Washington Gridlock: Forget a third party, how about a second party?

Americans don't necessarily want a third party.  They just would like one of the two parties to work for them. Photo: AP images

WASHINGTON.  October 14, 2013 — Monday brought the fourteenth day of the Harry Reid government shutdown. The military calls things like this “Mission creep.”

The shutdown began as a fight over delaying Obamacare for just one year. As the Republicans have totally caved and began flourishing the new GOP logo, the freshly laundered white flag of surrender.

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Now the battle is strictly an inside the beltway affair. No one cares about the real Americans who are paying the price for Barack Obama’s economic policies.  Instead, the Republicans are going to get the concession of having the medical device tax repealed. 

While repealing that tax is a good thing, ninety-nine percent of Americans do not care about it.

Delaying or defunding Obamacare? Forget about it.

Instead, the Democrats and the Republicans are agreeing that the debt ceiling will go up. They agree spending will be going up. Barack Obama is now pushing hard for tax increases too. 

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Real Americans would like at least one of the political parties to do something for them.

America is suffering through the Great Obama Depression. There are ninety million Americans out of the workforce. Why can’t so many of these Americans find work? 

The answer is Obamacare.

If Obamacare is so great, why isn’t it a voluntary program? If Obamacare is so great, why is Barack Obama exempt from his signature program? If Obamacare is so great, why is every major Obama supporter asking for an exemption for Obamacare?

Obamacare has so many flaws but one of them is the thirty-hour rule. If an employee works more than thirty hours a week, they are considered to be a full time employee and they must be covered by Obamacare or the employer must pay a substantial penalty.

Because of this, the only jobs that are being created are part time jobs. In this year, ninety-seven percent of the jobs created this year are part time jobs.  Obamacare is killing the economy and killing the middle class. 

Which party is fighting to do anything about Obamacare? The answer is “C,” none of the above.

Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are doing anything to help real Americans who are suffering from the Great Obama Depression.

What one thing, if the people in Washington were inclined, if done right now, would help the American people the most?

If not a complete repeal of Obamacare, at least the repeal of the employer mandate would be a good start.

The Democrats do not want to repeal Obamacare and neither do the Republicans.

The capitulation of the Republicans has begun talk again of conservatives abandoning the Republican Party, in favor of a new party or a third party.

America doesn’t need a third party. It needs a second party that looks out for real Americans and not parties that are only concerned about what happens inside the Washington beltway.


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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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