What a Tea Party budget looks like
January 26th, 2011
11:34 AM ET
12 years ago

What a Tea Party budget looks like

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Tea Party campaigned on scaling back the size of government, and now we know how they want to do it.

With Washington buzzing with proposals to cut the budget, Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Michele Bachmann - two high-profile Tea Party members - have each released laundry lists of spending cuts.


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Rand Paul • Tea Party movement
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  1. Altas Barfed

    Yeah, lets end that stupid government regulation of our food, our water and our air.

    January 26, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Blake

    These people are idiots. Start talking about cuts in the defense budget and funding of unnecessary wars (instead of Bachman's proposal to cap VA health spending) and maybe sonmeone will take you seriously.

    January 26, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. PalmReader

    "Oh my god. That's just crazy," said Isabel Sawhill, an economist who studies fiscal issues at the Brookings Institution. "Really that is wacko."

    Yes, but then, the TeaPers are all wacko. To be quite truthful, I wonder why CNN has decided to devote so much air/print time to the most extreme right of the Republican Party. It can't be for ratings, as CNN viewership is at an all time low. Yet, day after day, CNN coverage has been nothing but TeaPer this, TeaPer that. It would be more palatable if CNN would add a good deal of fact checking into their analysis, but to allow the TeaParty to perpetuate lies without question is abhorrently wrong, and serves no useful purpose but to deceive the most vulnerable of Americans who are unable to discern facts from rhetorical fiction.

    January 26, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    While all these cuts sound drastic, in reality they are not. You know why? Because we are projected to have a $1.5 TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICT IN 2011! These cuts would only cut the deficit by roughly ONE THIRD. We would STILL be spending more than ONE TRILLION DOLLARS more than we pay in taxes.

    So Democrats and Obama, where are YOUR solutions? You're the ones that created the Great Entitlement Society that is now crushing us. WHERE ARE YOUR SOLUTIONS??? Are you going to raise taxes to 60%, 70% or maybe just go for the 100% you really want? Will the 50% of the people not paying taxes in this country FINALLY be called on to pay their fair share for the privilege of living in this country, driving on its roads and bridges? or do you think you can just continue to play your class warfare games and take everything working people make?

    January 26, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    And this will bring JOBS?? Actually, it will CUT JOBS and add to the UNEMPLOYMENT!! Then the RepubliCAN'Ts will complain about EXTENDING unemployment insurance!!! But they will NOT complain about the continuance of extending TAX CUTS for the RICH!!! That alone ADDED to the deficit – What a mixed-up world the Tea-Publicans live in!!

    January 26, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Oh my god. That's just crazy," said Isabel Sawhill, an economist who studies fiscal issues at the Brookings Institution. "Really that is wacko."
    Wacko?!?! It looks hauntingly similar to the kind of cuts private companies have had to do in the last 5 years to stay in business. Every area of spending has been questioned. Why should the Federal Government be run differently? After all, it is these lean businesses and private citizens who have also made these kinds of cuts in their personal spending who are paying the government's bills!

    January 26, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. True American

    so the GOP, TEA Party, GOP 2.0, or whatever they are calling themselves these days solution is to cut funding to government and slowing it down even further....but god forbid they cut their earmarks, their salaries, or their healthcare benefits. hypocrites.

    January 26, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Cut, Cut, Cut......this is the only way we can survive. However with the Dems they are willing to wait until there will be rioting in the streets from all the millions of Government workers who will eventually lose their ridiculous "Retirements"! Just "kick the can down the road".......that is the Dem way, spend, spend, spend, borrow, borrow, borrow......Kill the ENTITLEMENTS that go to those who can (but won't) work! Take care of our seniors. veterans, and truly disabled......cut the rest loose!

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    January 26, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    but these twits would add billions in their rabid crusade to repeal the Health Care act. Of course THAT'S NOT in their grand scheme

    January 26, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Indie Woman in Denver

    I think we should start by cutting the salaries & benefits of the lawmakers who obstruct, delay, and in any way keep the congress from actually accomplishing anything. Thes folks are a waste of taxpayers' money.

    January 26, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Doug in NYC

    It's the GoBP/Tea Bagger Job Elimination Program!!

    January 26, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Indy

    Anybody can come up with a list like this and just start slashing spending, that is something a grde five student can do. If they want to be taken seriously they should come up with a serious and effective budget that is concrete with actual dollar figures on where the budget cuts or going to happen and why, what the effect will be and exactly how it will be done. It is very easy to be be critical when you have no back up to the plan of how it can be executed

    January 26, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. Obama 2012

    Its almost hard to comment on how insane these people are. How in the world will gutting the Department of Education lead to more jobs in this country. And how in the world can any educated American take these people seriously?

    January 26, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Dave

    This is nothing more than the ramblings of two certifiable idiots elected by a group of certifiable idiots. I wonder if these two tea-tards considered the tens of thousands of jobs that would be also be lost with these cuts. Or the damage to the education and well-being of our country's youth. Or the gutting of our infrastructure and regulatory systems. Or national security. The list goes on...

    January 26, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Smaller government may save, but it still doesn't get our economy moving, and I am not hearing any suggestions, from either side for that key need.

    January 26, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Strega

    Do either of these two dullards have a clue? Really, this is their plan to save the economy? A econ 101 student could do better. What a waste of time the tea party is.

    January 26, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Yeah, methinks I'll be taknig the expert economists' word for it on this..."crazy" and "wacko"...not the word of the two nutjobs proposing this nonsense.

    January 26, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. alan. saint louis

    Tea bagger corporate owned real plan. Cut all social policies and complete deregulation of wall street. And a bigger wealth redistribution then Bush. Completely eliminAte tax for the top 2 percent and give them free money from the tax payers in the billions lol.

    January 26, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Charles

    I know how about we eliminate Congressional salary and benefits. After all aren't they members of Congress because they want to serve their country? They should be happy to do it for free!

    January 26, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Never argue with people who are crazy, it makes them think that they are as sane as you are.
    So in regards to these two: NO COMMENT.

    January 26, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Shannon

    These proposals are just as crazy as the people doing the proposing. Bachmann herself takes gov't handouts in farm subsidies, she's such a hypocrite.

    January 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |