Tea Party Patriots compares tax deal to TARP, warns of ‘House cleaning’
The Tea Party Patriots, the tea party group with the most connections to grassroots groups, came out against the tax cut deal in a statement this morning, creating a website called notaxcompromise.com. The Tea Party Patriots, however, think the deal violates the GOP Pledge to America:
On September 23, all of the House GOP leadership agreed to the “Pledge to America.” A photo op was arranged at the Tart Lumber store in Sterling, Virginia, and the senior leaders of the would-be majority, with their shirt sleeves rolled up, took the pledge and asked America for the majority back. There are at least five provisions of the Pledge that are violated by “The Deal.” In September the House GOP promised to:
“Permanently Stop All Job-Killing Tax Hikes” (p. 16)
“Act immediately to Reduce Spending” (p. 21)
“Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels” (p. 21)
“Read the Bill” (p. 33)
“Advance Legislative Issues One at a Time” (p. 33)
The assault of “The Deal” on “The Pledge” will make the latter a joke, and instantly impacts the credibility of all future efforts to propose agendas to the electorate.
The Senate and House are likely to pass the ‘tax-cut’ deal with the vast majority of Republicans — with exceptions such as Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Az.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — voting for the deal. (This could change as versions of the House bill might increase the estate tax to 45 percent with a $3.5 million exemption versus the Lincoln-Kyl amendment putting it at 35 percent with a $5 million exemption.)
Still, Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder and National Coordinator Mark Meckler told TAI in an e-mail that the tax cut deal vote could be compared to TARP:
We will record and remember their votes. They didn’t believe we would remember TARP, but we did. Tea Party Patriots doesn’t endorse or oppose candidates, but Representatives can rest assured the people will remember their 2010 votes in November 2012. If Congressmen forget the principles on which the 2010 election was decided, we will remind them in 2012 with further House cleaning.