Republicans need to watch their backs. And not just against the normal opposition.
They might need to start considering the Tea Party – a group of conservatives that should be on their side – as a viable threat as well … if they don’t already.
Fox News highlights the growing tensions between the two groups in an article this morning: “Tea Party Movement Growing Weary of GOP Budget Plan.”
Let’s face it: the Tea Party has good reason to be ticked off with the institutional right. After all, they were a significant force behind sweeping Republican wins this past November. And since the rest of the credit lands solidly at the Democrat party’s feet for alienating the entire country, the GOP can barely claim any of the glory whatsoever.
I don’t mean to belittle them after they struggled valiantly against Obamacare and other harmful legislation the Democrat-controlled Congress tried to enact under Obama. And they have taken proactive stances on many issues since regaining power in the House.
But that doesn’t mean they didn’t help get the country into this mess in the first place. If they would have stuck with conservative principles instead of trying to make nice with the opposition at every other turn, the U.S. might have had more faith in them in past elections… even to the extent of keeping Obama out of the White House altogether.
Instead, they’re still clinging to silly dreams of pleasing everybody while the country continues to decline.
Sure, with Republicans in office, the liberal agenda will be slowed down. But the country can’t afford a slow down. It needs a complete reversal if it wants to survive.
That means that Speaker of the House John Boehner (regardless of his sometimes wimpy stances, I still love giving him that title over crypt keeper Nancy Pelosi) needs to honor his party’s campaign promise of slashing $100 billion in federal spending from the budget year ending in September. Not just $61 billion.
There is plenty of pork that can easily be trimmed off, starting with cleaning up government programs so that we’re not sending tens of thousands of stimulus payments to dead people, enforcing stricter rules on our statesmen and women so they can’t abuse the system, and no longer rewarding perfectly healthy citizens for behaving badly.
And that doesn’t even begin to take into account the foreign aid we give to countries that don’t like us, don’t respect us and/or are actively encouraging attacks against us.
If Boehner and his party can’t go tough on spending, the Tea Party might just say “enough,” withdraw its support for the GOP, and start competing against them instead.