“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.”
Lips outlined how the Tea Party has an opportunity to reinvent itself as a grassroots movement focused on advocating policies designed to both reduce the public debt and, in Lips’s words, “unleash free enterprise.”
In this task, the Tea Party has natural allies in a sprawling network of think tanks and advocacy groups devoted to paring back the role of government at every level. These include established think tanks like the Cato Institute, and public interest litigators such as the Institute for Justice. But it also includes newer organizations like the Coalition to Reduce Spending, which rallies politicians to pledge to cut the size of government, and the Foundation for Government Accountability, which is working to replicate successful policy reforms at the state level, like Florida’s patient-pleasing, budget-saving Medicaid Cure initiative.
We are ready to help in this task, not only for the Tea Party movement, but every group that seeks to address the crushing public debt of the United States.