The Week: The Tea Party has become grotesquely fiscally irresponsibleSubmitted by meekandmild on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:13
John Boehner and House Republicans agreed yesterday to raise the debt ceiling without strings — just as Democrats in Congress did time and again during the last Republican presidency — infuriating Tea Party groups who were trying to instigate another big debt ceiling fight.
In response, the Tea Party movement pledged to recruit challengers for Republican lawmakers who voted to raise the debt ceiling, and provide financial support to their campaigns.
Matt Kibbe, president of Washington-based FreedomWorks, a Tea Party umbrella group, said in an interview, "The House leadership has given up any pretense of fighting for fiscal responsibility."
But the Tea Party has it upside down. John Boehner is the one who did the fiscally responsible — and constitutional — thing by approving a debt ceiling hike without a dangerous and confidence-sapping fight. While Tea Party leaders might like to sermonize on fiscal responsibility, it's the Tea Party that has become grotesquely fiscally irresponsible by flirting with default on the national debt.