Dems Deny TEA Party First Amendment Right On Federal Budget
we wanted to offer an alternative to the Super Committee’s secretive
conclave, a hearing for We The People to speak, and members of Congress
to listen. With all of us gathered in the Kennedy caucus room, Senate
Rules Committee staff, saying that Rules Chairman Charles Schumer had ordered it, kicked us out.”
By Dell Hill
the end - and based on numerous statements from Democrats - it was
incredibly obvious they wanted the president’s so-called “super
committee” to fail in it’s effort to come up with a deficit reduction
plan. By failing, built-in tax increases will be triggered that the
Democrats have been fighting for all along.
the moment that nearly exposed their planned failure - and a moment
that demonstrated perfectly how the Democrats had planned to advance
their socialist agenda - came when an alternate proposal was about to be
made public. A proposal from the TEA Party that, if considered
seriously, would have made the super committee look just exactly what it
was - a totally planned exercise in futility, designed to fail.
This is how it went down and why....
“With the embarrassing collapse of the “Super Committee”
and its inability to come up with even a nominal $1.2 trillion “cut”
from an artificially bloated ten year baseline, budgeting in the
nation’s capital has reached a new low.
Remember that this latest failure is on top of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s
refusal to pass a budget resolution – the blueprint that sets the
roadmap for annual appropriations and program authorizations for the
fiscal year – for three years running.
an unprecedented $15 trillion in debt, this abdication of Congress’s
first responsibility puts at risk any hopes of economic recovery and the
futures of our children and grand children, who will literally pay for
Washington’s profligate ways with lost opportunities and massive tax
their demonstrated inability to set priorities, why would Senate
Democrats block grassroots citizens trying to do it for them? That’s
exactly what happened earlier this month when over 250 citizens traveled
to Washington to deliver the findings of the Tea Party Debt Commission (TPDC), a bottom-up crowd-sourced plan to balance the budget and reduce the national debt.
Senator Mike Lee
offered to host a meeting in the Russell Senate office building and got
approval to do so. Together, we wanted to offer an alternative to the
Super Committee’s secretive conclave, a hearing for We The People to
speak, and members of Congress to listen. With all of us gathered in
the Kennedy caucus room, Senate Rules Committee staff, saying that Rules
Chairman Charles Schumer had ordered it, kicked us out.
a video that captured Schumer’s staff ousting us, Senator Lee can be
heard asking the question: “Does the First Amendment have no application
staff first claimed that Lee was violating Senate rules by “simulating a
hearing,” despite the fact that Senator Schumer has made a regular
practice of holding mock hearings on Senate property.
was also the odd coincidence that Shaun Parkin, one of the
“non-partisan” Rules staffers evicting the group had long worked for
Senator Robert Bennett, whom Lee and the Utah Tea Party had ousted in 2010.
odder was the ex-post facto decision by the Capitol Police to demand,
and receive, a correction to a New York Times report to reflect that
security concerns and a mysterious package down the hall that forced an
evacuation. Since e-mails and video demonstrably prove this to be a
false account, on who’s behalf did the Capitol police act?
palace intrigue raises serious questions, but such strong-arm tactics
reflect one thing for certain: The Democrats don’t want you to see this
Tea Party plan stands in perfect contrast to the failed Super
Committee. The process was completely open and transparent. Everyone
was welcomed to participate. A series of field hearings across the
country asked citizens to take the microphone to offer to the TPDC
commissioners – 12 local leaders who volunteered their time to oversee
the process – their ideas to balance the budget. The TPDC also
crowd-sourced ideas and priorities online, receiving input from over
out that the American people have plenty of ideas. Unlike the trimmed
sails of the Super Committee, this citizen commission went bold. Very
bold. We set out to find $9 trillion in savings, and found $9.7
Compare that to President Obama’s
proposed $2.3 trillion increase in spending over the same period. We
set out to balance the budget in ten years, and did it in four.
Obama proposes deficits and red ink forever. We cut total spending as a
percentage of GDP to 16 percent from its current 24 percent, actually
cutting the national debt.
The Tea Party Debt Commission:
four cabinet agencies – Energy, Education, Commerce, and HUD -- and
dramatically scales back or privatizes many others, including the EPA,
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
*Ends farm subsidies, ethanol credits, TARP subsidies and government-provided student loans.
*Saves Social Security
for seniors and improves benefits for future generations by shifting to
a defined contribution that is controlled by individuals, not
government. This proposal is based on legislation introduced by Rep.
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
recipients the same benefits as members of Congress, giving them the
choice to opt into the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP).
This is based on Senator Rand Paul’s (R-TN) Congressional Healthcare for Seniors Act.
*Cuts waste and duplication from Defense spending, and eliminate or move all programs from the Pentagon that have nothing to do with national defense.
of these changes make good sense regardless of our fiscal situation.
Some are tough choices, decisions viewed in the context of the next
generation: Is any one of the programs trimmed or eliminated more
important that the future of your children? This is the indisputable
kitchen table logic that so infuriates big spenders of all political
fairest criticism to the Tea Party budget is its political feasibility.
Is Washington really able to make these tough changes? There are paid
lobbyists, government employees, crony capitalists and well-heeled
“progressives” ready to spring into action to defend every line item in
the bloated federal budget.
Madison warned future generations of Americans about these special
interests -- they are the main reason great nations decline and fail.
we will balance the budget and finally get our fiscal house in order
only when grassroots Americans beat Washington. Based on Senator
Schumer’s extreme reaction, we must be well on the way to our goal.
Check out the plan for yourself at TeaPartyDebtCommission.com.”
Matt Kibbe is president of FreedomWorks and co-author of "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto."