An Appeal For Tea Party Unity

An enthusiastic crowd of well over 100 packed the Newtown Square Knights of Columbus Hall, tonight, Feb. 26, to hear Jennifer Stefano, who is the state director of Americans for Prosperity (AFP),  describe the importance of grassroots tea party activism and the need for the groups to present a united front.

The event was sponsored by the Delaware County Patriots.

"A national organization is useless if we don't have (local people) who trust us," she said.

Unity was something the left did very well she noted.

"Sometimes we have conversations about nonsense," she said, however.

She emphasized the importance of priorities.

"Before I ever complain to another group, I'm going to be on the line with my elected officials," she said.

Among the issues that she discussed was the upcoming sequestration battle which mandates a 2 percent cut in spending -- about $85 billion -- and was  cooked up by Jack Lew as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Lew was then President Obama's budget director. Obama has since nominated him to be secretary of treasury.

Obama now wants to break the deal and not cut spending. Mrs. Stefano is among those wanting to hold him to his word.

"I'm sure all of us have cut 2 percent (of our spending) over the last two years as all of our incomes have declined," she said.

Among the state issues she mentioned was holding Gov. Corbett to his pledge to block the Medicaid expansion scheme that would give 700,000  low-wage working people access to the federal program. Whether it would give them access to competent doctors is another matter.

Mrs. Stefano noted that the proposal was anti-poor, as it is being discovered that those on Medicaid have health outcomes actually worse than those without insurance.

Also speaking was Mike Henry, who is the new Philadelphia coordinator of Heritage Action for America, who noted that his group concentrated on federal policy while AFP involved itself in state and federal matters.

Mary Ellen Jones gave the opening and closing remarks.


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