Tea Party Patriots Dismayed at White House’s Immediate Dismissal of Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, were disappointed by President Obama’s continuing partisan comments and quick rejection of a budget proposal containing $12 billion in cuts.  In a news conference yesterday, the President told congressional leaders to act like “grown-ups.”

“We welcome the President’s engagement in the budget debate, but it’s sad that he, like Senator Reid, would engage in partisan posturing at the expense of the American people,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.  “American ‘grown-ups’ have to make tough budgeting decisions every day to support their families—and they expect their elected leaders to do the same.  Partisan, school yard rhetoric by the President does nothing to help get our spending under control.

“It’s troubling that President Obama rejected the compromise before even looking at it.  Americans are asking if this is the President’s example of leadership.  If the President is truly interested in a long-term solution, where was he weeks ago when the debate started?  The country wants to prevent a government shutdown, but it appears the President does not share that goal.”

“A recent poll indicated that 48 percent of Americans say their views are closer to those of the Tea Party movement than to Members of Congress, while only 22 percent think their views are closer to Congress,” said Mark Meckler, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.  “Americans agree they want Congress and the President to set aside partisan politics and get this done—now.  There is no time for petty, insulting rhetoric when the future of the country is at stake.  We elected our leaders to represent us, not insult us.”

Tea Party Patriots is a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,000 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide.  Tea Party Patriots is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets.  Visit Tea Party Patriots online at www.TeaPartyPatriots.org.