Tea party to GOP: We could make 'examples' of you over debt ceiling
July 15th, 2011
02:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Tea party to GOP: We could make 'examples' of you over debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - Right now, some Republican lawmakers in Washington may be wondering how to wiggle out from between a rock and a hard place.

On one hand, they're staring at a possible financial nightmare if the nation's debt limit isn't raised. On the other, many are feeling the heat from tea party demands that bluntly warn: Vote against us and suffer political consequences.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Republicans • Tea Party movement
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  1. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    You can't let some radical, unreasonable group dictate your actions and hold you hostage – no matter who or where you are. What Republicans should do is follow their principles, if they have any so they can hold their heads up high when the dust settles.

    They should have taken Obama's $4T deal which would have addressed topics they've cared about for a long time. I'm willing to bet that virtually all of them would have held their offices because the public would have seen them as getting something of substance accomplished. Now??? Not so much!

    It wasn't just the people that hate-Obama [and who don't want you to agree with him on anything] that put you Republicans in office. It was also us independents and we expect Congress to be effective. NEWS FLASH: You Are Not.

    July 15, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Mikey

    So their position is "if you don't make a totally irrational vote with unknown, but likely dire consequences, we will vote you out of office." ?? Really?? Just how dumb are these people?

    July 15, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. rs

    What is with these people? Are all they are capable of is threats and intimidation?

    Look, Republicans, here it is: The American people want you to stop holding the budget process hostage. The Debt. level has to go up; budgets have to be cut and taxes have to go up. Got it? This is the opinion of 70% of Americans. If your Tea Party crackpots don't vote for you, you'll lose 20% of your votes. If you crash the economy AGAIN, and try to get rid of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare- you're going to ENSURE you'll lose 70% of voters. Your choice is clear!

    July 15, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Well, America. This is what it means to allow Republicans to have any grip on power. Your interests will take a back seat to groups such as these. Your market forces at work.

    July 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Four and the Door

    Raising taxes is just feeding the monster.

    How do you expect to pay off the debt without major social upheaval when you are cutting the revenue stream? Stop being a theorist, and give some real examples. When a family hits hard times, you need additional revenue: you get a second job, you get rid of unnecesary things. If you want the debt paid off as quickly as possible, then get more reveune AND cut the budget. Conservatives had their shot before, and blew it: the moment W was elected, they cut taxes in wartime while they ballooned government spending. Boehner, McConnell and Cantor ALL voted to increase the debt ceiling. This has nothing to do with debt: it has everything to do with the fact you detest the man in charge. Don't patronise us.

    July 15, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Gene from California

    The tea party needs to take a course in economics. These slaves of the wealthy conservatives have no idea has disastrous a downgrade in the US economies' credit rating would be. We would wish that the economy was only as bad as it is now. Under George Bush, the national debt went from 5 trillion to 10 trillion, the debt ceiling was raised 7 times and raising the debt ceiling was not tied to the national debt. Now that a democratic president has inherited the mess that the republicans left this country in, the republicans are up in arms. If we lose our credit rating because a few loopholes and subsidies for the wealthy and big oil were not changed, I think that we should have a march on Washington to throw the Tea Party out of congress. We will have plenty of people available to do it, with the unemployment rate much higher than it is now.

    July 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Four and the Door wrote:
    Raising taxes is just feeding the monster. Obama will soon be spending his way up to whatever the next debt limit is and we will go through this whole drama again. It has no end point until he is replaced.
    Electing Republicans has given birth to groups such as these. While some may feel that Obama is responsible for our current budget, FY2011, he isn't. All revenue bills must originate in the House, which is controlled by, you guessed it, the Republicans.

    While I see no reason to blame the current GOTP House members for our current annual deficit, they on the other hand have no reservations on blaming the President for a budget that they wrote, voted on, and passed. This, America, is who and what the Republican Party has become, slaves to special interest groups.

    July 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Mikey

    @ Four and the Door – Don't you realize how obvious it is that you just hate OUR President and that you will criticize him for anything, no matter what. I suspect everyone is ignoring you, except for those of us who periodically slam you into the turf for your ignorant, mindless ranting. I hope no one is paying you for all your pointless blogging, becuase if they are, they sure aren't getting their money's worth.

    For the record, President Obama has presented the only big, rational defict reduction plan and your guys won't take it. Also, don't forget that 80% of the debt Obama inherited was accumulated during GOP Presidencies. That's a fact!!!!!

    July 15, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. ABM

    Here is a message to the TEA party. I would like you all to sign a register and when the country defaults we take away every benefit you enjoy from the government. No social safety net for you. Once you feel the pinch then you will understand that you need the government. Then I will ask you go on camera and tell everyone how you adapted to the lack of social security, protection from crimes, welfare, medicare, HCR, access to federal parks, and your 401K balance.

    July 15, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. indie voter

    Its really amazing how the republicans give so much importance to a bunch of ignorant bigots.

    July 15, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Something is wrong with the *tea* these people have been drinking. It is like they have completely lost their minds and any sense of reason. The most disturbing part is that it gets worse with each passing day.

    July 15, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. michaelam

    A minority fringe group should not hold the United States’ government and citizens hostage. The Tea Party only represents a very small portion of our society that is highly gullible, votes against their very own best interest and demonstrates levels of ignorance that were once unknown to man! I cannot feel sorry for the GOP because they created these monsters only to regain power. I feel sorry for our country because we suffer the consequences of the Tea Party’s ignorance, hatred, bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc….

    Karma is a female dog, isn’t it Republicans? These ignorant monsters that YOU CREATED will help place your party on the Endangered Species list! R.I.P.

    July 15, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Why care about interest rates when you are the one lending out the money?

    July 15, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    @ Four and the Door...

    I'm sure you probably don't watch much news other than Fox and just choose to post here......but when you have free time check the amount of jobs that have been added to our economy before the Bush tax cuts and then after they were installed. I think you will find even after the cuts were made offical the most jobs were added under Obama in his present two-half years and not Bush in his eight.

    And while you're at it also check out the incomes of the top 2% compared with the rest of us during that same period. These are the things FoxNews doesn't want you to know.

    July 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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