House Speaker John Boehner with Fox analyst Greta Van Susteren
The aftermath of the fight over raising the nation’s debt ceiling so Washington can borrow and spend yet more money could leave House Speaker John Boehner facing a challenge from within his own party.
That’s the word from Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, described as the nation’s oldest, largest and most active tea party umbrella group.
“Boehner and [Senate minority leader Mitch] McConnell are the predatory credit card issuers of the Entitlement State, they’re about to renew Obama’s canceled Mastercard, and they want to saddle America’s grandchildren with all of the bills,” Phillips said in an announcement today.
Phillips warned that the Tea Party National Convention that will meet in the fall “will focus on recruiting conservative primary challenges to House GOP RINOs and frosh complicit in any giveaway of more borrowing authority to President Obama.”
He said there will be just one issue on the tea party’s 2012 candidate scorecard: “Did the member vote for the McConnell-Boehner cave-in or for any cheap giveaway of more national debt?”
RINO means Republican-in-name only.
Dr. Allen Unruh, founder of Tea Party South Dakota and director of the Tea Party Founding Fathers, said, “RINOs voting wrong will win a big, fat zero on their tea party credit rating. Their FICO scores will crash along with their careers as we push tea party-backed opponents in the primary, the general election or both. Meanwhile, members who don’t vote wrong will win a 100 percent score plus the fervent loyalty of our people in their district.
“It’s zero or 100 percent, nothing in between,” he said.
Barack Obama has been applying considerable pressure on Congress to raise the debt ceiling so he can borrow and spend more. He’s threatened that the nation would go into default, or that Social Security checks would be held up. However, investment adviser Kurt Brouwer, who writes in Marketwatch, said the government will not go into default and that many of the programs could continue uninterrupted.
He said that’s because the government takes in about $200 billion a month but only needs about $15 to $20 billion in any given month for interest on the debt.
Joseph Farah, CEO of WND and the organizer of the grass-roots “No More Red Ink” campaign, which is lobbying to simply cut off the government’s credit card, said the House Republicans have it within their control to simply stop the borrowing and force the federal government to reduce spending.
“The only reason to raise the debt limit is to continue business as usual in Washington,” said Farah. “There is no necessity to do it. The prudent and responsible move would be to run the government with the trillions in revenues it takes in. No individual, no business and no state or local government can just keep borrowing to justify uncontrolled spending. It’s time the federal government starts operating like the rest of us do.”
In recent weeks, a number of high-profile commentators also have come out in favor of simply calling a halt to the borrowing – estimated at some $5 trillion since Obama took office.
Radio host Michael Savage blasted House Republicans for even considering allowing the Obama administration to pile up more debt.
“Where did all the ‘fiscal conservatives’ go?” Savage asked in a recent email to WND. “Of course we should not extend the debt limit! What kind of insanity is this?
“If a family is broke and dependent on loans,” Savage continued, “what bank would extend a new credit line until the family 1) sold assets; 2) worked out a repayment plan for existing loans? We will become a bigger ‘banana republic,’ like Argentina 20 years ago, if we increase our national debt.”
Phillips also announced that new plans are being made for a 2011 Tea Party National Convention. It had been proposed for the Kansas City area but is being changed because of the strategy of winning political campaigns.
“We and our capital sources felt that Kansas was the wrong place for our movement to gather this fall because it’s not an early primary state, not a swing state, and not blue-state territory where tea partiers might recapture turf from the left,” he said. “Instead, the new, currently secret location we’ll be announcing for our late fall event will empower our movement to slingshot into 2012 for the same kind of impact we had in 2010.”
He said it simply isn’t an option for House Republicans to keep letting Obama borrow 40 cents on each dollar of federal spending.
“The ratings agencies have clearly said Congress must cut back on the federal credit card,” he said.
Phillips said the idea of linking a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget to the dispute is good, but voting for a new “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan won’t save candidates from voters if they “vote for a cheap giveaway of more debt to Obama.”
“A failed CCB bill gets you no cover. The ONLY way any Republican may get forgiveness from us is if he obtains a high price tag like $500 billion in 2012 first-year cuts, defunding of Obamacare and Planned Parenthood, sweeping reform of all health care entitlements such as Medicare, and actual congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment,” Phillips said.
Phillips founded the country’s first tea party umbrella group in early 2009 and hosted Sarah Palin at the original Tea Party National Convention at Nashville in February 2010.
The problem is, the American people and the tea-party movement did not send Republicans to Washington to surrender. We sent them to cut the budget.
John Boehner has demonstrated that he has no stomach for a fight and no commitment to stopping the insane spending that is sending this country into insolvency.
Two years ago, the tea-party movement arose with a simple message. We will not sit back quietly while the extreme liberal fringe spends this country into bankruptcy and poverty.
The Republicans talked a good game during the election season. Even after the election season, Boehner has talked about the need to cut spending. Wednesday, on his website, his staff posted an article about how high deficits and debt kills jobs. John, if you believe this, why aren’t you cutting spending?
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