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    First Tea Party Debt Commission Field Hearing Taking Place in Salt Lake City

    This Thursday, FreedomWorks will host the first field hearing for the newly-formed Tea Party Debt Commission in Salt Lake City. The hearing will take place at Noah’s meeting and conference center, 322 West 11000 South, South Jordan, UT, 84095.

    Local activists are expected to attend, and encouraged to bring their own proposals for specific cuts to the federal budget. FreedomWorks will also present the initial findings of its online poll (www.TeaPartyDebtCommission.com) that allowed voters to prioritize spending cuts over the last month.

    The committee consists of twelve members, paralleling the structure of the new super committee created by Congress as part of the recent debt ceiling compromise. Committee members are volunteer tea party activists from a variety of states across the country, including CO, CT, IN, NH, NV, NY, OH, PA, UT, and VA.

    The Tea Party Debt Commission was launched to give the American people a platform to propose specific cuts to the federal budget.  The goal of the effort will be to develop a budget that cuts at least $9 trillion in spending, reduces federal spending to 18 percent of GDP, reduces national debt to under 66 percent of GDP, and balances the budget within 10 years without tax hikes.

    The Tea Party Debt Commission began its grassroots outreach with an online poll allowing voters to prioritize spending cuts. Each vote cuts a program, and projects the one-year and 10-year savings that cut would generate.

    FreedomWorks will continue holding field hearings in key cities across the country. The next hearings are scheduled for September 23 in Orlando, FL, and Thursday, September 29 in Philadelphia, PA.

    For more information on the Tea Party Debt Commission, click here

    2 comments
    eric.blankenburg
    08/30/2011

    25% percent of people over 65 have pensions or annuities that make them "wealthy". Why should young struggling working families be required to subsidize wealthy older people who aren't working? We should means test Social Security and Medicare.

    The U.S. government has over 30 welfare programs. Why do we need so many? We could save a lot of administrative costs by consolidating all of these programs into two programs -- one which provides cash subsidies to people who can't work because of physical or mental disabilities and one that provides cash subsidies to the working poor.

    Bring the troops home. We borrow money from the rich Europeans to defend the rich Europeans. We borrow money from the rich Saudis to defend the rich Saudis. We borrow money from the rich Japanese to defend the rich Japanese. We borrow money from the Chinese to defend everyone else from the Chinese. Why are we doing this? Yes, we need to be involved in the world to protect our interests, but our current policies are insane because they don't reflect either current geopolitical realities or the reality of our current economic circumstances.

    Why are we subsidizing NPR in an era when we have information at our fingertips? Why are we spending millions to study prostitutes in China or the relationship between a gay man's penis and his disposition to be a pitcher or a catcher? Why are we subsidizing ethanol when even Al Gore himself now says that this is a stupid idea? On and on...

    I'll tell you why -- the U.S. government is the most hidebound, change resistant entity in the entire world. As Reagan said -- the closest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth is a government program.

    We have a dynamic, technology-driven, ever changing economy. Sadly, it's being held back by obsolete, antiquated laws and regulations from decades ago.

    That's the problem.

    We need to simplify our 80,000 page convoluted tax system by eliminating economy distorting special interest deductions and lower rates. Even better, let's replace the personal income tax, corporate income tax, and payroll taxes with a sales tax.

    David Aitken
    08/30/2011

    I'd be willing to trade a $50Billion increase in the debt for elimination of the Education department, for example. If the states want that money, tell them to raise their own damn taxes. Ditto for Agriculture, DEA, HHS, etc. Fund these departments thru the end of the fiscal year and then they're toast.

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