Mrs. Radtke goes to Washington
It is an image Jamie Radtke would like people in Virginia to see. Radtke, the prominent Tea Party activist from Chesterfield, is running for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. The self-described “stay- at- home mom” was on Capitol Hill today, appearing on a panel hosted by the Senate Tea Party Caucus.
This photo, from Radtke’s facebook page, shows her on the dias with Kentucky Senator and Tea Party favorite, Rand Paul and Utah Senator Mike Lee. (Radtke is all the way to the left in the photo)
As Radtke makes the jump from the domestic world to the political world, the more she can be seen on the same level with people already serving, the more impressive she becomes.
The release from Radtke’s campaign on her appearance can be found after the jump:
U.S. Senate Candidate Jamie Radtke Calls for Courage & Cuts at
First-ever Senate Tea Party Caucus Meeting
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing America’s dire fiscal circumstances, Jamie Radtke, a U.S. Senate candidate in Virginia and co-founder and former chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, today called on Congress and the Obama administration to show the political courage to make the cuts in federal spending necessary to avert financial disaster.
Addressing the first meeting of the new Senate Tea Party Caucus, convened by Sens. Jim DeMint (SC), Mike Lee (Utah), and Rand Paul (KY), Ms. Radtke spelled out the serious financial straits caused by years of excessive federal spending, and the disciplined and immediate steps that are necessary to correct the situation.
“Individual Americans, uncertain about their jobs, are wisely trying to reduce their debt and get their own houses back in order,” Radtke said from the Hart Senate Office Building. “But, collectively, Washington can’t see this simple wisdom.”
Pointing out that America is entering its third straight year of unprecedented $1.4+ trillion budget deficits, Radtke said, “We’re spending so much money that we can’t even borrow it fast enough – the Federal Reserve has to print more money just to keep up.”
Radtke urged Congress to draw the line at the upcoming vote to increase the federal debt limit. “Despite all that, the Obama administration wants to raise the debt limit – which means the Fed will just print more money, driving prices even higher,” Radtke said.
Radtke said that the time has arrived for courageous action. “We cannot keep kicking the can down the road and hoping someone else will have to make the tough choices, because we are nearly at the end of the road. There is no one left to make the tough choices – it’s up to us.”
Radtke praised Senator Rand Paul’s recently released plan to cut $500 billion from the federal budget and Senator Lee’s balanced budget initiative.
“Senator Paul’s courageous move towards greater reductions in spending and Senator Lee’s balanced budget initiative demonstrate the leadership that a new generation of Tea Party leaders can bring to Washington,” Radtke said.
Radtke noted that growing businesses, not growing government, are the best vehicle for increasing employment, eliminating government deficits and strengthening the economy.
“Government hires people to spend money, and businesses hire people to make money,” Radtke said. “And that’s a big difference!”
“Business has told us what they need: Functioning and free capital markets; a low and stable tax environment; a sound currency; and, sensible regulations,” Radtke said. “Washington’s agenda has put a stranglehold on our economy.”
Radtke warned that the gravity of the federal debt situation is enormous, and if the U.S. doesn’t make the hard decisions now, the decisions will be made for us. “I worry that the day of reckoning is closer than many in Washington realize,” Radtke said.
“So let’s get government out of the driver’s seat, and give the wheel back to business,” Radtke said. “Because, to borrow an analogy: The Obama administration isn’t driving our country into a ditch – they’re driving our country off a cliff! And we have to stop them.”
“We must drastically slash the budget but we must also unleash the creative and productive American spirit,” Radtke concluded. “Economies run on energy, hard work, and creativity, and we have an abundance of all those things right here in America. Let’s get started with the spending cuts, balanced budget and job creation, and let’s lend our support to the Senate Tea Party Caucus!”
Radtke was one of several grassroots Tea Party leaders to meet with the Senate Tea Party Caucus to discuss spending proposals, options for balancing the budget, bringing an end to our nation’s deficit, and limiting the size and scope of the federal government.