How much influence did the Tea Party movement have on the 2010 mid-term elections and how much influence will they have as Republicans take over the U.S. House of Representatives and pick up seats in the U.S. Senate? Newly-elected State Representative David Butterfield, R-District 4, says he sees the Tea Party movement as more of an attitude and a feeling that we must get back the good principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Butterfield said while he was chairman of the Cache County Republican Party he spoke out against the Bush administration’s excessive spending and expressed the fear that we had lost our way.”No Child Left Behind,” Butterfield asked, “here we have the federal government dictating the local school education policy? That should be left to local school boards, not the federal government. “Under those Bush years we saw the Medicaid drug benefit, the largest new entitlement since the Lyndon Johnson years.”Butterfield says he hopes the Republican Party got the message of the Tea Party people and that we will get back to the Reagan-type principles of limited government and local control.
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