While a super committee in Congress is racing to come up with a program to cut at least $1.2 trillion from the national debt, a rival tea party panel is coming up with a plan of its own.
The “Tea Party Debt Commission,” a project of tea party-aligned FreedomWorks, is meeting to discuss ways to balance the federal budget in 10 years — by cutting $9 trillion in government spending — without instituting tax hikes.
Like the super committee, the Tea Party Debt Commission is made up of 12 people, though its members are all activists, not members of Congress. They plan to release their own report the week before the congressional panel’s program is due in November.
In preparation for their final report, the Commission did a crowdsource survey to learn the top 10 favored budget-cutting ideas from activists across the country.