As the 2012 election season looms, Tea Party activists have their eye on the Republican Party. And what they are watching most closely is the debt ceiling debate.
“What we’re looking for is real control of Congressional spending, not some fallacy they invent to make the electorate feel good for a temporary time,” Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, told The Huffington Post.
The majority of Tea Partiers, Meckler says, will not be satisfied with simple spending cuts — they do not want to raise the debt ceiling at all.
“The vast majority simply say (sic) don’t raise the debt limit,” Meckler told the website, saying that prophesies of economic catastrophe are largely overblown.
“That is a lie. That is an outright, total, unadulterated fabrication… We bring in over $220 billion a month in revenue. We owe roughly $11 billion in interest payments on debt,” he said. “My math, and I’m a pretty simple guy, says there’s plenty of room to make those payments. So that would be a choice to default on those payments.”
Meckler said the Tea Party is very concerned about the big-money alliance of special interests and the effect those interests might have on Republican votes on the debt limit. But he assured The Huffington Post that the Tea Party will be ready to bring errant Republicans to task at election time — in the primaries.
“I don’t think any single vote is going to cause anyone to be primaried but this is a major one. And I think all votes are being tallied and remembered, and come 2012 when it’s time for primaries, I think you’re going to see a lot of folks who didn’t expect to be facing primaries facing primaries.”