Tea party ups ante on super committee
November 17th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
6 years ago

Tea party ups ante on super committee

(CNN) - Members of the tea party movement are offering their response to the deficit reduction super committee in the form of proposed cuts and a committee hearing Thursday.

Elected officials will join over 200 tea party leaders from across the country for the "Tea Party Debt Commission joint hearing" to discuss spending cuts proposed by conservative activists, according to the grassroots FreedomWorks.

Their plan, which FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey said was already scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, balances the federal budget in four years and cuts spending by $9.7 trillion through a repeal of health care reform, eliminating or reducing federal agencies, ending student loans and cuts to foreign aid and government services.

"It gets in four years to where these guys can't figure out how they can even get a start on," Armey said Thursday on CNN's "American Morning."

The 12-person bipartisan congressional super committee has until next week to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade to avoid automatic across-the-board spending cuts starting in 2013.

But those associated with tea party debt commission said they have achieved the goals of the super committee, and more.

"One of the things we're trying to show Congress, this isn't that hard. Just go get it done," Armey said.

According to FreedomWorks, Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, as well as Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Paul Broun of Georgia, Joe Walsh of Illinois, Michael Burgess of Texas, and Steve King of Iowa will attend Thursday's hearings.

FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said the attendance of senators and representatives shows there is "popular support for legislative entrepreneurs who dare to be bold and attack our debt problem."

"Most importantly, this joint-session hearing proves that the winds in Washington are changing," Dean Clancy, legislative counsel for FreedomWorks said. "The American people are ready for big bold cuts and eliminating entire departments, and the representatives on the hill are finally hearing their call. It's very exciting stuff."

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Dick Armey • FreedomWorks • Tea Party movement
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. FactCheck

    I'm still laughing at how a "movement" that is supposed to be based solely on the notion of fiscal responsibility has their #1 agenda of extending tax cuts for the rich. You know, those tax cuts that have added $708 BILLION to the deficit.

    November 17, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    ""Their plan, which FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey said was already scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, balances the federal budget in four years and cuts spending by $9.7 trillion through a repeal of health care reform, eliminating or reducing federal agencies, ending student loans and cuts to foreign aid and government services."
    it's a good start."

    Yeah, if your goal is complete destruction of the federal gov't, shoring up the plutocracy for our oligarchic Masters of the Universe, handing them the US military as their plaything, blowing up the economy and turning 99.99% of the American populace into third-world labo supply with a quickly shrinking life expectancy.

    CBO only "scores" the mathematical effect: it doesn't "score" what the fallout would be and whether we should do it...those are policy questions left for the voters through their representatives. I can make up 1,001 batsh-t crazy nonsense plans that would cut $9.7T in 4 years within the next hour if I wanted...so could you...and, just like what the Teatrolls are proposing as their myopic and draconian ideological fantasy, not a single one would be even remotely realistic, pragmatic or worthwhile.

    November 17, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Ed

    "We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike." Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933 sound like the tea party to me. 2012 is coming and out goes the tea party

    November 17, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Tim Gard

    Odd, since that same CBO projected that health care reform would *save* money. They wouldn't just be throwing it in for red meat would they? Nah.

    November 17, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    @ Rudy Walton –

    If you don't like it, it's probably a good approach.

    November 17, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Yellow-Rose


    Why aren't government troops interrupting tea party meetings the way they're attacking "occupiers?"

    Because when the Tea Party folks gather they do it peacefully unlike these 'Rebels Without A Clue' that call themselves 'occupiers'. The Tea Party doesn't 'occupy' or overtake property and leave their urine and feces all over the place. The Tea Party folks don't become violent with the police....these 'occupies' do. When the Tea Party assemble they don't have outbreaks of TB, head and body lice, scabies and people dying and left laying there for a two days before someone does something about it. The Tea Party folks don't rape people and do drugs etc. like these 'occupiers' do. In other words, the Tea Party people aren't filthy scum destroying everything around them. Sheesh, you liberal/Democrats/Progressives really need to get your head out of the sand and stop allowing the state owned media to brainwash you.

    November 17, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Jim

    Let the voters pledge to dump all six super committee members it they can't reduce the deficit by 4 trillion dollars by next week. We can call it the Fire the Super Committee Movement.

    November 17, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Dan


    @ stevie
    "The Tea Party propelled Republicans to a LANDSLIDE win in congress last year. I think they carry some weight. You Demoncrats are just like the Greeks. Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee!!!"
    Yes and the most of the country is now having buyer's remorse, many of us over candidates we didn't vote for. The vast majority of the population needs to go out and vote in 2012 or things are going to get worse.

    You need to keep in mind that OWS has twice the favorable rating in polls than the TP has. A high turnout in 2012 means a landslide for President Obama and moderate or liberal candidates. Register and vote!!!
    Hmmmmm, lets see. It's estimated that nationwide there are approximately 20,000.00 OWS protesters where as the Tea Party has several millions. AND the OWS is looked upon by Americans unfavorably. So, that Obama landslide in 2012....nope, isn't going to happen.

    November 17, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. racegirl1


    November 17, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. david bidlack

    what some of you right winged tea party capitalist don't seem to uderstand is capitalism is not a form of goverment. democracy and capitalism can't be interchanged. capitalism is a form of doing business in a democracy that has rules on it so it is good for100% of the people not just the top 1%. ronald raegan started this move to replace democracy with a capitalistic form of goverment and his supplyside economics has so far failed everyone but the top 1%. china is very far from being a democracy but they are very much a greedy capitalist country ran by less than 1% of the people and they are kicking the butts out of this country. unless you tea party people are looking forward to the standard of living that a worker in china live at were many workers are housed at the factory because they don't make enough to pay rent for a home of their own than you views are ok!

    November 17, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Mike

    If it weren't for the Tea Party the republicans could actually win the election.

    November 17, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. gg

    your teas getting cold

    November 17, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Dan5404

    They are fairly well-off to rich white people who are totally delusional about a fix for this economy. That's why their support is a very small percentage of voters, and going down. Their plan would devestate the economy and our future. It is unpassable, unworkable and uncaring for the majority of Americans.

    November 17, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    Why does the Tea Party have ANY influence on the catfood commision? The TP is simply Astroturfing by the far right. The are bought and sold by the same corporations that have laid claim to your elected representatives. They are told what to say. They are funded by ultra-conservative rich people who stand to gain a lot from keeping this one single lie alive: The biggest lie told in a generation is that making the rich even richer will somehow make everyone else better off.

    Wake up TP-ers – you have been duped, and now are being used to lie to your own countrymen!

    November 17, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. edpeters101

    Where do these people come from? I can't find anybody with a brain that supports these kind of views (even the rank and file of the GOP think they're wackoes).

    November 17, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    david bidlack observed that:

    what some of you right winged tea party capitalist don't seem to uderstand is capitalism is not a form of goverment.
    Good call. And communism is not an economic theory. Unrestricted capitalism is to economics, as what unrestricted communism is to politics. Neither scenario is good for the majority of people in society that lived that way. In fact, both societies would look disturbingly similar to the average joe on the street.

    November 17, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Willy Loman

    I have another idea that is sure to energize the tea party. We take the poor people, who will no longer be able to sustain life anyways and sell their organs to wealthy old people that have money. This will help alleviate income disparity by eliminating the poor sector of the population and works well from a capitalism standpoint. The Koch brothers are getting old anyhow, I'm sure they would love a solid organ stockpile to keep their corpses and rigamortis inflicted brains pumping fluids for another 100 years.

    November 17, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. hypatia

    If the stupid committee is hijacked by the teabags, then teabags can take the blame for the mess. I suggest tar and feathers.

    November 17, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. No Tea For Me

    If the Teahadists are suggesting, it can't be good for the country. What a worthless bunch of Conservative extremists.

    November 17, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. WI College Student

    Tea Partiers must truly hate education. Without government loans how do they exactly expect to have a large percentage of youth going to college to have an educated populace and work force? You really just alienated an entire generation

    November 17, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Sounds like a real gas, lemme know how it turns out after the food riots in 9 months because there are no more food stamps...
    So what do you think will happen when the country goes bankrupt??? No foods stamps for ANYBODY then! Leiberals can never see the long term implications of their failed policies. Probably because they just blame it on somebody else because they all know how smart they are and that they could never be wrong.

    November 17, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. hjs3

    "Americans?" Which Americans? T/P has how many members?

    November 17, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Ricky

    Great, now GOP will listen bunch of teaparty losers. Tax payers dont pay you for listening to teaparty. Get your own ideas there. Then Demoract should listen OWS then.

    November 17, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Thomas

    FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey , is he a lobbyist ? Maybe he could help pardon Tom Delay so he can run for Governor of Texas !

    Perry / Armey 2012

    November 17, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Dubya

    These people are just insane. Have they gotten even one economist to sign off on this plan or was it just Rush Limbough?

    November 17, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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