Tea Party Senator: Don't Blame Us, It's Obama Who Has Failed

By Susan Jones | August 10, 2011 | 8:45 AM EDT

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says blaming the tea party for America's debt crisis is like blaming the fireman for fires.

"The Tea Party has been fighting for a serious solution that would rescue our finances through immediate spending cuts, spending caps and most importantly, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution," Paul said in a statement on his Web site. "With the support of the Tea Party, I offered the only solution that could have prevented our downgrade with our Cut, Cap and Balance plan.”

The plan was tabled in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Sen. Paul on Wednesday was introducing bill calling for the resignation of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The bill has no chance of passing, but Paul told Sean Hannity the bill is a vote of “no confidence” in a man “who’s failed at every turn.”
The senator said tea party conservatives ran for office in the first place to do something about the nation's mounting debt. "Now they're going to blame the debt on us, when we came to wash to try to fix the mess that they've gotten us in?" Paul called it ludicrous.

"While Democrats would like to lay blame on the Tea Party for the current economic failure, it is their President who has failed in leadership, failed to lower unemployment, failed to rescue our economy, failed to prevent a downgrade of our debt, and failed to control spending," he said.

Concerning Paul's resolution, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said: the president has great confidence in Secretary Geithner's substantial amount of capabilities and is glad the secretary is staying on. I think a statement like that [by Sen. Paul] doesn't really amount to much because obviously they'd like a different president. The leader of the Republicans in the Senate said that was their number one objective. So, the idea that they want members of his team to go shouldn't be all that shocking."