To the Editor:
Democrats, Republicans and the media like to call the tea party radical and blame us for the recent federal government shutdown. I think radical is a government that created more than $17 trillion in national debt.
Government spending is out of control, and Democrats and Republicans don’t seem sincere in addressing the problem. They address every issue with more spending and propose budgets with automatic increases without any regard for the national debt.
That is radical to me.
The tea party isn’t to blame for the government shutdown. It is impossible to be in the minority and cause the government to shut down. Lack of compromise by Democrats and Republicans caused the government shutdown.
President Barack Obama, Democrats and Republicans never seem to want to fix the issues they are required to address – like border security, a balanced budget and protecting the rights and liberties of American citizens. Instead, they pick and choose to do whatever is on their own personal agenda.
The tea party is the only grassroots group that addresses issues without increasing taxes or the size of government.
Is that radical?
Board member, DeKalb County Illinois Tea Party