It is time for a Tea Party Agenda. This is an agenda that we can point to and say if you elect Tea Party Congressmen and Senators, this is what we are going to work on.
This agenda is based on ideas from Tea Party activists across the nation. The idea behind the agenda is simple. We decided that the best course would be to pick out a small number of goals that everyone would agree on. We kept in mind that the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party does not control the leadership, so the parts of the Tea Party Agenda would have to have overwhelming support.
This is a simple agenda that can be passed. That is the idea. This should be an agenda we can take to the American people and ask our Tea Party Senators, Congressmen and candidates to embrace.
It will not solve all of our problems, but it will be a start.
fairtax.org for the truth
fairtax.com is anti-fair tax
Bill Archer, former head of the House Ways and Means Committee, asked Princeton University Econometrics to survey 500 European and Asian companies regarding the effect on their business decisions if the United States enacted the FairTax. 400 of those companies stated they would build their next plant in the United States, and 100 companies said they would move their corporate headquarters to the United States
America is part of a world market and we have been for the last 150 years. However, we don’t have policy to deal in the world market. Let me make a suggestion. If we have only a final consumption sale tax, that will take taxes off business, also, remove unnecessary regulations on business. In return business loses their special government programs. (No more subsidies, special regulations, they are put on the free market).
Setup a tariff program that will promote free trade in the world market. If a foreign government subsidizes their products, manipulates currency, or in any other way provides government programs that promote their interest outside of free trade, we in turn put a tariff on their products that covers the cost to us of their government program. Our tariff must be applied where it hurts them the most politically and economically.
We will meet the world on a free trade basis and jobs will move back to America.
Tariffs? You want Tariffs?
A good place to start is the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. Probably did more to deepen and extend the last Depression than any other legislation. Increased duties on nearly 1000 imports. And caused reciprocal importation barriers around the world. And mass-starvation, in much of Europe. Sorry not the place for this discussion, and my link above is a mere taste. Study!
This is a must see for everyone - what is GM doing after the American Taxpayers bailed them out? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvl5Gan69Wo&feature=youtu.be If you can't use the link, just google General Motors and China
Can you show in history where any import tariffs actually worked? I can show your in history where lowering taxes and regulation worked.
I believe the Tea Party is more of an attitude than a group organized enough to create an agenda. obama, liberals and RINO's give the American public enough reason, almost daily, to help more and more people get the Tea Party attitude.
While these ideas are all good, the Tea Party, as a group couldn't keep it together long enough to elect a conservative as the nominee. Vern is right. Herding cats and the Tea Party attitude would be a disaster.
On their own, in state and local elections the Tea Party attitude is doing the job. RINOs are being replaced, liberals and their causes are being are being embarrassed and the Tea Party rumbles on.
I would suggest no one try to lead the Tea Party and no one should try to define it's goals.
I would say that defining "like minded" ideas from our Tea Party group is a not a bad idea. One should omit the issues that, after sufficient dialog, there can be no general consensus on. The problem is when one person dictates what we as a group think, without getting that general consensus (by asking other members how they feel). It just becomes similar to the Republican Party leading people where they don't want to be led, or not representing us. That said, I think there are some general issues that 90% of us probably DO agree on. Why not put issues out for discussion? Here are some topics that I envision most Tea Partiers agree upon. I'm sure it could be written more concisely, in better order, but again, lets start a dialog.
1) We believe in the Constitution of the United States, as it was originally written, and not to be redefined by activist judges
2) We do not want the US increasing debt, but want it to begin correcting the problem of the massive debt we already have, spent by what we believe is an irresponsible government
3) We believe illegal immigration is illegal, and our laws should be enforced as they are written, such as the sheriff in AZ is doing, starting immediately. No more anchor babies either.
4) We believe in our freedom, free particularly from government intrusion into our lives, government regulating and overstepping, and especially taxation - government taking our hard earned money (which is unconstitutional) to waste - no taxation without representation!
5) We believe we have the God given right to the pursuit of happiness - and we believe in God (the God of the Bible which was the basis and foundation of our constitution and laws)! Bring the 10 commandments back into every classroom and courthouse!
6) We support our military for the purposes of guaranteeing our freedom and keeping us safe from outside threats and not as a member of the United Nations, or new world order, or whatever takes away our US sovereignty.
7) We abhor the fraud and waste that is rampant in our government, including fraud in welfare, entitlement programs, waste by legislators and government on travel and trips and niceties that we would never afford ourselves, etc. and desire a means to STOP this fraud and waste asap!
8) We want to get back to the original intent of our constitution! We want the right to practice our religion without it being BANNED from the public square (don't we own the public square?) so that the religion of a MAJORITY of people should be allowed to be celebrated without it being considered a state enforced religion. Separation of church and state is NOT in the Constitution. Neither is the right to privacy (which incoherently allows for abortion). The commerce clause is for business across state lines, not a reason to impose governmental regulation onto everything.
9) Islam, communism, marxism, socialism, atheism, homosexuality and other minority agendas are not embraced by the MAJORITY of Americans (yes, not politically correct but accurate - Political correctness is an idea fostered by the liberals to squelch freedom of speech and keep us quiet) and so, although individual freedom allows people to practice what they wish, public policy and rules of law are not to be driven by these minority groups. Indoctrination of the homosexual agenda, for example, has no business in our school system, let alone at kindergarten levels. MOST Americans agree, as proven by several states that have passed laws that marriage is between one man and one woman. Activists judges try to distort the constitution to overrule the laws passed by the people.
10) STATES RIGHTS are a predominant part of the constitution, RETURN to STATE SOVEREIGNTY. States should be allowed to create local law so that LIKE MINDED people can live together in a state with relatively little conflict.
11) ABOLISH all the unnecessary, corrupt, wasteful, do-nothing governmental agencies that should never have been allowed to grow into the monsters they have become: The EPA, IRS, DEA, DOE, DOT, DOI, DOL, ED, HUD, DOC, HHA, see for a full list: http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/D.shtml It's obscene how our money is being wasted on these.
Anyway, if we start the dialog, I'm sure a lot of people would like to add to it.
I believe that we should consider a position of "No Federal Government" per se.
President, Congress & Supreme Court (545) is All That We Need.
All of the "Apparatus" that has been developed for each "enumerated power of The Federal Government" has "expanded the reach of the Federales into State, County & City Government Affairs !
Put the ideas out there for discussion, that's great. The Tea Party is made up of conservatives, independents, disgruntled democrats and people who have never voted but are fed up with the current situation. But when we start defining what the Tea Party stands specifically you are going to lose people. They probably won't vote democrat, they more than likely just won't vote at all. The movement isn't broken, don't try to fix it. When we start thinking we can manage things better than the other guys we start to look like RINOs. The things people agree on don't need defining. This election is about the economy and nothing else.
Herding cats!!! Yes we need an agenda, but a very flexible agenda. If you look at our economy, our present policies are not working and what we are going to have to come up with to solve our economic problems is going to be far removed from our present thinking. We need ideas, comments and criticisms to come up with an agenda that will work. Even cats come home at night.
If you study history, the English speaking people have improved their democracy over the last 1000 years. It is time for another improvement.
Well Jim H. During the last primary we were fighting the republican party and the democrat propaganda machine. Many were foolish enough to think that Ron Paul could ever get the nomination, they were the on group rabid enough to hang on and ignore everything else. The state and local republican party organizations, most of which the Tea Party hasn't been able to dominate yet, chose who would be on the state ballots. Newt was too unorganized to run a campaign in a multi-state environment, M. Bachmann really never caught on and seemed to be somewhat a WDC insider, but the real rotten apple in the barrel was R. Santorum who sucked up most of the grass roots support and bailed out. We could re-visit who should have dropped out first but the fact is, almost every state republican party organization picked Romney up front and made sure that he had the advantage. Maybe the 5 points listed should be narrowed to one that most people can agree on.... the Tea Party exploded because of one issue, ObamaCare. So, should we go back and tell everyone to pick one and the winner issue get blasted to all Tea Party organizations as our issue until it is resolved. If the Supreme Court doesn't kill ObamaCare, should we go on the offensive about that again. Maybe we are looking the wrong way for an issue, lets pick the one thing that politicians are scared to death of and that is either their own re-election or THEIR pay and benefits. We can do this, without a single leader, but we do need more of the Tea Party Nations and other Tea Party organizations information networks. If we should lose the internet, we are screwed. Communication is everything.