Sessions: Tea Party put some “terror” in the hearts of big spenders

posted at 3:15 pm on August 2, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Why I love Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), reason No. 825 (still the number of days the Senate hasn’t passed a budget!): Tea Party trash-talking has crept from the extreme corners of the progressive movement to NYT columnists to the second-highest seat in the country (although Vice President Joe Biden denies it), but Sessions doesn’t take it. Here’s the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee on CNN’s Piers Morgan last night:

“I think the Tea Party movement represented a spontaneous American expression of shock and concern over the spending that was going on in Washington,” Sessions says in the video. “We cannot possibly justify members of Congress borrowing 42 cents of every dollar that is spent. This is irresponsible and they demanded change and elected a lot of new people. They’ve been called terrorists. I would just say they put some terror in the hearts of big spenders. They are people who care about America and I think have helped move us to a discussion of how much we can spend to how much we can save.”

Yes. Thank you, Sen. Sessions. Why is it so hard to accept the Tea Party as an authentic, non-orchestrated political movement? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid laments the way Tea Party representatives and senators have made the political process more difficult. Without them, Reid said, the debt ceiling could have been increased so much sooner. What? Like in December 2010, when Democrats still controlled the House and Senate? Why did Democrats wait, except to be able to blame Republicans? But Tea Partiers didn’t back down because they wanted a long-term solution to overspending. They’re happy to take the blame (I’d say the credit!) for making the political process a process once again — not merely a well-oiled machine designed to thoughtlessly grow government. Good for them.

(And a little off-topic, but I like my Townhall.com colleague Katie Pavlich’s aside about Piers Morgan: “Every time Piers Morgan expresses his anti-Second Amendment and Anti-tea party views, I always say he’s just bitter about a little thing called the American Revolution, but I digress.”)

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“If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking” — Patton

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2011 at 3:17 PM

We won a small battle in that we turned a corner in the failure that is the State run economy that the left planned for us.

It is a mixed result. But wars are won on close battle victories.

What this whole process taught us is that 2010 was just a start. The Tea Party and America must continue to grow and change America. We need to win the war at to do that isnt in Washington but out in the country at election time.

William Amos on August 2, 2011 at 3:19 PM

(And a little off-topic, but I like my Townhall.com colleague Katie Pavlich’s aside about Piers Morgan: “Every time Piers Morgan expresses his anti-Second Amendment and Anti-tea party views, I always say he’s just bitter about a little thing called the American Revolution, but I digress.”)

Nah, lefties are not colonialists. They are multi-culti one-worlders. They hate the old Britain as much as they hate America.

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2011 at 3:20 PM

President Sessions… I like that…

Khun Joe on August 2, 2011 at 3:21 PM

“They are people who care about America and I think have helped move us to a discussion of how much we can spend to how much we can save.”

Yup…

… We are called Citizens.

Seven Percent Solution on August 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Senator Sessions is awesome!

txmomof6 on August 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM

BTW I just love the MSM and their unbiased news reporting.

Obama can go to a church where a Pastor can preach to hate America. Obama can be friends with a guy who actually was part of a terrorist organization and attacked fellow Americans.

But if you want government to step back and let the economy grow and dont want to live on the government dole then you are some kind of anti American terrorist.

William Amos on August 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Why is it so hard to accept the Tea Party as an authentic, non-orchestrated political movement?

Because it is the Left that is astroturf.

rbj on August 2, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I still like Bernard Goldberg’s response, noting that leftist/marxist/journoList types are using the “T” word again, after banishing it to euphemism land.

MNHawk on August 2, 2011 at 3:24 PM

They’ve been called terrorists. I would just say they put some terror in the hearts of big spenders. They are people who care about America and I think have helped move us to a discussion of how much we can spend to how much we can save.”

Great stuff there…

OmahaConservative on August 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Unfortunately the debt limit deal does nothing to reduce the debt. It in fact sanctions greatly increased debt. $14.3 trillion in debt today, to exceed $15 trillion in the next few days or weeks.

Dasher on August 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Yep, soon as we replace our losers in leadership, Boehner and McConnell with smarter people … then the fun begins.

We just need smarter and better speaking people.

tarpon on August 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM

It will be a long hard road.

Oil Can on August 2, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Take a look at this and tell me where you think spending cuts should come from:

Salary of the US President
$400,000
Salary of retired US Presidents
$180,000
Salary of House/Senate
$174,000
Salary of Speaker of the House
$223,500
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders
$193,400
Average Salary of Soldier deployed in Iraq
$38,000

milwife88 on August 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Senator Sessions is awesome!

txmomof6 on August 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM

I have to agree. He really nailed this interview with a calm, reasonable response in defense of the tea party. We need more like him.

Caiwyn on August 2, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Sessions is either a fool or a liar!!

This is what we get after “terror”?

Another $1.5 trillion in ANNUAL deficit spending built in?

They all suck!!!!

PappyD61 on August 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Yep, the Progressive left cannot fathom someone really loving the USA…thank you Jeff Sessions.

d1carter on August 2, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I just wish Los Angeles Times would stop putting Tea Party within quotes.

..Michelle Bachmann a “Tea Party” favorite..

Just a pet peeve.

kurtzz3 on August 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Not enough fear, it seems.

Bishop on August 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Sessions has proved during this last week that he deserves to join the trio of Paul-DeMint-Lee as the true Senate Tea Party heros. I’ll throw Ron Johnson in as well.

Thank you Kentucky.
Thank you South Carolina.
Thank you Utah.
Thank you Alabama.
Thank you Wisconsin.

(Hopefully Cruz and Chaffetz will be able to join them in two years.)

AUH2O on August 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Senate just passed the bill, 74-26.

rockmom on August 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

AUH2O on August 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Thank you Minnesota? Franken? Hello?

Bishop on August 2, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Sessions has proved during this last week that he deserves to join the trio of Paul-DeMint-Lee as the true Senate Tea Party heros. I’ll throw Ron Johnson in as well.

Thank you Kentucky.
Thank you South Carolina.
Thank you Utah.
Thank you Alabama.
Thank you Wisconsin.

(Hopefully Cruz and Chaffetz will be able to join them in two years.)

AUH2O on August 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Agreed. Plus Rubio. 6 Senators. That’s all we’ve got. But they’re good ones.

james23 on August 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I think that a lot of people may be missing the forest for the trees when looking at the debt ceiling flap.

While it’s true that the substance of the “compromise” is about as useful as used toilet paper, there is another aspect to it that, for me, serves as the first legitimate ray of hope that I’ve seen for the future of our nation – namely, the fact that the US news media has been so discredited that they were unable to shift the narrative enough to panic the public into screaming for Republicans to capitulate.

This is HUGE.

Let’s look at what transpired. The issue was the raising of the debt ceiling, which concerns the US govts ability to BORROW money in order to pay it’s bills. The only so-called “compromise” that needed to occur is that Republicans would agree to RAISE the debt ceiling in exchange for Democrats agreeing to LOWER spending. $1 increase per $1 spending cut. Simple.

Now, of course, this was unacceptable to Leftists, since the only spending cuts they will EVER countenance are military cuts. So they did what they always do – i.e., they unleashed the corrupt MSM to coordinate a spin campaign so as to change the subject to something that they think will shift public opinion to their side – in this instance, a “compromise” on tax hikes. They tried to change the subject from a spending/cutting compromise to a spending/cutting-TAX “compromise”. Then, once the subject had been changed, and public opinion on said topic favored them, they would paint any attempt at returning to the original topic as “holding the process hostage” and “an unwillingness to compromise”. And that’s exactly what we’ve seen for the past month: complete saturation of the airwaves (except for FOX) with every Lefty “journalist” in sight “informing” the public that Republicans refusal to agree to tax hikes was in fact a “failure to compromise on the debt ceiling”.

Case in point: last week, I just so happened to catch a segment on NBC Nightly News in which people on the street were giving their opinions about the issue. One talked about the need to “just get it done” for the country; one talked about not letting “the extremists” destroy a chance for “a deal”; another talked about being “embarrassed” about the rest of the world watching the spectacle. And without exception, each person interviewed used the word “compromise” in their responses. This was, of course, capped off by Brian Williams “informing” the public about “Republicans refusal to compromise on tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans”.

Any of that sound like the “news” coverage you saw last week? Do any of you remember any instance of journalists from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, or anywhere else talking about “Democrats refusal to compromise on their insistence for tax hikes”?

Yeah…me neither.

But guess what? They failed. Once again, their spin template failed.

They tried to use it in last year’s elections…painting opposition to Democrats as a proxy for racist anti-Obama hatred…”Now, you don’t want be a racist and vote Republican, do you???” They failed.

They tried to use it in the Bush tax-cuts fight last year…”What?! You want to let those rich fat-cats keep stealing money from you?!” They failed.

They tried to use it in the Wisconsin union battles…”Those fat-cat Koch Brother are trying to destroy education so that it will be easier for them to control your children!!!” They failed.

And now, they’ve failed again. Now, enough Americans have awakened to the mortal danger the Left poses to our country. And starting with the last election, those awakened Americans have begun to elect officials who are going to refuse to simply go along with the slow-motion suicide just to avoid being called names by the immoral Left. The end result? More and more, these types of issues will be forced into the public sphere, and once we get them out into the open, the Left loses because they have no actual arguments for their positions. Everything that they promote is based on stirring up envy and resentment, because at the bottom of it all, their redistibutive policies are nothing but plain, old-fashioned THEFT – i.e., taking money/wealth from one person and giving it to someone who had no hand in earning or creating it. And when you expose that fact, they rage and scream and whine and howl…then they eventually fall silent.

Terrorists? Nah. Tea Partiers are the boy standing on the parade route, screaming “Look! The Emperor has no clothes!” And what terrifies Leftists most is that the other people on the parade route are starting to look.

rvastar on August 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Here’s the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee on CNN’s Piers Morgan last night:

Thanks, Tina, for doing the jobs that Americans won’t do watching the shinola that most Americans won’t watch.

You must have a strong stomach.

hillbillyjim on August 2, 2011 at 4:06 PM

On the other hand, from the Politico story headlined above:

I think increasingly we feel a part of a body,” says Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), a freshman ophthalmologist with no prior political experience who defeated a Democrat in a swing district last year. “You don’t know what you don’t know until you arrive here in the Capitol.”

Yeah, see, this is exactly what we were afraid of. Once these birds get inside the Beltway, they become part of the body politic instead of one with the electorate that sent them there. We can’t even make it through one freaking term with these people before they start to turn.

How many times did we have to hear “that’s the way things work” during this debate? We know that’s the way things work in Congress. We don’t like the way things work. We want to change the way things work. It’s why we sent so many newcomers. Why in hell do we bother.

SukieTawdry on August 2, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Sessions is either a fool or a liar!!
They all suck!!!!
PappyD61 on August 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Rarely have I seen such intelligent commentary. I’m shocked you aren’t employed as a spokesman for someone.

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Not enough fear, it seems.

Bishop on August 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Kinda like this?

Fallon on August 2, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Does anyone besides me think that Piers Morgan is kind of a dim-witted tool?

GreenBlade on August 2, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Agreed. Plus Rubio. 6 Senators. That’s all we’ve got. But they’re good ones.

james23 on August 2, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Add Toomey.

KeepOhioRed on August 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM

maybe i’m just catching up…but here’s some news, the editor of the Nation Mag will have his own MSNBC show…(weekends, so nobody will see it)

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/643607/the_nation_editor_chris_hayes_scores_msnbc_show/#paragraph2

I love the rehabilitation of the hard left. I’ve seen the Nation mag referenced as a liberal mag..even tho they call themselves the flagship of the Left.

r keller on August 2, 2011 at 4:16 PM

rvastar on August 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Well said! The way to defeat the lefties is to defeat the MSM.

tinkerthinker on August 2, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Yep this is the new meme:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/opinion/the-tea-partys-war-on-america.html


You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.

These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took.

Dash on August 2, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Whoops:

You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.

These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took.

Dash on August 2, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Terrorists? Nah. Tea Partiers are the boy standing on the parade route, screaming “Look! The Emperor has no clothes!” And what terrifies Leftists most is that the other people on the parade route are starting to look.

rvastar on August 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Well said! The way to defeat the lefties is to defeat the MSM.

tinkerthinker on August 2, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Problem is, one of the most dangerous aspects of the MSM isn’t when they are doing crap like this, it’s when they chose to not report things that, if reported, would negatively impact the Democrats.

Hence, no real reporting on the ATF Fast and Furious clusterfark.

Heck, if the MSM had actually done their jobs in 2008, O’bama would never have won the nomination, much less the election.

Besides their ignoring F & F, they also showed no interest in this recent story-it took Townhall.com’s Kyle Olson to report it.

Teachers unions and their supporters hoped to draw 1 million people to Washington D.C. last weekend for their “Save Our Schools” rally. They apparently fell about 992,000 people short.

The embarrassing attendance underlined one major truth – there is no mass movement to maintain the status quo in our nation’s public schools. The only people defending the current system are those who profit from it, like the leaders of the nation’s teachers unions.

The “Save Our Schools” message was honest in one respect – the union goal is to save public schools as they currently exist. Notice that there was no call to improve the quality of education for students, because that’s not what the unions are fighting for.

-snip-

A popular theme of the rally was to attack student testing. See, if the establishment can get rid of any sort of objective measure of student performance, then they can dicker about subjective measurements for employees, such as how much they work, how much they care and how hard they’re trying. It has been a full-frontal attack on objective measurements, which they’ve deemed “high-stakes.”

The unionists were also complaining about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, collective bargaining reform in Ohio and boogeymen such as the Koch brothers.

Once hoping for 1,000,000 teachers in front of the White House, they could only rustle up about 8,000 attendees, according to unofficial Parks Department estimates. Even grading with a curve, that’s a big fat “F.”

Entire piece:

http://townhall.com/columnists/kyleolson/2011/08/02/million_teacher_march_falls_about_992,000_people_short

Del Dolemonte on August 2, 2011 at 4:55 PM

‘making the political process a process once again — not merely a well-oiled machine designed to thoughtlessly grow government. Good for them.’ Why is it I feel like I’m the one who got oiled by this process. The libs exhaled and got their 2nd wind. Let the spending begin.

Kissmygrits on August 2, 2011 at 5:04 PM

They’ve been called terrorists. I would just say they put some terror in the hearts of big spenders. They are people who care about America and I think have helped move us to a discussion of how much we can spend to how much we can save.

Sen. Sessions nailed it and yet there are those who insanely insist on more spending and more debt. I wont call them terrorists but they are insane in every sense of the word.

Yakko77 on August 2, 2011 at 8:08 PM