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Some Tea Party figures upset at Boehner’s leadership

August 1, 2011 by  

Some in the Tea Party are upset with Boehner.Several prominent figures in the Tea Party movement have been highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) handling of the debt ceiling.

“Boehner must go,” Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, wrote in a blog post. “We need a Speaker who is a leader. We need someone with courage and vision. Boehner has none of those qualities. He is not a leader… John Boehner simply wishes to be the manager in chief of the welfare state.”

Fox News reports that Phillips isn’t the only one in the Tea Party disappointed in lawmakers in Congress. The Tea Party Patriots conducted an informal poll and found that 81.5 percent of respondents were “not satisfied with the leadership of the House.”

Many people in the movement were reportedly disappointed with Boehner’s deficit plan as analysis revealed that it would not save as much money as was initially claimed and it includes the raising of the debt ceiling.

Boehner and other GOP figures are currently attempting to get enough support to get the Speaker’s bill to pass through the house, according to Fox News.

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  • chip

    I agree. Vote him out and all neo-con Republicrats.

    • http://comcast the fisherman

      Hey chip the tea party and the republicans can not get there sh—t together because there is no leadership among the two. Give it up

      • Bus

        its “their”

    • DanB

      I had to check how some of the Tea Party candidates that I am following voted, including some from my home state. Unfortunately, my local rep is a Democrat–I voted for the Tea Party candidate who ran against him. So I wasn’t the least bit surprised with his vote. I haven’t tried contacting his office much but the replies I have gotten from my emails have sometimes sickened me. When I send an email saying that I stand behind cutting spending instead of raising the debt ceiling, I get an email saying that he understands my view on health care and how important government programs are??? I wanted to scream. First, I wasn’t writing about health care. Second, I happen to think the exact opposite about government involvement in our health care–in other words, I think government in our health care IS the problem. I was upset. It told me at least two things–my email was a waste of time and second it confirmed that he was the liberal, big government progressive I thought he was. Why a supposedly conservative group elected him I don’t know. Actually I do. They act conservative but they’ve bought into big government even if they won’t admit that they have such an addiction to federal funding/programs. And secondly, they buy the idea that we need to have government do for our neighbors what we won’t do ourselves. I am really getting tired of the destruction of freedom under the guise of being “our brother’s keeper.” Christ did not ask us to sell our freedoms to government to have government programs that steal from the wealthy so we can claim to help our neighbors. Christ told us that we should be the sort of people that would help our neighbors. It might not be apparent to some, but there is a big difference between the two.

      As for Boehner, am I disappointed with him? Yes. Right now because his actions are casting a shadow of filth over the Tea Party. They are getting blamed all the way around. Blamed for Boehner pushing the deal he did. And blamed for opposing it too. Then again, I did not really expect anything better than that from the Republican establishment. I was just hoping that Boehner was a friend to the Tea Party as he tried to paint himself at the beginning of January. I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Now, I stand behind my original conviction that America’s days are numbered–and the days are few. Which is why I am trying to learn to be more involved. Because I believe I need to stand for freedom even more now then ever.

  • Doc Sarvis

    If they are going to cite a Fox News poll then I can bring up the CNN poll that shows a vast majority of Americans blame Republicans for our current debt crisis.

    • Philip

      who believes anything the liberal puts out.I haven’t since they found Dan Rather lying about the elections.I have watched things on c-span and when it hits the news it is changed so much it is not recognisable. There is an old addage that says believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

    • crystal

      Why don’t you look up Obama’s March 20, 2006, speech on raising the debt ceiling. He was saying the same thing then that the “Tea Party Patriots” are saying now.

      Look it up.

    • Michael

      As many have said during the past couple of decades, there is plenty of blame to go around.

    • Thor

      Of course you can, Doc. But before you adopt that as your lasting opinion, you might want to do a little research yourself. If you will take a look at the Congressional Record, you will find that Democrats have had majorities in both houses of Congress for 87 out of the last hundred years…therefore, 87% of what we are experiencing has to be tallied on their chit.

    • http://naver sook young

      That would be impossible, due to the liberals being the ones that spend and raise the debt ceiling. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai

    • Al Sieber

      Doc, what’s the difference? Fox,or CNN? it’s all propaganda.

    • s c

      Comrade D, if that poll doesn’t say anything about the role of generations of Dems helping screw up America, then the poll is a crock. You’re not exactly new at this childish approach, bubba.
      If you can’t tell the whole story, then climb back into your tree and give your low-hanging knuckles a much-needed rest, comrade. And try not to throw anything at anybody.

    • Jyrine


    • Jyrine

      The only good thing about you is you let everyone know up front that you are a communist.

    • Jyrine

      CNN? LOL

  • newspooner

    CNN and FOX are both part of the socialist establishment. The only significant difference is that one is even worse than the other.

    • Stan Smith

      @newsspooner FOX is the only cheerleader for the Repubic party & CNN, MSNBC and other left news is a cheerleaders for the democrap party! FOX is falling to the level of left news media! When Jerry Doyle said shifty paulson should have been arrested, FOX did not like his comment because paulson is a Bush guy! Even FOX was kind of snubbing Ron Paul during Repubics presidential candidate debates, Ron Paul is not my choice. Like I said time and time again No news media is Hollywood style scripted news! All Bull with less truth filling! I’ll stick to talk radio Savage, Rick Roberts and Jerry Doyle, They are independent conservatives will go after both parties and I go online news unbiased! to get real Info!

  • Sirian

    Uh, Doc, I’d recommend that you re-read the article with a much clearer mind. They DID NOT cite a Fox News poll. Fox News merely reported “The Tea Party Patriots conducted an informal poll”. This unfortunately is how things get intentionally twisted/spun off in different directions that does not correctly pertain to the main subject matter.

    • Doc Sarvis

      I stand corrected. Still, Fox/Tea Party – not much differnce there.

      • crystal

        You don’t research anything, do you?

        • http://naver sook young

          He does sound ridiculous doesn’t he? Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

      • Al Sieber

        Doc., I don’t give a “Rats A$$ about the Tea Party, etc.

        • Al Sieber

          But Doc, unlike you, or maybe not, I will stick to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Joyce from Loris

    You know, you vote these people into office based on their descriptions of their positions. Once they arrive in D.C., it seems their whole view changes. What is it that happens in D.C.? Are there secrets that the average American tax paying citizens do not know? Yes, I am sure, but there must be something horrendous that is being kept from us that could change the conservative politician into an unrecognizable creature. As a working person who has the government force us to give them our money, with threat of imprisonment, I want to know what is going on? Why are we drowning in debt, while passing money out to other countries, bailing out banks and insurance companies? The TARP did not work, our citizens are unemployed still, at a higher rate. The cost of food and gasoline is crippling Americans. And now, we will be $2.2 trillion dollars MORE in debt than before. This can not go on. If we can’t pay our debts with $14 trillion, imagine how hard it’s going to be to pay $16 trillion, with another increase in the debt ceiling scheduled to go up AFTER the elections. This is bad, this is very bad. I hate to do it, but I have to agree with some of the democrats on this on. This is nothing but a sugar coated satan sandwich.

  • olde reb

    Joyce, the members of congress have, as a group, had fabulous increases in their personal wealth during the past. Much of that wealth is in equity from MBS’s that congressional actions have helped blow into a bubble. Increasing the national debt gives the FR more money to continue to prop up the financial institutes that, even after QE1 and QE2, are on the edge of bankruptcy. Congress is protecting its personal wealth.

    The huge deficits authorized will not save the financial institutes from the Ponzi scheme bubbles the FR has created; it merely kicks the can down the road and confiscates more of the wealth of the people for the gain by “financiers.” The Fed is running a criminal racket that hid $8.4 trillion from the Treasury security auctions from Congress–in violation of 12 USC 247. Ref.

    • Joyce from Loris

      Olde reb, you are right. Now, though, the can is BIGGER and the road it’s kicked down, is longer. Thanks for the feed, I will enjoy reading it!

  • John2Goode

    The debt ceiling agreement (as of Aug 31, 2011) is a veil of deceit offered by Obama and the Dems to give an illusion that all is fine until they get Obama, the Great Socialist, reelected. There are no significant budget cuts until 2013 offering the illusion that all is fine while the country continues to swim in deeper debt. I’m sorry to say that now I hope the deal fails and the Country is forced to face the fact of our economic bankruptcy. My only fear is that the Tea Party and Republicans will be blamed by the liberal press and the Dims.

  • olde reb

    Joyce, you agree with the demos that the debt agreement “is nothing but a sugar coated satan sandwich.”? I assume you understand the demos wanted even MORE on that sandwich. It does not appear to be a reason to support the demos.

    • Joyce from Loris

      Olde reb, the democrats did not want the deal for the absolute opposite reasons that I did not want the deal. Either way, I think it was a shamble, the absolute most terrible thing that could have happened. Now, not only are my grandchildren in massive debt, my GREAT grandchildren that will not even be born for 10 to 18 years, are in debt. Yes, the term sugar coated satan sandwich works for me, though for the opposite reason.

  • Ellen

    I think Americans have grasped that our govt wastes money. Dems want to increase taxes and keep wasting. Repubs want to maintain taxes and cut spending. Because Dems still have control of the Senate and Presidency, compromise is our only option. The Tea Party is standing firm on their beliefs. Fortunately, this hasn’t hindered a deal. It’s probably good politics, as voters who are sick of govt waste will vote for the fiscally-focused candidates. When Repubs take over control in 2012, they can have a bigger impact of fiscal sanity.

    • Michael

      I do not believe the Republicans want to make cuts in the federal budget. They talk as if they do, but when it comes to turning words into action, they seem to be glad to walk away. The tough talk of Cantor turned to honey as he congratulated Boehner on the tremendous sell out he had accomplished. There are few (any?) elected politicians in Washington, D.C. who sincerely believe federal spending should be reduced. If they did, the Depts of Education, Energy, etc would have ceased to exist years ago.

  • jopa

    I wonder if the Tea party pollsters are aware the voters are having buyers remorse and the newly elected members of the party will only be there for a very short time.The Tea party movement is losing more and more people every day now that the public realizes who is financing them and what their agenda is.The remarkable ignorance of these teabaggers almost brought our citizens to their knees with higher interest rates on loans and mortgages.If you don’t pay cash for everything you buy you would be up a creek.

    • Dale on the left coast

      Jopa . . . I wonder if the “leftists” are aware that the Community Organizer has increased the National Debt by almost 50% in less than Three Years? Bush spent Way Too Much . . . but O’bumbler (he’s irish you know) has made Bush look like Ebineizer Scrooge . . .
      The dimmicraps answer . . . tax the rich and keep spending . . .
      What will be the result??? Watch Europe, Greece, Spain and Portugal are a preview to the future of the US.

    • FlaJim

      In your dreams, Jopa, in your dreams. The Tea Party is here to stay and still carries great influence. You offered no evidence to back up your cockeyed view.

    • Jeff in OH

      JOPA, I was just looking at all the headlines today about how masses amount of people, Yes billions in a country of only millions, are waving down with tea-party flags. And also MSLSD is filming the whole thing. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE… jopa, GET A LIFE and quit living off american workers….

    • http://naver sook young

      Sorry Jopa, but you are wrong again. We Tea Party members are here to stay and we are as strong as ever. How is wanting our country to get back to our Christian founding ignorant? Not as ignorant as your childish rants. Just think, Obama will be out of office in January 2013. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai

    • Joyce from Loris

      jopa, just where do you get the information that the tea party members that were elected last November are going to be short lived? You have quoted some very silly assumptions. The Tea Party is NOT losing members at all. In fact, membership is increasing and members are getting more and more involved. I would not be a bit surprised if you one see the Tea Party replace the current Republicans (RINO’s) or at least be a third party. The two current parties are only destroying our country.

  • Philip

    I want cuts that I can see now not in the future.No debt ceiling increases,no new taxes now or in the future.and to get this idiot out of office as soon as possible.

  • Belle

    I think John Boehner did a fantastic job considering he was working with powerful enemies. I want to thank him and pray God’s blessings on him and all conservatives. Pray for America

    • FlaJim

      Boehner is a fair weather conservative. Whenever the pressure mounts, he’s ready to fold. It’s my prediction he doesn’t get reelected speaker a year from Jan if he’s reelected at all. There’s already a strong movement to nominate a GOP candidate to replace him.

      • Joyce from Loris

        You are correct. I have already contributed to that effort. Not only do I not want him as Speaker of the House anymore, I don’t want him in the House, period.

  • Earl, QUEENS, NY

    The best we can do is hope that the GOP House will not cave in too much. We really need to drastically cut spending. Of course, most of the blame should be placed where it belongs – on the reckless spending socialist Democraps. But so many ignorant voters will blame the GOP, and vote for more democraps in the future; oblivious to the fact that the Democraps only make bad situations worse. The elections of 1976, 1992, 2006 and 2008 prove this!! PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP!! Again I must say: My understanding is that the $800+ billion stimulus/porkulus bill signed by BHO some 2 ½ years ago was added to the baseline of all future budgets. Since the porkulus bill has been a proven failure, why not take it out of all future FY budgets?? Eliminating porkulus alone would reduce annual deficits by nearly 50%, and reduce national debt by $8 trillion over a decade. To achieve this, it’s obvious that we need to take back the White House, and defeat a lot more democraps in Congress and the Senate next year. And of course, we should try to defeat RINOs and GOP wimps in the primaries. But in the general November election, think about this: “Friends don’t let friends vote for Democraps!!”

    • Dawn

      You can not blame the Republicans or the Democrats for our debt crisis – the blame is on all elected officials. They are all corrupt. Term limits … tort reform …

    • Lost in Paradise

      Earl your problem is that you believe in the VOTE Fairey Tail. I think you like all this politcal garbage, and play right into their hand and play along. It is time to put a stop to it, and not with a silly vote. I’m all for votes made of lead, and delivered with gunpowder. Very effective and long lasting.

  • Bob Marshall

    When evrything is taken into account the actual debt is 60 trillion instead of 14.5 trillion.

  • chuckb

    we should tar and feather mcconnell and boehner, run them out of town. they have sold us out, it the conservatives left in the congress sign on to the this catastrophe we are doomed. the demos have scored another victory over the wimps. and that’s using the term wimp loosely.

    you can hear joy in the media voices about this deal and when you hear that you know we lost.
    another healthcare bill, you don’t know what’s in it until it passes, pelosi and reid must be wetting their pants.
    i wonder if boehner an barry are back on the golf course today.

  • Jeff in OH

    Where do I go to help to primary out John Boehner?? He and all the leadership of Rhino’s have to be defeeted for us to realize freedom. They Don’t know what it means…..

  • Jeff in OH

    If it weren’t for the Tea-Party we would have already collapsed.

    • Stan Smith

      @ Jeff in OH! The Repubics are attacking the Tea Party,from the likes of Weeper of the house & Juan Chicken Hawk McCain! I believe Repubics are trying to hijack the the tea party and make the tea party disappear, The Repubics better work with the tea party to win 2012 elections as usual Repubics will shoot themselves in the foot again give Obummer easy 2nd term!

  • 45caliber

    For most of the last 60 years or so the Demos have had control of the Congress. (Not the Presidency) Their idea of compromise is “what can you do for me personally?”

    The Republicans have had to work with that system. They agree to different programs just to get the Demos to vote for something they want.

    Now isn’t any difference. Boehner wants something so he’s willing to pay off the Demos to get something passed. The Demos expect it. Neither side is able to even consider Boehner saying, “No, we won’t do that.”

    So I’m not surprised when the Tea Party isn’t happy with him and the older GOP members who know only how to pay off the Demos.

  • Dawn

    raising the debt ceiling is not an unprecented move. It has to be done or we will default. Can you even imagine what a quagmire we’ll be in if we default?
    spending needs to be cut and there’s a whole bunch of “czars” that can clear up some money.
    Leave social security and medicare alone, these are not “entitlements” we’ve all been paying into these programs since our first job. But the government needs to quit dipping into it for other than what it was designed for.

    • Joyce from Loris

      In the mid 90′s, the government did note vote to raise the debt ceiling. The world did not end, in fact, most Americans did not even notice it. And guess what? Our debts were paid! Amazing. As far as reforming the Social Security program, I have paid into the program (BY FORCE) for 45 years. The problem with SS is that the government started to allow people to collect Social Security Disability Insurance that have never paid into the program. I know a 16 year old boy in Ohio that collects $900 a month, because he is “disabled”. His disability? He is afraid of being in a crowd, yet I met him at a fair with 25,000 people there. This child should not be collecting disability! And he will get it for the rest of his life, plus medicaid! There are so many people collecting these disability checks, taken out of the Social Security fund, that have never paid into it, that it is depleting the money for the REAL retirees who are expecting to get their money back as promised. THAT is the reform that they spoke of in the reform program. Those people should be in a different program, they are destroying Social Security.

  • Lost in Paradise

    Well, it looks like everything is normal in Washington, and nothing has really changed. Government is growing,and spending is increasing.Next we will get the VAT tax, because we admire Europe and want to be like the rest of the world. It also brings in tons of money for the government. If you think VAT is like another”sales tax” think again. It will raise consumer goods by at least 30-40%.

    I also think the libs, as dumb as they are will vote Obama into office for another term,and they can do it, because they outnumber conservatives. Of course this will sink our ship straightaway.

    Basically what this means as unless the majority of Americans put right and left aside, and think about the whole, and standup and fight, it is all lost. I’m talking about a situation like is happening in Lybia to remove an unwanted leader. Problem is that we need to remove over 500 to even make a dent in the problem. It will take violence, as nothing else has or will work to stop the rate of government growth.

  • Think For A Change

    This compromise bill is TRULY evil. $900 billion in NEW DEBT in the next six months, or so, and $1000 billion or so in reduced expenditures over TEN YEARS. (As if THAT was believeable.) YOU FIGURE OUT THE ARITHMETIC. These figures should be ONE-TO-ONE if there is to be ANY progress. For example, $100 billion in NEW DEBT in the next month and $100 billion in reduced expenditures IN THE NEXT MONTH. Now we are talking.

    Everybody in Washington assumes that interest rates will remain at artificially low levels for the rest of this decade. The interest rate that the U.S. paid on its total marketable debt in the month of June was only 2.38%. Exactly one decade earlier, in June of 2001, we paid 6.162% interest on our total marketable debt or 159% higher than current average interest rates. On August 15th we owe our next interest payment of approximately $30 billion. Imagine if that payment rises 159% higher to $77.7 billion or $932.4 billion annualized. Later this decade, interest rates will not only rise back to normal levels like we had in 2001, but will likely rise to artificially high levels to balance out the damage being created today from artificially low interest rates.

    • Lost in Paradise

      You are absolutely correct, and it will not help the ongoing problem one iota. It is just another in a long line of government scams to appease the American citizens anger.We need to also reign in foreign aid. Especially to the middle east. The whole thing is a big farce.

  • Lost in Paradise

    We will vote them out is simply a huge fairey tail like no other. The media, and the vote fairey tail, is how they control us. Did you ever notice if the press cries recession, we really have one?

  • big jack

    I must say that the republicans were between a rock and hard space. But they did this to themselves. They should have stuck to their guns but I believe they operated out of fear. Fear that they would be blamed for a default ,which would not happen based on what they did. All they did was give each other cover and the American people got screwed. How gutless are all in congress not to deal with the problem. All we got is 8 trillion in more debt and higher taxes. Both of these and the fact that Obama does not have to deal with this next year seems to me a great victory for Obama and the democrats.

  • Rich

    next election, let’s GOOOH! Get Out of Our House. and put non-partisan Americans in the House and vote according to the district they represent instead of voting party lines. check it out!

  • Thor

    For all intents and purposes, John Boehner appears to be an honorable man. If he has a fault, it is that of all Republicans these days: the Republican party has been the underdog for so long that Republicans have lost sight of the fact that compromise is not a solution and never has been. It is a temporary cease-fire waiting on a permanent solution. The high ground in any compromise goes to those with the fortitude to employ absolute recalcitrance to any form of compromise until there is a settlement. Republicans have become so sensitive to being labeled the ‘party of no’ that they have forgotten that saying no is the very tool that can put them back on top. If Republicans had been uncompromising–genuinely uncompromising, not just in appearance–the Republic may have faltered but no one would have forgotten that Democrats had the upper hand and refused to compromise. Now, that opportunity has been lost.

  • chuckb

    the people of ohio should recall boehner. this man is a danger to the country.

  • Harv

    SO, Boehner;
    WHAT happened to your 72 hour rule for reading the bill for the legislature and citizens before a vote? LIAR. I am tired of having everything i do controlled by the 10 mile square district of columbia.

  • pete the simian

    I have to disagree, somewhat, with the negative opinions about Mr. Boehner. Mr. Boehner has done a good job, cuting the growth of the Federal government. I reckon we would have had much more reckless spending. It’s good Mr. Boehner was there with his deal making talent.

    Most of the voters like our mixed economy. We aren’t moving towards a capitalistic utopia – oh no my fellow bloggers ! We are moving towards a mixed economy – where two opposite systems are driving our prosperity..

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Only a true CHIMP would think Boehner, the weeper of the house did a good thing or job!!!

      • Al Sieber

        I agree with you 100% Joe.

  • chuckb

    pete the simian, wasn’t mister boehner the one that objected when the bolsheviks passed the healthcare bill without time to read it, he said there should be a 72 hour wait in order for the congress to study the bill, now it’s a different story with the budget deal. the man has sold us down the river and the current is getting to strong to swim back.

  • LarrWayne

    We need more real tea partiers in Congress and someone that thinks a lot like Ron Paul as president. Or does business as usual sound good?


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