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Central Mass Tea Party Rallies Against Obama

Thursday, October 04, 2012


Tea Party members gathered around the bar at the Paxton American Legion on Wednesday to watch the presidential debate and gear up for the final month before Election Day.

Taxes, healthcare, regulation and the economy were the most popular topics of discussion during the Leicester-Paxton-Rutland-Holden Tea Party Group's October meeting. A win for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama this November was also high on the agenda.

"One's a mechanic, the other's a politician," said Linda Dagley-Duval, arguing that Romney understands how business works and how to get things done, while President Obama spends his time just telling people what they want to hear.

Issues With The President

Jim McGrath said he wanted Obama out of office and a new administration that respects the Constitution to take the Democrat's place.

"This guy's doing everything by executive order," he said.

"Every bill that comes up should be vetted by Congress to see if it's constitutional."

Don Young also called for a back-to-basics approach when it comes to checks and balances and the role of the Department of Justice.

"How can we decide which laws we are to obey and which one's we're not?" he asked. "The whole thing falls apart."

While many Tea Partiers criticized the Obama administration's less than rigorous approach to apply the Constitution, they were equally harsh on what they see as overzealous government regulations introduced during the past four years.

"Let us regulate ourselves," Dagley-Duval said. "Let us do what needs to be done."

For Dave Lundergan, a programmer, the current state of the economy is the biggest issue in the presidential race, and Obama's plan to raise taxes is not the answer.

"You have to raise revenues, not rates," he said.

McGrath said job creation is the key to turning the country around and would solve many of the other problems that have plagued the U.S. in recent years.

After the economy, the nation's healthcare system was high on the list of problems to tackle, and Obama's Affordable Care Act was universally unpopular among the Tea Party members, but the pre-Obama healthcare system did not fare much better with the crowd.

"It needs to be revamped totally," Lundergan said, arguing that offering individual rather than company plans and breaking out health insurance for major procedures to give consumers more choice is the right direction to go.

Oust Obama Coalition

Bud Laureyns was one of several local Tea Party members also involved with the Oust Obama Coalition (OOC), and the grassroots group is ramping up its efforts to make sure the Democrat does not see a second term in the Oval Office.

Laureyns said the OOC will launch its phone bank system this weekend to target voters in battle ground states where they will try to turn the tide for Romney, and on October 13 they will be organizing a bus trip up to New Hampshire to go door-to-door spreading their message.

While Laureyns and his fellow Tea Partiers readily admitted that Obama will likely win Massachusetts this election, they believe that making sure he does not win nationally is a cause worth fighting for.

"We've got an economy that's going to the toilet, and it's not going to get better," said Laureyns.

"Sadly, the young people today are the ones that are going to suffer." 


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