Today, grass-roots Republicans want to drink a bottle of 2010 small-government wine, but our candidates were bottled in another era, before the tea party’s ideas took root.
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The tea party movement and its passion arose in response to trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see and out of a sense that Washington is in need of dire fiscal reform. In 2010, the public turned against Obama and the Democrats who ran Congress after a massive stimulus that didn’t work, and hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on cash for clunkers, homebuyer tax credits and multiple bailouts (by both Bush and Obama). A massively expensive new health care entitlement was the straw that broke the taxpayers’ back. Our debt is a record high $15 trillion.
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