Tea Party Caused the Credit Downgrade?

A “cult fringe”.  Tom Harkin, Democrat Senator from Iowa on July 20, 2011. A “fringe element”. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Democrat, to CNN in April 2010. “Tea partiers-the fringe element of the Republican Party”. DailyKos, July 27, 2011. Harry Reid has called the Tea Party irrelevant, and claimed it will be short-lived.

Yet, once the S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating, somehow it’s the Tea Party’s fault? Both David Axelrod, of Obama’s team, and John Kerry have called this the “Tea Party Downgrade”. Interesting how it doesn’t take long for the Democrat talking points to use the exact same language.

My question is, how in the world is a fringe, irrelevant group capable of bringing down the credit rating of the largest economy in the world for the first time ever?

This is a problem for both major parties. The blame game immediately started after the downgrade. I thought the debt deal, which was supported by members of both parties, was supposed to save the economy. Isn’t that what we were told? Now, we’re told it’s Obama’s fault. We’re told it’s the Tea Party’s fault.

It’s clear to me that it’s the federal government’s fault. This is what happens when year after year, the federal government does not concern itself with living within its means. This is what happens when the government continues to waste money on matters that don’t actually benefit the country, continues to fund entitlement programs without giving the people in those programs the proper incentives to find employment, and continues to raise the debt ceiling without regard for its ability to pay the debt back.

Isn’t it time for the American citizen to stand up against the federal government’s irresponsibility?

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