Words to remember in two years
We’re going to be bombarded over the next few weeks by print, TV and blog pieces on the topic, “What does the Tea Party want?” That’s understandable, as the group — including local adherents like Sandy Adams — campaigned by citing their anger at the federal deficit, Obamacare, Nancy Pelosi and creeping socialism, without giving voters many specifics about what they’d do to actually achieve their goals of changing all that.
Trust Fred O’Neal to come to our rescue. O’Neal, longtime attorney for gadfly consultant Doug Guetzloe and founder of the Florida Tea Party, is unequivocal about what Tea Party voters expect to see over the next two years. Ignoring for the moment that other tea-partiers see O’Neal as a rank opportunist whose doesn’t represent them, here’s the agenda, according to Fred.
“Should the Republican Party fail to heed the clear message of 2010 to end earmarks, close the Federal Department of Education, close the National Endowment for the Arts, stop federal funding for NPR and PBS, end farm subsidies, stop subsidizing corporations who ship American jobs overseas, stop bailing out banks and other corporations, or should the Republicans fail to balance the next annual budget or should they fail to begin the process of eliminating the national debt, the TEA Party will be there to hold them accountable. In short, if Republicans elected in 2010 want to keep their jobs after 2012, they better do what they promised on the campaign trail.”
Pretty ambitious. But hey, it’s a new day in America.
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