Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, issued a statement on the continuing negotiations over the so-called “fiscal cliff” crisis.

“We have predicted that a real solution to our overspending and fiscal irresponsibility wouldn’t be sought, that instead both sides would posture and play games, and that tax rates would increase for some, if not all, and it sadly appears our predictions are coming to pass,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.  “Government ‘leaders ‘ appear incapable of cutting government spending, even as the American people face economic peril.  We have challenged them over and over to actually do their jobs.”

The President, the House and the Senate refuse to address the actual problem of overspending, instead resorting to figuring out who can come out ahead in the polls:

·         The President seems determined to raise taxes and leave entitlement spending alone when our economy needs a boost and fundamental problems need to be addressed.

·         The Senate has not passed a budget in more than three years, displaying their gross inability to handle finances as American families have had to do every day.

·         The House leadership, granted their majority authority by grassroots Americans in 2010 and 2012, is content to punish conservative Members for standing on principle and actually listening to their constituents.  As we’ve said before, Speaker Boehner should reward those who defend fiscally responsible principles instead of insisting Members obey or else.  If he led, maybe he would find the votes he needs.

“The Tea Party Patriots have dared the government to cut just one penny from each dollar the government spends – this year, next year, and for five years – to balance the budget,” said Martin.  “Yet Democrats and Republicans can’t even do that.”