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.
Final consumption sale tax.
The reason we have this federal debt is that congress buys their political power by selling us on programs we believe will benefit us. Congress is there for their personal and political power not for the benefit of America. We Americans believe we are getting something for nothing. It is a big lie and in a democracy we Americans should be smarter. It is an insult to our civilization that we have allowed this to happen. Our federal debt is a result of Americans being immature, childish and not excepting their responsibilities in a democracy. It is also irresponsible of the Tea Party to not face the reality of this.
Final consumption sales tax – only – no item or person exempt. When a family buys $100 in groceries and the clerk adds, $5 for local tax, $6 for county tax, $15 for state tax, $35 for federal tax and $45 to pay off the federal debt the s*** will come out of their heads about the cost of government. That will be the day that socialism ends and reality and solving our own problems takes over.
Then give the American people the wright to decide directly what they are willing to buy threw government. Americans will clean out waste and corruption very quickly. We will have more efficient and productive government.
This government debt has been with us though out history. No civilization has ever managed the problem. If America manages the federal debt, history will be change forever.
The 16th Amendment (for the first time in our Nation's history gave the Federal Government the authority to Put Their Hand "Directly into The Citizen's Pocket").
More than The United States Congress having the "authority & means to fund their wishes".....The Power of an "Oligarchy" was begun !
The Founders would have Never.....authorized a "direct" tax by The Federal Government (that circumvented the authority of State, County & City Governments) to "Protect" the Individual Citizen from Federal Government.
This is a "Power Issue" !
You're dead on, Ronald. This is my major concern with the federal consumption tax. That we would be allowing the door to be cracked open, allowing the devil to enter, knowing full well that the next step or steps will be to kick that door wide open and completely abuse the situation (based on the precedent that they would then have), until we've got a huge European-style VAT on everything... I don't like it. Where are the controls? The limits? The checks on it?
The federal government has proven, time and time again, that it does not and will not check itself, or stop itself from continuing to grow. That's how we got here, in the first place. Will we now give them the power to not only continue to grow (after all, we'll need a bigger bureaucracy to collect and manage all of the "new revenue", they'll argue!) but to grab more control, more authority, and eat away more of our liberty?!?
I don't like it. Not one bit.
I would add a few to your list ;
6. Require any and all bills introduced to Congress (either house) to clearly state what section and verse of the Constitution authorizes the bill's actions and HOW the Constitution does this.
7. Term Limits for Congress = 12 years per person ( in either house) for example 6 yrs as Senator + 6 years as Rep = 12 (Maxed Out) That would be 1 term as Senator and 3 terms as Rep. (or any other combination that comes to 12) .
8. A clear written understanding that "natural born citizen" does NOT mean simply born in America or "citizen". But that it means henceforth and forever what it meant when it was written which is "born to U.S. citizen parents " (and raised in the USA)..
9. Pass and adhere to a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution .
10 . Place limits on Executive Orders.
11. Pass legislation disallowing Czars appointed by a President. Require Congressional approval for any Presidential staff member with power.
You've made a great start.
Let's just add to the list ....... and I think together we can put together a pretty decent Tea Party Agenda.
While I agree with several of your listed items, #8 has been clearly defined in several SC cases, in natural law theories, and in application of practical law practice.
#10 - can we id the Constitutional section that even permits these?
#11 - czars are entirely outside of the constitutionally identifiable offices of any branch, so why not simply outlaw and deny ANY monies for these "appointments?"
Love it! Finally, a common platform of ideals that reflects our values and that we can hold up to interested candidates, and the rest of the country, to say, "this is who we are; this is what we stand for"!
EVERY ONE of these 5 simple ideals is a dead-on bullseye! They are self-evident, common sense oriented, and long overdue.
Well done, Judson. I can stand behind this. And help rally others around these, also.
That's a start we need.
We need to also focus on why we're not reaching our policy goals and what we have to do to win them. For nearly my entire life, the Republican Party has been unable to deliver the policies we need and want while the majority of our population is in general agreement with them! How can this be? I think that it's time to focus away from personalities and to focus on policy goals and results, voting only for those who deliver the results, not just the election. Winning an election only gets you the opportunity to win policy, but winning policy isn't an add-on to winning office: it's the only purpose to be in the office. If you're not charging ahead to win policy goals, you're wasting space someone else could use. You're a boat anchor or worse, an enabler for our political foes.
"Representative Government" has been perceived by politicians and many Citizens that we elected polticians to "do that which is Best for Us rather than Carrying The Message of Our Desires to the decision makers" !
Once we "elect" them...Our part is over !
9-9-9 IS Not a reasonable plan At ALL. No plan that includes a National sales Tax should ever be considered.
You've never studied the Fair Tax.That is the only conclusion one can come to with a statement like yours. Please choose not to be ignorant.
Please choose not to be so arrogant and divisive.
As a PS, who exactly are the "leadership"? I mean, what are their names (other than Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Priebus and etc.)?
Our organization as I understand it makes very little sense to me. In the first place, why should leadership be simply people who have won election? Without the party, they wouldn't be elected, so why by dint of one battle should they suddenly be "leaders" of that party, especially in terms of policy and policy goals? It's all too ad hoc , subjective and uncoordinated -- not to mention, if results matter, historically ineffective in terms of winning policy. I'd far rather see the party leadership -- not elected -- determine who our policy front men will be, and then send them to Washington with the party banner to do the party's bidding rather than going there with their own prerogatives first and foremost in mind.