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Kinzinger disappoints TEA Party with his vote of the ‘fiscal cliff’

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 8:15 a.m. CDT

Representative Adam Kinzinger was elected in 2010 and 2012 with massive TEA Party support. But on Jan. 1, 2013, he, along with 172 House Democrats, voted “yes” on the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

His vote, for more taxes and no serious spending reduction, effectively puts off, yet again, any meaningful action on the nation’s debt problem and is a slap in the face to the local TEA Party.

Worse yet, two thirds of House Republicans had the courage to oppose the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Only one third of House Republicans caved in to Obama and the House Democrats.

Unfortunately, Adam Kinzinger was one of them.

This kind of short-term focus might be indicative of a Kinzinger inclination to be too compliant with the wishes of House leadership out of concern for his career, but at the expense of the hopes and wishes of the TEA Party, which did much to help elect him twice.

The Grundy and Will County TEA Parties might do well to consider initiating a search for a credible primary candidate to oppose Kinzinger in 2014. State Senator Sue Rezin, State Representative Pam Roth, someone from the Will or Grundy County boards, or a prominent local businessman might be good places to begin looking.

The United States of America is going broke. It needs courageous men in the Congress who are capable of grasping the magnitude of the debt problem and of dealing with it seriously and immediately.

It a few years the national debt is projected to reach over twenty trillion dollars. Fiddling around at the margins simply won’t cut it anymore. It is too late for that.

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