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John Kerry and the ‘Tea Party Downgrade’

By Doug Powers  •  August 7, 2011 03:17 PM

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The “Tea Party downgrade” memo has been successfully circulated.

First up today is John Kerry. It’s some kind of hilarious to watch a big spending, pro bloated government liberal try to come across like a life-long hawk on cutting deficits, shrinking government and tackling the debt problem — if only his hands weren’t tied by those darned anti spending cuts Tea Partiers:

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, the Massachusetts Democrat called Standard & Poor’s lowering of the nation’s credit rating from AAA to AA+ as “without question, tea party downgrade.”

“A minority of people in the House of Representative countered even the will of many Republicans in the United States Senate, who were prepared to do a bigger deal,” he said.

Kerry defended President Barack Obama’s repeated efforts to put a grand bargain deal on the table, which would have cut upwards of $4 trillion from the deficit over a decade, rather than the final debt ceiling deal that cuts between $2.1 to $2.4 trillion.

Also today, David Axelrod referred to it as a “Tea Party downgrade,” as did Howard Dean.

For the first two years of Obama’s presidency, the Democrats, including one John Kerry who now wants everybody to believe he’s become a reborn frugalitarian, had full control of the Senate and House. At that point the Democrats could have done anything, including cutting back spending to sane levels (pause for laughter), but instead they went on a wild spending binge and presided over the largest expansion of government since World War II.

As a result, Republicans from something known as the “Tea Party,” who believe that government spending should be held in check and don’t subscribe to a hackneyed “the more you spend the more you save” government spending philosophy, were elected. This helped the Republicans take back control of the House. Recently a deal was struck that raised the debt ceiling $2.4 trillion more, which included some spending cuts. The cuts will take place mostly “down the road” but naturally the extra money will be available to spend immediately. These Tea Partiers didn’t want to raise the debt ceiling, but rather demanded immediacy in tackling the problem of unsustainable spending. Last Tuesday the US saw the largest one-day debt bump in history. On Friday S&P downgraded US credit for the first time in history, saying it was because the government wasn’t addressing unsustainable spending aggressively enough — and it’s the Tea Party’s fault?

Maybe there’s a bluff that needs calling here. Tea Party members of Congress should propose a new round of cuts to match what John Kerry says were on the table just to get to the level of responsible spending these Democrats are trying to have everybody believe they’ve been after all these years. It would be a nice outreach in the spirit of bipartisanship.

Here’s Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters responding to a Clarence Page op-ed entitled “Is the Tea Party Over?”

The Tea Party nine months ago scored a huge victory assisting Republicans to the biggest midterm election landslide in decades.

The following month, before any of these Tea Partiers had even been sworn into Congress, the President and his Party caved into their wishes by extending the Bush tax cuts.

Last week, the President and his Party caved into Tea Party demands to not have tax increases as part of the debt ceiling agreement.

And it is the Tea Party that is in danger of “ultimate defeat?”

Maybe somewhat off topic but still semi-related to all this, here’s the opinion of somebody who runs a business. I particularly like the part about “inheriting a mess”:


One of the assumptions I disagree with however is that the president “can’t put together a plan.” Oh yes he can. We’ve seen the implementation of plenty of “plans” — very, very, very expensive plans.

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