The Tea Party Congress

No matter what happens on Election Day, there will be a Tea Party Caucus in the House and Senate. What can we expect?

???We will have a new crop of fighters in the Senate who will bring energy and a strong constitutionalist perspective to the Republican Caucus,??? a senior Senate aide tells HUMAN EVENTS. Even if Republicans don???t capture the ten seats needed to take over the Senate, these new leaders will have the power to force both parties to respect federalism, limited federal government, a strong national defense and free-market capitalism.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) is chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee dedicated to electing conservative leaders to the Senate. The fund has identified ten new conservative leaders: Joe Miller of Alaska, Christine O???Donnell of Delaware, Ken Buck of Colorado, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sharron Angle of Nevada, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Dino Rossi of Washington, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, and Marco Rubio of Florida.

In the House, even more conservatives are poised to join Congress. The Republican Study Committee (RSC) may add as many as 50 new members, according to House sources. Rep. Tom Price (R.-Ga.), chairman of the RSC, will have boots on the ground of the House floor to fight for limited government. These latest electoral projections are great news for the conservative movement and the push to scale back the federal government.

Who Needs Congress?

The Obama Administration is preparing for the possibility of losing both the House and Senate this fall. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that ???as President Obama remakes his senior staff, he is also shaping a new approach for the second half of his term: to advance his agenda through executive actions he can take on his own, rather than pushing plans through an increasingly hostile Congress.???

So it???s ???Constitution be damned,??? obviously. If the administration loses both chambers of Congress through democratic elections, evidently they are prepared to resort to non-democratic means to implement its big-government agenda.

Apparently White House officials plan to ignore the legislative process and the will of the American people to get what they want. Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R.-Va.), told the Times that the White House ???has shown no interest in listening to the American people and has at all costs tried to ram through legislation that was tremendously unpopular.”

                                              Cartoon Courtesy of Brett Noel

Obama Enemies List

If you dare to oppose the Obama agenda, expect to become an enemy of the state. Koch Industries found this out the hard way. The New York Times reports that ???with growing scrutiny of the role of tax-exempt groups in political campaigns, congressional Republicans are pushing back against Democrats by warning about the possible misuse of the Internal Revenue Service to audit conservative groups.???

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R.-Iowa) and long-time protector of whistleblowers in the federal government, ???and six other Republican senators [sent a letter alleging] that a senior administration official had improperly disclosed confidential taxpayer information in the case of Koch Industries during a background conference call with journalists.??? The specific allegation is that Obama administration official Austan Goolsbee illegally disclosed information about the tax status of Koch Industries during a conference call with reporters. If proven true, this is a serious attack on the 1st Amendment rights of all Americans.

Obamacare Funding

One way for Congress to stop the implementation of Obamacare is to use the power of the purse to stop funding of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implementation. The two most important members of Congress in the fight for repeal will be Rep. Denny Rehberg (R.-Mont.) and Rep. Jerry Lewis (R.-Calif.) because of their positions on the House Appropriations Committee. According to Politico, Republicans may also be able to use the reconciliation process to start the full repeal process for Obamacare. The procedural groundwork for a full repeal of Obamacare has already started in the House.

Food Stamps

About a month after Obama took office, Congress passed the so-called stimulus, declaring it the first big step to save the U.S. economy. Today we are looking at an unemployment rate of 9.7% and, as recently released numbers from the USDA show, an all-time high in numbers of persons participating in the Food Stamp program. The program experienced an 18% jump in participants from just one year ago and about a 50% jump since 2008.