obama’s highest priority was an increase that extended past the 2012 election because has been forced to submit to the first major victory of the tea party.  However he too will be disappointed.  Spending and debt will be the overriding issue in the 2012 election campaign and Obama is on the wrong side.

17 Comments so far

  1. AzTex on July 28th, 2011

    Now is not the time to slash spending. We’re still recovering from the Bush depression. These Boner Republicans would kill the economy by suddenly cutting off hundreds of billions in demand.

    The Tea party congressmen are idiots. This food fight has gone on long enough. Time for Republicans to swallow their false pride and do the right thing. The world is watching.

  2. Lonnie on July 28th, 2011

    There are no winners. Only losers and bigger losers and the biggest losers, the Tea partyers in the House. America will not stand for a small minority of crazies putting our entire economy at risk just to make an ideological point.

    The Republicans have no shame. They won’t even close tax loopholes that help international corporations move American jobs to Mexico.

    Obama has been weak, weak, weak.

    America hangs in the balance and nobody in Washington has any sense.

  3. CB.Connie on July 28th, 2011

    It’s as if the whole world has stopped waiting for these politicians to finally do something.

    I’m a Real Estate Broker for 18 years and I’ve never seen it as quiet as it has been since July 1. My friends who own business say it’s terrible out there.

    But AzTex is wrong to blame the Republicans. Obama did this to our country. Look at the graphs above. That’s all you need to know about why we’re watching this ugly war in Washington instead of being able to go about our lives.

  4. Thousand Flowers Blooming on July 28th, 2011

    These tea party nuts in the GOP won’t even vote for Boehner’s debt ceiling bill!

    Our country is crashing down in flames and the Republicans are fiddling.

  5. Thousand Flowers Blooming on July 28th, 2011

    Why are the Republicans protecting hedge funds and oil company CEOs from loophole closing? Why should Warren Buffet pay less tax than the man who mows his lawn???!!!

    Is there nobody the Pubs are willing to tax to spare the country from this train wreck?

    This is the first time in the history of the United States of America that one party is willing to cause financial chaos and suffering for their own ideology.

  6. Hugo on July 28th, 2011

    Mr. Blooming –

    The debt is going up $4 BILLION DOLLARS EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY! Do you understand? Can you read? It is impossible for this country to survive if it keeps borrowing so much.

    How long do you think we can keep going this way?

    Mr. Aztex –
    Tea party are not the idiots. The big spenders, both Repubican and Democrat are the real idiots. I’m watching them on CSpan right now, whining and crying that their pet programs will be cut.

    so $4 BILLION dollars every day is OK? Are they crazy?

  7. AzTex on July 28th, 2011

    This is what we inherited from Bush. ten years of tax cuts for the wealthy got us here.

    Now Republicans are managing the government like a third world banana republic.

  8. Akenny on July 28th, 2011

    Their all idiots. It doesn’t matter how this happened. It won’t help to drive the country into disaster on purpose just because they can’t get along with the other party.

  9. Zglodia on July 28th, 2011

    Cut, Cap and Balance.

    Enough Said.

  10. Optimum Benett on July 28th, 2011

    Every economist worth a dime agrees that the Bush tax cuts are the biggest driver of the deficits. Obama proposed very small increases in taxes on corporations and mega-rich. But the Republicans are too damn stubborn and stuck in their failed, trickle down ideology. they would vote against a whole debt ceiling plan if it asked a billionaire hedge fund boss to pay just one dollar.

  11. BethZee on July 28th, 2011

    The Repubs MANUFACTURED this crisis. There is no reason for it. They are holding the nation hostage and the whole economy hostage.

    Just sit down with the Dems and work out a compromise. Just do it.

  12. AzTex on July 28th, 2011

    the 400 richest in America pay 17% tax. But don’t bother them with this crisis. Don’t ask them to share a bit of the load. Put it all on seniors and the middle class.

  13. Tom of Torrance on July 28th, 2011

    How Shadowy Right-Wing Front Groups Engineered Our National Embrace Of Debt Reduction Over Job Creation http://bit.ly/piwF1C

  14. Kellibeck on July 28th, 2011

    Entitlement? I paid cash for my Social Security and Medicare insurance. Tell them hands off.

    Sign the petition here: http://ow.ly/1v5KTB

  15. MaladCity on July 29th, 2011

    shades below yea, i absence write something like this but didnt have time, may i repost this Triumph of The infusion Party | Liberty Works |

  16. Drew on July 29th, 2011

    Az Wipe – Do the math, wouldya? Total repeal of the “Bush tax cuts for the rich” wouldn’t make more than a dent in Obama spending. Get a clue.

    As for this: “Why should Warren Buffet pay less tax than the man who mows his lawn???!!!”

    Is there any reason for anyone to think Thousand Brains Cells working,partially, somewhat……….on his/her best day……..to take this bozo seriously??

  17. G.S. Truth on July 30th, 2011

    the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives now has 60 members — 60 automatic votes against any type of compromise to preserve the full faith and credit of the United States.

    Because there are so many of these loons there is no possibility of a “deal.” While you watch the tea party radical nuts are turning the greatest nation in the world into Somalia.

    Obama is right. We have the capacity to pay all bills. the power to solve this is in our hands. But it won’t be solved because of the tea party radicals!