Friday, July 23, 2010

Tea Party Unity: Focus Is On Obama's Debt Commission

The Waco Tea Party got it both barrels during the first few
minutes of the Unity Rally Friday evening at the Convention

Waco Tea Party Blog Talk Radio host Bobby Keith told Tea
Partiers it's time to do something about runaway government

"When somebody comes in your house and takes what belongs to
you, you're supposed to do something about it, aren't you?"
he asked. "What difference does it make if the government
tries to come take away your hard-earned money? It's the
same thing."

In 16 months of work, the outfit has produced startling
results, said Col. Dave McIntyre, third place candidate in a
field of 7 who vied for the Republican nomination to oppose
Representative Chet Edwards in November.

How was it done? Through focus on single issues of cutting
government spending, free markets and curtailing the powers
of a runaway federal apparatus by a strict construction of
the constitution.

Now, he told the crowd of about 500, the time is right to
focus even more closely on the national debt, something the
Obama Debt Commission has labeled as a cancer growing on the

"If you don't watch it, the people who have done the right
thing and saved their money are going to get taken to the
cleaners and the ones who did nothing but run up the debt
are going to get a free ride," he warned.

During his primary campaign, the Colonel repeatedly reminded
voters that the economy is as much a part of national
security posture as the defense budget, the armed forces or
the intelligence agencies.

As an instructor at the National War College and the chief
of an A&M doctoral program in Homeland Security, the former
paratrooper has hammered on the chief economic issue to be
corrected - the national debt and deficit spending. It's the
number one problem presenting a threat to the American way
of life, he has said all along.

The figures are grim.

By the year 2020, the American taxpayers will be spending $2
trillion dollars on interest alone. Next year's total
national debt is expected to exceed $14 trillion, or about
$47,000 for each American citizen.

Almost all the nation's discretionary spending goes to pay
for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs.

"The rest of the federal government, including fighting two
wars, homeland security, education, art culture, you name
it, veterans, the whole rest of the discretionary budget, is
being financed by China and other countries," according to
Alan Simpson, a former Republican Senator from Wyoming
appointed by President Obama to serve on the debt

"Just think about that: All that money, going somewhere
else, to create jobs and opportunity somewhere else."

He and Demorat Erskine Bowles appeared at the National
Governors Conference last weekend to explain to the chief
executives of states that the choices facing the commission
and the nation are the same ones they make at home.

How to pay for it? Reduce the debt? We can't grow out of it
through creating jobs or strengthening the gross domestic
product, according to studies done by economists.

The money won't just fall out of the sky. It's either
charge people higher taxes, cut spending - or both.

An obvious choice is to curtail popular tax breaks, said Mr.
Bowles, who as White House Chief of Staff headed talks that
led to budget surpoluses during the last three years of the
Bill Clinton Administration and the first year of the Bush
regime. Other programs on the line will be the home
mortgage deduction and a financial trigger mechanism for
gaining Medicare coverage, he said.

But Colonel McIntyre nixed that, saying that it's up to Tea
Party members and other conservative voters to keep a
watchful eye on the Commission.

The 9 Democrat and 9 Republican appointees will come up with
a package, something Congress will be required to either
vote up or down, he told his audience.

"They're going to offer a little bit of this and a little
bit of that and the President is going to put a lot of
pressure on conservatives and say 'You just won't cooperate.
You said you wanted to cut this and that and you just won't

"We'd better be ready for that and say no, no, no, I don't
want to hear personal solutions; I don't want to hear
solutions that involve liberal policies. The only way we're
going to get out of this mess is with conservative

"Now, I'm concerned. I don't see any conservatives talking
about that for the election. They're talking about
temporary issues, you know, about today and tomorrow and
restore jobs and that's important. What's important is how
we're going to solve this debt problem."

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