Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Paul R. Pillar: "Tea Party Extremism and the 'Cliff'" @ Consortium News

January 2, 2013
With a late-night vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a partial plan – negotiated by the Senate and the White House – to avert the “fiscal cliff,” but most House Republicans voted no, with Tea Partiers continuing to flaunt their nihilistic extremism, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar notes.
By Paul R. Pillar
A flag used by the Tea Party, indicating a desire for a “second American revolution” as symbolized by the original Betsy Ross flag with the Roman numeral “II” inserted inside the 13 stars
It is irresponsible to help create a mess and then to walk away and expect someone else to clean it up. That’s true whether the mess is a spill in the kitchen or something comparably sticky, smelly or hazardous in deliberations in Congress.

Multiple press reports observe that this is what the political tantrum known as the Tea Party has been doing. We haven’t heard much from the Tea Partiers recently because they opted out of participation in the fiscal cliff drama as the rest of the country counted down the time remaining until the New Year’s, and budgetary, ball drops.

Read more at the important and vital Consortium News 


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