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Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), who waved the white flag fresh out of negotiations, has stated, “No one gets all they want in any compromise, and it certainly isn’t perfect.” He’s certainly right there. This is the same man who said that when repealing Obamacare we need to keep the “good stuff,” such as allowing 26-year-old “children” to stay on their parents’ insurance policies.
According to news reports, the leadership expects 15 to 20 Republicans to break ranks. So far, we’ve been able to identify Reps. John Campbell (Calif.), Darrell Issa (Calif.), Mike Pence (Ind.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Joe Barton (Texas). They’re now forced once again to buck their “leadership” and do the principled thing. This deal, made behind closed doors in the dead of night, reminds us of why we got involved in the health care debate and why the tea party rose up in opposition.
The Washington establishment on both sides of the aisle has simply lost its way. They are sent to Congress to be representatives of the people they are supposed to be serving. Selling the American people down the river with more spending of money we don’t have is not acceptable.
Whether or not Congress remembers the country’s history, the tea party does — and we are watching.
Get it right or get out of the way, old guard.
Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin are co-founders of the Tea Party Patriots, a national grass-roots organization with more than 3,000 affiliated local groups.