STRONG TEA

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Crit­ics have won­dered if the tea party has lost in­ter­est, packed up their star-span­gled clothes and gone home. Not likely. An uber-tea party move­ment ap­pears to be brew­ing, spurred by the debt-ceil­ing de­bate and pre­dic­tions from the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice that fed­eral spend­ing will be 24 per­cent of eco­nomic out­put each year, for the rest of this decade.

“Our or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent mil­lions of tea party and lim­ited gov­ern­ment ac­tivists and schol­ars from around Amer­ica. We are all united in one opin­ion about the on-go­ing debt-limit ne­go­ti­a­tions — tax in­creases need to be ‘off the ta­ble,’ since Wash­ing­ton has an over-spend­ing prob­lem, not an un­der-tax­ing prob­lem,” says a letter sent to Repub­li­can con­gres­sional lead­er­ship from 30 cen­ter-right or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Among the many sign­ers: Tim Phillips of Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity, Grover Norquist of Amer­i­cans for Tax Re­form, Colin Hanna of Let Free­dom Ring, Richard Viguerie of Con­ser­va­tive HQ, Amy Ri­de­nour of the Na­tional Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­icy Re­search, and Gar y Marx of the Faith and Free­dom Coali­tion.

“Grand com­pro­mises to cut spend­ing and hike taxes have failed in the past,” the letter says, later con­clud­ing, “Putting tax in­creases on the ta­ble now will only re­sult in real tax hikes on Amer­i­can em­ploy­ers and fam­i­lies, and phony spend­ing cut prom­ises that never get re­al­ized. The fo­cus must be on spend­ing, and spend­ing alone.”

Cat­calls and dog­gerel to jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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