Tea party group weighs in on Chambliss-Norquist dispute

A polite word of warning for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, just arrived from Julianne Thompson and Debbie Dooley of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots:

“We are very disappointed by Senator Chambliss’ statement that he no longer intends to honor the pledge he signed promising not to increase taxes. This is not about Grover Norquist. The pledge was to the citizens of Georgia and we strongly encourage him to continue to honor it and a commitment to a smaller federal government.

“We understand the dire situation we are facing as a nation, but we did not get into this economic crisis by giving tax deductions, or by cutting the tax rate. We are in this situation because of a bloated federal government spending…. And now, instead of concentrating on solving the problems that got us into this situation, many in Washington want to punish the American people with higher tax rates instead of taking responsibility for what got us here in the first place.

“Senator Chambliss has always been accessible, and we are pleased to have open dialogue with him. We look forward to speaking with him regarding this situation and we are committed to working with elected leaders to finding solutions.

“We thank him for the great leadership he is showing with regard to the Benghazi investigation and hearings, and we encourage him to continue to work for the people of Georgia with the same strong leadership regarding our economic crisis by NOT raising our taxes, and by realizing we are not taxed to little, we are spending too much.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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46 comments Add your comment

Don't Tread

November 26th, 2012
3:02 pm

“we are spending too much”

Absolutely correct, but no one wants to hear that…

jd

November 26th, 2012
3:04 pm

The tax pledge is another Agenda 21 item — to cause division and weaken the US — making it susceptible to the BRIC coalition in the 21st century.

Michael

November 26th, 2012
3:13 pm

Is Debbie an economist?

Phil Lunney

November 26th, 2012
3:17 pm

This letter is a sham. These folks have already written off Saxby (another note on websites today are already calling him Taxby).

The other issue is this quote from above:
“…but we did not get into this economic crisis by giving tax deductions, or by cutting the tax rate. We are in this situation because of a bloated federal government spending…”

These 2 ladies have no understanding of basic economics. Saxby has shown with his work with the so called Gang of 6 that he understands the magnitude of the problem and whereas he and I disagree on specifics, he knows that revenues must be increased as part of any bargain.

Georgia Turning Blue

November 26th, 2012
3:19 pm

The Tea Party has a hard time recognizing just how irrelevant they have become. Everyone is tired of the Palin, Bachman, West, Limabaugh, Beck, Hannity sideshow.

Cliff

November 26th, 2012
3:19 pm

Actually, we precisely got into the problem of the ballooning deficits and debt because of giving tax deductions and cutting the tax rate way back at the beginning of the Bush administration. We also should have had a “war tax” to fund the expenses from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars instead of handling them as “off-budget” items through borrowing. That would not only have brought the sacrifices of war home to everyone, but also have hasten the wars’ ends and maybe even created an culture of accountability with regard to the people who profited from the wars’ execution. So, “instead of concentrating on solving the problems that got us into this situation”, the TP folks would give us more of the same things that caused the problems they are crowing about now.

George Chidi

November 26th, 2012
3:20 pm

Debbie and Julie are half-right. Spending is insane right now — about 20 percent higher than historical averages as a portion of GDP. But so is the revenue situation, which is 20 percent lower than historical averages as a portion of GDP. Serious people understand that we have both a revenue and a spending problem. It is disingenuous at best to argue that we only have a spending problem without looking at both sides of the ledger. To do otherwise is to substitute ideology for reason and empirical evidence.

A

November 26th, 2012
3:20 pm

I wonder if the Tea Partiers realize that taxes will be raised only on the top incomes, and they don’t have those.

MikeF

November 26th, 2012
3:21 pm

Actually Debbie is wrong. We did get into this mess in part due to giving tax deductions. We have given ENORMOUS tax discounts to the wealthiest among us under conditions that they were supposed to use that money to hire more AMERICANS and pay us better. That didn’t happen. Instead, they took the tax discounts and banked them. And not even in America. They banked it overseas. The tax discounts need to stop for the wealthiest. They are not paying their fair share and the sooner you Republican’s realize it, the better off we will all be. And don’t give me that BS about taxing “job creators”. If the idea of trickle down worked, we would all be employed right now. It doesn’t work and it never did. Not in the 40 years of trying it has it ever worked. Not even once.

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Joseph Joyce

November 26th, 2012
3:23 pm

“we did not get into this economic crisis by giving tax deductions, or by cutting the tax rate.” I beg to differ in the strongest possible manner! Not only tax deductions and rates, but two foolish wars initiated by two greedy men, financed on credit.

D. Dooley

November 26th, 2012
3:23 pm

Look, I’m not a smart person. God gave me many gifts, but above average intelligence isn’t one of his precious and generous grants bestowed upon me. Still, I know that anything supported by Fox News is good and anything criticized by Fox News is bad. Therefore, I know that taxes are bad. It’s that simple.

RandN

November 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

It is because of FOOLS LIKE Julianne and Debbie that we are in this situation – we need smaller government, no doubt but to think that alone solves the fiscal crisis we are in is not only ultimate stupidity but irresponsible and irrational. And they know that. These people don’t love our great country, they just know how to flame passions and grab power so that they can protect the rich. I am a businessman and have done well – thanks to American dream but I do not mind giving a bit more in taxes to ensure that dream will be alive and well for future generations to come.

Kris

November 26th, 2012
3:25 pm

Without any Respect to dooley or thompson of That’s A Bunch Of Malarkey.

cynthia curran

November 26th, 2012
3:26 pm

Tea Party is stupid when it comes to Grover Norquist he favors legalizaiton of millions of illegal immirgants and lots of guest worker programs. Nor rising the taxes while Grover’s plan addes millions to the government dole is a disaster.

Dave

November 26th, 2012
3:28 pm

Debbie and Julianne forget that much of the government spending the complain about was paying for last decade’s wars by borrowing money, having just cut taxes. I don’t understand the mindset that wouldn’t reinstate the tax to pay the debt. It’s kinda like MasterCard bill from hell that we all ran up but God for id the rich chip in.

Mark

November 26th, 2012
3:28 pm

Republicans like to pretend that they were not responsible for the deficit spending that got us into the Great Recession. Starting with Reagan, every republican in the WHite House has ballooned our deficit, while it takes a democrat every time to get us out. Tax the freakin rich. Tax the corporations even more.

GaBlue

November 26th, 2012
3:28 pm

I’d like to see some “entitlement reform” by way of ending the subsidies to big, profitable oil companies. Anyone know offhand where Sen. Chambliss stood on that back in March when Senate Republicans killed the bill that would end this gross form of corporate welfare?

Dave

November 26th, 2012
3:29 pm

“A polite word of warning for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, just arrived from Julianne Thompson and Debbie Dooley of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots:”

Didn’t the voters kick Tea Party’s ass due to their asinine ideas and outlook? Tea party Math never adds up. So Long Tea Bags!

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Ben

November 26th, 2012
3:30 pm

Who is this Deb Drooley? She didn’t understand the magnitude of this problem.

clem

November 26th, 2012
3:34 pm

most tpers don’t know squat

Jeff H.

November 26th, 2012
3:35 pm

“by realizing we are not taxed to little”
The word is “too”, Little Debbie. If you don’t have a grasp of simple English, how in the world can you be an authority on economics? Answer: you can’t.

Terri NM

November 26th, 2012
3:38 pm

It pays to remember the Tea Party was the brain child of the Koch Bros whose funds went to establishing and promoting them.
Would you actually expect a different response, given whose interests they actually represent?

Mark

November 26th, 2012
3:41 pm

Why is a statement from these two ladies news worthy?
We need serious people tackling serious problems.
Come on….Benghazi??????

Georgia Voter

November 26th, 2012
3:41 pm

I used to pay attention to the Tea Party, but I’m over it. The Woodstock Tea Party chapter’s facebook page shows them to be racist, with a horrible photograph posted there.

Bob Andrews

November 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

Saxby showed his true colors last week, He will have to deal with the Tea Party, Ron Paul supporters and many Georgians that think that he has been a weak, RINO Senator.

He is in too pictures with Lindsey Graham!

D Right One

November 26th, 2012
3:50 pm

We’ve been letting the simpletons on the Right ruin our country for too long. It’s all about the money to these people. Their only solution is to cut taxes. And where has that gotten us? Two wars, cut taxes. Greatest Depression ever, cut taxes. Kids not learning, cut taxes. The rich had their day but they didn’t come through with more jobs. They sent them overseas and parked their profits in the Bahamas. It’s time to pay the piper. This big goernment needs to eat. The economy does partially depend on big govt spending.

skmind

November 26th, 2012
3:54 pm

Aw, isn’t that sweet? Tea baggers wanting to do what is right for the nation help elect Chambliss, and then when he wants to, they are upset.

Ivan Cohen

November 26th, 2012
4:00 pm

The Limbaugh and Hannity sideshows will continue to air. They have the audience and the sponsors to sustain them. Tea Party is no different from those who want a smaller federal government yet they want a big military. The polite word of warning from the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots is about as subtle as whooping cough.

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Marlboro Man

November 26th, 2012
4:41 pm

Tea reps have ZERO accomplishments, they are failures.

Voter

November 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

Tea reps, tea bags, Dems, Reps, Conserve,etc.etc. Enough with the name calling! The problem is Washington. The Government. Spending is out of control. That’s why the automatic cuts were put in place, so that if no budget is submitted and adhered to, cuts would take care of it. Wake up people.

ERG

November 26th, 2012
5:17 pm

The majority of the country, except for a few small and stupid southern states, have moved on from the Tea Party craze. Time to follow suite, GA. The irrational and uneducated platform of the Tea Party did not reach critical mass nor will it ever.

the bob.bob

November 26th, 2012
6:05 pm

Let the blood-letting begin. Go get ‘em Grover!!!

Will the spineless Republicans stand up to the big money that Grover controls to serve their country, or will they continue to grovel before the un-elected enforcer, shaking in terror while they serve the interests of the secret money donors??

I love it when they eat their own1

Kris

November 26th, 2012
6:06 pm

2014 will be here soon, Time to derail the GOP/pea clown party…Bye Sax and Shady deal.

norq

Question Man

November 26th, 2012
6:15 pm

Is the Tea Party movement heading down the same path of irrelevance taken by the Occupy movement?

RU Kidding

November 26th, 2012
6:23 pm

Jim,
We all know that Debbie Dooley would post under her own name or reach pity to you directly. While people may disagree with Debbie, it’s BS that someone is posting as D. Dooley

Revenue?

November 26th, 2012
6:30 pm

Nonsense.
We have a revenue problem, caused by tax dodgers.

Auntie Christ

November 26th, 2012
6:37 pm

it’s BS that someone is posting as D. Dooley

Right! Doug Dooley, David Dooley, Don Dooley, Denise Dooley, and Donna Dooley should not be allowed to comment!

In other news, GA now has a higher drop out rate than MS or AL, ensuring that the repub and tea parties will continue to have a pool of uneducated knuckle draggers from which to seek votes.

Simon Jester

November 26th, 2012
9:36 pm

Most of you have no idea what you are talking about. You could take everything that those you claim are “wealthy, not paying their fair share” and it would make no perceptible impact in the overspending. Gov needs to be cut by about 50% for a good start and continue from there.
If you support any “entitlement” or any other handout type government programs, then you support the government stealing from one individual and giving it to another. It’s theft – it’s wrong.

yuzeyurbrane

November 26th, 2012
9:46 pm

Debbie Dooley = alternative universe. No facts, just slogans. But they are sincere slogans she truly believes. High mistress of Georgia Tea Party religion.

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Edmund Ruffin

November 27th, 2012
8:10 am

Saxby Chambliss first Senate campaign was kicked off by Karl Rove. Enough said! We have plenty of ‘moderate’ Senators, we need some Conservative Senators, so I hope one will run.

Capitol Idea

November 27th, 2012
8:57 am

Clearly, Debbie Doolittle is not aware of the little fact that the Republican party, under George Bush, is responsible for the bloated government spending without corresponding tax revenues and tax cuts without corresponding budget cuts that led us to where we are now. Get an education, DD.

Matt

November 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

Easy to understand chart on what caused the rise in debts and deficits –

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3849

It should be journalistic malpractice to just repeat the completely wrong, unsubstantiated assertions of the right wing fringe.