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Australian minister warns of Republican 'crazies'

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's deputy prime minister warned Friday that the greatest threat to the U.S. economy are the "cranks and crazies" in the Republican Party, a rare foray into American domestic politics that was blasted by the opposition.

Wayne Swan, who also is treasurer and his center-left Labor Party government's
ranking finance minister, took aim at the tea party during a speech to a
business forum, breaking a convention among Australia's major parties
to steer clear of U.S. domestic political debates.

"Let's be blunt
and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world's biggest economy are
the cranks and crazies that have taken over a part of the Republican
Party," Swan said.

He said
"the extreme right tea party wing" of the Republican Party had held the
national interest hostage during last year's debate over the U.S.
borrowing limit despite President Barack Obama's "goodwill and strong efforts."

He
said it was imperative that Congress reach an agreement to support
growth and avoid a "fiscal cliff" of deep government spending cuts and
higher taxes in January, which he said could push the U.S. economy back
into recession.

The conservative opposition said Swan's speech betrayed his "hatred" of Republicans.

"The Labor Party
is peddling hatred and they're got to stop," opposition treasury
spokesman Joe Hockey told reporters. "They hate the Republican Party.
I'd like Wayne Swan to say something positive about someone somewhere."

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who travels to New York next week to address the U.N. General Assembly, defended her deputy's comments as "appropriate."

"What
happens in the U.S. economy matters to the world economy and it matters
to us," she told reporters. "Wayne Swan was making that very common
sense point today."

Adam Lockyer, a lecturer at Sydney
University's U.S. Studies Center, described Swan's speech as "a clumsy
political move" that left him open to attack from his political enemies.

Lockyer
said Swan might have been attempting to link the tea party to the
obstructionism of the Australian opposition, which has thwarted Labor's
legislative agenda in a finely-balanced Parliament.

Australia has
long maintained that its close relationship with Washington, and its
61-year-old defense alliance, remains strong regardless of who is in the
White House.

Former conservative Prime Minister John Howard was
widely criticized in 2007 when he claimed Obama, then a Democratic
presidential nominee, represented al-Qaida's interests.

Howard, a
staunch U.S. ally in the Iraq war who lost elections later that year
after 11 years in power, created one of the first controversies of
Obama's presidential campaign by attacking his plan to withdraw troops.

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  • bye 2012/09/21 22:12:34
    The tea party…
    bye
    I'm a member and hardly right wing so what the Democrats who have spent us up to 16Trillion dollars is no threat at all? Well then I'll just go to the treasure and they can give me a 100,000 dollars because it's not big deal spending money and since it's our money then shouldn't have a problem getting a handout.
  • Sgt Major B 2012/09/21 18:00:38
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    Sgt Major B
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    Australia needs to worry about Australia.
  • Zuggi 2012/09/21 17:15:55
    I don't like tea but I like to party!
    Zuggi
    Truth.
  • ray 2012/09/21 16:58:07
    The tea party…
    ray
    +1
    The Tea Party is simply the desire to return to the Constitution , Reduce taxes and Reduce the size of Government .
    For Americans this is simply backing away from the destructive path of the
    Socialist / Progressive agenda.
  • Gravitas 2012/09/21 16:49:18
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    Gravitas
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    How can wanting to slash the ridiculous overlapped govt. bureaucracies and some of the useless 12,000 + federal govt. agencies be a bad thing?

    Why are we paying to shuffle paper between desks just to create positions for more paper shufflers to over-see the paper shufflers?
  • Cunning Stunts 2012/09/21 16:46:03
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    Cunning Stunts
    Americans are the biggest threat to America.

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