TEA PARTY WISDOM
The debt ceiling battle is almost as hard to follow as the old health care reform debate. Almost. At least there aren’t 2,100 pages of legislation to consider. Yet. Meanwhile, many Americans pine for public discourse on a more comprehensive level, appropriate for the kitchen table.
“What frustrates Americans everywhere is that both sides of the aisle are avoiding the real problem — government overspending,” says Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest umbrella organization for the grass-roots patriots.
“The American people are tired of political gimmicks, fuzzy accounting and backroom deals. We want actions that benefit the nation instead of political parties,” she continues. “The federal government has a spending problem. Period. Stop the schemes and enact real reforms to stop government overspending.”
The group is not keen on a certain Kentucky Republican’s remedy for economic woes.
“Sen. Mitch McConnell’s plan shows plainly he wants to abdicate any responsibility for fiscal matters to the president. We send our representatives in Congress like Sen. McConnell to Washington to represent us and pass legislation that responds to the voters — not to pass the buck off to the Executive Branch,” observes the Patriots’ other co-founder, Mark Meckler. on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony.”
“Political Hollywood” goes back almost nine decades, film historian Steven Ross says. Long-time FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover received reports from secret agents about “suspected Hollywood radicals,” including Charlie Chaplin, as early as 1922.