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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.

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