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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party Scam - This Grass Has No Roots

Desperation Grips the Desperate "Republican Base"

As FOX NEWS promotes the "grass roots revolution" also known as "Tea Parties", the omnipresent Rachel Maddow exposes the deception of this "revolutionary" movement. Republicans and other undesirables have long yearned for the excitement of a true grass roots movement, and have jealously watched true grass roots movements develop since the antiwar movement in the 60s. But, unlike the grass we enjoyed during these movements, this modern-day movement is stuck with tea -- bitter tea. I guess FOX NEWS, the "fair and balanced" network doesn't realize that their job is to "report" the news, not attempt to create it. Don't these jackasses realize that Obama is CUTTING TAXES FOR 95% of the AMERICAN PEOPLE?

Here are the facts: as noted by Paul Krugman in Sunday's New York Times, the tea parties are at least in-part "AstroTurf," or a fake grassroots movement, manufactured by "right-wing billionaires."

"In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires," he wrote. "And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News."

On the board of directors at FreedomWorks are none other than former Speaker of the House Dick Armey, former Secretary of Transportation James H. Burnley and billionaire Steve Forbes, among others. Now there's a bottom up movement!

"But that’s nothing new, and AstroTurf has worked well for Republicans in the past. The most notable example was the 'spontaneous' riot back in 2000 — actually orchestrated by G.O.P. strategists — that shut down the
presidential vote recount in Florida’s Miami-Dade County," wrote Krugman.

"So what's the implication of the fact that Republicans are refusing to grow up, the fact that they are still behaving the same way they did when history seemed to be on their side? I'd say that it’s good for Democrats, at least in the short run — but it’s bad for the country."

For those who don't believe that FOX NEWS is creating news rather than reporting it, here is the overwhelming evidence:

The Tea Party Revolution -- a Steve Forbes/Dick Armey Production.

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  1. Congratulations on exposing Fox News for its attempts to overthrow President Obama's government. This video disgusted me. They are literally using the word "revolution". Murdoch's ugly ass should be in jail.

    This is the most idiotic "protest" in history. Obama has CUT the tax liability of 95% of the American people. Only the top 5% will see any increase and that only to the 39% figure they paid during the Clinton administration. The tax rate for the top 5% for you kids that aren't aware of this was 50% during the Reagan administration, 60% during jFK's term, and 71% when Ike was president.

    Protestors are being conned by Dick Armey and Steve Forbes into protesting FOR the top 5%. Think, people!!! You are supporting the same people who receive the big bonuses. I realize it's not fun to admit you've been conned but, YOU HAVE BEEN CONNED.

  2. It's an amazing sight to see thousands of people who are getting tax cuts out there protesting a 3% increase in taxes for rich people. And the ones who are protesting because of the bailouts and stimulus money seem blithely unaware of the economic crisis that triggered the bailouts and stimulus. They are acting as if Obama just had a whim to spend a trillion or two for no reason.

  3. Hi there!

    I truly feel bad when people are being conned, especially when I think that their hearts may be in the right place. I see how hard you work on your stories, but it seems that all you are doing in parroting what Maddow, Olbermann, and some of the others are saying.

    Let me ask you this: if you sit and think--and I mean TRULY THINK--about some of the things that the conservatives are saying, doesn't ANY of it have a ring of truth to it? Do you honestly think that I--a mother of two--am being run by someone like Dick Armey?

    Couldn't it be possible that I am on the side that is fighting to keep our rights from being stolen from us? Haven't you seen what is happening right before your very eyes?

    Obama has tried to confirm into the Cabinet, a bunch if tax cheaters! Time and again he did this, which displays poor judgment! And the BAILOUT is a travesty! For YEARS we have counted PENNIES on our budget--and now we are spending like there's no tomorrow. Where did the money come from? It came from NOWHERE--because it's NON-EXISTENT! Obama is spending money that is not there--and he's selling our grandchildren's and great and great-great-grandchildren's futures away! Don't you get that?

    The illegal immigration issue bothers me very much. Why should people that are here ILLEGALLY be draining our Social Security system when they haven't paid a DIME into it? Why should they be given more rights than immigrants that came here LEGALLY? It just ISN'T FAIR!

    Plus...for the first time EVER in the history of the United States, a President bowed in submission to a foreign dignitary! Obama bowed to King Abdullah as is he were his subject:

    Then at Georgetown University, he asked to have the IHS and picture of Jesus covered and out of his sight while he was there to make his speech. When he was in Camp Lejeune not too long ago, he DELIBERATELY delayed making his entrance until the "Pledge of Allegiance" was said and the "Singing of the National Anthem" was done, and he received a very cold response because of it--everyone there KNEW what he was doing! Back in February, he insulted the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and the list goes on and on. These things are not just coincidence--they are calculated, but he hopes that he can get away with them.

    His very latest...and I find this the most disgusting of that he has identified the American soldiers who are returning from the war as a terrorist threat! How can YOU not be incensed by that after these brave men and women have gone over there to protect us and our families? Doesn't THAT at least ring true with you?

    Well, I think I've made my point. I'm just tired of not being listened to by Congress. WE voted for them and they aren't doing what we have asked them to do. I WANT TO BE HEARD!

    Thanks for listening.
    Cynde L. Hammond

  4. Hi Cynde,

    Of course I listen to what conservatives are saying. We've been listening to them for the past 8 years while they bankrupted our economy and ruined our international standing and reputation.

    You are complaining about rights being stolen from you but where were you when the Patriot Act was being installed and wiretapping and the loss of privacy and individual freedoms were really being stolen. What right is Obama stealing from you?

    Your post is actually a bit of a rant and you are all over the place -- rights, bailout, budget, immigration. I'll take the time to address them for you.

    The bailout was a George Bush production and half the money was gone before Obama ever became President. You say for years that we've been "counting pennies in our budget". Really? I seem to remember a huge surplus available to Bush when he took office. He immediately gave that money to his cronies via a tax cut for the wealthy. He spent this money and drove our country to the brink of bankruptcy. Obama's efforts to right the ship require government spending to get his economy back on its feet.

    He announced today that he will be CUTTING many government programs that are wasteful. Read that again: Obama will inspect each program and cut the ones that don't work.

    George Bush ignored our southern borders completely, INTENTIONALLY, so that he could move closer to a global economy by allowing low paid workers into the US and shipping our high paying jobs to India. He needed this to have US workers on an equal plane to workers globally. Obama is addressing the immigration issue, which I am sure you can't blame on him, so that this never ending process is stabilized.

    Your comments about bowing, the Pledge of Allegiance, etc. are just crap. You are reading too many right wing nutcase blogs. The truth is not what you say or think.

    And, no he has not identified American soldiers as a terrorist threat. However, it is true that many so-called patriot groups and private military organizations target returning American soldiers for their right wing militias.

    I would have taken your post as the honest frustration of a voter, but your reliance upon childish gossip and right wing slurs leads me to believe that you are not as naive as you would have us believe.

    You want to be heard? Vote.

  5. OK... nice blog.. I'd like to read it and watch the videos as well but the music is incredibly distracting and makes it impossible to watch the videos. What the hell are you thinking??? music on your website is unnecessary in this day and age and kinda went out of web-style in 1996. Please stop it.

  6. I'm glad you like the blog but if the music is distracting, TURN IT OFF. If you read the very first post on your right at the top you would see it says:

    "If you are going to view a Video, scroll to the bottom of the left hand column and hit the stop button (two vertical lines) to mute the Music. You can play any song you like at any time."

    I was thinking, "What the hell -- people can enjoy music while they read and how hard is it to pause the music?" I guess it's very hard.

  7. Are Americans buying this? Are they that dumb? These are pro republican rallies hijacking the libertarian movement. The republicans started the corporate bailouts and the democrats continued them. The republicans wanted the war and now they are upset that they will have to pay for it. Democrats are republicans in sheep's clothing.

    Don't let these two parties destroy your rights and bank accounts.


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