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March 25, 2011 / J. Shaw

Tea Party Tires of Boehner

It’s very simple: Johm Boehner and other’old” GOP types  make huge cuts in the budget and repeals Obamacare, as promised or they are voted out. No exceptions. I am tired of nothing being done by Boehner and, Cantor.I rarely hear Boehner’s name in the news. He has dissappered just as Barack Obama has. That means nothing is getting done and EVERYDAY Obamacare becomes mor entrenched. SHAW

As U.S. lawmakers seek a compromise on how much federal spending to cut in order to avoid a government shutdown, Tea Party activists who helped propel Republicans back into power are growing impatient with the debate.

When Republicans captured the House in November, vowing to slash $100 billion in federal spending from the budget year ending in September, 76 percent of Tea Party activists supported their deficit-reduction plan, according to a new Pew Research poll released last week.

But after House Republicans approved a plan last month to cut federal spending by $61 billion, that Tea Party support fell to 52 percent. 

Now Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, arguably the most vocal critic of GOP leaders, is pushing for a primary opponent against House Speaker John Boehner in 2012 for breaking his campaign pledge to cut $100 billion and for what he sees as hints that he’s willing to cut less than $61 billion in a compromise with Senate Democrats.

Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner,” Phillips wrote in his blog earlier this month.

In an interview with Thursday, Phillips said he stands by his comments and goal of seeking a primary challenger to Boehner.

“Charlie Sheen still makes more sense than John Boehner because at least Charlie Sheen is winning,” he said.

“This is the one message the Tea Party needs to be out there pushing,” he said. “If you don’t live up to your promise, we’re going to throw you out.”

Boehner’s camp acknowledged the frustration among Tea Party supporters, but didn’t accept responsibility for it.

“The speaker – and every Republican in the House – is frustrated by the pace of the debate, but the blame lies squarely with the Democrats who run Washington, D.C.,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an e-mail to

“The House passed a bill that funds the government for the remainder of the year while cutting spending,” he said. “It’s the Democrats who are insisting on the status quo, and no one should be happy with the status quo.”

Democrats controlling the White House and Senate have only two weeks to broker a deal with Republicans in charge of the House before the latest temporary spending bill keeping the government afloat expires April 8.

House Republicans have been digging their heels in on the $61 billion in cuts they approved last month but the Senate is not going along and Obama has threatened to veto it, making it unclear where they’ll find compromise.

Levi Russell, a spokesman for the Tea Party Express, told that the midterm elections in November may have set expectations too high.

“We forget the Tea Party is only influential over one third of the government,” he said. “Tea Partiers are going to continue to be disappointed by what comes out of Washington until Republicans have control of the Senate and the White House.”



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