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Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips wrote an op-ed in today's WaPo detailing why the tea party refuses to bend on raising the debt ceiling.  And it only proves how clueless he is about this debate.

Some of the more laughable statements:

As the founder of Tea Party Nation, I feel confident in saying that the Tea Party understands what so many in Washington seem to have forgotten: We do not have a debt crisis. We have a spending crisis. There is only one way you get to a debt crisis — you spend too much money.

So in order to solve the spending crisis, you want to put into doubt whether we're going to pay on what we've already spent?  

Americans are angry at the federal government and do not want their taxes raised. Nor do they want Congress to borrow more, considering how poorly lawmakers have managed the money we give them.

Let's say it all together as a group, Judson--raising the debt limit isn't giving us the authority to spend more.  It's to give us the ability to pay back what we've already spent.

We in the Tea Party understand a basic concept that Washington has forgotten: When you are in a hole, quit digging.

So in order to stop us from digging, you instead want to put us in a new hole instead by putting the faith and credit of our nation at risk?

We suspected that the teabaggers really didn't understand the nuances of the debt ceiling debate.  And now the head teabagger has confirmed it.

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  •  They Do Understand Very Well How Our System (2+ / 0-)
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    Shirl In Idaho, radmul

    operates. And their major interests are willing to take the medium term hit from default in pursuit of conquest.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 01:30:14 PM PDT

  •  Judson Phillips' line of thinking (4+ / 0-)

    is exactly why we stand on the precipice of possible financial disaster.

    Here's what former Reagan administration adviser Bruce Bartlett wrote the other day:

    The Congressional Budget Office expects revenue to be just 14.8 percent of G.D.P. this year; the last year it was lower was 1950, when revenue amounted to 14.4 percent of G.D.P.

    But revenue has been below 15 percent of G.D.P. since 2009, and the last time we had three years in a row when revenue as a share of G.D.P. was that low was 1941 to 1943.

    Revenue has averaged 18 percent of G.D.P. since 1970 and a little more than that in the postwar era. At a similar stage in previous business cycles, two years past the trough, revenue was considerably higher: 18 percent of G.D.P. in 1977 after the 1973-75 recession; 17.3 percent of G.D.P. in 1984 after the 1981-82 recession, and 17.5 percent of G.D.P. in 1993 after the 1990-91 recession. Revenue was markedly lower, however, at this point after the 2001 recession and was just 16.2 percent of G.D.P. in 2003.

    The reason, of course, is that taxes were cut in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.

    If anything, we have a revenue problem due to the tax cuts that people like Phillips gladly supported and want more of.  That is the cause of our debt problems.  Yet morons like Phillips have basically been given control of the nation's steering wheel and are about to drive the country off a cliff.  I just hope these idiots are totally discredited after all this.  But I doubt it since neither the media nor the Democrats will have the stones to call them out on it.  

    "In the long run, Americans will always do the right thing — after exploring all other alternatives." - Winston Churchill

    by puakev on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 01:34:21 PM PDT

  •  While I did not read all the comments (2+ / 0-)

    I was heartened by the ones I did read. Basically telling Judson that he was clueless, treasonous idiot.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 01:43:19 PM PDT

  •  Good of the teahole to chime in (4+ / 0-)

    Why the Washington Post feels the need to give space to a racist, third-rate DUI lawyer that also runs TPN as a for-profit enterprise is beyond me. The irony of this little prick lecturing on fiscal responsibility is amusing since TPN is being sued for not paying their bills to a Las Vegas casino.

    Some Tennessee tea partiers are in hot water with a Las Vegas gambling resort that's accusing them of skipping out on a big hotel bill.

    On Monday Venetian Casino Resort, LLC., filed suit against Tea Party Nation Corporation of Franklin, Tenn., alleging the group owes $642,144 for canceling a conservative conclave last year.

    The event, which had been scheduled for July 14-18, 2010, was first postponed until October and ultimately canceled.

    A lecture on fiscal responsibility from Judson Phillips is about as valuable as a lecture on family values from tea twit Joe Walsh.

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 01:45:32 PM PDT

  •  Does Judson handle his own credit the same way? (1+ / 0-)
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    Christian Dem in NC

    Does he rack up huge charges on his credit card, then when the bill comes in, refuse to pay it?

    Oh, that'll turn out well.

    •  Good point (1+ / 0-)
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      There's a difference between not being able to pay and flat-out refusing to pay.

      We are all Stranded Wind.

      by Christian Dem in NC on Thu Jul 28, 2011 at 03:06:27 PM PDT

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      •  Refuse to pay (0+ / 0-)

        and you end up having your property seized to satisfy the debt.

        The same type of thing would ultimately play out on the federal level. Creditors could and would sue for payment. The debts are valid.

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