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Lehigh Valley Tea Party Will Fight After Obama's Win

President of Lehigh Valley Tea Party says organization will still tackle issues despite presidential election outcome.

The presidential election is over and despite the outcome, the president of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party said her organization will "keep on keeping on."

For the past two Saturdays, Tea Party members were out rallying the troops in Allentown and Bethlehem to get people out to vote.

Barb Walters, the chairwoman of the 800-member Lehigh Valley Tea Party, said she was disappointed by the turnout at the polls, despite criticism and concerns that the country wasn't improving in the past four years under President Barack Obama's tenure.

"I was surprised at the numbers. They were down for the country," she said. "It was really shocking, coming from both sides."

The Tea Party movement gained national recognition during the 2010 midterms in terms of advocating the principles of the U.S. Constitution and calling for a reduction in government spending and taxes.

Polls show that most Tea Party members tend to be Republicans.

But the Tea Party is not a political party. And, Walters said, the Lehigh Valley Tea Party does not endorse candidates.

"We are non-partisan. We don't endorse candidates," Walters said. "Our position hasn't changed. We're still issue-oriented in wanting to limit the government and have more fiscal responsibility and individual rights."

Walters said issues will still be brought before the group.

"The Tea Party has gone from being out there to working behind the scenes," Walters said.

Walters said she believes the party will be more active when elections are more local, when school board and municipal seats are on the line.

"That's what we're going to stick with," she said. "We like having educated voters who don't go by their feelings, but are armed with the knowledge to make the best decisions."

For now, though, Walters worries about the country's future.

"It's a very interesting time. Interesting, but scary," she said. "We're going to be working to make sure we all don't go over the cliff."

jackson black November 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
All this bickering, both parties are dysfunctional, the masses have made a choice of 4 more years of big government and big debt...people have not suffered enough for real change...watch the stock market nose dive as well as the employment numbers every month..we have become Greece...These entitlements, welfare,medicare,Obamacare,etc. Tea party don't mean squat
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 03:54 PM
This country is so screwed no matter how you spin it, the rich will remain rich, the poor will get more subsidies and free stuff..the middle class will be screwed hard and small business as well as big business will get the shaft, medical companies are getting taxed hugely with Obamacare mandates...the cost will be passed down.....
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Watch the unemployment numbers go up every month....it's gonna be an into interesting 4 years....best bet, make as little as possible ,get subsidies, get on the government dole...otherwise you will work for nothing..
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 04:03 PM
It's a matter of survival now, tea baggers,demorats,republilukes,libtards...fill in the blanks...It means nothing now, the recipient class has spoken..get ready....it's gonna get fun..hahahahaaha
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 04:08 PM
People get what they deserve....
Wayne Schissler November 10, 2012 at 04:09 PM
for real, Well, now there you go... You bring up topics that don't even apply to us. The idiot Republican with the pregnancy fallacy... LVTP doesn't even take a stand on the issue. Why do you think we are not supportive of public education? We have education reform workshops, have members that run for school board, have members sitting on school boards. And what is wrong with supporting non-government education? Or reigning in out of control spending? http://ccnasd.org/where-did-the-money-go/ I know, just "get along" & stop rocking the boat...
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Amend, For real,Wayne, Carl,myself and anyone on this site knows deep down in our souls that America is in a great decline,that this administration will collapse this country morally,financially...We are the Roman empire and will fall as the Roman empire..
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
If all you people believe that this country will be better off in the next for years,then you are either on gov. Assistance or work for the public sector...If not then we shall meet in the soup kitchen..
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
God bless you all...
Wayne Schissler November 10, 2012 at 04:37 PM
for real said, "I will make it my life mission to take back this party. You and your ilk need to crawl back to the caves you came out of!" Conservatives, libertarians, Tea Party members and sympathizers take note of this. Shall we let the so-called opposition party alone to play nice with their friends?
Lower Saucon Guy November 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
@Jackson Black. You sure are the Doctor Doom aren't you. If this country is doomed like you feel it is, why don't you leave. Let us know if you find your Utopia you would like to exist in. I believe with co operation from both parties that this country will be better in the next 4 years. I'm not on government assistance and I don't work for the public sector either. I also don't plan on running into you or anyone else in a soup kitchen, but if I do, I hope they have chicken rice. That's my favorite. If I looked at the world through your eyes, I wouldn't get up in the morning. Stop whining like a little panty waist, it's not very manly.
for real November 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Sure Wayne The LVTP is so different than the rest of the t pary across the country. Your involvement in public education is to destroy or make it for profit. remember this event? http://lowermacungie.patch.com/articles/tea-party-speaker-says-privatize-public-schools During the next round of school board elections I want yoy to know I WILL BE WATCHING!!! maybe I will even put up some menacing signs to let everybody know. WE ARE STILL WATCHING - Freekin joke!
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Lower sucking guy, keep your head in the sand...You most definitely are living in your moms basement watching the kardaschians living in oblivion...some day you will wake up...I will look for the guy who is light on his feet and talks with Lisp in the soup kitchen line and school you...
Wayne Schissler November 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
for real, The "event" you are so upset about was a guest speaker. Guest speakers who do not speak for the LVTP - just read the comment section where that was made abundantly clear. Of course that fact doesn't serve your purpose. Will you be one of those that show up at the school board meeting to encourage them to raise everyone's taxes? Do you really think "more money" = better education? Is that how the rest of the world is beating us in education? Don't ask questions, don't listen to and evaluate speaker's messages... just react, cater to the influential constituencies, do more of the same. I can't wait to read your sign.
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Lower sucking guy, Jersey shore might be on..pathetic,people like will be the first to cry when the shit hits the fan..good luck with your pathetic life..did you survive hurricane sandy okay? bet you rolled up in a fetal postion when the power got cut off..
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Dont worry lower sucking guy, OBAMA WILL SAVE YOU
for real November 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Wayne you are even more an idiot than I thought. You would make Tom Corbett proud. Everybody who has studied the ABC's of what Corbett's budget did know better than this rt. wing page you cite. The Fed stimuls money thatd dried up is one thing. The state also murdered a block grant and cut a charter reimbursment fund (both state funded not stimulus money). Local districts ad districts across the commonwealth have cut spending but a hostile state is to blame for any runaway funding problems. Nice try though. In the meantime more and more money is being skimmed to fund for profit charter operations that have an education success rate below that of the inner city schools. As the Auditor General. We could save somehwere in the neighborhood of a million bucks a day. Where is the Lehigh Valley Toilet party on that? I hear crickets but little more.
Lower Saucon Guy November 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM
@Jackson Black. You are funny. Your responses are what I would have expected. Now this is the part where you think you got to me and I'm going to counter attack. I wouldn't give you the pleasure. Your opinions mean nothing to me. You, obviously are a very damaged little man. Lower sucking guy is good. I'm still laughing at you. Goodbye.
Wayne Schissler November 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM
for real, It sounds like your hostility should be reserved for those moderate Republicans going back to when Ridge was governor, that is when the funding really began to become screwed up. Please don't project those shortcomings unto us! (nice try though) You should know where the bulk of are fiscal woes will be coming from very shortly - here, go back to another page on that "right-wing" site with the scary government charts on it. http://ccnasd.org/2011/05/06/a-tsunami-of-debt-headed-our-way/ You can point fingers all you want but I can guarantee you the tea party didn't go back in time and force the Ridge to screw this up. You claim to be a moderate Republican and you think Corbett is proud of my work? Forgive me, but I'm beginning to doubt you. Are you sure you're not just a Democrat having some fun? Are you for real?
for real November 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
What Ridge in 2001 is a disaster. I get that.
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Keep laughing tough guy, you are just a coward who is obviously is hurt by my comments...truth hurts Hugh? Go get dinner,your mom is calling you...hahahaha
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Everybody please be kind to lower sucking guy,his feelings are hurt...his liberal feelings are damaged...Lower sucking guy, you amused me like a little monkey at a zoo...thank you...
jackson black November 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Lower sucking guy good,Jackson black bad...hope your better? Have a good life..thank you once again for the laugh,my wife laughed at you too..
Wayne Schissler November 11, 2012 at 01:58 AM
For what it's worth... I resisted going to a Tea Party meeting for almost a year after the one was formed in the Lehigh Valley. My reason - Quite frankly, I don't like to associate with kooks. That was my excuse before I heard of any first hand reports about what goes on there (before there was a Patch that covered their meetings). I had brief encounters with all sorts of libertarians, conservatives, right wingers, in the 90's and learned they are just like anyone else, you judge each one as they come. I also learned how stupid and back-assed politics is around here, so I had no intention of getting near it again. But a woman at my church said she went to one of the meetings and said, "They seemed OK" - so my wife and I went (hint - it's a very cheap "night out").
Wayne Schissler November 11, 2012 at 01:59 AM
For what it's worth continued... It's a diverse group, from the very religious to the very atheist. Many retired engineer types, income ranges across the whole spectrum. Kooks- I guess anyone will find someone else that fits their definition of kook, but really no more than you would find in a random sample of the population. The important thing is they were civil, respectful, and aware that something was not right - that the country was headed in the wrong direction. Many, like me, knew this for years. Others had recently in the previous year been inflamed by adminstration policies that wanted to pay off the mortgages of the people who obtained loans they could not afford (remember the McMansion boom?) - while those who may have struggled and sacrificed to stay solvent were supposed to just look on. But it didn't matter why we were meeting, we were all called racists no matter what. That's probably the main reason someone would not want to attend, someone who already realizes that both partyies are to blame, that both parties need to be watched, need to have pressure applied. Attaching yourself unreservedly to one party is the worse thing anyone could do. You're taken for granted. So I've been called all kinds of names. So what? "I'm rubber and you're glue... and all that"
for real November 11, 2012 at 02:35 PM
So Wayne you and you tea party obvously believe that districts overspend and therefore of course local taxpayers should endorse your ideas and candidates for school board so that they can teach these out of control spenders a lesson. Where are you and your tea party on the for profit charter school racket? Here is a school board member actually trying to address this problem http://dianeravitch.net/2012/11/10/a-local-school-board-member-in-pennsylvania-is-a-hero-of-public-education/ Have you and the low spending army demanded that the state legislature implement the recomendations of the Auditor General? http://www.paessp.org/publications/press-releases/41-news-and-announcements/380-auditor-general-wagner-calls-for-charter-school-reform.html Any lobbying by you guys to reduce unfunded mandates from Harrisburg? Maybe when I see some actual analysis of the problem from your side other than the usual we blame school boards and teachers, I will gain some respect for you and even consider attending a meeting.
jackson black November 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
@wayne schissler,I respect what the tea party stands for and your talking points are valid..The truth is america wants free, obama got re elected based on free healthcare,entitlements,pandering to unions etc...The party is over...the Free Party has won...
jackson black November 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
We have become Greece
Wayne Schissler November 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM
for real said, "Any lobbying by you guys to reduce unfunded mandates from Harrisburg?" Eh... I was on a "Goals 2000" reform committee in our district way-back-when so I've seen some of this first hand. And in the past year, during the school board comment section I encouraged the board members to lobby and write to their representatives. They seemed agreeable, but did they? I don't know. Too much of this "rolls downhill" like the Goals 2000 mandate did. Feds dangle money with conditions, states jump through the hoops and then expect the districts to comply. And I think you're familiar with how the Harrisburg legislature/teacher pension debacle works - You need a true leader to push thru the legislation and constitutional amendment to rectify it. You need a leader to push through a defined contribution plan for new hires, the most sensible and the most minimal thing that should be done. The guy I voted for in the gubernatorial primary would have done this - the moderate we have doesn't have the spine. I know you don't like Corbett, neither do I - but then what is the solution, a more moderate spineless politician? And if citizens band together and demand better they're told to "go back to their caves"???
Wayne Schissler November 11, 2012 at 06:26 PM
continued... I know we did have a delegation of sorts that met with Harrisburg "leaders". Whether all the specifics you mention were brought up I do not know (I would be very surprised if they weren't) - they came back with pretty much the attitude that I've been displaying here, note I put "leaders" in quotes. Basically, Pennsylvania is not Wisconsin: http://lvtp.org/taxesspendingdebt-articles/497-pennsylvania-is-not-wisconsin.html As for the charter schools... Sure, cut the waste. But is the goal of the group you site to help all children, no matter what school they attend, is or to ensure the future of government school unions? Are they simply against charter schools? I could go on for quite a bit about schooling but the day is too short and the weather too nice to spend it in front of the 'puter.

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