During the years of George W Bush the grassroots conservatives and libertarians of America became furious at the growing debt and uncontrolled spending from lawmakers in our Federal government. From this outrage the Tea Party was born.
Under Obama the debt doubled again - and conservatives and small government advocates of America couldn't stand the news! So they protested and campaigned and rallied until the political careers of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and even President Donald Trump were launched.
Sadly, today the Tea Party appears to have died.
The national debt hit a record of $22 trillion under President Trump but Republicans remain silent. The mountain of debt was $19 trillion when Trump took office and it hasn't slowed down since then.
Last year the budget deficit climbed 17% to $779 billion. That's the worst deficit hike since 2012. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan organization (theoretically), the deficit will likely widen this year to $900 billion.
Republican party leaders argue that the tax cuts, which will widen the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, will boost the economy and help us pay off the debt in the long run. And that plan actually makes sense, but only if we reduce spending, which is something that we're just not doing.
In the mean time, spending has only increased. We're spending money like it's falling from the sky.
If the Republicans are spending money like Democrats then why do we bother electing Republicans?
We need another Tea Party movement. Fast.
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