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Senate Tea Party Group Holds First Meeting

January 28, 2011 by  

Senate Tea Party group holds first meetingThe Senate Tea Party Caucus held its first official gathering on Jan. 27, welcoming supporters of the grassroots organization from around the country and fielding their questions.

Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are currently the only members of the caucus. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) attended the event and said that he would be joining the group soon. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) are backed by the Tea Party, but they did not attend the gathering on Capitol Hill.

"What we're trying to do … is to make sure all the activists know that we're still listening," DeMint told CNN. "We want to get their input; we want to keep them up to date with what we're doing. So it's more a forum than a caucus to keep that interaction going."

Paul, a freshman Senator, told the group that the Tea Party's presence has already made an impact, referring to President Barack Obama speaking out against earmarks during his State of the Union address. According to the Los Angeles Times, Paul touted his budget proposal, which would cut $500 billion in a year by eliminating the Department of Commerce as well as cutting spending on defense and education.

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  • s c

    First, if Rand Paul was really serious about the Department of Noneducation, he’d be doing America and its children a huge favor by aborting the damned thing. Save money and educate America’s youth by ELIMINATING an agency that shouldn’t exist (the Department of Education). Is Rand Paul looking for a merit badge, or is he trying to END the problem?
    Second, it won’t take long to learn if we now have competent leaders in Congress who won’t turn into a semiconservative version of worthless caucus suckers who infest the other side of the aisle. Do what must be done, and turn this nation around. Nothing else matters.
    We need leaders who have working, functional standards for themselves and all of their peers. Finding self-loving vermin who put undeserved wealth, padded retirements, power and themselves
    before the needs of the nation is easy. The Obummer administration proves that every day.

    • http://www.diyyardandhome.com Dan

      I totally agree, get rid of the Department of Education. It should never have been a job of the federal government to dictate education. Parents, local and State governments should be the deciders. I believe parents have lost a vested interest in their kids education because they have decided the federal government is taking care of the problem for them. Like so many other things in life.

    • Vigilant

      Rand Paul’s options are severely limited. Cabinet positions are in the bailiwick of the Executive Branch, and if the president does nothing regarding the Dept. of Education, there’s not much anyone could do about it.

  • c;lynn

    They need to look at every nook and cranny and see where they can cut spending, not just a few areas. There must be waste, fraud and abuse in every area of Government. We need them to do a good job, not just cut big spending programs.

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    It is a bit disappointing to find out there are only 3 members in the Tea Party Caucus. Where are the rest of them?

  • joe from Philly

    Yes! Where are the others? Have they abandoned us already?

    • Doc Sarvis

      They were probably attending another fund raising event.

  • http://personalliberty.com Rusty

    Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) probably having a private meeting with Karl Rove

    • Bill from N.C.

      Rowe is not the person for advice

  • Glen

    Tell Michelle Bachmann not to piss off the Republican party if she expects them to listen to her. She made a big goof Tuesday night!!

    • kate8

      There are many of us who totally support Michelle Bachmann. Who cares if the Republican Party doesn’t like what she says. We need many more who refuse to walk in lockstep.

      Unlike the other side of the aisle where they lock ranks, it’s good to see there are still independent thinkers among conservatives.

      • http://naver samurai

        She sure sounded better than Obama bin Laden! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • shogun

          But at least Obama know which camera to look into. FOR DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER!

          • http://naver samurai

            That’s only because he’s been trained, woof, woof! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Norm

          samurai
          If you really think that, you need a brain transplant.
          Incidentally, you don’t have exclusive rights on God or Country, so stop being self-righteous.

          • http://naver samurai

            I don’t have exclusive rights to God and Country? Never said I did. I do know that before going on patrols and into firefights, in Iraq 2003-2004, the whole platoon would say this statement. If it’s worth doing for God and for the Country, then it is a good and right thing. If you believe Obama bin Laden gave a good speech Norm, then you are the one that needs some mental help moron! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Urban – from Savannah

    Article makes no mention of how long the caucus meeting lasted. I doubt that it was more than an hour or two. Rubio and Johnson were absent ? Surely they received advance notice of the caucus meeting. The Tea Party better keep both, actually all three, under observation for any defections from their pre-election promises.

  • Kris

    Watch out for Rubio! I never trusted him and he is proving me right. He has joined the republican elite now and has no use for the tea party! He will side with McCain and sponser amnesty and everything we elected him to stop!

  • jopa

    After the big party they just had in Baltimore Mitch McConnel let them all in on reality.TheTea party is losing it’s popularity among the people of America and the newly elected members don’t want to be on a losing side.Arizona shootings may have had something to do with it or perhaps Michelle Bachmans lack of historical knowledge and her continuous public appearances that embarrass the teapartiers with her display of ignorance of historical facts.

    • kate8

      Dream on, jopa.

    • http://naver samurai

      Get off of the kool aid! Let’s see what happens over the next two years. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • barbm

    i don’t see the tea party losing momentum. i have people stop me in parking lots and at red lights to comment favorably on my tea party bumper sticker. happens more and more. what worries me is that we still haven’t chosen somebody to run against obama in 2012. ron paul would be my first choice, but his age might be a factor to some. we’re 1 year and 10 months from the election – less than that from the texas primary which will be in 1 year 2 months. don’t y’all think it’s time to pick somebody?

    • Robert Simmons

      I believe we may have to run a woman for president in 2012 to be assured of enough votes to oust the socialist left, I would prefer to see Jan Brewer who of all female politicians risked her political career to do what was right for her constituents.

  • hundabuxt

    Jopa is grasping at straws with wishful thinking like this. The party has just begun and there’s more to come. The left leaning liberals are a cancer on American society and we’re starting the cure. We owe it to the many who gave so much previously, in too many cases the last full measure. The Arizona shooting was simply an incident, which was unrelated to Sara Palin, the Tea Party or any other aspect of the conservative movement and for the opposition to try to prevert the facts with fabricated BS is a sign of how fundamentally dishonest they are.

  • Sharky

    1. Target 10 – Start with a hiring freeze. Cut the number of Federal employees by 10%/quarter by having a random number generator provide a number from 0 to 9. All federal employees who’s social security number ends in that digit is layed-off from the Federal government. Repeat for the next 2 years every 3 months which comes to 8 planned lay-offs. This excludes military personnel and elected officials. It does not exclude office help and support staff to the elected officials.
    2. Health care – Elected officials get the same medical plan as a private company would provide including individual contributions to pay for the plan and co-pays. Plan would be an average of the companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial averages.
    3. All federal offices are to be privatized. Federal government is not allowed to own property. Lease Contracts are to be no longer than 3 years.

  • Rob

    There was one BIG problem with this Senate “Tea Party Caucus”-Tea Party Patriots, the largest and best organized Tea Party was NOT THERE! And the reason for that is because DeMint, Paul and Lee ONLY want the “Leaders” of the Tea Party Movement. Guess what? The Tea Party Patriots doesn’t have one “Leader”! EVERYONE in the Tea Party Patriots IS A LEADER! They’re going to need a much bigger room to get us all at that table!

  • Robert Simmons

    I believe a new and more aceptible obscenity for politicians may have just been born (caucous sucker) now the question is will I be arrested and lose my gun rights if I use it in an email to my congressman or even worse be called a sexist person for sending it to a female politician. Perhaps this is a subject that we should encourage the mainstream media prostitutes to put their mouth to , I do hope I’m not out of line with these comments as they have added new excitement to a boring evening.

  • Ray

    A comment made the night after the state of the union speech by the darling of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin: Palin’s claim Sputnik cost led to USSR Collapse. Uh, no. It was a 34 year period from the launch of Sputnik until the collapse of the USSR. That’s not a very educated comment on her part. Not very presidential either. She’s the gift that just keeps on giving. I hope she does put her hat in the ring when it comes to being a 2012 candidate for President. It will be fun to watch what happens.

  • Richard

    Ray, you are 100% right; it is going to be fun to watch a lot of these “caucus suckers” abandon ship. They know they are going overboard, soon as Bachman or Palin stands up and rocks the boat. Go Tea Party!!

  • jopa

    Michelle Bachmans speeches in the past week have put her in a place where she is not a viable candidate.It’s not that she spoke a lot of jibberish and stated so many historically incorrect facts but the fact that she used a teleprompter.Use a teleprompter and your done.That is totally unpatriotic to a Teabagger.

    • Norm

      jopa
      There two important parts to verbal communications: content and delivery.
      If a teleprompter helps delivery (it usually does) then great use it.
      Bachmann’s lies and nonsensical gibberish had nothing to do with delivery. She’s a moron, and you can’t cure stupid.

      • http://naver samurai

        So then there is no cure for you, moron? I knew you were insane, but no cure just about sums you up. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Norm

    The teabagger movement, like all extremist insanity, will vanish when the economy improves.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Norm,
      If you really think that, there is no hope for you!!! I and a lot of my friends are TEA party members and I can guarantee you we will not go away IF the economy improves under nobama or any other president!!! We have been awakened and are here to STAY!!!

    • JimH

      Norm, I don’t know what kind of insane extremist’s tea baggers are, but this article is about THE TEA PARTY. I doubt there is any threat of a good economy making the TEA PARTY irrelevant.

    • http://naver samurai

      Sorry, but I’m also with the Tea Party and I’m staying till we don’t have to fight for this great country anymore. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Normal

      Tea Party disappear when economy improves ha. Extremist insanity hmm, so you are referring to FDR.

  • http://charden@neo.rr.com Charles

    Norm for the countrys sake you better hope not.

  • http://com i41

    Charles, the Soros Socialists have no mind over matter, no mind to make rational thoughts and there is no brain matter. When it has been pointed out Onumnutts and his slub followers are evil idoits. The mention of Backman, Palin, or even any conservative, they wigs out and act like they are possessed by everything evil and corrupt. Conservatives are something that is good, honest, and holy has pushed back against their demented persons. How any “democrat” can embrace Soros, the marxist muslim moron, and any socialist communist totalitarion promotion for the desttruction of the USA, none will ever answer why! The title of Tea Party member drive them nutty, even thugh they are invited to come and be told facts and brought to reality.

  • Normal

    I hope the Tea Party and all conservatives considering where we are as National debt dictates: dissolve all Depts. except Dept of Defense. That must include EPA, Interstate Commerce etc. Dept of energy is not a promoter of energy but a giant thumb splatt on our pocketbooks. Freedom at last, thank God all mighty, Freedom at last.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    I’d like to point out that I saw a Gallup/USA Today poll (on newsmax.com, Monday, 1/31/2011) showing 71% of respondents want the GOP to consider where the Tea Party is on issues. It’s obvious that the 2012 election is the most critical in our nation’s history. We cannot afford to repeat the errors of the 2006 and 2008 elections. As for the GOP, it must get its act together, and rid itself of RINOs and wimps who too often side with the Democraps. It’s the only way to reverse the damage caused over the past 2 years by BHO, Pelosi, Reid, et al. YES!! Let’s consider that the Democrap Party today is so far to the left, that JFK would be far too conservative for it, and he’d have to switch to the GOP. Today’s leftwing Democrap party won’t tolerate DINOs, so why does the GOP tolerate or support RINOs??

    As for voters, many need to wise up and realize that elections have consequences, as we have seen over the past several years. For one thing, why not show some TOLERANCE and FORGIVENESS?? Many Republicans, even Ronald Reagan, have made some mistakes. But if they apologize and appear to repent, then give them another chance. E.g., despite breaking his ‘read my lips – no new taxes’ pledge, I forgave Bush Sr. and still voted for him in 1992. But sadly, most voters would not accept his apology or admission of error, and Bill Clinton got elected. And of course that meant even higher taxes!! Although I have yet to hear John McCain apologize or repent from siding with the environmentalist wackos and global warming nut jobs, let’s not forget that McCain is good some of the time and on the right side of some issues, unlike BHO. (In fact, if BHO were the Messiah as perceived by some drones and liberal diehards, all of his miracles would be something like ‘making a blind man deaf’!! LOL!!) Despite his poor and weak campaign, a McCain presidency would’ve been far less damaging than the ‘One Big Awful Mistake America’ by voters on 11/4/2008. Of course we need solid conservative candidates in the GOP. But even if they’re not as conservative as we’d like, just remember…. It’s virtually always better to vote GOP (discounting Colon Powell or NYC Mayor Mike Bloomturd type RINOs). Voting for today’s leftwing statist socialist democrap party will only make bad situations worse!!!!

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