Monday, February 17, 2014

It's not my Tea Party.

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all the  Tea Party is all in
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The Tea Party ( as it is so called ) began along side with the Occupy movement  just right about the same time Pres. Obama was sworn in . The Tea Party began something like the Howard Jarvis anti -tax movement, and ended up being hijacked by right wing radicals . The radicals , the religious right for name , and my good friends the Mormons ( Glenn Beck , Blaze TV ) where behind the movements creation , plainly and simply it is the anti-Obama movement in disguise. The Tea Party failed on many levels first of all it's not a "political Party" *** like the old time Whigs , or Peace and Freedom parties were are so used to seeing on the ballots by name , it's a shadow organization made up of many members , some Congress men who are Republican by name only .  This week the ball came crashing for the Tea Party a high-stakes drama played out over the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill this week. It ended with President Obama getting exactly what he'd asked for — an extension of the Treasury's borrowing authority with no strings attached — and an even wider gulf between GOP congressional leaders and Tea Party-aligned conservatives. JOHN BOEHNER’S speakership hasn’t provided much reason for optimism in Washington, with his feeble leadership on national immigration reform and repeated failure over the last three years to manage restive House Republicans. But Boehner’s actions over the last week provide at least a glimmer of hope that he — and therefore the House — might be turning a corner. Boehner, defying the most hard-right members of his party,allowed a vote on legislation raising the debt ceiling. The debt-ceiling legislation was simply common sense that never should have been at issue. But the political dynamics were nonetheless encouraging: Hopefully, his slight of the GOP’s Tea Party wing signals a higher level of assertiveness on Boehner’s part that will translate into action on immigration. During a recent meeting with Congressional Republicans, Mr. Obama acknowledged the potency of these attacks when he complained that depicting him as a would-be despot was complicating efforts to find bipartisan solutions. The ebbs and flows of the Tea Party ferment are hardly uniform. It is an amorphous, factionalized uprising with no clear leadership and no centralized structure. Not everyone flocking to the Tea Party movement is worried about dictatorship. Some have a basic aversion to big government, or Mr. Obama, or progressives in general. What’s more, some Tea Party groups are essentially appendages of the local Republican Party. With the Republican Party being torn apart by its internal civil war, an ideological battle that pits establishment Republicans against the no-compromise Tea Party/Christian Right, party backers are doing their best to suppress the @ craziness as the 2014 midterms approach. Blake Farenthold, another Tea Party Republican from Texas, who voted against the fiscal cliff deal as well, and told constituents "there are several [cabinet] departments we could completely get rid of", wasassailed by "birthers" for the GOP's failure to impeach President Obama. (His defense was not that impeachment would be insane, but that it would be infeasible.) Tea Partiers in North Carolina pummeled Congressman Robert Pittenger for refusing to support defunding Obamacare even though he has supported a number of bills repealing Obamacare. Somehow Boehner has seemed to have gone lost in the comments below. He has looked to party consensus, something that cannot occur if there are any near-reasonable GOP party members as the Tea Party is dogmatically rigid. Boehner might seek what is good for his country, or even what is good for his own party. He has chosen to do neither. He is doing what is possible to maintain his position. The Nation would be best with concensus or at least with stability of some compromise. (The only compromise many of the Tea Party would have would be unconditional surrender by the opposition). The GOP would be best served by some return towards 'the Center', however that might be defined. Eisenhower and Rockefeller Republicans have been jettisoned and Hispanic voters are increasingly alienated by GOP policies. Having successfully defied the Tea Party on the debt ceiling, now it is time for Boehner and McConnell to use that momentum to pass three bills: An extension of unemployment benefits for people suffering long-term joblessness; a minimum wage hike; and, most important of all, immigration reform. The Tea Party caucus in the House and the Tea Party star in the Senate – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — are never going to love Boehner or McConnell. Both Congressional leaders have tried for years to accommodate Tea Party passions but they can never do enough.


@  The only thing the tea party does effectively is destroy Republican primaries and ensure that Democrats win elections.  *** Good old Rush Limbaugh said this vary discreetly on his radio show giving advice to the Republican Party : " The Republican establishment may in fact be so desirous of getting rid of the Tea Party as its base, they may be willing to lose some elections in order to get rid of their base and put up a new base " .

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