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Barbour: tea party, GOP stand for same things

During one of his recent State of the State addresses, Gov. Haley Barbour made it a point to say he wrote the speech himself.

Barbour (presumably) broke out the pen again for a column in today’s Wall Street Journal, in which he says most of the Tea Party’s principles mirror those of the Republican Party. He makes that point in saying that the GOP establishment should support tea party candidates who are victorious in Republican primaries. That’s been an issue, especially in Delaware. It’s a pretty interesting read. Find it here.

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  1. dw
    September 22nd, 2010 at 01:54 | #1

    Voters vote for anyone who said what they wants to hear. These candidates say they will reduce spending, will not raises taxes,creating new jobs ,and less government invovlement.What many don’t realize they are no difference than those already holding office. No one have the guts to make the tough decisions. Reduce government spending will involved Medicare and Medicad cuts which means removing or reducing those in the system, eliminating or reducing services many need, changes in Social Security system, eliminating federal contracts for small businesses or corporation which could mean loss of jobs, and saying no to the precious money each state know as pork barrel courtesy of each elected delegation in Washington. The services need to be paid for. Everyone wants something for free but no one wants to pay for. If the money (i.e taxes) is not there, police, firefighters, and military will have to be reduce. No money means no new recruits, no new training, no new equipment, or maybe no police or fire department at at all.Repairs to decaying bridges, highways, or roads can not be repair.Creating new jobs take money. If businesses especially small businesses cannot borrow money, they cannot hire new people, repair or buy new equipment, or provide a salary for their empolyees. Many small business borrow from Small Business Administration. No money means they can’t loan money.(Wonder how many voters work for a small business) Everyone wants less government: No regulation of industries. Let not forget what happen in banking world not too long ago: Mortgage meltdown because the Republicans and many Democrats said the indusrty can regulate it self. Oil rig explosion: lost of lives, injuries, and environmental damage because no one care to check to see if they were monitoring their practices as they say there. Once again no regulation because the Republican and many Democrats said they can regulate themselves. New and the old running for office will not make the tough decision because they know that not what voters want to hear. Voters want to hear those running for office will make things easier for the voter without the voter losing or giving up anything for the changes they claim they want.

  2. September 22nd, 2010 at 12:51 | #2

    DW — I’m going to have to disagree a little. I will agree that’s the way it’s been in the past and is still like that to a degree now. However, I believe people are starting to realize there is no Utopian society and everything comes with a trade off. For decades, we’ve been borrowing money so everyone can get what they want. Well, the bills are starting to stack up and the American people are finally noticing the effects of this bloating spending. You’re absolutely correct in the fact that we need people in Washington (and our state capitols) to make the tough decisions that will get our country back on the right track. I believe people are really trying to find out who that will be. I believe this is one of the reasons for the rise of the Tea Party. They’re completely disorganized right now but the message is that the voting public wants true changes. We’re already seeing it in these mid-terms elections and it will only continue to grow as more people educate themselves on the issues. Politicians can no longer come home bragging about pork spending in their state. This used to garner votes because most people just cared about what was happening locally. Now, we’re seeing more and more people looking at the bigger picture and realizing that our local economies are impacted by what’s happening at the national level. The media can discount the Tea Party all they want but I believe this is only the beginning. I’m not endorsing the Tea Party but I think not only will they become more organized but you’ll see additional factions of the voting public begin to come together to make their voices heard. Whichever elected officials actually listen will be the ones that get to keep their jobs.

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