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.”
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