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January 27th, 2011
04:35 PM ET

Tea Party the answer to cutting govt. spending?

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) greets a supporter during the first meeting of the U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus today on Capitol Hill. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For those who thought the Tea Party was a passing fad, it might be time to reconsider:

For starters, it seems like the Tea Partiers may be among the only people in Washington who are serious about reining in government spending.

While Democrats and Republicans talk... and talk... and talk about cutting spending and reducing our skyrocketing deficits and $14 trillion national debt, some in the Tea Party have real solutions.

Newly elected Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is proposing cutting $500 billion from federal spending in just one year. To be sure, he has some drastic suggestions - including cutting $42 billion from the food stamp program and $16 billion from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Also on Paul's cutting block: the Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development, most of the Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts. Massive cuts also for Homeland Security, the federal court system and the FDA. And that's just some of it.

Paul says he hopes he can start a dialogue in Congress about how to save the economy. It's clear that Paul and his fellow Tea Partiers are going to put some serious pressure on the republican leadership.

In fact, they already have. Look no further than Michele Bachmann's response to the president's state of the union address this week. it's unheard of to have two responses... but the republican leadership was afraid to say no.

Here’s my question to you: Is the Tea Party the answer to finally getting government spending under control?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

K.B. writes:
The idea is what is important: cuts need to be made and we need to get our fiscal house in order. The Tea Party is the voice for this now, but it should be a call from all politicians.

Thomas in New Mexico writes:
The Tea Party, of which I am a proud member, may not be the only group to put pressure on these big-spending politicians, but it sure doesn't hurt. The more, the better. One does not get steam without pressure. How in the world can Democrats push to increase the debt ceiling just so they can keep on spending? They didn't even deliver a budget back in October 2010 when it was due

Susan in Alabama writes:
No, but it is the long-term answer to getting the lunatic fringe out of the GOP so they can be a respectable political party again some day. In the short term, it'll help Democrats in 2012. In that respect, I'm all for it.

Pat in Virginia writes:
Yes. It is about time that someone stood up and said enough is enough. These folks seem to be serious about cutting. Now we will see if any of the rest of our Congress is brave enough to take a position. At least maybe we can force them to make votes that show that they are for more and more spending. Then we can remind the voters about those votes in two years.

Ray in Knoxville, Tennessee writes:
Jack, The Tea Partiers aren't the answer to anything in this country. The movement is mostly white and exclusively right, far right. Undoing all the social legislation and New Deal regulations of the 1960s and 1930s has long been a dream of this segment of the population and they see our spending crisis as their opportunity to do so.

C. in Massachusetts writes:
Some Tea Party ideas are good, radically clear and rational. It's the wacky messengers that are the problem.


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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Not if Michele Bachmann is representative of the Tea Party. She is terrible with numbers and the last person you'd want handling the check book.

    I know for a fact not everyone in Minnesota is an idiot, so I've been expecting the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Math and Science Academy to give her a rebuttal or two.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  2. Thomas E Fuller

    The regular Republican party is far to the right, the teapartiers
    are far, far to the right. Enough said.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  3. Sylvia from San Diego

    Thank God we have citizens who have understanding of the dangers of this humongous debt and deficits to our country. I am not a member of the Tea Party but I totally endorse their philosophy and hope that they continue to spread their message of concern. Without them, I am convinced that Washington would be still spending us into oblivion.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  4. ozzie in waterloo

    Jack,
    Paul and his party may still be drawing attention, but it will be short lived. It appears that Paul is taking on the role of the big bad wolf , and, Obama, Republicans, and Democrats are playing the role of the three little pigs. We know how that fable ends...
    As for cutting the deficit, shouldn't we start with 16 billion cut from the food stamps program, and 46 billion from the wars of the Middle East.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  5. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The "Tea Party" has placed a national spot light on Federal Government spending, State and Local Governments came to the conclusion that they needed to curtail their spending on their own. The Tea Party has been instrumental in providing a robust and provocative environment to force serious dialog on the subject of Government spending which is forcing both Republicans and Democrats to sincerely engage in dialog on how to curb Government spending and subsequently reduce the deficit. My question, where the heck were these people from 2001 to 2007?

    January 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  6. JaneE

    Before you can talk about how much the government should spend, you need to decide what the duties of the government are. As a nation, we do not even agree on what the government should do, much less how much money it needs to do it. If the members of the Tea Party would refuse to accept the government benefits that they want to deny to others, maybe we could reduce government spending. I don't see that happening though.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  7. bonnie from nj

    Yes, yes, yes to Bush tax cuts that added how much to the deficit, but lets cut education and food stamps. How does this differ from the regular republicans? We have the Bush tax cuts for 10 years and we have the worst unemployment, please do not give me that same old song that these tax cuts are creating jobs. I am sure they have all signed up for the government sponsored (socialist!) health care as they try to take it from us. Their hypocrisy is infuriating.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  8. chris

    if they are series as they say hey i am all for it all the cutting they want to do it is nessary

    January 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  9. charlene knight

    They might be a real help in lowering the deficit, but only a help and they must behave in a responible manner so they are listened to. I think that the Republicans and Tea Party should adopt Kennedy's "Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" in a spirit of cooperation. Meredith NH

    January 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  10. Al, Lawrence KS

    The Tea party, and anyone promoting draconian cuts, has it all wrong.
    The only solution to our budget crisis is full employment. More people working, with longer hours and higher wages, brings in more taxes. The more people earn, the more they spend, adding to sales tax and property tax revenue. This is why Clinton was able to balance the budget in the 1990s. It's not rocket science, it's simple economics. The government should do whatever it can, and spend whatever it needs, to get Americans working and buying again.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  11. Jim

    Jack,

    Maybe, but I'm worried about what "they" deem to be needed to cut. I trust them about as much as I trust the other politicians in D.C. And that is about as far as I can throw a car.

    Jim in Denver, CO

    January 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  12. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    Jack, I constantly amazed by the Ignorance of the Tea Party. I can't believe they could cut spending(on the backs of the poor i.e Medicaid, Medicare) and still promote tax cuts for the rich. I guess we finally know how mean spirited they are.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  13. Susan Frost

    No, but it is the long-term answer to getting the lunatic fringe out of the GOP so they can be a respectable political party again some day. In the short term, it'll help Democrats in 2012 so in that respect I'm all for it.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  14. Paul P.

    I think they have the ability to put the most pressure on the subject, but that doesn't mean to me they are a valid political force. Time will tell, but they still strike me to be a one-dimensional reaction to the stresses of the times, and not necessarily a progressive, multi-faceted, productive one.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  15. Jon Campbell

    The Tea Party is the "answer" only if they bring coffee and brains.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  16. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    You are kidding, right?

    Just take the example you cite. When I see Rand Paul say he wants to cut spending for food stamps at a rate nearly three times what he wants to cut in war spending I just have to laugh, or would if it were not so sad.

    Is this what the Tea Party brings? Cut food stamps to all those that have lost their jobs in the recessionn? Next they will want to cut all so-called 'entitlement' programs. Yeah, great idea. Cut anything that HELPS a person in dire need of assistance. They already want to get rid of health care reform tat protects those who desperately need it.

    The Tea Party is just a cutesy name for Republicans, and their mean treatment of those who are not rich.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  17. Pat in Michigan

    right up to the point where they start hurting the defensless.Then it's War on them.you hurt the old people in this country and you will have a fight on your hands.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  18. Greg, Bremerton WA

    Jack...

    Remember the 'men are from mars, women are from venus'...I'm sure you do. You know...the brains of men and women work differently but understanding the issues men and women faced there is a way to find a happy medium for the commone good.

    The same should hold true for our politicians...you know, Democrats are from ? while Republicans are from ? and ditto the Tea Party. Thus, find the common ground for the common good.

    Quit worrying about keeping your party's pwer and control or finding a way to regain it in the next round of elections.

    Find common ground for common good. If it takes the Tea Party to do that then so be it.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  19. Arnold MI

    That's what the people want! Lets go for it, I am tired of hearing about the Tea Party and the Republican Party, so lets see what they really have to offer!

    Rand Paul's cuts don't go far enough. He should dig deeper. The President and the Congress should have their pay reduced to the 1979 levels and their pension should be Social Security and their health care should be the same as the rest of the Country. Who do these Elected Officials think they are any way. They pass one set of laws for themselves and another set of laws for the rest of the Country.

    If our Elected Officials can not live by the same laws as the people, the same income level as the people, and enjoy the same health care and pension as the people, then they should do all of us a really big favor and resign.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  20. Luci

    No, absolutely not. If they want to cut spending then they should take it from the super wealthy, not the poor who needs food, a place to live and schools.
    They are going to get our country in the condition that Haiti is in.
    Let's send Rand Paul and the rest of the t- party back where they came from. They are bad news. We will be without Social Security, Medicare and the new Healthcare, if they have their way.
    Get out and vote in 2012, and vote them out.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  21. Kathie

    There are many ways spending could be cut but I won't hold my breath for anyone in Washington to actually do something. It could start with stopping the wars, closing military bases around the world (no country has a military base in outs), no free government paid cell phones, only clean bills, absolutely NO earmarks, ban lobbyists, pay cuts to ALL elected officials, term limits. Won't happen but can dream.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  22. Jason Jeremias

    Congress has a fundamental responsibility to ensure our economy is functioning, and cutting wasteful spending. With that said, I do not believe the Tea Party is the answer to our economic woes. The Tea Party members disseminate hateful and scornful information, and is out of touch with reality. We cannot grow our economy at the expensive of all the sociocultural progress we have made in the last forty years. Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin, cannot make a point, without putting others down. This is not what America needs.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  23. Mike in St. Paul

    Bachmann and Paul are paid with tax dollars. There's money that could be saved.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  24. JEFF

    Absolutely!

    January 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  25. Steve

    Every one of these people wish to go after the middle/lower class. Rand Paul's livelihood was funded by gov't insurance. Their spokesperson, Michelle Bachmann and her family receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in "farm subsidies"...These 2 whackjobs seriously undermine any real dialogue from ANY group that wish to attempt a control over spending...

    January 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  26. Nancy, Tennessee

    Senator Rand Paul has certainly named some areas of spending that he thinks we can cut that haven't been mentioned by other members of Congress. He took President Obama's statement to heart that nothing is off the table. He even wants to cut aid to foreign countries because to be this generous we have to go out and borrow the money from China. Makes sense.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  27. Greg of Mechanicsburg PA

    The Tea Party, along with Michele Bachmann's speech, is naive in its assumption that the job losses are somehow Obama's fault and that his stimulus package was not required to keep America from falling into a great depression. No intelligent economist would tell you to cut spending and raise taxes during a recession, yet that is exactly what Michele and the Tea Party preach. I'll be glad if the Tea Party has the effect of trimming the bureaucracy, but that wasn't addressed in her speech. It doesn't seem fair that the conservatives had two opportunities to speak while liberals had no chance for rebuttal.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  28. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    Not until they address the defence budget. They want to cut back on tons of items, including some essentials in the name of trimming waste, but no one has yet to address the fact that we're still building weapons to defeat the USSR.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  29. Moe Dallas

    Maybe–Someone needs to !! Our present congress couldn't rig a Jai-Alai match in Miami !!!!

    January 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  30. Eric

    Absolutely not. Our seniors can, however. Who experiences the lowest poverty rate? The elderly. Who has the highest homeownership rate? The elderly. Who enjoys more leisure than ever before? The elderly. Im not saying that seniors are living it up. Like Americans in every other age bracket, many have trouble making ends meet. But when the Dept. of Education is on the chopping block and entitlements are not, we have a big problem.

    Eric
    Georgia

    January 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  31. Tim in Texas

    Maybe, but the very worst thing that we could do right now is cut government spending – realign it yes, but cut it – no. All cutting spending will do right now is slow the growth of the economy and add to greater debt as a percentage of GDP. Government needs to partner with business and get business off of the two trillion it's sitting on right now. Greater economic growth means more revenue and that lowers the deficit. Energy,infrastructure, and eduction first for two years, then tackle the deficits.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  32. Valerie in Raleigh

    All agree that spending must be cut but, what I have seen so far of The Tea Party sends chills down my back. They are lead by Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck plus others whose behavior is so questionable and whose undertanding of the county is off the wall. Ms. Bachmann, who earlier wanted citizens of Minnesota to be "armed and dangerous" then totally re-wrote history in her second Republican response to the State of the Union when stating the founding fathers did away with slavery? Ms. Palin has shown again and again her lack of general knowledge which was firmly stated by the person assigned by John McCane to help her in the last presidential election.. The once-proud Republican party must put their house in order.

    Valorie from Raleigh

    January 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  33. calaurore9

    Some Tea Party ideas are good. Radically clear and rationale. It's the wacky messengers that are the problem.

    C. in Flo, Ma

    January 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  34. Chuck / La Garita, CO

    Jack,
    The Tea Party, like all the rest, will complain about spending untill
    they dont get somthing THEY want. Then the shoe is on the other foot.
    When a politician spends millions to get elected (usually not thier own money) what makes us think they wont spend our money? Tea Party
    included. When the American people reduce the amount of greed and self intrest and decide to do with less our politicians will do the same.
    Or maybe not, after all they gave us a health care program that they opted
    out of, are the Tea Party members going to save tax dollars by droping the
    coverage that WE buy for them and start paying for health care like the rest of us? I think not....

    January 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  35. Jane (Minnesota)

    I doubt it – Most of their public mouthpieces make little sense. If they actually made sense – then maybe it would make a difference.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  36. Jeff In Minnesota

    You have to start somewhere although I think some of the Tea Party suggestions are a bit draconian. We must reduce spending to get it in line with revenue and nothing can be off the table for discussion. However, we must be intelligent in how we go about this and not jeopardize the country's future just for the sake of being cheap or we risk ending up a second rate power. And that is possibly why I have distrust of the Tea Party. They seem to want to reduce things down too simply when things are not as simple as they wish to make them appear.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  37. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    The Tea Party is part of the solution. They will keep pushing for cuts. The traditional Republics will be in the middle but will be afraid to be exposed as hypocrites if they don't cut. The Democrats will want to spend more and freeze spending, like the President said Tuesday night. With the Tea Party there will be cuts (not necessarily the ones they advocate); without them no cuts.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  38. Ashera

    Why are some Mega Million/Billion Corporations, not paying their fair share of taxes? Nepotism has its roots in all parties! Maybe a Straight % point, pro ratio tax across the board to be implemented; along, with total elimination of corporate loop holes! Also, punish corporation who go off shore and eliminate employment in America; instead of giving tax breaks!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  39. Loretta

    No, because so many things that are important to Americans are not important to them because of who they believe they should help. How is it that they don't want to invest in our future, like education, but is willing to let corporations and oil companies get tax breaks!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  40. Cousin Vinny in Connecticut

    Yes, they are! Obama in his SOTU speech, said he wants to "freeze spending at its current level"! He didn't say CUT! We owe over $14 trillion and he wants to "freeze spending at its current level"! He says we'll "save $400 billion over 10 yrs". That's only $40 billion a yr; not the $500 billion that Rep. Ryan is proposing. We need to drastically CUT spending or the US as we know it, is doomed!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  41. Pat. Virginia

    Yes. it is about time that someone stood up and said enough is enough. These folks seem to be serious about cutting. Now we will see if any of the rest of our Congress is brave enough to take a position. At least maybe we can force them to make votes that show that they are for more and more spending. Then we can remind the voters about those votes in two years.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  42. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    The Tea Party is the answer to nothing. They are tools of what is the real problem,,,the corporate control of public policy. They think that the big Republican victory in the recent election is attributable to them, rather than to the money that flowed in unfettered and skewed the results of the election due to the the Citizens United decision.

    Getting government spending under control? Not while this gang of boobs has anytrhing to do with it And Bachman? She exalts the Constitution and histrory without showing any evidence that she has ever read it, studied it or is actually capable of understanding it.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  43. Gigi Oregon

    The Republican party may be afraid to say NO but we who vote can say no to the Republican party and to the Tea party. What do we want to happen here for third world countries to tell us about human rights, of caring for children, women and the poor. They need to first of all create a new tax structure so the rich pay a fair tax on the profit they make on the backs of labor. Let's have that trickle down. When we begin ignoring the poor and disadvantage of our country, please don't tell me "in God We Trust" . The Tea Party is a group without consideration for anyone but themselves and their pocketbook. They would cut education, for the youth who are our America's future, for their own greed. What a sad state of people we have become. Someone/persons or government is failing to teach American history to our children, I remember when our parents and grandparents pulled together to make a great strong America during the depression and a world war. They would hang their heads in shame today to see the America of the 21st century.

    Michele Bachmann Is so self centered she asked a few people to support her statement. Which was not completely factual. And sadly a few people will take it for gospel. But there again is politics in the good "new USA".

    January 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  44. thom richer

    Highly doubtful and improbable. Cutting spending is absolutely needed but will not solve what is wrong with our economy. Cutting such as proposed by Rand Paul and other Tea Partiers, is too extreme and unlikely and may do more harm than good for the country. I say this because of the consequences it will have on employment. The cuts proposed will eliminate more jobs at a time when keeping a job and employing more workers is essential in solving our economic woes. Taking away funds from social programs while supporting other countries, illegal wars and failing corporations is deceitful at best and fruitless. We must ease out of our involvement in foreign governments and financial support before cutting programs benefiting our county's citizens.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    January 27, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  45. Bruce

    Jack – it is not an honest question. The TP was originally designed to go after private big banks of the crash. Industry paid for the party with donations and now use it to go after government, which they already firmly control. It is a game to mislead the people into thinking they have a voice. That is all.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  46. Ron

    Absolutely! We continue to see a lot of rhetoric from newly elected officials, but nobody is putting forward real solutions. The Tea Party appear to be the only ones who "Get it".

    January 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  47. Annie, Atlanta

    No. As long as they’re corporate owned, just like our politicians, they will be a joke, a bad one, just like our politicians. Dump those who use them as cover to get lower or non-existent taxes, deregulation of everything, and gobs of Corporate Socialism (which apparently is the only kind of socialism sanctioned by the right), and they may actually get somewhere.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  48. Richard C.

    Why not! The current administration does not have a clue about righting this country. Obama is a shill of the Progressives which translates to spend, spend, and spend more.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  49. Jeff North Carolina

    The Tea Party is the answer for more than just the budget. It's the third party, actually second, that this country has needed for so long. Look oui Demos/Repubs you ain't seen nothing yet!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  50. Kevin - AZ

    Maybe! Originally I didn't like the Tea Party, but I am willing to give anything a try to break our government of two parties that work for the same corporate interests. If they are really Washington Outsiders, maybe that's just what we need. Let's give it a shot.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  51. Dan Leahy

    Rand Paul? Michelle Bachman? Jack, do you ever think about what these people are saying? One thing you always find at a Tea Party....Mad Hatters.
    Dan Leahy
    Santa Barbara

    January 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  52. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Sounds like the Tea party wants us to fight a war with BB guns and half starved Americans with the I.Q. of Beavis and Buthead I think Raun Paul should let the adults handle the debt .

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  53. Lenny Purcell

    We cannot leave this mess for our children and their future. It's just not right! Let's take the pain and move forward. Hopefully we will see the light at the end of the tunnel in this decade.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  54. Hector

    Of course not! Senator Paul's plan is ridiculous, and although I agree in getting spending under control, his way is not the way. His plan consists of massive cuts in the budget of the Department of Education and FDA. The Education department is already at a loss and by cutting even more money, it cripples our school system. By taking money from the FDA it just makes our food unsafe. What good is getting the deficit under control when, according to him, the next generation will be stupid and dead from food diseases

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  55. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I doubt a sub group, which I heartily support, such as the Tea Party will swing the inertia of the sinking ship of state all by themselves. They do, however, represent the anger of ingnored voters and Americans in general, and therefore are not going away. Someone needs to define for me what exactly are the amounts of government spending as well as the WASTE of GOVERNMENT (transition fees, new digs, etc. etc. etc.) The elected TEA partiers are not going to sleep in their offices for their entire term, are they? So let's get the facts on what cuts contribute to the reduction of the national debt, deficit, and entitlements, and how many decades that will take to balance the budget !

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  56. Merildene

    What about reducing the deficit by increasing revenue, namely putting more people to work who will then pay taxes, that's what got us out of the hole during Clinton. the more cuts, the more people out of work. All those agencies employ people who then join the unemployment roles. what is the point of that, it adds to the burden.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  57. John

    Duh, Jack ??? The Republicans and the Democrats certainly aren't bringing anything to the table. Someone has to.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  58. Bradley, Portland, OR

    If the Tea Partiers want to eliminate regulators like the FDA, SEC, and so on, and "go the Libertarian way," I'd be in favor of that if there were also draconian criminal penalties attached to malfeasance.

    Libertarians think there shouldn't be any regulation, but if someone wrongs you, you can just take them to court after the fact. Fine. If a doctor doesn't follow standard practices and negligently kills a patient, there won't be a big malpractice award; we'll call it murder and impose the death penalty.

    Same thing for a pharmaceutical CEO who releases a drug that kills people, or a farmer who sells salmonella-contaminated eggs or spinach.

    No need for regulations or civil trials and those liberal trial lawyers with their big financial jury awards. All trials will become criminal trials.

    Welcome to Rand's World.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  59. Name*Mahlon

    Possibly so. Both parties need to recognize that we have overspent. The Chinese certainly do since they own too many of our bonds

    January 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  60. Richard Huff

    Paul cuts now will send us into a depression faster than you can say CNN.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  61. Richard C.

    Why not! The current administration does not have a clue about righting this country. Obama is a patsy of the Progressives which translates to spend, spend, and spend more.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  62. Alice

    Unfortunately any vald point the tea party has is discredited by their nasty rheotoric, refusal to respect the president of our country, lack of diversity, and the embarassingly ignorant demogogues such as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann who act as their spokespeople.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  63. Brian Burney

    They represent one hell of a good start. Especially in the shadow of a State of the Union speech that talked about more spending (investment).

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  64. Pete Waddington

    Unfortunately, yes.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  65. Todd Simmonds

    If our government is to do anything about the defecit, we must pay taxes. That's it and that's all. The government provides services we need, such as public schools, public libraries, fire departments, police departments, and the list of these "socialist" provisions goes on and on. Does our government waste? Absolutely, but even if the waste is cut the government still needs income, so unless they plan to raise taxes, then I answer you "Not a chance." The party loves to point to the constitution, but I say to you, if the pot smoking, slave owning, opium using, genecide commiting authors of the document could see these tea party members today, they'd spend six minutes loading the gun we all have the right to own, and defend their country from them.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  66. John Spring

    No....as long as their is no meaningful campaign finance reform, or strict term limits, all politicians, tea party members included, will eventually be bought off by special interests and lobbyists in their bid to get re-elected....It is just the way it is

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  67. John Blythe

    Jack, the one thing I like about Rand Paul, like his great father Ron, is that he is more of a "libertarian type", than the typical Republicans we're used to seeing today. In other words, they seem to speak the truth and know how to form a solution and actually turn it into a result, for example wasteful government spending, deficits and a federal reserve that is out of control. Republicans and Democrats continuously fail to address these areas and resort to spewing the same stuff we've heard over and over again. These people need to get their heads out of the gutter and get with the program!

    – John
    Lake Isabella, California

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  68. Gary Reames

    Among all the babble about cutting government spending, how come nobody uses the "F" word . . . FOREIGN AIDE . . . especially to countries not actually our friends?

    Gary Reames
    Gilbert Arizona

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  69. Wasim

    Jack the answer is NO! I think they are just another group that claims they can make change. Power corrupts anyone or group.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  70. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    I do not think so. If Obama agrees to any deal with the Republicans that include cuts in entitlements but does not include the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, then I think that Obama will lose his base and much of middle America very quickly. But I do not see the Republicans accepting any deal if it includes the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans being on the table. That is the bottom line issue in my opinion. Who will blink first, Obama or the Republicans?

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  71. John in AZ

    The Tea Party seems to be the only rational voice in Washington these days. While others are talking spending "freezes" they are talking "cuts". We can't afford to continue spending at current levels and to do so would be financial suicide. We also need to go after Social Security and Medicare which nobody seems to want to seriously discuss.

    God help us.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  72. Jenna - Houston

    The choice of Bachmann as spokesperson proves the Tea Party is not the solution to anything in this nation. She is such an extremist that the Tea Party can now only be labeled as the lunatic fringe. I'm a moderate and there is no way I will support anything they do and if the Republicans do I will no longer support the GOP.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  73. Ron

    Not a chance. Like most, they want to cut ONLY the spending that does not affect them personally. The second it strikes into their own economic situation, they will start screaming. They listen to the rhetoric, and, for some reason, believe it. I would love to see a survey that documents what percentage of the "members" are on some form of Government dole.

    Ron
    Ardmore, OK

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  74. Randy

    Yes. Just like unicorns are the answer to high gas prices. Find me one person in congress who registered the "tea party" as a new political party and successfully ran under the tea party umbrella. Until then i will continue believing they're nothing more than a media hyped, koch brother funded front group for more failed GOP policy.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  75. Andrea

    The Tea Party could be the answer because they can break the grid lock to progress on behalf of America's long term future verses the short term selfish interests of the two party system. We have had two a two party system for too long.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  76. Harry Branch

    Sorry, Rand Paul and the Tea Party are just blowing smoke. It is easy to champion things that you know can not possibly happen. If in fact this proposal came about, I can only guess at how many editorial harangues this would bring forth from the pundits in the field of reporting.

    "It is just whoever`s ox is gored."

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  77. Roderick Moyes

    No, they are not the answer. The cuts proposed by Rand Paul will do nothing more than increase the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots". If you're looking for a way to increase class warfare in America, look no further than the Tea Party.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  78. Cindy

    Perhaps the Tea Party may get attention by wanting to cut spending for programs that do not affect them directly. How about them supporting the cutting of politcian salaries, retirement (even if they run one term) and health benefits they enjoy that are far and above healthcare for the people whose taxes pay the politician life style.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  79. Jim Smith

    Tea Party is too conservative and to extreme in what they want to do. Drastic cuts across the board will do more damage than good. We do need to get things under control but now we have 3 partys all wanting something different and not willing to work together.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  80. Theodore R. Wade Jr.

    The example that you picked out is a perfect example of what is wrong with most of the members of the Tea party. Paul is a taliban mentality lacking the minimum intelligence to run anything successfully. Just last week he dropped a bomb on the public about "life from insemination". History would tell him that that type of mentality is what drove the population from England centuries ago.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  81. KB

    The idea is what is important. Cuts need to be made and we need to get our fiscal house in order. The tea party is the voice for this now, but it should be a call from all politicians.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  82. Kwame

    Where was the tea party when American started two wars with no way to pay for it. I am shocked that Rand Paul only wants to cut $16 billion dollars from defense but $42billion from food stamps. We are in a very high unemployment economy, Americans are struggling to put food on the table. This goes to show how out of touch the tea party is.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  83. Deborah Seibert,. Co

    They could be; but I think the knee jerk reaction from the established parties will keep them from taking tea party cuts seriously. We HAVE to c ut the budget and EVERYTHING needs to be on the table. We do, indeed, need to use the meat ax. If the congress would roll up their sleeves and stop playing politics, we could get this crisis under control. The tea party is NOT the great satan and the sooner they are taken seriously, the better

    January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  84. Julio

    Of course! They are democratic, but conservative constitutionalists. That's exactly what this country was founded in. The media just spends too much time making them look like an ignorant group. The only bad thing about them is Glenn Beck.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  85. Scott C. Schuck

    No. The Tea Party is actually the "answer" to driving us farther apart. And making it less possible to get our spending under control. Divided we fall!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  86. Ben Doublett

    It's a movement that is bringing attention to the federal deficit. Hopefully, the concerns of the Tea Party will be incorporated into our national discourse and pull us toward greater fiscal responsibility, but none of the vapid Tea Party leaders will gain serious power. I shudder to think of the draconian cuts the Tea Party would make given significant power.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  87. NOwen - MN

    The tea party is the last group I would trust to get government spending under control. Why? Because as they have proven what are the fist things to go? Education and anything to do with the arts. Also on there chopping block Department of Energy and Housing and Urban Developement. What is all of this going to do for the contry? Make all of our children stupid enougth to just believe what they are told, take away any possiblity of a child who is not wealthy to study music or art, and force us to depend on oil as our man source of energy. Why do they want this? They want to control the public so they always get there way, they think music and arts, and fill the pockets of all there big oil friends. As someone said the GOP should now stand for Greed over People since they only want to help the wealthy. The Tea Party is the extream of that even if they won't admit it.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  88. Kevin in MIami

    The Tea Party is the answer. Members of both parties have demonstrated time and again that they are far too comfortable spending our money. The only way they will ever change is when they realize that the people have the power to fire them. The President sure sounds a lot more fiscally conservative since the November elections....not a coincidence.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  89. Jim

    Want to cut spending. Why not start with 60,000 men and women in Germany. How about 40,000 men and women in Great Britan. Why is it still necessary for the United States to supply countries around the world with Military protection or is it occupation such as what Rome supplied or the British Empire supplied the world. The time has come to give up the idea that we need to control the world and return to taking care of Americans.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  90. Ken Nebel

    A resounding and unequivocal YES! The "fantasy" we heard from President Obama Tuesday night must be neutralized by the reality of Michele Bachmann's Tea Party response and Paul Ryan's Republican response. We'll NEVER get government spending under control if we don't allow the new Tea Party Congressmen to undo the damage done by the Democrat-controlled Congress of the last two years.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  91. Bob Zembower

    Re hashing long promoted and little enacted cost cutting proposals will not yeild the Tea Party true influence. Still, it is nice to see someone like Rand and Ron Paul address real cuts, that would have real effects, even though the chance of them passing is nil. It would be nice to see them address our oil dependence, lack of import protection, and the other items, besides the deficit, that are inflicting long term damage to our economic future.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  92. Ken Bloomfield

    No, they are happy to supply off the hip proposals, but have not looked at what that would really do. Their approach is a sophomoric feel good spiel, but like a drug addict, you can do a lot of harm by simply prescribing "cold turkey" spending ends. The economic plunge has been fortunately turned around, now it is time to take a careful line by line approach, not the fire axe approach, however appealing that is to the KISS principle advocates.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  93. Bob

    Absolutely not. The Tea Party is not interested in fixing the problems, they only want to take this opportunity to eliminate as much government as possible. Any fool can cut expenses. The secret is to cut expenses and help the country to grow.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  94. Jimmy Kuroiwa

    Jack, the Democrats and President Obama propose cutting spending by $50 billion a year for 10 years, which is a joke and not going to resolve the $14 Billion deficit and the new CBO $1.5 billion deficit facing us in 2011. We have to be "Bold" and the discussion starting with the Tea Party proposals is a great start. At least something is on the table. Let's make it happen, as President Obama wishes.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  95. Wayne from New Brunswick Canada

    What is so hard to figure out? Getting the debt under control requires painful cuts and austerity, AND a value added tax so the rich will pay their fair share. The VAT in Canada is currently %13 (including provincial sales taxes) and is close to %20 in some European countries. I'm not complaining because it helps to pay for that expensive operation I might need before I die. Time to bite the bullet Americans!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  96. John T.

    Absolutely, if not them who will? At this time "We the People" must lift up our voices and demand spending cuts and fiscal responsibility.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  97. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    The Tea Party is NOT the answer. They only want to cut benefits to poor people. If we want to balance the the budget, we should cut the money we give to industries like oil, gas, forestry, and cattle ranching. The government lets axe men clear cut forests for pennies and it allows greedy ranchers use so much public land for cattle grazing that the Bureau of Land Management (or manglement) is running American wild horses off public lands into privately owned corrals (the equivalent of concentration camps) to be fed at taxpayers expense until somebody can change the laws so that they can sell our American wild horses for food. If we want to save money we should disband the BLM and all the other corporate welfare projects.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  98. Renee Peoria,Ill

    It depends on where they take the money from. Money from wars we never should have been fighting – GREAT! But if they take more money from education, or god help them, social systems that are the only thing supporting some people in this country, it could be the death of the tea party. That tax break the Republicans fought so hard to get for the rich should have been the first place to start. Where was the tea party then?

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  99. Linda

    Just as they did on Tuesday night, the Tea Party is diluting the power and the voice of the Republican Party, not unlike Ross Perot did in 1992. It would be far more constructive to offer their suggestions by sponsoring bills and working on the appropriate committees to which they are assigned in the Congress.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  100. Dirk/Phoenix

    Jack, they have no answer ! They only have a big mouth. The only answer the tea party can provide is insanity. Good luck with them ... I'd consider moving.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  101. Joel Patrick

    I'm 71 years old and have been interested in politics my whole life. I'd probably be considered a libertarian conservative. About 15 years ago I noticed that the Republican party has shifted more and more toward Big Government and Big Business. The Dems, of course, are continuing as Big Government and Big Labor special interest devotees.

    The Tea Party seems to this ol' cowboy to be the only group that really means what it says re reducing spending. More and more PROFESSIONAL politicians are corrupt and out of touch.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  102. Roy W. Heflin

    Allowing the Tea Party to handle getting control of goverment spending under control would be about as intelligent as appointing Osama Bin Laden the head of Department of Homeland Security.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  103. Paul

    At least the tea party is willing to make realistic cuts to fix the deficit while the other politicians dance around doing the political 2-step in an effort to seem genuine in offering insignificant cuts to programs which won't upset the electorate. It's time to face the music and fix our spending habits or the US will end up with the likes of Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and other european countries.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  104. Mickie from California

    If Michelle Bachman's speech Tuesday is a measure of Tea Party mental acumen, I'll pass. It is all to easy to construct charts and graphs to support one's opinion and twist facts in the process. Republicans and Democrats both need to regain some control over a realistic government budget that helps grow the economy without catapulting us into another crisis. The Tea Party is a mere distraction.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  105. Gloria

    All of the politicians for the Tea Party ought to get their heads screwed on right. That also includes the people who voted for them. When I listen to Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle and Rand Paul, I wonder are they serious about what they are saying. We should eliminate their salaries like they want to eliminate Social Security, Obamacare, Unemployment benefits and when they can feel what we, the people are feeling, their speeches will be different.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  106. Captain Hindsight

    Shoulda, coulda, woulda... we've been told countless times that if we didn't reign in spending, the day of reckoning would come. Well it's here people and now the days of what shoulda been easy cuts are over. It's gonna take some tough love and tough cuts or the machine will collapse.

    Captain Hindsight out~

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  107. Kevin L NE

    Not "the" answer; but it threatens a lot of thnings that people are use to and need. It's letting those in Washington know that here's a "voice" that's yelling so it needs some attention.
    The answers are already there, but these guys are making the government react. I still don't think they're as strong as advertised and some will fall in line with what the gov will do.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  108. Karen Karchinski

    Jack, I have only one comment – "Extreme". After all, the Tea Partier's are "Extremists". They don't speak for the majority of this country like they would like to think, especially for me. I have been a long time Democrat and for the last 10 years I have not been a member of any Party except to vote for what I think will be good for my country. God Bless our right to think for ourselves thanks to our democracy. Cut our the earmarks!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  109. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Coffee, Tea or me? Hmmmm, I think we the people are more than capable of controling spending.... Coupons help offset the cost though.. Parties should be left to birthdays and Super Bowls

    Postal Joe, Rock Hill , NY

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  110. Steven M. Saks

    The Tea party is a start, but the real answer should come from the American people who fund the government. Shouldn't we be the ones who decide where the money goes and what should be cut? By letting the people talk we may be able to cut government spending and, if it works the way it should, may be able to cut taxes. Less government spending = less taxes.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  111. Jimmy Kuroiwa

    Jack, the Democrats and President Obama propose cutting spending by $50 billion a year for 10 years, which is a joke and not going to resolve the $14 Billion deficit and the new CBO $1.5 billion deficit facing us in 2011. We have to be "Bold" and the discussion starting with the Tea Party proposals is a great start. At least something is on the table. Let's make it happen, as President Obama wishes.

    Jimmy, Honolulu, HI

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  112. Jake Spencer

    If they are willing to cut all those entitlement programs, maybe they should show us they are serious by paying for their own health care like the rest of us do.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  113. alex b.

    Jack. I don't think most Americans even know or care about what the govt spends our tax. Money on. In my opion, the tea party will not change anything.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  114. Jim

    I"m all for cutting spending on education. Who needs a degree to flip hamburgers at Mickey D's or stock shelves at Wal-Mart now that all the good jobs are gone to other countries.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  115. Steven V

    Pensacola, FL, USA

    Jack,
    ...Yes. The people have been begging for a thorough cleansing of the Capitol. Both major parties have been bought time and time and time again. But now, with God's help, We the People will finally begin to see REAL change. Such as more money back in our pockets where it belongs, not in some boardroom/back room bandit's.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  116. Phil, Georgia

    Hope its just not on the backs of poor people. It seems they are always the scape goat for balancing the budget. There is no way we can give tax breaks for the wealthy and then act like there is a crisis and take away from the poor. I just can't see the logic in taking away 42 billion from the poor in food stamps but giving 800 billion to the rich. Where is the morality, conscience, heart and soul in doing something like this.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  117. Rob

    No, the Tea Party has no real interest in America today. Somewhere the idea that America "back then" was better. For, whom? Tea Partiers
    are essentially anarchists. They don't want any government "so-called intrusion" into their lives, don't want to fund anything to protect or improve any other life but their own. Societal responsibility has as much place at the table as personal responsibility.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  118. Lucy

    The Tea Party plan by Rand Paul is certainly better than nothing and nothing is what is happening now. I think it is the answer.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  119. Wingy

    Lets get real! If the Tea Party members were serious about cutting gov't spending they would have turned down the renewed tax cuts which would have saved millions. The Tea Party is looking out for their own selfish interests and not that of the country as a whole.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  120. David, Nova Scotia

    For what it is worth Jack the Tea Party will be DOA once the first budget is tabled coupled with approval of a new $1.5 Trillion debt ceiling that is more than last year proving business as usual.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  121. Dr. Mota

    Jack: Before responding to Dr. Paul's concerns he should answer these two questions:
    1- How come building a necessary bridge or highway (and putting people to work) has become a bad thing called "big government intervention"?
    2- Why he does not ask his millionaires patrons their reasons for not creating new jobs despite having huge amount of money sleeping in the banks?
    I wish Dr. Paul and the other Tea Partiers will consider the possibility of accepting that a President of mixed ethnicity can have two periods if he does a good job.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  122. Ernest

    Possibly, but why are we always willing to make poor people suffer in order to blance the budget? The first thing we should do is raise taxes on the rich. That will never happen though, because those very same tea partyers belive that giving the rich more money is in the national best interest. It doesnt matter that thier share of the national wealth has sky rocketed since the so called Reagn revolution. Cuts alone wont fix the problem. Until we can have an honest conversation about all the solutions I fear for the once proud country that I love.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  123. Birddog in Mississippi

    Have you noticed that the Tea Party people are idiots? Sorry to not be civil, but ask an economist – cutting spending right now will result in slowing economic growth. That means bigger deficits – not smaller – deficits and greater unemployment. Spend the money, but spend it intelligently. That means ranking it according to what will produce the most economic growth and forgetting completely about ideology or who 'deserves' what.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  124. Patricia/Georgia

    No they are not unless you want a coupon to get health insurance like Mr.Ryan wants. Imagine any insurance company covering anyone over fifty with any kind of conditions. Furthermore Michell bACHMAN should never have been allowed to speak...her comments had nothing to do withe the speech ,,it was jut another opportunity for her to bash this president and give her craziology.When she gets her facts straight about slavlery and the president and there is no other perso in the world...then she can speak

    January 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  125. Jacqueline Robinson

    The deficit following WWII was as large as it is today – and the population of the U.S. was half as big. How did we handle that "crisis"? We taxed those who could most afford it. The Tea Party is a joke, and I am tired of hearing about them on CNN.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  126. Alex in Wisconsin

    All the Tea Party is good for is the 10% of the budget that affects the highest number of people. when crunch time came last December, they sided with the Republicans in pushing Tax Cuts for millionaires. They will do it again and completely offset any savings with the reduction in income. The Tea Party plan will leave thousands of federal workers without jobs and the unemployment will skyrocket. The economy will sputter, the debt will continue to grow, and after doing their damage, they will blame the Democrats because the record low taxes weren't low enough.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  127. Faye Shearer

    Rand Paul is the extreme of all extremist. I have listened to his opinions regarding moving more of the Government control and responsibilties back to the State level however, most States are nearly bankrupt and have serious financial problems. He wants to cut spending back to the 2008 level. It was in 2008 that we faced the worst financial meltdown since the depression. The only thing that I do agree with him was when he said We need to stop foreign aid. If we have to borrow in order to send foreign aid, then no, it makes no sense.
    I believe that the Tea Party will go the way of the John Birch Society.
    The sooner the better.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  128. terrie from tallahassee

    The tea party is the shield behind which right wing conservatives seek to promote their reactionery solutions to 21st century problems.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  129. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Removing Saddam Hussein was suppose to be the answer to his control over Iraq and we all know what happened thereafter. I look at this Tea Party and their so-called rules for government as an overthrow of the government under the guise of controlling spending.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  130. Ralph Spyer

    Thank heavens we don't get all the government we pay for"so said Will Rogers but on the other hand the government must be the trustee for the little man because no one else will be. the powerful can usually help themselves and frequently do.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  131. Karl in Mich

    We can hope, but my question here is what specifically are they cutting from these departments? Be careful what you wish for. It’s more complicated than just cutting your kid’s allowance by $5.00. What specific services will be reduced or eliminated? Who isn’t going to get their abundance of pork from Uncle Sam this year or next or forever? We all depend on some form of government services and I doubt many realizes what affect it will have on their way of life, particularly those that don’t realize what assumed services they will be giving up to accomplish it. Remember, if you’re going to kill the cow, you better be ready to give up milk. Talk is cheap and I don’t think Americans are ready.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  132. grant marcus

    Jack:
    The Tea Party is just a faction of the most conservative elements
    of the Republican Party. They are funded by Freedom Works &
    Dick Armey, that is also of the Republican Party. If it acts Republican
    and its money is Republican, it will quack Republican, and can
    only echo Republican solutions to our fiscal crisis, which
    translates to more money for war, bailouts to banks, Wall street
    and the rich, deregulating these despots that caused the problem in the first plance, and in the end, giving less to poor and middleclass
    Americans. If these are solutions, I got a bridge to sell you.
    grant in Ventura California.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  133. MaryAnne Dease

    A resounding NO to the Tea Party's solutions to reduce the debt. The politicians ought to be made to live on food stamps as their only resource for food. Then we'll see how much they want to cut. A lot of children receive food due to food stamps because their parents can't do for them due to poor health, no job, etc. And cutting all their proposals makes me want to go to the bathroom and stick my finger down my throat.

    MaryAnne, Richmond, VA

    January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  134. Patrick Kimbrough

    Again the tea party was a protest to go against a certain governemt. We are not perfect in with dealing with our budget. Like a youth with a pocket full of money we have been spending it unwisely. But cutting functions that are there to give America a chance to make something of themselves is wrong. Hud is placed to help the people who fall on hard times. That and other system where put in place to help the American that wants to excell in life. Not for the patronage that abuses it. But what if the tea party member becomes the individual that needs that exact service? What will happen if they become one of the common folk that lost their homes and jobs? What can be the solution is the continuing of cruncing the numbers until we get it right. For all the termoil going on around the world. Can we afford a revolution ourselves. People are so quick to over throw governments. That it leaves gaps for the wrong individuals to rise and rule. We have been luck to avoid that. But we can set an example to prevent it from ever happening to our country. And others too. Cuting vital functions that was put in place to protect people is wrong. Finding the right means to live by is. We became the quick right scam artist by pursuing that goal in life than doing it legally. Lets find our way back to the path that made us strong.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  135. Dave in Ottawa

    Nothing wrong with wanting to lower the deficit, but it takes planning and careful cutting, not a machete. Like Michele Bachman's altered history, the contributions by the forefunners of the Tea Party so far have been noisy enough to be noteworthy. They just have too often not been able to withstand scrutiny.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  136. Mike, Seattle

    Great idea! Let's just do away with the federal government altogether.
    Let the drug industry, the food industry, , the airline industry, the investment banks, etc just regulate themselves. We don't need to worry about dangerous or ineffective medication, safe, nontoxic foods, unsafe air travel, an unstable financial system or anything else.
    Why not just sell the federal government off to private industry and let the corporations run the entire country. Then we wouldn't have to think about all those dangers anymore. We could just all play video games, watch TV and not let reality intrude on our existence. That's what the founding fathers would have wanted, right?

    January 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  137. Joseph Rodrigues

    Republicans and Democrats seem impotent to tame the deficit and get the national house in order. The only alternative is for the common people to force them to do what they should do anyway. If sensible, moderate politicians, are too timid to tackle the financial problems confronting the nation, perhaps it is time for the Tea Party to lead the way.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  138. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I don't think they can be overlooked. The Tea Party is a populist movement of varying backgrounds that stand for a common cause, which is returning this country to the founding principles that made America exceptional. A federal government that largely stays out of people's lives rather than intrudes on every aspect "for our own good" . It's got to get away from printing money and stuffing it into the bank accounts of the labor unions. This is a path to ruin. If you listened to the SOTU closely you heard more of the same. Sure there was a nod to controlling spending and cutting costs, but I also heard "investment" many more times. Investment is a fancy way of saying spending. "Infrastructure" means overpaying unions to build things, so they can vote correctly in 2012. Less government is the key to success not more bureaucracy.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  139. David, Nova Scotia

    All but one Tea Party members and all new Republicans jumped in head first on the governments health care system which is paid for by taxpayers .... So much reform!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  140. Wayne from Houston

    I can only hope the idea of the tea party's goal to reign in spending is the same goal of both the democrats and the republicans. What is a shame is going to be the way it is done. The recent compromise that extended all tax cuts is a good example of what we can expect. In order for the needy and poor to get thrown a bone, first and foremost, those who have everything must be given even more or there will be no deal, no compromise.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  141. Name*eric

    For a party whose members are over 90% Christian, they sure don't seem to follow the teaching of Christ who says we should help our fellow man. Let's take money from food stamps and housing and urban development, and social security, programs which help the less fortunate while keeping tax cuts which benefit people and corporations that neither need nor deserve these breaks. Have they no empathy?

    January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  142. TOM (INDIANA)

    The tea party needs to make sure that corporations pay their fair share of taxes .Tea party is not a third party when they republican right think tankers that are giving the big corporations more power by using the so called Tea Party movement.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  143. Alvin

    I don't really think so. The "T-Party" will be a scapegoat. Sort of the "scooby-doo" ending, if you will. The repulicans and democrats will say, "If it hadn't been for those metalling kids, we could of got spending under control."

    January 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  144. Sally in Texas

    Your question assumes that we should cut spending. We shouldn't. Your question assumes that the Tea Party is comprised of intelligent beings, it's not. We should adjust our spending, but not cut it. Once the economy is growing at a healthy clip, we can tackle the deficit – which will be less once the economy IS growing at a healthy clip.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  145. Jim Hines, New York by way of SC

    The last time I voted Dem. was for JFK. I am a man who says what he means and lives by what he says and I thought that Obomea was too. The first bill he signed, were he left the pork and didnt go line by line and eliminate it told me he was no better then the rest of the Polititians who Lie Cheat and Steal from the american public. The Tea Party is our only hope to due away with corruption in our Polititions. The Tea parrty needs to establish a web were a person can find the truth on who is voting for what and were each potitition stands. Then when it comes time for reelection we will know who to put in the trash can. We also need trem limits on Congree and the Senate.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  146. alex

    The tea party people are helping. A balance
    between spending reform and maintaining jobs is most important.
    People need jobs; but at the same time we need checks and balances on our goverenment. I think jobs are the most important.
    But grass root peoploe concerned about our kids and grandkids are also needed

    January 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  147. Dick B

    Excuse me! Government spending is under control. The problem lies with a private sector that cannot create jobs when the people are giving them money at near zero percent interest rates. What is the private sector doing with our free money? Well, they are creating jobs and building factories overseas. Our government is trying to get us back on track but our richest 1% refuses to cooperate. As I see it, the tea baggers are part of the problem not the solution.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  148. Marilyn from Ohio

    Most of them appear to be just a bunch of people with low intellect who yell just to get themselves noticed; therefore, no, they aren't the answer to our problem – they are part of the problem.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  149. fyfy, Mesquite, Tx.

    Tea Party the answer ? no. Politicians are the same everywhere, they tell you what you want to hear just to get your vote and when the election is over they go back to the old ways, at least Dems are better, they care for the middle class and President Obama is doing a good job, give him a chance people he's only been there for 2 years.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  150. John in Canada

    Is Rand Paul insane?
    The members of Congress should take a pay cut to reduce government spending. They should repeal their own health care. There is no way that they should cut spending for education, FDA and housing. Rand Paul was against earmarks before he was elected and now he is for the earmarks.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  151. lynnej in north carolina

    It is alright and over due to cut some of the spending that goes on in DC. Honestly, I'd start with their salaries, pensions and government benefits. But the problem with the Tea Party is that when it comes to people of color, even though they have a few puppets among them, their track record with race relations leaves one thoroughly disgusted and mistrustful of their motives. Anyone that will go along with the likes of Palin, Bachmann, Beck among others aren't good for the country.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  152. John, Fort Collins, CO

    It is difficult for me to accept the fiscal message of the Tea Party as something serious when they dress like circus clowns who ignore personal hygene. As bad as Sarah Palin can be at times when it comes to low class, by comparison, the Tea Party people make her look like British Aristocracy.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  153. Ed

    Yeah,Jack I do believe that the Tea Party will be every bit as successful as the previous saviors on government size and spending. Reagan,Bush1,Bush 2. They were serving up the same stuff as far as 30 years ago. Why should we expect this crew to be any different. C'mon get real. Remember what Bush 2 said fool me once shame on you fool me twice... duuuhhhh... you cant get fooled again.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  154. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I thought all you people believed Obama had the answer. I've noticed he has kept the scalpel, which he talked about in every Presidential debate, sheathed for 2 years. What's worse he has contributed to the out of control deficit by creating a bigger reliance on Medicare. And what's his record on keeping the promise to veto any bill that has pork in it? The bills he has signed have more spending in the terms of earmarks than he has ever proposed in cutting. Maybe a few more people should stop listening to the ringmaster and start looking for real solutions. I like all Rand Paul's ideas. HUD, the DOE, NEA, and department of Education are great places to start. Nobody will miss them.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  155. John Stevens

    The Tea Party is the answer to nothing, as long as they keep proposing non-starters like cutting $500 billion in one year. Even an unapologetic liberal like myself sees the necessity for moves to reduce government waste and bring spending under control. But instead of throwing the baby out with the bath water (and millions of government workers onto the street), let's talk about real solutions based on rational analysis, not Tea Party anger. The proper role of government is the protection and empowerment of citizens – if it's not working, it needs to be fixed. Destroying it works against our common aims.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  156. John

    The answer is emphatically yes. A third party is essential; whether it is the tea party or some other named party. It is amazing that some think all government spending is essential to our economy. One could probalby safely assume 20% of our government spending is wasteful spending – in departments that spend recklessly only becasue their own fear that if they do not spend that department will get less of an allowance the following year. So, yes cut 20% off most departments and lets see how it works out. Run the government like they have told GM and Chrysler to run their business....

    January 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  157. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I don't think so, first and most important to getting any spending under control is passing a law that does away with lobbyist totally. Until members of congress don't have some jerk stuffing money in their pockets the spending will just keep on and on without any hope of it ever being under control.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  158. Steven in Denver

    Although Rand Paul makes mention of token defense cuts, the tea party "hits" are mostly social programs. It is preposterous for those who insisted on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the ultra-rich to complain now about budget deficits. No one feels as "entitled" as the richest 5 per cent of Americans. Their protests are as hollow-sounding as when "pro-lifers" promote wars that kill tnhousands of women, children, and babies.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  159. chris from indiana

    Jack, the godfather of the tea party! Ron paul is who this country needs! Run ron run!

    January 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  160. Ruben, Charlotte NC

    Yes !!! What ever happen to "Dont ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" Is that just another leftist sound bite?

    January 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  161. Ms. Renee

    No way. We can not trust the tea party. They will only want to cut programs from the government that help middle class and lower income people. They would rather cut these programs than cut defense or tax breaks for the rich. They don't care nothing about us. The tea party needs to know that we have to take care of each other and each other is not only for the rich. This is very scary. I am seeing a trend that is taking us backwards than forward. When you have someone like Michelle Bachmann from the tea party talking like there was no slavery in our history, I'm just wondering if the tea party are really for the people and us moving to be a great country.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm |