[FoRK] "Two faces of the Tea Party"

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Thu Jun 24 10:27:11 PDT 2010


On Jun 24, 2010, at 12:14 PM, Dave Kammeyer wrote:

> The closest thing to a formal platform is this:
> 
> http://www.thecontract.org/the-contract-from-america/
> 
> Two planks are Balanced Budget, and extend the Bush tax cuts, followed
> by some sort of tax overhaul.  They pay for this by ending earmarks.
> That oughta save a few billion.
> 
> Repealing HCR and keeping SS/Medicare is something you hear from most
> tea-on-the-street folks, because most of the tea party is old and
> about to collect these benefits.
> 
> Another plank of theirs is capping the increase in the size of the
> federal budget.  That's a good start, but the on-budget discretionary
> part of the budget is dominated by military spending.  You don't hear
> most TP people clamoring to cut military spending.

Listen to the folks that have really thought this through.  Clearly you can't accomplish the goal w/o touching entitlements and defense.  Anybody with any degree of economic literacy at all understands this.

Not necessarily something you put front in center in your messaging.  Austerity, yes.  Lowered expectations, yes.  Do it gradually.  Frog / boiling water.

jb




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