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Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« on: October 12, 2013, 10:02:40 PM »
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Let’s get clear about the political realities behind the budget impasse in Washington and the government shutdown.

Nothing captures the distortions being perpetrated more than the headline of a Washington Post column by Anne Applebaum: “The GOP Undermines Democracy.”

And, according to President Barack Obama, a “faction” of Republicans (read “Tea Party”) is holding the nation hostage to its “ideological demands.”

After all, isn’t it true that the health care law is the law of the land? Isn’t it also true that it passed constitutional muster before the U.S. Supreme Court? And isn’t it also true that we have a president, who champions this health care law, who has been elected twice?

All true.

But it is also true that the brilliant architects of the U.S. Constitution provided many checks and balances and a multitude of channels through which the will of the people may, at all times, be expressed.

The move by the Republican-controlled House to pass a bill to authorize spending for the federal government, but to withhold spending authorization for the health care law, is totally legitimate, appropriate and constitutional.

The Constitution vests the power of the purse in Congress. Here is what James Madison, who drafted the U.S. Constitution, had to say:

“The power of the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effective weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”

The fantastic news is the system is working.

Ironically, those like Post columnist Applebaum tell us that Republicans, who are boldly exercising their responsibilities and authority under our Constitution, are undermining democracy.

And, ironically, our president refuses to sit down and negotiate with Republicans who are constitutionally representing popular sentiment. Then he says they are the “ideologues.” As of last week, the RealClearPolitics.com average of polls showed 51 percent oppose the health care law and 43 percent support it. Little has changed since Obama approved it in March 2010. Polling then showed 49.3 percent were opposed and 40.1 percent were in favor of it.

Against prevailing public sentiment, Congress passed the 2010 law without a single Republican vote, using parliamentary gymnastics that few can even explain today. And yet Republicans are being accused of hijacking the system.

Among U.S. households, an increasing percentage receives more in government transfer payments than they pay in taxes. The figure rose from 20 percent in 1979 to 60 percent in 2009, according to University of Dallas economist Michael Cosgrove.

With all the crocodile tears about inconvenience that this shutdown may cause some nonessential government workers, real tears should be shed for the massive loss of jobs because of a barely recovering economy that has been larded down with government, debt and a welfare-state culture.

Stanford economist Edward Lazear has reported in The Wall Street Journal that only 58 percent of our working-age population is employed today, compared to more than 63 percent before the recession.

Last June, Lazear wrote, “At the present slow rate of job growth, it will take more than a decade to get back to full employment defined by pre-recession standards.”

A new Gallup poll shows 60 percent of Americans say the federal government has too much power, the highest percentage ever recorded by Gallup.

Obama is intentionally playing to the cracks in the Republican Party. He knows Republican leadership is weak-kneed. But if Republican leaders cave in, the country is lost. We need principled and courageous leadership now.

The Tea Party is the solution, not the problem.


http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20131012-star-parker-tea-party-is-the-solution-not-the-problem.ece
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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 10:20:07 PM »
If only people would stop lying about the Tea Party she is correct.
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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 10:24:42 PM »
"But it is also true that the brilliant architects of the U.S. Constitution provided many checks and balances and a multitude of channels through which the will of the people may, at all times, be expressed.

The move by the Republican-controlled House to pass a bill to authorize spending for the federal government, but to withhold spending authorization for the health care law, is totally legitimate, appropriate and constitutional."

I honestly somewhat agree with this, but at the same time, that doesn't necessarily make it a good move. Republicans are still taking the majority of the flack for the government shutdown. So while this statement may be right, and the checks and balances of our government give them the ability to do this, it doesn't always make it a good idea for the long term stability of the party. A lot of people do not approve of using this method to negotiate, and that may possibly be reflected in upcoming elections.
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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2013, 10:32:31 PM »
If a person is doing the right thing they should be willing to shoulder the flak.
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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2013, 10:34:26 PM »
If a person is doing the right thing they should be willing to shoulder the flak.

I can respect that stance as long as they are prepared to accept what could be the consequences of their stand against the ACA.

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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2013, 10:36:49 PM »
I can respect that stance as long as they are prepared to accept what could be the consequences of their stand against the ACA.

Throughout history leaders have led - not followed - and sometimes their leading has not initially been the politically popular thing to do (at the time).... If everyone in DC did what was right instead of just bought them votes we would all be better off.  This is one reason I personally support the fair tax and a return to smaller, centralized government.
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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2013, 10:40:34 PM »
I can respect that stance as long as they are prepared to accept what could be the consequences of their stand against the ACA.

The interesting thing is they may need to simply stand back and let happen what is happening. People are getting a big reality check of what happens when you cede more and more to the government. It doesn't work and it costs far more than the private market can deliver it for. I've been biting my tongue to not go to every lib I know and gloat that I told them so. Instead, I'm just sitting back and watching their heads explode.
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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2013, 10:44:04 PM »
This is a  non sequitur, L_S: I honestly somewhat agree with this, but at the same time, that doesn't necessarily make it a good move.

Star was talking about the Constitutionality of what the House has done, not whether it was "a good move" (though I assume she does think so). So you either agree it is Constitutional or you don't, not "somewhat agree", as your opinion of its wisdom is irrelevant to that point.
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Re: Star Parker: Tea Party is the solution, not the problem
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2013, 10:58:35 PM »
"But it is also true that the brilliant architects of the U.S. Constitution provided many checks and balances and a multitude of channels through which the will of the people may, at all times, be expressed.

The move by the Republican-controlled House to pass a bill to authorize spending for the federal government, but to withhold spending authorization for the health care law, is totally legitimate, appropriate and constitutional."

I honestly somewhat agree with this, but at the same time, that doesn't necessarily make it a good move. Republicans are still taking the majority of the flack for the government shutdown. So while this statement may be right, and the checks and balances of our government give them the ability to do this, it doesn't always make it a good idea for the long term stability of the party. A lot of people do not approve of using this method to negotiate, and that may possibly be reflected in upcoming elections.

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