As the Tea Party rallies and finds winning candidates in primaries, where is the discussion on actual policy?
Each time Rand Paul, Christine O’Donnell, Sarah Palin, open their mouths, or are challenged by the press on the policy issues…they tend to disappear from public. Be it cancelling interviews, going into hiding, or choosing one sided tweets. Since, the tea party has no real platform to rely on, what do these people stand for?
Through hours of rigorous research </exaggeration>, I did find the closest thing I could that resembles a platform, The Contract From America (Newt, he keeps on giving). It goes as follows:
- Protect the Constitution
- Reject Cap & Trade
- Demand a Balanced Budget
- Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
- Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government
- End Runaway Government Spending
- Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
- Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
- Stop the Pork
- Stop the Tax Hikes
I find their focus on some of these issues to be strange, especially while looking the problems in our country right now. Do you know what the number one concern is? It isn’t spending, it isn’t health care reform, it isn’t the debt, and it isn’t increased taxes. It’s the economy and jobs, by a rather large margin. While the need for a balanced budget, financial responsibility, are all something that should happen, (something Obama has promised in the long term), it’s something that is at odds with handling our current economic problems. This is simplified, but there are about three things the government can do to either increase the number of jobs or increase the size of the economy:
- Spend Elsewhere/Differently
- Tax Cuts
- Do Nothing – Hope for the Best
If you’ll notice, the first two will only further the issue the Tea Party claims it’s against. I have yet to see a laid out Tea Party plan to address economic concerns, which leaves their tactic to be number 3. If doing nothing is actually their plan to spur economic growth in this country, I would really like this to be laid out to the public. I for one can’t make sense of the media narrative that Democrats will have trouble during the mid-terms due to economic problems, and the energy of the Tea Party Republicans. Then why would an American, concerned with the economy, give power to people with no plans to get us out of the recession? The thought of that happening, is a frightening prospect.
Now, I could be wrong. Maybe they have wonderful plans, ones that I have not yet heard. Maybe when some of the prominent Tea Party candidates campaign, they will go out and speak less about the deficit, and more of their plans for economic recovery. I would also give them bonus points if they were brave enough to put their plans in front of a real journalist. Let’s try it out!