Bob Barr

Sequester cuts had barely gone into effect last week when the uber-liberal MoveOn.org started shrilly whining that conservative barbarians were destroying the country. “Tea Party and austerity-obsessed billionaires have finally gone too far,” screamed the organization that was launched in 1998 with heavy-duty financial support from one of the Left’s own billionaires -- George Soros. The group electronically wailed that “Tea Parties” in cahoots with “billionaires,” were holding “kids” and “poor families” politically hostage in the battle over government spending.

In a sense, MoveOn.org is correct. There definitely are “hostages” being held captive in the very real debt crisis in which the country has been mired; but this group of hostages is not limited to the “poor” or America’s children. Hostage to the fiscal irresponsibility that has gripped government for years, are all of us – the American people.

There also are hostage takers; and it is neither the Tea Party movement nor wealthy conservatives. Those responsible for the “fiscal terrorism” of boundless deficit spending being inflicted on the country are the government big spenders, including President Barack Obama, orchestrating the fiscal death spiral.

Instead of lambasting Americans who are concerned about the ocean of debt threatening to permanently wreck our economy, MoveOn.org should look in the mirror.

There is a fundamental difference between the Tea Party and groups like MoveOn.org. MoveOn loves government. It remains enamored of government spending as fuel for its liberal agenda; and anything that threatens to close that spigot in any degree is perceived as a dire threat -- worthy of Chicken-Little warnings that the sky is going to fall.

The Tea Party, on the other hand, understands that uncontrolled government debt affects more than just poor families, kids and the mentally ill -- groups MoveOn.org uses to stoke emotional fires among its subscribers. The Tea Party knows that continuing to delay charting a course to spending reform hurts everybody.

The Tea Party also recognizes the public is tired of finger pointing; weary of unproductive political rhetoric and of kicking the fiscal can down the road while things continue to crumble around us.

E-mail blasts like those sent by MoveOn.org last week do far more to keep us stuck where we are than moving us forward.


Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.