Tea Party: Bring on a government shutdown
April 6th, 2011
02:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Tea Party: Bring on a government shutdown

Washington (CNN) - To the Tea Party movement that helped fuel Republican electoral success last November, a promise is a promise.

So when it became clear last month that House Speaker John Boehner, a conservative GOP hero, was willing to accept far smaller spending cuts for the rest of the current fiscal year than what Republicans pledged in the 2010 election campaign, the Tea Party reaction was both swift and decisive.

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  1. NoLoonsonmyTV

    YES, cut all funding to the disabled, families of vets overseas & the elderly. The tea party is full of freakin morons.

    April 6, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. California Conservative

    Not cutting the budget isn't in the democrats well, budget.

    If they had it their way they would spend at least another $1 trillion.

    April 6, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Obama 2012

    I can't wait to see what they have to say when the Republicans compromise. Such a lack of basic understanding of pretty much everything.

    April 6, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Annie

    Actually, CNN... the Democrats controlled the White House, the Senate, AND the House....and didn't pass a 2011 budget. They've been planning this. You're just following the Democrats lead in blaming freedom loving Americans...for having the AUDACITY to want a Constitutional government...not one that invades every aspect of their lives. Communists.

    April 6, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. one voice

    Historians will do a SMACK DOWN on the Corporate driven Teaparty. The biggest fools are the CLOWNS that believe the bumper sticker slogans and repeat them over and over. Voting against your own best interest is also affecting Me, WAKE UP.

    April 6, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Yeah, but Obama and Reid are saying, " Bring it on.", too! They would rather see the government shut down than run it with the slight reduction in spending proposed by the Republicans. The extra money Obama is demanding in the budget is borrowed money...adding to the debt. Really?

    April 6, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. rs

    The Republican/Tea Party will never be suited to run government util it figures out that it isn't which party that "wins" or "loses" in a shutdown, but rather, what laws, and budget activities are best for the majority of Americans. This gamesmanship, that permits them to bully for yeat another tax cut for the rich, and then the call to clean-up the defict (off the backs of the poor and middle classes) essentially means that the Republican/Tea Party is trying to rule, based on the support of the wealthy only. That ain't gonna work.

    April 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Bessy

    Well, if it does shut down we know who to blame. I just hope that people remember who caused all of the heartache that will be involved. It seems that people in America have a hard time remembering who caused them grief.
    Me, I'll NEVER forget what George Bush and Cheney did to my country and me personally. If I forgot that, then I haven't learned a thing.

    April 6, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. one voice

    The average I.Q. of that crowd is 10

    April 6, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. juliei4

    These people know nothing about the economy of the country and this is who is calling the shots for the GOP in congress. There is only one group who is calling for a shutdown and thinks that is a good idea and that is the Tea Party and that is who the GOP is listening to. So whose fault will a shutdown be. The GOP all the way.

    April 6, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. No tea, coffee only

    Just sums up why their favorability ratings are in the toilet, hoping for a shutdown. By the way CNN, make sure to note that this fake party is nothing more than a Dick Armey, Koch Bros, and Karl TurdBlossom Rove production.

    April 6, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. CNN The Masters of Spin

    CNN is truly the Masters of Spin.....this story is slanted and biased and is only being drug out of the history pages now to support the DEMS.....Hang in there Tea Party (which is a movement and not a "party or group per say") we the American people say "shut her down" the Dems think and are trying awfully hard to place blame on the GOP but people are too smart and informed to fall for another Obambi/Pelosi/Reed/Schumer spin again......this time it WILL backfire! People want the reckless and silly spending to STOP more than preventing a shutdown!

    April 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. terry,va

    While Obummie travels around the country talking about anything but getting a budget and/or hiding under his desk while the country crumbles with inflation, the repubs are mounting an attack to drag the fool to the issues kicking and screaming. Time to abandon your welfare/socialists policies Obummie. Buy some gas or groceries Obummie and tell us all is good.

    April 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. maf

    So, how much more money does the Tea Party want to waste by forcing a government shutdown??
    The drastic budget cuts they are pushing for will drive unemployment numbers up. There is no easy answer here!
    Compromise has to be the order of the day and I'm not sure these two parties are able to put bi-partisanship as a priority.
    For the GObP to kowtow to the Tea Party would be a back stepping mistake!

    April 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    The guy in the upper center of the photo looks familiar ... talking head of some sort, I suspect. At any rate, wonder how these 60somethings are going to feel when it finally sinks into their thick skulls that Paul Ryan is actually planing to try and take away many of their current entitlements, cutting into that self serving *I got mine, screw you* mentality they so enjoy flaunting. We all know the type, each of us having at least one or two of these *seniors* in our own families. God how the GOPers love to use and abuse even the most vulnerable of us.

    April 6, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. gt

    gulp.... oh well ... maybe there right...shut if down ... it may be like quiting smoking .. hard at first , but good for you...

    April 6, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    These are the heartless morons screaming "cut it or shut it." I wonder how they'll feel when their parents and grandparents don't receive their SSI check. Or when they don't get their paycheck. The blame game is over. We know which party wants a shutdown and which one doesn't.

    April 6, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Don't be mislead. The Tea Party is the GOP. It is an coalition of the most conservative elements of the GOP, not the independent grass-roots movement that it claims to be. The original TP group shares office space, or used to, at RNC headquarters.

    "This is not a budget, this is a cause." Those are the chlling words of the Rep. Paul Ryan, who just rolled his presciption to further his ideological cause. You know, for people who complain about blah-blah taking control of the country, they have no shame in admitting to do exactly that themselves.

    It is next to impossible to stop a terrorists fully committed to acts of terrorism. It is easier to stop a runaway train than it is to stop a mad man. With these most recent remarks ( from Congressional members no less, not just talking heads on the sidelines ) it would appear that a government shutdown is inevitable.

    Such a shutdown would meet their ideological goals destroying a presidency by leaving a stain on Obama's first term. The tremors from a shutdown will slow the global economy, not just the US economy. All of which will be derided as proof of failure on the part of Obama.

    These ideo-illogicals are willing to bring it all down, to run the risk of irrevocable damage, just to prove a point. "You cannot stop me even if you tried." If their purpose is to willfully commit the unthinkable and shut down the government then they should be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law for treason, high crimes, and misdemeanors.

    April 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Mikey

    This group of mostly old, white, selfish, fearful folks are going to have a terrible impact on the future of our contry if we don't stand up and oppose them. The only legimitate point I have heard out of them is that we spend too much money. Point taken and agreed. On almost everything else they range from misguided to outright dangerously wrong.

    I wonder what they think about the new GOP plan to gut Medicare. They went crazy when the health care law proposed to cut 1/4 the amount by going after fraud and abuse. And I can wait for the inevitable GOP plan to gut Social Security. You have to wonder if the Tea Party will figure it out then. Perhaps – then again... to quote Forrest Gump "Stupid is as stupid does."

    April 6, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Mason

    Shut it down. This is not 1995 and the GOP does not look arrogant like Gingrich did back then. We did not even get a budget out of Pelosi and the Dems in 2009. There has been not counter budget to Ryans for this year other than Obama's pathetic loser attempt which is hardly surprising based on his junior league showing at President.

    April 6, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Marry

    Oh yes, the GOP/TP are soooooo responsible! And soooooo smart! Oh God, what a pest on the US! Just hope the voters remember what they are all about: A lot of BS!

    April 6, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    Please, please, please cut Social Security. I am tired of having my hard earned pay going to support these white old buffoons.

    April 6, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Don

    We the people need to wake up before the T-Party sinks the ship. Everyone seems to think the these morons have original ideas and really give a rats arse about this country. WRONG. They are about the business of dismantling the Government.
    There Financial Backer The Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdock want to re create the Government so it serves their interests.

    April 6, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Biggge

    This is crazy, do this people understand the Military will not get paid also.. So men and woman who serve there Counrty will not get paid and the Tea Party is happy... Outragous... John Boehner should represent all Americans, not just tea people..Grow a pair.....

    April 6, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Abe

    Mr. Boehner is Hose Speaker but now a day's he is running scared and is being bullied by the Tea Party to make concessions in the budget fight. It shows Mr. Boehner is working hard to satisfy the Tea Party members than the president and the people of these country. I have not seen the Republican party run for cover forced by a new grass roots elected members that are forging to get what they need irregardless who is the leader of there party/ president of our country. To me these is a party of destruction. I am a democrat ,but I still support a good budget to come out of negotiations and not be afraid of a party that has come to Washington promising change. MR. Boehner do what is good for the country and if the Tea Party is gunning for your position do what you were elected for ,serve the people of your country. These is a party thay says "Do what I say" or else you will be a target in the next election. We cannot run a government people running scared from a party that was created from a whole bunch of people who do not understand politics, don't have past political experience and very nieve when it comes to world politics. To mention some Sara who, Ryan who and Ron who etc. I one thing to say to the Tea Party members. Act like an American.

    April 6, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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