Tea Party Manifesto

by Ben Hoffman

Here is the Tea Party Manifesto as defined by the Tea Party Patriots

1. Protect the Constitution

Require each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does. (82.03%)

2. Reject Cap & Trade

Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation’s global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures. (72.20%)

3. Demand a Balanced Budget

Begin the Constitutional amendment process to require a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. (69.69%)

4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words — the length of the original Constitution. (64.90%)

5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

Create a Blue Ribbon taskforce that engages in a complete audit of federal agencies and programs, assessing their Constitutionality, and identifying duplication, waste, ineffectiveness, and agencies and programs better left for the states or local authorities, or ripe for wholesale reform or elimination due to our efforts to restore limited government consistent with the US Constitution’s meaning. (63.37%)

6. End Runaway Government Spending

Impose a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth. (56.57%)

7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

Defund, repeal and replace the recently passed government-run health care with a system that actually makes health care and insurance more affordable by enabling a competitive, open, and transparent free-market health care and health insurance system that isn’t restricted by state boundaries. (56.39%)

8. Pass an All-of-the-Above Energy Policy

Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs. (55.51%)

9. Stop the Pork

Place a moratorium on all earmarks until the budget is balanced, and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark. (55.47%)

10. Stop the Tax Hikes

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011. (53.38%)

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59 Responses to “Tea Party Manifesto”

  1. Oh sure. Let’s create some committees (un, task forces – Blue Ribbon ones yet!) and then let’s revert to the laws that governed us when we were four million people (the population of CT). Should work just fine for 300+ million people.

  2. I’m surprised “End the Fed” is not in there, or at least, “Audit the Fed”?

  3. Mr. Hoffman,

    I commend you for your fairness in listing the 10 points .

    1. Protect the Constitution

    2. Reject Cap & Trade

    3. Demand a Balanced Budget

    4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform

    5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington

    6. End Runaway Government Spending

    7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care

    8. Pass an All-of-the-Above Energy Policy

    9. Stop the Pork

    10. Stop the Tax Hikes

    Those are pretty radical to Washington politicians. Tax money is crack to them so the Tea Partyers are all guilty of sedition. They are just a bunch of crazies . ” Protect the Constitution “. The Constitution is a roll of toilet paper to judges and Congressmen .

    Ms. Holland,

    Real wit needs a strong element of truth to it .

    But let’s go to a different point . Remember all of the Obama lapdog media saying how scared they were of VIOLENCE from Tea Party people ? How rhetoric was being ginned up and that reminded them of the violence and RACISM of the Civil Rights period .

    Well who is ginning up violent Rhetoric NOW? Obama is sending his mobs to Arizona . Obama and the Democrats have libeled Arizona Citizens as racists. Whose violent mobs are using refried beans to make swastikas ? Not the poor Tea Party people .

    • [the poor Tea Party people ]

      Just for the record, Alan, Tea Party people are wealthier than most of us. So say the polls.

      Which mobs would the President be sending to Arizona?

  4. Ms Holland,

    I attended a Tea Party, so that makes me one of them, at least nominally. I know I am poorer than most here .

    The one Obama-ite I can think of who is well known for inciting street mobs against innocent people is Reverend Al. There was the Tawana Brawley episode where he publicly destroyed one innocent man, Steve Pagones . Then there was the Duke University Case, that he could not stay out of .

    Now he wants to commit civil disobedience in Arizona . Gee, do you think based on his record, that “violence” could break out ? You know the kind predicted for Tea Party protests .

    Gee I sure do hope that if anyone is injured or killed in Arizona, that no ones blames President Obama for inciting violence with his Dangerous Rhetoric .

    • We’ve already had several domestic terrorist attacks from teabagger types. Timothy McVeigh, abortion doctor murders, the guy who flew a prop plane into a building about a year ago…

      And I don’t think claiming something may be unconstitutional could be defined as “dangerous rhetoric,” although it could fuel protests, as it should. We need to defend our Constitution. (I believe that was #1 in teabagger goals.)

  5. Mr. Hoffman,

    ” Timothy McVeigh, abortion doctor murders, the guy who flew a prop plane into a building about a year ago…”

    Cool, Tea Party people are now being blamed for things that happened before there were Tea Party people . I know, I know, we all look alike .

    Lets do the time warp again .

    ” And I don’t think claiming something may be unconstitutional could be defined as “dangerous rhetoric,” although it could fuel protests, as it should. ”

    So 5 different news people who got the talking points fax from Obama Inc. all saying “Your papers please ” and saying that it is just what the Nazis did, that is not inflammatory ?

  6. Ms. Holland,

    Guilty as charged . I’m amazed the obscure reference did not sneak through . My wife is a big fan and dragged me to a live show . Unfortunately I was sleep deprived at the time and am probably the only person in history to fall asleep during a performance .

    • I saw the movie back in the early 80s and fell asleep in the theater. It might have had something to do with drinking a bottle of wine that I snuck in, though.

    • The theatre with which I’m affiliated began doing an annual production about three years ago. And it was a brilliant move because the show’s fans are legion and, apparently, life long. We sell out every year.

  7. Mr. Hoffman,

    ” It might have had something to do with drinking a bottle of wine that I snuck in, though. ”

    I’m shocked at your behavior .

  8. 1. Love the RHPS!
    2. “These goals are pretty naive and short-sighted.” That is because the Tea Baggers are naive and short-sighted.
    3. Alan, what Ben implied when he said “teabagger types” was on point. Tea partiers, like the examples he profered, hate big govt. Any arguments there?

  9. The Conservative Lie,

    On another board Ms Holland gently scolded me for lumping all liberals in to one basket . She said there was actually quite a variation in beliefs .

    Well Teapartyers are a coalition of groups . You have the Libertarians small Government people. You have neo Libertarians who believe in some Government . You have some middle of the road Republicans .

    These are all united by their fear of the wreckage the Big Government Democrats are doing . The challenge for all of them will be to maintain their unity once they begin to win . This has happened a little already . Again there is a lot of variation within the Tea Party groups.

  10. The Conservative Lie,

    ” you’re right of course. I’m afraid for the moderate republicans – they are getting pushed out. ”

    What do you care about any Republicans ? They are your enemy . At any rate moderate Republicans are as useful as t*ts on a Bo*r .

  11. [What do you care about any Republicans ? They are your enemy . At any rate moderate Republicans are as useful as t*ts on a Bo*r .]

    They’re not our enemy. It sounds like they are your enemy.

  12. Ms. Holland,

    When they are not your political enemy, they are mine . I have some Libertarian friends who hate moderate Republicans more than Democrats . At least Democrats are honest about their liberal ways . Then you have Arlen Spector and Crist who don’t know what they are .

    • So, are you saying there is no such thing as a true moderate? Is there no room for a politician of any stripe to compromise? I rather thought that is what the founders had in mind when they set up the system the way they did. Otherwise, you are left with totalitarian idealogues or a government that can accomplish nothing due to obstruction.

    • Alan – why do you keep using the word ‘hate’?

  13. The Conservative Lie,

    ” So, are you saying there is no such thing as a true moderate? Is there no room for a politician of any stripe to compromise? ”

    Well once we regain power then we will see. Besides you are using Moderate in a very general term . We are all moderates on some issues .

    Let us just stick to economics, shall we . That is where Republicans got into trouble . If Moderate means Big Spender, then Moderate is a dirty word . Republicans were big spenders . Now Democrats are much worse . Everyone promising everyone else a lot of goodies . Don’t worry we will just jack up the taxes on the ” Rich “. not on you .

    Well eventually all of these unfunded goodies bring the House down . Ten or twenty years from now I wonder if the old people will riot, when the IMF tells the US that it must reduce it’s entitlements .

    Here is our future caused by Obama-Claus .

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/05/01/2010-05-01_may_day_rallies_explode_into_riots_in_greece.html

  14. Ms. Holland, Mr.Hoffman,

    I do not agree with you two. Go ahead make your arguments for each of Gentlemen you listed and give me an example of a present day definition .

    Defend what you just said . Make me proud .

  15. Not to beat a drum here, but this is the stuff I’d really like to see the Tea Party Movement go after. Does it have to be Tea Party that goes after it? No, but if they’re so hell-bent on returning to Constitutional roots, wouldn’t this be a relevant, cross-party issue that they could actually have some teeth (and gain some respect) on?

    • If it won’t fit on a bumper sticker, teabaggers won’t protest it.

      Union workers have their sights set on the right targets, though.
      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100429/ap_on_bi_ge/us_wall_street_protest_5

      • Funny how they’ll march in the streets when a private firm with no union employees gets a bailout, yet they’re all for it when the government bails out the auto industry.

        And as for “Save our Homes”, here’s their contribution to that front:
        Los Angeles County officials who received $8 million in Community Development Block Grant money to weatherize homes for low-income people said they typically bid the job low and pay about $15 an hour for a worker to caulk windows. However, under union scale, that job pays $25 an hour and $5 in benefits, so instead of repairing 100 homes, they might do 50 homes for the same price. Source

        A union taking an overpaid day off to grab some free headlines is hardly a reason to give them a pat on the back in my opinion – especially when they’re bitching about job losses and economic factors that they themselves contribute to.

      • [Funny how they’ll march in the streets when a private firm with no union employees gets a bailout, yet they’re all for it when the government bails out the auto industry.]

        Well, they’re a bit different. These financial giants helped destroy our economy. I don’t see how protesting the GM bailout would do any good — especially since GM has undergone major reorganization since they’ve become government motors. Not much has changed with the banks and they’re still profiting immensely from their destructive behavior.

      • Agreed… just throwing an opinion from the right in there. 🙂

    • Right on. This one is a classic example of “privatize the profits, socialize the losses”. And of ‘okay for me but not for thee”.

    • Some hope?

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-alan-grayson/who-got-our-1000000000000_b_560964.html

      “The House passed our bill to conduct the first independent audit of the Fed in its 96-year history. Now it’s time for the Senate to act.

      A bipartisan group of Senators is pushing for an amendment to audit the Fed. This amendment is similar to the legislation that we passed in the House last year. It’s called the Federal Reserve Accountability Amendment. It will ensure that the American people know to whom the Fed is lending our money.”

      • I haven’t looked through it yet but I’ve got to think it’s pretty watered-down from what Ron Paul and even Barney Frank were proposing, but yes, perhaps hope and a step in the right direction.

      • Just read the article, thanks Moe!

        Like him or not, I think Ron Paul should get more credit than Grayson on this one, as he’s been pushing for this way longer than Grayson has, and for what I think are far more genuine motives.

      • I agree that Ron Paul has been the one who’s been calling for this – or the end of the Fed – he paved the way.I doubt there’d be any kind of bill in the house if the congress critters hadn’t noticed people were listening to Ron Paul.

      • Although, too, Ron Paul is more for ending the Fed than auditing it.

      • [been calling for this – or the end of the Fed – he paved the way.]

        We’re even closer on this one!

  16. Ms. Holland,

    ” I do not agree with you two. Go ahead make your arguments for each of Gentlemen you listed and give me an example of a present day definition .

    Defend what you just said . Make me proud . ”

    ” Read a book.

    You might start with Nixon’s own memoirs, “RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon” ”

    You have not made me proud . I am severely disappointed in you . If you ask me to back up what I say, I at least will put a little effort into the task . You pulled the rip cord and bailed out, big time .

    Mr. Hoffman,

    You also disappointed me with ” Go f*ck yourself. 🙂 “. At least you smiled while you were doing it .

  17. 11) Kill Muslims.

  18. I’m just curious as to where the tea party thinks we’ll get the money to pave roads, upgrade the electrical grid and all the other infrastructure items that are in dire need of replacement or repair if taxes are not raised. I, for one, do not mind paying taxes as long as it is put to good use. We are well on our way to becoming a third world country.

    • Simple. Government needs to get out of the way of business. Ease up on the restrictions on business. Let small businesses expand and hire people. These employed people will pay taxes. Those tax dollars can be spent on infrastructure improvement. People on welfare don’t build the infrastructure.

      • Nope, allowing businesses to pollute the environment (or to do whatever else they’re prohibited from doing due to regulations) isn’t going to create jobs. Deregulation of the banking sector caused the Great Recession and high unemployment. Conservative policies fail each time, every time.

  19. Ms Holland,
    Eisenhower-Warned us of the military establishment
    Nixon-Started the EPA-
    Bush Sr-Raised taxes
    Reagan-Never had a balanced budget
    Goldwater-Stated the religious nuts were taking over the GOP
    Bush Jr-Never had a balanced budget-Raised liberal children-Bailed out banks

    Yes the US needs to deal with its debt but in a responsible way. I also remember Republicans telling us for years we don’t need to worry about the debt. Welcome to the band wagon.

  20. and this is on the DRUGERETORT and you actually believe this buch of crap?????????????????

  21. Ms. Warner,

    The monies for rebuilding the country would be easy to get if we bring our military back in country and stop sticking our noses where they don’t belong. I’m retired military and spent all but 7 years overseas, and some of it in countries who didn’t even want us there. Lets look at the money we are giving to other countries to be our allies, just to have them take a dump on us a few years later. In 2012 we spent $20.58 billion in foreign assistance. That is just the money we gave them to “be our friend”. Why are we doing that, what are they doing for us? Pakistan did a lot, they let Bin Laden live there from 2007 till his death. They have supported terrorist training camps who produced fighters who killed our people. Great friend they are. How about Afghanistan. How much are we spending every day supporting them? Do you really think they want us there? They have been fighting in that region for thousands of years, so what good is it going to do for us to let our troops be killed over there? No good at all. Once we pull out everything is going to revert to its old ways. Don’t hear much about Iraq, do you? Except for Hussein being a dictator running the country, not much has changed. We have spent over a decade fighting wars we didn’t need to fight. We had the knowledge of Bin Laden’s location weeks before 911. I know that first hand, but we won’t talk about it beyond that! Why was Bin Laden in charge, because we supported his group in past skirmishes. Great friend he was! Many of the countries over there get money every year, and they don’t deserve it. We’ve done plenty for them, now it’s time for them to do some for themselves!

    Do you really know why 911 happened? It was because we go into countries and try to project our beliefs onto their people and government. Democracy, the way we had it, does not work in every situation. Our “better than thou” attitude killed the people in the towers, Pentagon, and on flight 93. We brought that upon ourselves. Look at our organizations like the CIA, where they covertly start situations in other countries, and lets look at covert operations of the military where they do the same, and don’t tell me it doesn’t happen because I have been there and done that! We are pissing money away we don’t have. WHY ARE WE INTERFERING IN THEIR NATION??? We shouldn’t be.

    It costs approximately $10000 for every hour of flight time for our Air Force cargo planes. It takes almost 12 hours to the bases in the gulf region and there are at least 10 birds a day that fly that route. So, we are spending about $1.8 million on planes going that way. Now multiply that by two because for every one going over, one comes back. Now we are at $3.6 per day to supply the gulf. Now lets go to the pacific. 12 hours to Japan at the same rate and there are 5 or so that go that route every day. Considering the round trip, that equates to about $1.2 million per day. For a total of $4.8 million per day for the fuel to supply our troops. The birds run everyday, That’s roughly $1.8 billion per year in fuel to support the troops overseas and that doesn’t even include fuel used by aircraft that are used for missions in theater. Hopefully this gives you some idea how we could repair the roads, and do other in country projects. You mentioned improving the infrastructure,

    Most of the infrastructure is used by private companies, so why as a nation are we doing that for them. They charge fees and turn profits on their investments, so shouldn’t they be doing like small businesses, repairing their own equipment? Maybe bailing out the car companies kept people employed, but don’t you think the car companies needed to trim some of the fat they were carrying to keep their businesses afloat? I was a plant manager for a company that produced automotive parts. In our facility, we employed over 1000 people. The company had 5 facilities in the US, two in Canada, and they purchased two in Mexico. Why Mexico, because the unions had pushed production costs so high that it was no longer feasible for the US plants to produce the parts for the price the automotive manufacturers were willing to pay. Because of that nearly 5000 of the US workers lost their jobs. It is cheap to manufacture the parts in Mexico, and also cheaper in Canada than in the US plants. Mexico, I can see, but Canada placed 100% tax on all parts we sent there for work. How could they make the components for less and pay the taxes, because the unions do not dictate the amount of the employees pay. Our starting pay, for simple manual labor was $15 an hour. It was just the matter of pulling parts out of a press and cutting the tabs that held them together. Simple work, where if the autoworkers union was not involved, would have earned the starting workers $7.50 an hour. We had to pay twice the rate, and because of the union interference, had less than 3/4 the output of what a non-union facility could produce. The union drove us into the ground and we didn’t receive one penny from the government! I believe there was a need for unions in the past, but with the current labor laws, that need has been gone for decades and the government should not subsidize ANY company that has a union in place! Get rid of the union, production costs go down, and production goes up.

    Government needs to step back and let the businesses run themselves. I’m not saying get rid of pollution controls, OSHA and the such, but let the companies manage themselves. Obama comment that “you didn’t build you business, the government did” is true for Solyndra and the ones the government gave grants to, but the money was wasted. With that money they could have given loans to real prospective companies who would have employed lots more people. Instead, we are out the money given them as well as the unemployment paid to their former employees. Government has no place injecting themselves in private businesses.

    I’m not just blowing smoke here, I have an MBA, have owned and sold three start-up companies, and can proudly say, I created those businesses without any government help!

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