Local Tea Party members think a government shut down would be ‘good wake up call’

Michelle King of Logan agrees with others in the Tea Party movement that significant spending cuts need to be made in the 2011 congressional budget even if it means a government shutdown. “I think a government shut down will be a good wake up call for everybody, at least a short and temporary one,” King says, “to help people understand how much we’ve become reliant on the federal government and how much we need to get back to self-reliance.” King says she has not been happy to see some Republicans threatening a government shutdown unless certain political policies are approved. She says to use the budget to play political games is not ethical and is very hypocritical. Meanwhile, the Cache Valley Tea Party’s Independent Caucus got very involved in Logan City elections two years ago. King is a caucus chair and says she expects that will happen again this year. Three city council members have terms that are expiring: Laraine Swenson, Herm Olsen and Jay Monson. So what kind of candidates are the Tea Party and Independence Caucus looking for? “People willing to stick to, I guess, a limited role of government, what I would consider to be limited, not so much economic development and zoning,” King explains. “I’m a little concerned about the new city plan but I haven’t looked at it in detail. Property gets controlled through new zoning regulations.” King says she is also interested in candidates who do not want the city to take on additional debt for unnecessary things during difficult economic times. She referred to the proposed golf course club house renovation as “unnecessary.”

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