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The Columbia County Tea Party is disgusted and fed up with the entire Congress and our president, and will vote against all incumbents running for Congress and the president, and you should also. Here’s why:

Congress has created a $15 trillion debt for which you and I have to pay $400 billion in interest each year. That is more than $1 billion every day of the year – not just the days we work, but on our days of rest, too!

How did Congress run up such a huge debt? By spending more money than is collected in federal taxes for years and years, as urged and approved by the sitting presidents. How many years do you think Congress has overspent with the blessing of the sitting presidents?

You can see by looking at the official financial records of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Public Debt on the national debt. It rose steadily from more than $276.3 billion on June 30, 1958, to more than $15.4 trillion as of Feb. 16. (To see the Bureau of the Public Debt’s full, official reports, go to http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt.htm)

Can you find honest, sensible reasons for our past Congresses (Republican- and Democrat-controlled) and many presidents (Republican and Democrat) to have spent that much money over and beyond federal taxes paid – all federal taxes, not just federal income tax – every year since 1958? I can’t.

How about reasons that justify paying more than $1 billion in interest a day, much of it to foreign governments who hold U.S. Treasury notes? Couldn’t that billion a day be better used to help us here at home?

That’s why we have lost faith in our current incumbent members of Congress and our president – because they are doing absolutely nothing to reduce the national debt and, in fact, voted to raise the debt by more than $1 trillion last August, and now this month are voting to raise it an additional $1 trillion.

The incumbents obviously have no intention of ever reducing the national debt. Therefore, if you want the national debt to be reduced, you are going to have to vote out the incumbents to get new members into Congress and the presidency who have the desire, drive and will to get the federal budget under control and start paying down the national debt.

If you enjoy paying more than $1 billion a day in interest – much of which is going straight into the pocket of the Chinese government – and wish to continue doing so the rest of your life, then by all means, keep voting for incumbents in Congress, and you will get your wish.

Steve R. Smith

Grovetown

(The writer is the designated spokesman for the Columbia County Tea Party.)

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TParty
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TParty 02/29/12 - 01:19 am
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Where's the thumbs up for

Where's the thumbs up for articles? Well said. Question? Does Columbia County Tea Party accept members from RC?

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desertcat6 02/29/12 - 04:03 am
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Makes me question the Tea

Makes me question the Tea Party's ability to acheive any of its goals. Yes, things are out of control - we shouted fire long enough. Who is the Tea Party endorsing? Where is the strategy to acheive the goals? "Throw the Bums Out" just won't cut it.

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avidreader 02/29/12 - 06:53 am
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I agree with cat6. "Throwing

I agree with cat6. "Throwing the bums out" will not work. Everyone wants the bums thrown out, except "our bum", who brings home the federal dollars. Career politicians are a huge burden on our society, but someone loves them. The logical question remains: How can we push for term limits and succeed? This is where we should place our focus.

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dstewartsr 02/29/12 - 09:57 am
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The problem is not that we as

The problem is not that we as dissatisfied customers do not want to, "throw the bums out," it's that there are no choices when we do. The election laws are so rigged that we are forced to choose between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.

Right here in Columbia County is such a microcosm of what we as voters face: There is huge unhappiness with the Cross Gang because of the Gilbert Manor II. So what? The way the system is rigged, only puppets of the developers, bankers, and entrenched powers-that-be can get on the ballot; so we elect commissioners that reflect their backers, not the people of Columbia County. It is so very much like the old soviet system; decade after decade commissars were 'freely elected.'

And nothing changed but the names.

impossible
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impossible 02/29/12 - 11:22 am
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avidreader, you make sense -
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avidreader, you make sense - term limits is a great answer. The letter writer's frustration has exceeded his reasoning ability. Throwing the baby out with the bath water is not the answer.

Throwing out the designated spokesman for the Columbia County Tea Party would be a good start. He sounds like an Obama plant.

TParty
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TParty 02/29/12 - 12:56 pm
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Impossible: What is it about

Impossible: What is it about this letter sounds like an Obama plant to you? How many GOP members claim to represent the tea party, and how many those people went off to social issues like abortions, instead of fiscal issues? The focus has turned to hating Obama, and making sure he cannot do anything, people are just blinded by hate they forgot there are real issues here, real American's suffering and struggling. The GOP people who said they represent the Tea Party go to bat to protect the ultra rich, and will play games with the middle class, risking our taxes being raised. The democratic party just cries and blames the GOP for being mean.

However both democrats and republicans continue to work together to ensure they can continue their insider trading, and taking our rights away like NDAA- so they can do things when it benefits their pockets and gives them more power. However they both are failing the help the nation. The debt ceiling issue we had not too long ago- it's going to be worse after the election when it comes around again- you'll see. It's getting worse and worse, and people lose focus all the time. An example just happened here with impossible saying some Tea Party person must be an Obama plant because he stated facts with numbers, sources and has stated the reality, followed by a solution which is "The incumbents obviously have no intention of ever reducing the national debt. Therefore, if you want the national debt to be reduced, you are going to have to vote out the incumbents to get new members into Congress and the presidency who have the desire, drive and will to get the federal budget under control and start paying down the national debt."

Nothing about that says Obama plant- it just screams of an American who realizes the real problem and is trying to bring attention to it.

TParty
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TParty 02/29/12 - 07:38 pm
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Mark Meckler has just

Mark Meckler has just resigned from the leadership of the Tea Party Patriots, saying what I've been saying for a couple years now. The Tea Party is no longer a grassroots organization. Instead the GOP swallowed the Tea Party for their own interests, and ignored what most American's want, fiscal responsibility.

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socks99 02/29/12 - 09:38 pm
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Resolving debt issues will

Resolving debt issues will have stark impacts on local, state and federal politics. In Greece, and elsewhere, several top elected officials have been swept from office. It is when the government -- on its own or because creditors demand it -- cuts spending and raises taxes that the voters revolt; freshly angered by a lack of accountability, citizens of all sorts will flee the tax collectors and the new fees. THAT will scare foreign creditors even more and they'll ask that future loans be denominated in their own currency or that interest premiums be much higher. Eventually they stop lending at all.

In GA right now, you have local governments renewing and expanding economic growth using borrowed funds. SPLOSTS, ELOSTS, and the proposed TSPLOSTS are ALL plans to borrow and spend even more.

One wonders if the Tea Party can really stop it. Perhaps just waiting around for it to all fall apart and then taking political power AWAY from the incumbents is a good strategy.

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sconservative 03/02/12 - 03:58 pm
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Good letter. Toss out

Good letter. Toss out Boehner (OH) and Cantor (VA), but please keep Duncan (SC3, 99%), Wilson (SC2, 94%) and Broun, (GA10, 90%)and DeMint (SC,99%).

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sconservative 03/02/12 - 02:18 pm
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The reason for debt is

The reason for debt is simple. You get money you want to spend by taxing, borrowing or printing. Raising taxes will usually elect your opponent; borrowing makes another generation responsible for paying and allows you to retire in luxury on insider trading profits; printing more money than necessary causes inflation but is a hidden tax ($3600 on every $100,000).

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