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The Weekly Standard’s Kelly Jane Torrance has pronounced March 1, 2017, the day the Tea Party died. The reason is that some of the national Tea Party organizers have declared victory now that there’s a Republican Congress and Donald Trump is in the White House. One of them is the Tea Party Express, whose executive director Taylor Budowich sent out this email responding to President Trump’s address to Congress:
Since 2012, Tea Party Express has hosted the official Tea Party response to the President’s address. Last night was the first night that our address wasn’t necessary. Not because the ideas of limited government and economic growth have fallen out of vogue – because they surely haven’t – but because that speech was delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by the President of the United States.
President Trump delivered an eloquent address, where he clearly and deliberately laid out his conservative vision for America. It should now be clear to everyone that the Tea Party movement is more than rallies and protests. We have arrived in D.C., through our elected representatives, to fulfill our mission and finally rein in government.
Except Trump’s joint address to Congress was not a small-government speech at all. As National Review points out in an editorial, the president called for numerous big-government spending programs: “Trump suggested $1 trillion, from a combination of public and private sources, be invested in a ‘national rebuilding.'” Trump also advocated for a hike in defense spending and the creation of a federal paid-maternity leave program, and he ruled out entitlement reform.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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