As it has been stated many times before, the Tea Party and compromise just don’t see eye to eye.
Having taken on such an extremely right wing stance, it was almost inevitable and simply a matter of time before America witnessed the wreckage of the issues; i.e., the economy, deficit spending; and the ultra conservative nationalism of the Tea Party, which from the onset, were set on a political collision course for disaster.
In fact, The Tea Party has taken such a hard-line stance on its goals to reduce spending, limit government, and adhere to the Constitution, that it makes it nearly impossible for establishment Republicans to fulfill the promises it made with the blessing of the Tea Party back in 2010. This sentiment is expressed directly from the flag-waving faction itself, “They [Tea Party Republicans] are not in a mood for compromise,” said Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots.
Sure, the movement dragged its congressional-chosen favorites to Washington; some, mere legislative light-weights and naive to how things actually work inside the Beltway; though their rhetoric was unequivocal and emphatic. They wanted Washington to listen. They wanted their hoarse and dulled out voices to finally be heard. They wanted to take America back.
They demanded that their representatives repeal health care, eliminate earmarks and deficit spending, and restore meaning to the Constitution. In the midst of the fight, Republicans and Tea Party missionaries, alike, lost sight of the goals they swore to defend just a few months ago.
Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, filed HB 155, the Privacy of Firearms Owners Act, which according to tampabay.com, “… seeks to punish doctors with fines up to $5 million for asking a patient or a patient’s family about gun ownership and gun habits.” The Congressman argues that the information obtained by the doctor could, ultimately, affect the insurance premiums of gun owners or even lead to a national gun registry. Some argue that this law would limit the free speech rights of doctors, thereby, violating the First Amendment. If so, this move would completely undermine the legitimacy of the Tea Party fight to uphold the constitution.
The zero tolerance-policy promised by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va, came up short as well, as one freshman lawmaker fell victim to the GOP’s own proclamation. David Rivera, R- Fla, is currently under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, “…for covering up loans from his mother’s gambling related marketing company…” “… the owners of a dog track made more than $500,000 in secret payments to a company Rivera owned.” No argument needs to be made in reference to the alleged misconduct on the part of the Congressman, which could potentially make the case that even Tea Party members are not above the fray.
Even the “anti-Obamacare” – elected officials need health care, too. Immediately after the freshman class of Congress members convened, newcomer, Andy Harris, R- Md, indignant, demanded to know why his government-subsidized health care benefits took an entire month to kick-in. The Baltimore physician even went so far as to ask if he could purchase gap insurance coverage from the government until his deferred policy took effect. According to Harris’ spokeswoman, Ana Nix, the Congressman added , “This is the only employer I’ve ever worked for where you don’t get coverage the first day you are employed,”. Enough said.
The Tea Party banked on the promises that establishment Republicans campaigned on: preserving Medicare and Social Security, abolishing free trade agreements, ending government bailouts, and abating the outsourcing of jobs. Yet, we find that Republicans on President Obama’s deficit commission, have proposed raising the retirement age on Social Security from 68 by 2050 and to 69 by 2075, according to Foxnews.com. The Hill, cites that these same GOPers also pushed to increase the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes.
Tea Party candidates are funded by organizations like the Chamber of Commerce that drive legislation which closes the doors of factories and sends jobs to foreign countries, asserts Campaign for America’s future.
In another instance, Wall Street hedge fund manager, Robert Mercer, spends $200,000 to elect a Tea Party member to replace Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore, who sponsored Wall Street reform bills.
Last September, the Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act, a bill that would do away with current tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas, was filibustered by Senate Republicans, the Democratic Daily reported.
With the continual failure to deliver on promises and the current atmosphere of empty rhetoric, Tea Party lawmakers and establishment Republicans will soon find out that, in 2012, the swift and fair-weather nature of the winds of change in the electorate, just might brush in to sweep them right out of their cozy little seats in Washington.
Associated Press, “Tea Party Republicans tote ambitious promises to Washington,” Cleveland. Com.
Aaron Sharockman, “Freshman lawmaker Jason Brodeur suggests doctors can use gun information against you,” Tampabay.com.
Mark Obrien, “Talking of guns, speech and more,” pnj.com.
Joshua Holland, “12 Examples of Stunning Hypocrisy from Tea Party Republicans In One Short Month,” Alternet.
Glenn Thrush, “GOP frosh: Where’s my health care?,” Politico.
Dave Johnson, “Tea Party Betrayed on Spending Cuts,” Campaign for America’s Future.
Associated Press, “Debt New Taxes, Spending Cuts Lead to Strife Over Debt Commission Proposals,” Foxnews.com
Alexander Bolton, “Social Security reforms could be bombshell for House GOP,” The Hill.
John Aloysius Farrell, “The Chamber of Commerce is Playing Tea Party GOPers for Fools,” U.S.News.
Dan Eggen, “Concerned Taxpayers group is powered by only two donors,” The Washington Post.
Scott Nance, “Some Dems Join GOP Outsourcing Filibuster,” The Democratic Daily.