Tea Party and Obama Administration: Overview
April-09-13 11:36 AM
- Born in 2009 as a reaction to the bailouts from the Obama administration's
efforts to curb economic decline.
○ Called upon by a CNBC reporter named Rick Santelli.
○ Generally opposed to large amounts of government spending and heavy
○ Many members signed a pledge that they wouldn't vote for a tax increase
on any condition.
○ For the Tea Party, some kind of a past utopia is now being lost because of
excessive government spending and increasing debt.
The Tea Party isn't a coherent group… probably because there's a lot
○ Ron Paul says that wars require big government and big spending, as well
As such, he was opposed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq while
people like Bachmann and Palin were in favour of it.
○ Its role diminished a bit in the last presidential election… and probably
because Obama won four more years.
However, it's still a huge influence in the Republican Party.
□ John Boehner's views are a testament to this.
- He's been praised and reviled depending on one's perspective.
○ Some have said he's an academic and doesn't know about politics… he's
just a vision guy and would rather hold seminars.
○ There's a lot of people who aren't Tea Party supporters who would oppose