Nick Gillespie, Editor in Chief of is a staunch libertarian, and one of the most rational and straight forward commentators on American politics today.  In his latest piece on spending and deficits, he performs a full frontal smack down on both parties for their profligate spending, and running up the national credit card on all manner of things.

“Certainly, it should worry all of us that President Obama’s budget proposal released earlier this year envisioned a decade in which the federal government on average spends 22.5 percent of GDP… and that the budget plan passed by the Republican House would have government spending average 20 percent over the same time period. In terms of paying for such levels of spending, each is well above the historical average of tax receipts since 1950. In fact, the GOP plan even estimates tax revenue over the next 10 years at just 18.3 percent of GDP, ensuring more debt and deficits … And the GOP is supposed to be the party of budget hawks, right?”

Both parties, fiddling while Rome burns.  These are our best and brightest?  Maybe it’s time to open the phone book and send a random selection of citizens to DC to figure this stuff out.  Clearly the folks who can get elected are incapable.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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