To clarify, I put tea party in quotes because the ignorant asshats representing themselves as the tea party today are NOT the actual, original tea party as designed. The movement was hijacked by some rich, ultra-conservative politicos who trademarked the name and stole it from the original movement, which was about transparency in government, and had nothing to do with social issues at all. If someone tells you the tea party stands for anything regarding abortion, health care, gay marriage or food stamps, they aren't a member of the real tea party.
With that out of the way. "Tea party" member Mick Mulvaney issued a statement about why he was voting against ending the government shutdown. Once it hit the media, it was removed from his site due to the embarrassment it caused him, but the original statement is still floating on the net:
Look at the paragraph about pork - he insists the bill is funding the Lord's Resistance Army. For those unfamiliar, that's Kony, the fundy Christian warlord who enslaves children as sex workers and soldiers in Uganda. The bill actually approved returning funds to a coalition that is hunting Kony down and trying to free those kids.
Let's ignore that he thinks Colorado flood victims don't deserve any federal aid, and stay with the Kony thing. The main argument about Obamacare was that nobody read it before they voted on it. He obviously didn't read this bill before he voted on it. Was this his hamfisted attempt to try and influence his less intelligent voters (Oh Noes! Obama is an evil black man who supports a child killer!) or is it his "tea party" organization feeding him, the less intelligent voter, bad info and hoping he'll act on it without using any critical thinking?
While his ignorance on the specifics of the pork in the bill are likely being the biggest thing talked about in MSM, the original point that the Dems wanted a "clean bill" and yet approved something with pork in it sort of indicates that their priority wasn't about just opening the government, it was about money and control. So while I might disagree with certain aspects of what he wrote, I agree with the fundamentals of the fiscal issues our nation is facing and the fact that very few establishment politicians from either side of the aisle want to have a real and frank discussion about spending.
I mean, when was the last time we actually had an approved budget? Not one that was sent and never voted on or voted down. Approved.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:00 AM on Oct. 18, 2013
Answer by KTElite at 11:02 AM on Oct. 18, 2013
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Answer by KTElite at 11:09 AM on Oct. 18, 2013
He has submitted budgets that have failed to even garner one vote from his own party, so in essence they were designed to fail. Sometimes I think THAT should be this administration's motto.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:15 AM on Oct. 18, 2013
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