Congressman: ‘Tea Partiers’ Have 'A Plan to Dismantle the American Government’

August 1, 2011 - 3:45 PM

(CNSNews.com) – Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) has claimed that "Tea Partiers" have enacted a "plan to dismantle the American government" and in the process, the country has lost its "moral compass."

"These ‘Tea Partiers,’ as willing conspirators with their so-called leadership have enacted on a plan to dismantle the American government and in the process, we have lost our moral compass," said Johnson when speaking with the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus last week.

"We’re talking about the debt ceiling now instead of jobs and what’s happening to the shifting income from poor and middle class people to the extreme upper class. We’re not talking about jobs. We’re talking about a debt ceiling and what these Republican tea partiers are doing is digging a hole down in the basement so deep that there certainly is no semblance of a safety net down there."

The White House and congressional leaders have reached a deal to increase the nation’s debt limit by $2.4 trillion but Tea Party-backed Republicans in the House have expressed opposition to the plan.

"I haven't heard anything over the last couple of weeks that I could support," Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) said.

"Right now I'm a probable 'No.' I want a solution and not a deal," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said. "We've got to take care of the underlying challenge and not just come up with some cuts that might happen 10 years from now."