What would the Tea Party cut?
April 13th, 2011
03:25 PM ET
11 years ago

What would the Tea Party cut?

Washington (CNN) - In many ways, the debate over taming the nation's spending and deficit beasts can be compared to a family's hand-wringing over what to cut, and what to keep, in tough times. It may be easy to nix "luxuries" like vacations and eating out. But should "essentials" like a car or a home be downsized or gotten rid of to save money?

Tough choices about what to keep, kill or cut back on are the kinds of things the nation's lawmakers are considering as they try to trim a $14 trillion debt.


Filed under: Budget • Tea Party
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  1. Shari from Madison WI

    The Tea Party wants to stop assistance to the poor and needy because they blame them for all the problems in the world.The Tea Party also wants to cut women's health care options, they hate gays so they would deny them any rights and they feel that there should be no government but local level. They want to control every aspect of everyone elses lives and want to make it illegal to be anything other than a full fledged tea Partier. I have very little respect for them.

    April 13, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. juliei4

    Here's my question about the proposed GOP cuts to Medicare and Medicaid: If the insurance subsidies are not enough to pay for adequate insurance for the elderly when those less than 55 become the elderly? Their children and grandchildren and other family members I suppose. If Medicaid is not available to a large number of the disabled and or poor because the proposed block grants have run out in a state, who pays for their healthcosts? Their children, grandchildren and other family members I suppose or all other taxpayers through increased taxes at the state level. How is it, that this never gets talked about? To cut these programs so the top tax rate can be reduced is a sin. What would Jesus cut?

    April 13, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "What would the Tea Party cut? "

    Bottom line answer: Their noses off to spite their faecs.

    April 13, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Ryche

    Let the tea party bashing begin.... Blind liberals come out in droves to bash the ONLY americans that are really serious about getting our fiscal house in order... but they'll label them racist anyways... Hey libs, hasn't that race card finally disengrated,? You've pulled it out of your pocket so much... I mean just look at that white guy in the above picture... he's obviously a racist.... Cut spending means i condone slaverly... Reduce Defecit means i will not be ruled by a black man.. Balance Budget means bring back jim crow laws... isnt that right lefties... ? now that i've learned your language, can i now join the club? /sarc

    April 13, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. OneMoreTime

    I'm more than a little surprised to hear rhetoric like Norm Ornstein's, resident scholar at the American Enterprise
    Institute, of all places. For him to criticize the Paul Ryan budget plan is refreshing and truthful. He said, of
    the plan that ".. shifting the cost of health care seniors from paying 30% to where they would pay almost 70%,,"
    and any lawmaker who would support this would be like falling on a grenade. It sounds as if the "Ryan Plan"
    gives the insurance companies even more leverage in who they would insure and premium costs. Glad he said it,
    but, of course, you can't tell the teas anything, they are all experts in anything you might want to discuss, and
    their opinion is the only one that counts, that is, in their narrow little minds.

    April 13, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Mike McMahon

    Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, and NPR crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes? Yeah, me either.

    Wish I could think of who these people where..

    April 13, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Terrence

    Somebody tell the TEA PARTY to shut up please. They are mad because their a black man in the white house. Because they were not saying all this stuff when George Bush was in office. Now , just let the truth be told.

    April 13, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    Cut social security. Let these old timers get *exactly* what they are asking for.

    April 13, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    if nothing else the Tea Party has shown they are very good at running off at the mouth and know very little about how to govern. But of course those who voted to put these jokers in office last Nov didn't realize this and sadly some still don't.

    April 13, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Linton

    I wonder if the "Proud Ameircan Capitalist" holding her sign paid for her own children's education – or if she's a hypocrite like all the rest of the baggers.

    April 13, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Rita from pa

    Tea baggers should go home. They are a fraud backed by Rick Scott who perpetrated largest Medicare Fraud ever and Dick Armey on behalf of the HC insurers.. The Democrats balance the budget then the R's get elected and give it away without a concern about debt! Now those same politicians under Joh Boener are saying they want to balance the budget? Please stop the lies!

    April 13, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. A Real American

    DemoCommunists for a Better Way – Steal the Wealth, Bankrupt America, Blame the "rich" (people who work)
    ...I suggest they look to the 50% of Americans who pay none. Too many deadbeats in this country and we can't afford it anymore."

    Yeah, let's go after those CEOs and hedgefund managers. Freakin' tax cheats.

    April 13, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |