Geithner praises positive side of tea pa

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April 18, 2010

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Geithner praises ‘positive side’ of tea parties

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised the “positive side” of the tea party movement Sunday, suggesting the movement’s concern with deficits could align the group with the administration in the future.

Asked by NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory about the movement, Geithner said its concerns were informed by the expansion of spending under President Bush, and that the awareness now that there’s no way to pass an “enormous expansion of government without paying for it” is “an important change.”

From the advance transcript:

DAVID GREGORY: Finally, before I let you go, as I mentioned it was tax day. You also saw these tea party rallies around the country. And it seems that their biggest grievance, those who show up to these rallies, have to do with taxes, with government spending, with the size of the deficit. How serious do you take those concerns? How viable a political force do you consider—

TIMOTHY GEITHNER: Let—

DAVID GREGORY: --the Tea Party to be?

TIMOTHY GEITHNER: --let me-- let me do the positive side of this. Okay? We've-- just been through eight years where people said-- many people said, ‘Deficits don't matter. We can-- we can pass huge tax cuts, pass huge new programs without paying for them.’ That debate has changed fundamentally. Now you don't hear people say anymore, ‘Deficits don't matter.’ You don't hear people saying that we can pass enormously—enormous expansion of government without paying for it. That's an important change. I think all Americans understand that our deficits are unsustainable. And I think that'll be helpful as we move to try to make the hard choices to bring them down again.”


Posted by Harry Siegel 08:18 AM
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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 10:09pm

" suggesting the movement’s concern with deficits could align the group with the administration in the future. "


Key words there, in the future. LOL


"its concerns were informed by the expansion of spending under President Bush, and that the awareness now that there’s no way to pass an “enormous expansion of government without paying for it” is “an important change.” "


And of course, it's all Bush.

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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 10:14pm
I agree but again it shows that teaparties know what we are talking about, the spending is not good
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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 11:22pm

>>> Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised the “positive side” of the tea party movement Sunday, suggesting the movement’s concern with deficits could align the group with the administration in the future.

ROFL!!! Sorry...but "the movement’s concern with deficits could align the group with the administration in the future" just made me laugh. But it's nice that the Tea Parties have garnered the approval of tax cheats too.

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Sun, 04-18-2010 - 11:24pm
True, Bush was hardly frugal with his pennies, but folks tend to forget that he was pretty much compelled to spend unexpected billions on national security and homeland security...or that all of his spending had Democrat support.
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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 3:40pm

Well, I'm no Geithner fan, so his positive comment about the Tea Party does not impress me. Not only the Tea Partiers, but everyone knows the deficit need to be brought under control.

We Dems prefer to tax the wealthy and the corps,and the GOOPers prefer to cut gov't spending. That fact is at the heart of the polarity between the two groups. We can agree only to laugh together, at the prospect of the Tea Partiers ever aligning themselves with the Obama administration. We'll never agree, I'm afraid, on HOW to get the deficit under control.

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Mon, 04-19-2010 - 4:06pm
Good point.
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Tue, 04-20-2010 - 3:43pm

"We Dems prefer to tax the wealthy and the corps,and the GOOPers prefer to cut gov't spending."


That's the way the parties market themselves. I haven't seen much to support that in the last decade or so.

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Wed, 04-21-2010 - 9:08am
True. I should have added "on everything but defense and Wall Street", to qualify how the GOP likes to cut gov't spending.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM