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National leaders of the Tea Party plan to hold a rally and press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Monday to challenge House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican Party leaders to block an increase in the national debt ceiling. The Tea Party leaders fear many Republicans will vote with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling to allow more borrowing and spending.
They’re dubbing it a RINO hunt — Republicans In Name Only.
“This is a throwdown issue; this is the Alamo for us,” said William Temple of the Tea Party’s stand against raising the debt ceiling. Temple is chairman of Tea Party Founding Fathers, Freedom Jamboree, and Tea Party National Straw Poll Convention.
“We don’t want to see the government continue this wasteful spending. The Tea Party is going to hold every RINO accountable. This issue alone is going to determine if they have somebody running against them in their next primary.”
He said he and other Tea Party leaders are fed up with establishment politicians of both major political parties.
“We don’t care what a person calls himself. There’s hardly a dime’s bit of difference between Democrats and Republicans. The establishment types are all over government. This is not about changing seats. This is about taking back the government. A lot of them don’t get it yet.”
Temple, by the way, spent 32 years working for the federal government, including in the Secret Service. So it’s not that Temple is anti-government. He says he’s anti-wasteful, abusive and overreaching government.
“It’s become an out-of-control behemoth. Our political leaders have completely inverted the Constitutional limited government we started with,” Temple says.
Equally as fired up was another of the organizers of next Monday’s press conference, Bob Vander Plaats, vice chairman of the Tea Party National Convention and the 2010 Tea Party candidate for governor of Iowa.
“The Republicans are going to see we’re not going away. We elected Scott Brown [as a Republican senator to replace the late Democratic Party icon, Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts] when nobody thought that could happen. We gave them a big majority in Congress. We put Republicans into governorships and state legislatures.
“And what we’ve seen is timid attempts, at best,” to control government spending and debt.
He referred to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s “debt deceit scare tactics” in which he says the choice is to either raise the debt ceiling or see the nation default on its debt.
“That’s not true,” Vander Plaats says, arguing the government could easily make paying the debt its top priority. This would entail controlling other spending.
“I used to teach accounting and economics, and it’s called setting priorities and living within your means,” he says. “We think increasing the credit card limit to people who’ve shown they can’t handle a credit card is dangerous.”
Even Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who recently introduced a long-range plan to slow government’s growth, will be in the sights of next week’s RINO hunters.
The Tea Party press release announcing next Monday’s debt ceiling press conference lays out several themes they plan to hit, including this one: “R.I.N.O. Ryan’s ‘courageous’ budget adds trillions in debt – WITHOUT balancing the U.S. budget until 2063!”