Monday, February 21, 2011

One cheer for the Tea Party

In what was billed as a "victory" for President Obama, Congress rejected funding for a pointless new jet engine. Significantly, this occurred as the "Tea Party" representatives broke from traditionally pro-military-spending Republicans to join some Democrats in a 223-198 vote to remove funding. This is a small victory for Obama - he wanted the funding cut, defense secretary Gates wanted it cut - but it's an even bigger victory for the Tea Party, who accomplished what even a Democratic-controlled House couldn't do last year.

This is also the moment that Global Review has been waiting and hoping for: a concrete indication that the Tea Party was independent of the GOP Establishment, and will vote against frivolous spending from either wing. We may, years from now, look back on this vote as a turning point in Congressional spending.

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