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Letter: Harrop is misplacing the blame for our fiscal crisis

To the Editor:

Here she goes again. Froma Harrop (Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, Daily Chronicle) continues to try to assault the tea party. In 2011, she referred to the tea party as “economic terrorist.” Now she wants to put the blame on the tea party for the “fiscal cliff.”

Harrop is the president of National Conference of Editorial Writers, where she has a project called the civility project. Froma Harrop needs a lesson on civility.

She begins this column off topic about the Tea Party Network. In her words, “It focuses on such right-wing heroes as Michele Bachmann and Allen West.” Harrop must not have visited the Web page. It says: “The Tea Party News Network is your source for the REAL news. We won’t hide the truth from you and we’ll always provide up-to-the-minute coverage of national news.” I realize that Froma is a opinion columnist, but get your facts right.

Anyway, I want to interject some common sense, because her column is void of it. The tea party is “the people.” We live all across the country, and are from every economic background. In Illinois, we are in just about every county.

We include people of all races and religions. We share some of the same principles as every group, including fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets.  

The tea party started in 2009 in response to concerns that Democrats and Republicans had mortgaged our future by borrowing and spending recklessly. We couldn’t have been more right. Today, we have more than $16 trillion in federal debt and the trend continues.

The fiscal cliff has nothing to do with the tea party and everything to do with the two political parties never being held accountable.

That is why “We The People,” or as you call us, “patriots,” are voicing concerns. We didn’t bring us here, but using our principles, we aim to keep America from going over the fiscal cliff so every American can enjoy economic freedom.

SFlbDan McIntyre

GenoaPresident, DeKalb County Tea Party

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