Tea Party group forms its own 'super committee'
September 21st, 2011
11:06 AM ET
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Tea Party group forms its own 'super committee'

Washington (CNN) - As the congressional "super committee" works in Washington to cut America's federal debt, a panel of tea party activists will meet at a Denny's restaurant in Orlando to propose their own debt solutions.

The gathering, convened by the large conservative political group FreedomWorks, will meet Sept. 23, coinciding with the Florida Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual meeting of right-leaning politicians.

"FreedomWorks believes that President Obama's 'super-committee' will inevitably fall prey to special interest groups, shutting American taxpayers out of the discussion on how to reduce spending and balance the budget," FreedomWorks said in a statement. "The Tea Party Debt Commission was created to give the American people a platform to be heard, and to propose specific cuts to the federal budget."

The congressional "super committee" – officially known as The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – is comprised of twelve senators and congressmen from both parties who are charged with cutting projected deficits by trillions of dollars.

The FreedomWorks group has laid out a specific set of goals for its own plan.

"The committee's goal is to create a budget plan that balances the federal budget within 10 years; reduces federal spending to 18 percent of GDP; reduces the national debt to no more than 66 percent of GDP; reduces federal spending by at least $9 trillion over 10 years (including $300 billion in the first year); and does not raise taxes," the group said in their statement.

FreedomWorks will also announce the formation of a SuperPAC in Orlando, timed to coincide with the Florida CPAC. The new group, called FreedomWorks for America, will donate money directly to candidates to support voter outreach efforts.

"FreedomWorks for America aims to empower the leaderless, decentralized community of the tea party movement as it continues its hostile takeover of the GOP establishment," the group said a statement announcing the new organization.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Yellowdog

    "and does not raise taxes"

    Boom. That says it all. Wake Up! Taxes can not stay the way they are, especialy for the upper income and especially for Capital Gains. The Bush Tax Cuts were enacted when we had a SURPLUS!!! That surplus (thanks to GOP) is now gone. So the logical thing to do is ROLL BACK the Bush tax cuts to a rate that gave us the SURPLUS!

    Doesn't that make sense? We had tax rates that were fair and gave the US a surplus, then Bush came along cut those rates, we grew a deficeit, and now we just go back to the rates that gaves us the surplus.

    DUH!

    September 21, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Chas in Iowa

    This ought to make good reading.
    The panel is going to have to get down to specifics.
    The Tea Party to this point talks in vast generalities and rhetoric.

    September 21, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Denny's? hahahahaha...oh boy...the hallowed halls of history hath been chosen...

    September 21, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    meet at a Denny's resturant!!! ROTFLMAO Nothing else need be said.

    September 21, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. desi

    looks like unemployed people will get free food in Denny's, probably sponsored by Koch brothers

    September 21, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. maf

    Maybe the TeaParty needs to just become it's own entity. Split the GOP vote, probably, but that would be the result of some really poor decision making on behalf of the Republicans who control the party. The TeaParty is so intent on bringing their agenda to the forefront, then bring it and see how shortsighted it is in relation to the real workings of a government and a country. It should only take a couple of elections before they get voted into obscurity. Maybe by then, the economy will have picked back up again, and the unemployment rate will be lower and it will have had NOTHING to do with the TeaParty!!

    One can only hope!!!

    September 21, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Jimm

    I guess Freedomworks does not realize that they are also a special interest?

    September 21, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. CAL USA

    Right! The economic wizards who were in favor of national default, who have no concept of what the government actually spends on anything and who elect congressmen who don't pay child support are going to chart the course for our economy. We need that document urgently, so that we can save the country.

    September 21, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "FreedomWorks for America aims to empower the leaderless, decentralized community of the tea party movement as it continues its hostile takeover of the GOP establishment," the group said a statement announcing the new organization."

    Dick Armey is going to continue his "hostile takeover of the GOP establishment" from Denny's, huh? Impressive.

    September 21, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. AK_steve

    I know where the tea party can find a successful model for reducing the budget and creating a surplus...

    Bill Clinton did in the 90's!
    And ironically, the tea-parties golden boy George "W", blew the whole thing and put us into a record recession.

    September 21, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Sniffit

    And given their demographic makeup, I'm willing to be they'll all be there for the early bird special.

    September 21, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. tinraleigh

    "hostile takeover of the GOP establishment" well at least now we know their real motives

    September 21, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. The Shepard

    "FreedomWorks believes that President Obama's 'super-committee' will inevitably fall prey to special interest groups, shutting American taxpayers out of the discussion on how to reduce spending and balance the budget,"

    Um, this Tea Party thing is looking more and more better to me. As a taxpayer, I'm really concerned about this government and I mean both parties. All you people against the Tea Party, must be delusional in thinking that things are going great and this two party government can solve things. Wake up Sheeples! We need someone that represents the middle class taxpayer!

    September 21, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Freedom workers arrived too late if we would have these proposal 8 years back we would have save lot

    September 21, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Yellowdog

    Uh Shepard, the Tea Party is the problem. The whole rant you just made about the two party system, the TP is just the GOP. So exactl what the hell are you talking about?

    September 21, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Bill from GA

    Most of us 'Baby Boomers' endured higher tax rates for over 30 years of our working lives.We didn't always like what the taxes were spent on, but accepted it as part of the UNITED STATES of America. Now, so that future generations can 'keep more of THEIR' money', huge cuts to government services, not only retirement-related but also maintenance of our deteriorating infrastructure, will be necessary, so that a group misled by rich anti-American businessmen can make the Federal Government irrelevant.

    Return to the Clinton-era tax code, FOR ALL, and let's keep America GREAT.

    September 21, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    Yellowdog

    "and does not raise taxes"
    Boom. That says it all. Wake Up! Taxes can not stay the way they are, especialy for the upper income and especially for Capital Gains.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    As it turns out, the upper income groups actually do pay much more as a percentage of their income than middle income Americans. The Obama version is incorrect according to actual IRS collections data. I do not know how he intends to respond to the facts when it comes to debate time and he has to answer to the data. This will be difficult to spin away.

    But you do understand that Warren Buffet is not your normal millionaire, right? He is in fact the second wealthiest American alive. For Obama to base a country of 350 million people's tax code on the second wealthiest one of them's situation, it seems a little bizarre, doesn't it? ( ...not if enough of them believe him!)

    September 21, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We need someone that represents the middle class taxpayer!"

    Who are you suggesting? Dick Armey? Karl Rove? The Koch Billionaires? Grover Norquist? Just your everyday middle class American taxpayers ... each of them.

    September 21, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. don

    WOW this ought to be classy

    September 21, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. fayse

    The tea party group are bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers. in NO way do they represent the middle class or the poor. How can anyone support this group of heartless morons? Duriing the tea party Debate the question was asked of Ron Paul, So if a man cannot afford his own medical care should he be left to die? tea party Members in the audience shouted out "Yes, let him die". Is this the best that America has to offer? In my opinion, that sound bite should be played over and over again every day.

    September 21, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Chuck

    Typical tea party. They weren't inviited, so the response is "Oh yeah, your club is for losers anyway, our club will be more superer! Nyeah nyeah!"

    Our so-called Productive Class believes in government by tantrum.

    September 21, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. S1N

    Yellowdog – You need to clarify your (hopefully unintentionally) misleading claims about a surplus. The "surplus" was an annual surplus. That means that the nation still had an overall deficit, but we were able to make payments towards it due to surplus revenue from annual budgets. The nation has not been completely deficit free since the Andrew Jackson presidency.

    September 21, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. rs

    A Tea Party super committee? Won't it just be more Republicans? Will they get exclusive brown shirts?

    Look guys, here it is straight- you gave the rich and super rich 10 really good years of tax breaks. You (maybe) meant well, but you bankrupted the country, and destroyed the middle class (middle class genocide?). Now the U.S. needs the financial help of all those who benefitted from federal largesse regarding their taxes. After all, we wouldn't be much of a country if after letting you guys wreck the economy, make the greatest number of millionaires and billionaires ever in our history, and racking up 2 years of record corporate profits that we let you force the repayment plan for all this debt on to the backs of our children, the poor, the sick or the elderly. It just isn't right. It just isn't human. It just isn't Christian.
    Thanks for playing....

    September 21, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    "FreedomWorks believes that President Obama's 'super-committee' will inevitably fall prey to special interest groups, shutting American taxpayers out of the discussion on how to reduce spending and balance the budget," FreedomWorks said in a statement.
    -------------
    That statement is coming from a group that is funded by GOD knows who, which *does* *not* represent the interests of the majority of the American people.

    Money is becoming scarce. The less the government spends over there, the more there is to spend over here where it can fall into my pocket. You see?

    September 21, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Laverne

    Meeting at Denny's, well of course and i am sure there will be free all you can eat pancakes for all! What a perfect match Denny's and the tea party, that says it all!

    September 21, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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