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Here Comes the Tea Party Caucus

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Posted on Jul 20, 2010
Michelle Bachmann
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The newly hatched tea party caucus in the House of Representatives, for which we all have Rep. Michele Bachmann to thank, is sure to be a source of curiosity for many—and derision for others. Haters can hate, but this won’t be a coalition of one, as Bachmann already had another recruit by Tuesday.  —KA

The Huffington Post:

And now, it seems that Bachmann’s Tea Party caucus dream has become a reality. “Just got word that the Committee on House Administration officially approved the House Tea Party Caucus,” said the conservative congresswoman in a tweet on Monday afternoon.

Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence became the first House member to signal his intention to join Bachmann’s newly-created caucus.

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By diamond, July 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

Don’t you mean, here comes the tea party circus?

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By Hulk2008, July 21, 2010 at 8:43 am Link to this comment

Tea Party Caucus = Tempest In A Tea Pot

Craven politicians will align themselves with ANYthing that garners votes. 

Most politicians actively work in and for the Money Party Caucus.

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By domino, July 21, 2010 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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About time thank you Michelle and millions of others. I love the Tea Party Caucus.

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By rollzone, July 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

hello. the Tea Party, although too weak for some, has
scared both parties to the bone. the fact is that
only 20% of registered voters came out for elections;
and 30% of registered voters {(which now stand
shoulder to shoulder in the Tea Party)a 50% awakening
turnout is possible]: could defeat either party two-
to-one. the Republicants want desperately to absorb
the third party, and not allow the Tea Party to flex
its strength, and abolish special interest lobbying;
and reckless and unaccountable spending; and over
taxation and regulation; and government takeover; and
restore individual rights and democratic republican
government. so it squeals that the system will not
support a third party. the system DOES support a
third party, and the third party is needed to clean
out the other two. Mr. Perot could not do it, but he
illustrated it can be done; and third parties have
won. the Tea Party may well do it again, and we will
have a Tea Party President!

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By gerard, July 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment

Where’s the Progressive Caucus to support ending the war in Afghanistan, taking government out of the hands of corporations, passing a viable universal health plan, improving public education, regulating Wall Street and corporate bandits, cleaning up the world enviroment and working to feed the starving and save the world’s water supply?  Ho, hum!

Like there’s nothing we can do???
And furthermore, there are a lot more of us than of them.  What are we waiting for?

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By Dwight Fry, July 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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Will members of the Tea Party caucus endure a form of McCarthyism?

I sure hope so.

Notice how Ms. Bachmann did not thank the Democrats for even allowing them to be a registered caucus.  Such arrogance…

The Tea Party should be outlawed and its members tried for treason.  I take that back.  There should not even be a trial for them.  Instead, they should be flown to any one of the secret prisons that the Bush administration built to be locked up for the rest of their lives.

It is fascinating how tea partiers are so pro-USA Constitution - provided that they are not in power, of course.  Tea partiers were completely fine with how the Bush Administration violated the US Constitution.  They were fine with the Patriot Act.  They were fine with the USA borrowing money to wage war on Iraq and Afghanistan in order to satisfy their desires for scapegoating and misguided revenge. Any tea partier who says otherwise on all of these counts are lying - which is not a Christian activity.  Well, at least lying is not supposed to be.  grin

“Small government” huh?  Yeah except when it comes to marriage and state disobedience of Federal law.  Ok?

“Government spends too much money” huh?  Yeah except for the Pentagon.  Right?  After all, the sky is the limit in funding this and tea partiers are completely ok with current Pentagon funding - as are most conservatives.  To a tea partier, everything else should be slashed in funding - even garbage collecting, infrastructure and yes education. 

I don’t believe for one second that there are left-wing ideologues as members.  Even if there were, clearly the vast majority are right-wing individuals who vote for the GOP - or don’t even vote for that matter.

I hope I am clear on my opinions regarding tea party members.

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