Conservatives to Washington: Stop 'Drunken Spending Spree'

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 10:57 AM

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Conservative groups Tuesday applauded Republicans for successfully resisting Democrats’ efforts to raise taxes and blasted what one speaker described as Washington’s “drunken spending spree,” reports
“We applaud grassroots conservatives and the tea party members who made it clear to Republicans in Congress that raising taxes is absolutely unacceptable,” said L. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center during a news conference with other conservative groups in Washington, D.C. “Only in Washington do we think it’s appropriate to solve a spending problem by raising taxes, which does nothing but increase the spending problem.”

Bozell challenged Republicans to keep up the pressure, but also assailed them for allowing an increase in spending.

“Democrats are not the only ones to blame here,” said Bozell. “Since Obama took office, he’s added $4 trillion to the national debt and Republicans have done next to nothing to stop this runaway spending train, so it’s their debt too.

“Americans are simply demanding that Washington end its drunken spending spree,” he continued.

Tea party groups speaking at the conference demanded a say in how their tax dollars will be spent. Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots said lawmakers are “not listening” to millions of tea partyers, and asked Congress to slash $1.5 trillion in spending.

“The elections last year had one overwhelming message, and that message was it’s time for Congress to quit spending so much money — and they haven’t listened, and they’re not listening,” Martin said.

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