Tea Party


by BOB UNRUH, WND.com  |  published on January 6, 2013

Voters with tea party leanings ruled congressional elections in 2010, handing the GOP a strong majority in the U.S. House on the basis of opposition to Barack Obama’s “let’s-make-big-government-bigger” plans.

The tea party then mostly blended into the Republican Party, with its agenda maintained by only a few prominent candidates in 2012. While the U.S. House makeup changed little, the GOP also made virtually no gains across the electoral spectrum.

So at least one group, TheTeaParty.net, has decided it’s time to move on the offense again, just as in 2010.

Today it announced it has created a new advocacy arm – the first of its kind – with a new team that will be headed up by longtime conservative voice J.D. Hayworth.

“For years business and interest groups have had lobbyists pushing their agendas in Washington,” said Todd Defaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.Net.

“They advocated big government, big spending and big deficits. The voice of the taxpayer and those who believe in limited government has been crowded out. With the creation of a national advocacy team, we aim to change that.”

The organization, which has more than 600,000 members and more than 1.3 million supporters on Facebook, said it will continue to be a leading opponent of any legislation that would raises taxes or raise the debt.

That includes this week’s “resolution” to the so-called “fiscal cliff,” when old tax breaks and tax holidays were set to expire while mandatory spending cuts were to kick in. Congress avoided it by agreeing with Barack Obama to raise another $600 billion in taxes.

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