Yesterday Thomas Hurt ( Washington Times ) answered what impact the TEA Party would have on the upcoming elections. Mr. Hurt was not denigrating us when he referred to the movement as the “Rodney Dangerfield” of politics. He was making the point that in spite of the number that identify themselves as supporters of the TEA Party the republican party establishment still does not show us much respect. What do we do about it ?
We need an effective strategy . More are coming around to recognizing we must take the fight to the party establishment if we are to capitalize on our momentum and numbers. We will lose the very momentum should we continue to wait.
Last week frustration surfaced with many of the republican freshmen elected in 2010 ( with our support ) who supported the debt ceiling increase . These tepid freshmen argued they couldn’t shut the government down, soldiers wouldn’t be paid, citizens wouldn’t get their Social Security checks, etc,.
These fears are not true. Government has adequate funds to continue paying priority items such as military and social security. I wonder what these same freshmen’s response would be if someone asked them what are we going to do when another ratings downgrade of Treasuries occur or when interest rates spike at the first unsubscribed Treasury auction ? What is their plan when interest costs of servicing this debt swallows us ?
Crisis requires action. Another example of feckless cowards who shun bucking party leadership, who’s only interest is in retaining power.
If republicans know there will be consequences , they will act. Until then they kick the can down the road, at our nations peril, and we remain the “Rodney Dangerfield” of American politics.