As if in a replay of the debt ceiling debacle which resulted in our country’s credit rating being downgraded for the first time in history, Tea Party activists are cheering on another disaster. House Speaker John Boehner’s failure to obtain enough votes for Plan B in ‘fiscal cliff ‘negotiations is applauded by the Tea Party.
“I want conservatives to stay strong,” says Christine Morabito, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. “Sometimes things have to get a lot worse before they get better.”
National Post reports:
Anti-tax conservatives from every corner of the nation echo her sentiment.
In more than a dozen interviews with The Associated Press, activists said they would rather fall off the cliff than agree to a compromise that includes tax increases for any Americans, no matter how high their income. They dismiss economists’ warnings that the automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 could trigger a fresh recession, and they overlook the fact that most people would see their taxes increase if President Barack Obama and Boehner, R-Ohio, fail to reach a year-end agreement.
On Capitol Hill, some Republicans worry about the practical and political implications should the GOP block a compromise designed to avoid tax increases for most Americans and cut the nation’s deficit.
“It weakens the entire Republican Party, the Republican majority,” Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, said Thursday night shortly after rank-and-file Republicans rejected Boehner’s “Plan B” – a measure that would have prevented tax increases on all Americans but million-dollar earners.
“I mean it’s the continuing dumbing down of the Republican Party and we are going to be seen more and more as a bunch of extremists that can’t even get a majority of our own people to support policies that we’re putting forward,” LaTourette said. “If you’re not a governing majority, you’re not going to be a majority very long.”
I would prefer to take a swan dive off the edge of that cliff than for our President who won by popular and the electorate vote, to give into extremists. Poll after poll as well as Obama’s reelection confirms that America would prefer for taxes to go up. Grover Norquist will be leaving the building and when he does, he can take the remnants of the Tea Party with him.
In conservative states such as South Carolina and Louisiana, party leaders are encouraging members of their congressional delegations to oppose any deal that includes tax increases. Elected officials from those states have little political incentive to cooperate with the Democratic president, given that most of their constituents voted for Obama’s Republican opponent, Mitt Romney.
“If it takes us going off a cliff to convince people we’re in a mess, then so be it,” South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly said. “We have a president who is a whiner. He has done nothing but blame President Bush. It’s time to make President Obama own this economy.”
While whining about Mitt Romney not winning, this tea party activist just called our reelected President a whiner — so does that include the majority of Americans who want taxes raised? For fuck’s sake, the Red State’s will be more effected than the rest. Let’s take that dive.
I’m pretty sure that John Boehner is equally frustrated with the Tea Party just as they are with him. But that’s too bad. He ‘built that.’ The Tea Party put him in the powerful position that he’s in today, so I suppose they’re counting on using him as a tool until he retires and if he doesn’t acquiesce to their unpopular demands, there will be hell to pay.
A CBS News survey conducted this month found that 81 percent of adults wanted Republicans in Congress to compromise in the current budget negotiations to get a deal done rather than “stick to their positions even if it means not coming to an agreement.” The vast majority of Republicans and independent voters agreed.
The Tea Party is nailing their own coffin shut. Rest in Peace. Stay down.
Definition of Spoiled Brat:
A kid who wants everything they see… and they cry and scream their heads off until they get it.
Bad karma: By jumping off the fiscal cliff, taxes will go up. We’ve won.