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The Tea Party’s (and the media’s) Inconvenient Truths

May 28, 2010


Pssst….don’t look now but the Administration’s policies are working
[VULGAR LANGUAGE & PROFANITY ADVISORY: Profanity and vulgar references have been allowed in comments to illustrate the tone of discourse that too often comes from Tea Party supporters. For more on comments to this post see ‘Tea Party Commentary: The Good, the Bad, and the HUH!?’

(Update: Stocks surge on US jobs data)

We all know the genesis of the current Tea Party Movement and how it came to be, or at least the version they would have you believe to be true.

According to the Tea Party crowd, after watching the Federal Government abuse the poor helpless taxpayer, true American Patriots decided enough is enough and organized a grassroots movement to stand up to a government that had run roughshod for far too long. Their mantra became ‘take our country’ back from a socialist administration and a Democrat-controlled congress that were leading this country to ruin.

Now of course, their version of the movement’s start ignores some very fundamental and troubling realities, such as:

  • Out of control federal spending and growing budget deficits had been going on for eight years under a Republican congress and President (who was also white), and these Bush deficits will account for most of the projected deficits going forward. So where was the Tea Party then, when the real problem started?
  • The administration to blame for the endless abuse of the long-suffering taxpayers, and that was running the country into the ground, had been in power a mere six weeks when the Tea Party rose up in self-righteous indignation. How the hell did Obama accomplish so much in such a short time?
  • The spark that ignited the movement, Rick Santelli, was a paid shill for the same Wall St. fat cats that the Bush administration bailed-out in November 2008 with TARP. After being saved by government largess, these same fat cats used Santelli to deliver a scripted rant on CNBC railing against the government bailout of homeowners, which was followed by a campaign that created Tea Party chapters and websites overnight, much of it apparently coordinated and funded by major corporations, Fox News and interest groups like the Heritage Foundation and Freedom Works. So how does a movement created and led by the rich and powerful from Wall St., Dick Armey, Roger Ailes, and Rush Limbaugh get to be called grassroots?
  • Supposedly a broad-based movement of average Americans taking a stand, the Tea Party turns out to represent only 18 percent of Americans, and they are overwhelmingly Republican, white, male, and older than 45. Sounds more like a movement of 1950’s America if you ask me.

Now these, and many other inconsistencies and contrary facts would normally be enough to raise all kinds of questions about the authenticity and validity of a so-called ‘grassroots’ political movement. However, the mainstream media was obviously faced with a conundrum when it came to reporting on the nascent Tea Party movement in early 2009, specifically…

Should they report the facts honestly, thereby quickly derailing and likely ending a disingenuous and dishonest movement that held the potential to damage the country in significant and meaningful ways,

OR

Conveniently ignore these facts in pursuit of a more compelling narrative that would undoubtedly result in an endless stream of sound bites, viral videos, demonstrations, extreme rhetoric, outlandish images, and ratings grabbing stories?

Gee, when you look at it that way, I guess their choice was pretty easy.

But now, continuing to ignore reality and the truth about the movement is becoming difficult.

First there was the sad display in Nashville earlier this year, where the Tea Party Convention put the racist elements of the movement on prominent display for all to see.

Then there was the Healthcare Reform debate that revealed the Tea Party to be a puppet of big insurance interested only in protecting their profits, and that also showed their ugly side as they attacked a man with Parkinson’s disease that dared support reform, and shouted down a woman sharing a tragic story of loss resulting from lack of health insurance.

And on top of these ugly realities about the movement’s character, it is also getting harder and harder to ignore the mounting evidence that the administration policies that the movement so opposes because they will ruin our country are, in fact, doing the opposite. They are actually working and starting to pull the country out of the death spiral the Bush Administration plunged us into. As proof, look at these recent, and very under reported, events and news stories:

GM Reports first profit Since 2007

U.S. Sells 20% of Its Citi Shares at a Profit

Small Business Added 25,000 New Jobs in May

Consumer Confidence Rises in May

And updated June 1st is a report out that construction spending jumped 2.7 percent in April, the largest amount in nearly a decade, which likely means the hardest-hit sector of the economy is starting to recover as well!

So, what about these claims of irresponsible spending when the government bailed out the automakers? Well, it seems to have worked to some extent in terms of GM’s survival in the near term, not to mention the thousands of jobs that were saved, so it seems pretty responsible now.

Or how about the government takeover of the banks being the first step in a massive, dictatorial movement by Obama to commandeer the country and steer it towards socialism? Seems to me that the U.S. government is behaving very much like a free market investor and making a killing!

Oh yeah, then there was the GOP’s argument that passing healthcare would be the death of small business in America? It appears that those dire predictions were just a wee bit off the mark.

Now by no means does this mean that all is milk and honey (or if you prefer, tea and crumpets). Unemployment continues to drag down the economy and the lives of millions of Americans, and issues around BP’s disastrous oil spill and the government response to it are troubling indeed, so to say that the administration or congress are above criticism, or that they couldn’t be doing a much better job would be foolish.

But of course, the mainstream media in the form of the 24/7 talking heads and empty suits on cable, network TV, print media and radio continue to underplay or ignore that which is counter to their preferred storylines of populist outrage and voter anger. And the Tea Party Movement continues to try and trot out the same old objections despite overwhelming evidence that they are pretty much wrong about everything.

But then again, consider the ‘spark’ for the movement. When an intellectual light weight AND non-talent like Rick Santelli is your defacto spiritual leader, its no surprise that as a political or social movement, the Tea Party looks more like a gathering of petulant third-graders bent on holding their breaths till they turn blue to get their way, then a source of intelligent discourse to drive meaningful change. And of course, this also says a lot about the journalistic integrity of most of the mainstream media who prefer to give voice to the childish rantings of Teabaggers as they chase ratings and profits, rather than providing meaningful insights and serious reporting on the things that really make a difference and impact all of our lives.

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  1. L. E. Adams permalink
    June 1, 2010 9:03 pm

    @ Peter B. – oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! This bogus statement you made :

    ” The housing / mortgage collapse that led to our current economic woes was caused by the Carter/Clinton Community Re-investment Act that FORCED banks to make home loans to people who couldn’t afford them. At the time, ACORN Lawyer, Barack Obama even sued CitiBank to FORCE them to make “No-Doc”, 100% loans to minority residents in Illinois.”

    This statement is so full of crap it’s down right laughable! First of all Barack Obama along side the Dept. Of Justice successfully represented ACORN in a lawsuit against the State Of Ill, to force state compliance with a federal voting access law called the “Motor Voter”, and received the IVI- IPO Legal Eagle Award in 1995 for his efforts.

    And secondly Barack OBama along with 7 (seven) other attorneys were the lawyers for the plaintiff Buyck-Roberson as in Selma Buyck-Roberson in a class action suit verses Citi Bank filed in 1994 and certified by Judge Ruben Castillo as a class action case in 1995. The case was based on discrimination, specifically, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant Citi Bank, rejected loan applications of minority applicants, while approving loans applications filed by white candidates with similar financial characteristics and credit histories. The case was settled out of court May 12 1998.

    These two cases had absolutely nothing to do with each other, even though you have unsuccessfully attempted to lump the two together! You see here’s the problem with teabaggers and the GOP, you lie and distort the truth so much, most people, if they do give you the time of day, have already concluded that every word that comes out your mouth is probably a lie!

  2. Peter B permalink
    June 1, 2010 11:29 am

    I see my comment is “awaiting moderation”..
    LOL!
    I should have known…
    You can edit the truth from my post, but not from history…

    • Longjohn permalink
      June 5, 2010 4:08 am

      Sheesh Peter you cry like a little girlie for no reason.

      Here’s some facts about Ronnie “Way Overrated” Reagan:

      Unemployment rates Jimmy Carter

      1977 – 7.1%

      1978 – 6.1%

      1979 – 5.8%

      1980 – 7.1%

      Average Unemployment – 6.5%

      Now the next 4 years under Reagan

      1981 – 7.6%

      1982 – 9.7%

      1983 – 9.6%

      1984 – 7.5%

      Average Unemployment – 8.6%

      Poverty Rates under Jimmy Carter

      1977 – 11.6%

      1978 – 11.4%

      1979 – 11.7%

      1980 – 13%

      Average – 11.9%

      Poverty Rates 1st 4 years of Reagan

      1981 – 14%

      1982 – 15%

      1983 – 15.2%

      1984 – 14.4%

      Average – 14.65%

      Budget Deficits under Jimmy Carter

      1977 – $53.6 billion

      1978 – $59 billion

      1979 – $40.7 billion

      1980 – $73.8 billion

      Average deficit under Carter = $56.3 billion

      Budget Deficits, 1st 4 years of Reagan

      1981 – $79 billion

      1982 – $128 billion

      1983 – $208 billion

      1984 – $185.3 billion

      Average deficit – $150 billion

      Change in GDP under Carter

      1977 – 6.18%

      1978 – 4.69%

      1979 – 4.06%

      1980 – .14%

      Average growth in GDP – 3.77%

      Change in GDP 1st 4 years of Reagan

      1981 – 2.24%

      1982 – (-)1.63%

      1983 – 1.98%

      1984 – 7.03%

      Average growth of GDP under Reagan – 2.4%

      That would be a decrease in the growth of the GDP of 36%

      Will Republicans give Obama the same leeway to increase Deficits, an average of nearly 300% !!! Unemployment 30%, Poverty by 25% and DECREASE the growth of the GDP by 36% in his 1st 4 years like they did with Ronnie “Way Overrated” Reagan?

      Source: Unemployment data – United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Everything else – George Bush’s Fiscal 2008 Budget as submitted to Congress

  3. Peter B permalink
    June 1, 2010 11:27 am

    Cute chart.. But it shows the “Bush-Era tax Cuts” as a static model, not as the revenue-generating engine it was. Typical of Left-wingnuts… Bush’s tax cuts did more to stimulate the economy than Obama’s “stimulus package” that only benefitted State, federal, and Local Unions…
    Let’s take a REAL look at the history of tax cuts…
    After the disasters of Nixon and Carter (remember Carter’s “Misery Index”? Double-digit interest rates, inflation, and unemployment), Reagan lowered the top marginal tax rate to 28%. Unemploynment dropped to 7%, interest rates dropped to 9%, and inflation dropped to 3%, and 20 million new jobs were created by the free flow of money. And for those of you who say Reagan grew the deficit, When Reagan took office with a 70% top marginal tax rate, revenue to the Treasury was $561 Billion… When he left office after lowering the tax rate to 28%, revenue to the Treasury was $968 Billion.. Almost DOUBLE. The problem was with TEFRA. Tefra closed loopholes in the tax code, and raised excise taxes on cigarettes and other items, and in return for Reagan going along with the increased taxes, the Dems running Congress (Tip O.Neill) vowed a $2 spending decrease for every new $1 in revenues. But, as usual with Dems, they actually GREW spending by $3 for every new $1 in revenues.

    When Clinton took office, his first budget raised taxes and the deficit actually GREW for two years. When the Republicans took control of the Congress in ‘94, they pushed Clinton kicking and screaming into a balanced budget by lowering certain business taxes… Although his last two budgets reported a surplus of $458 Billion, reviews of his numbers by USA Today now show a Deficit of $158 Billion. He also left office 3 fiscal quarters into negative growth (a mild recession). When Bush came into office amid the recession, he was immediately hit with the aftermath of the Enron/Tyco/Worldcom collapses, the dot-com burst, and 9/11… The market crashed and unemployment rose. He put in place huge tax cuts and the economy recovered. After 6 years of Bush with a Republican Congress, the deficit that had grown to $330 Billion was down to $156 Billion, and unemployment was down from 7.9% to 4.7% – lower than at any time during Clinton’s presidency.
    THEN the Dems won control of Congress – due to the Iraq war issue. In the last two years of Bush’s administration with Dems in control of Congress, the deficit rose to $458 Billion, taxes rose, and unemployment rose to 7.8%.
    The housing / mortgage collapse that led to our current economic woes was caused by the Carter/Clinton Community Re-investment Act that FORCED banks to make home loans to people who couldn’t afford them. At the time, ACORN Lawyer, Barack Obama even sued CitiBank to FORCE them to make “No-Doc”, 100% loans to minority residents in Illinois. These were termed “NINJA” loans – “No Income, No Job or Assets” loans that began the collapse of the mortgage industry when people couldn’t make the payments… Barney Frank, Chuck Schummer, Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters, at al, resisted the demands by Alan Greenspan, John McCain, Christopher Shays, GW Bush, and OFHEO regulators to control Fannie & Freddie, and they collapsed while Dodd & company got MILLION$ in sweetheart mortgages and campaign contributions from Fannie & Freddie, and Franklin Raines paid himself $90Million in bonuses.

    • June 1, 2010 12:44 pm

      Thanks for the detailed reply, though I may respectfully disagree with some of yourinterpretations of the genesis and/or impact of some of the legislation and acts. As for the delay in approving, this is not the primary activity on a daily basis so moderation involves having an opportunity to get to it. Finally, regarding your request for information on the obscene commentator, I’ll be posting a more detailed piece regarding the issue Alex brought up (SEE IT HERE), but the short version is as the administrator, it would be irresponsible to share a person’s confidential contact infromation with the entire Internet wiithout their permission. But the point being made deserves discussion.

  4. Alex Jakes permalink
    June 1, 2010 6:30 am

    Guess Mark has calmed down, wonder why? Oh Danielle, it’s as plan as the nose on your faces.

  5. Rita Walpole Ague permalink
    May 31, 2010 3:54 pm

    DUH! Of course the Tea Party and $arah Palen are nothing but manipulation, spin and more spin. Karlroving style advertising media campaign from hell. And of course the mainstream and Faux News media will give them constant coverage. The free press is dead, along with so many other key elements in democracy.

    We’ve had a coup de etat, folks. And, we the sheeple, in order to restore our union and liberty and justice for all, had better take off the blinders, roll up our sleeves, start using critical and creative thinking and common horse sense, and gather up our courage and determination to do whatever it takes to…..UNDO THE COUP! Unless, of course, we want to pass this miserable mess of a greed and power ridden
    military/industrial/corporate/”terrorism” complex onto our children and generations to come.

  6. Longjohn permalink
    May 31, 2010 12:58 pm

    What do you expect from the very same Idiots who think the Worst Oil Spill in US History is the fault of President Obama and not BP/Transocean/Halliburton (Which are ALL 3 headquartered in foreign countries) who are OBVIOUSLY the (ir)responsible parties.

    Wait until August comes and goes and that well is still spewing like it is today … Remember the August date was set by BP and they haven’t been right about a damned thing yet

    I’m sure the Teabagger Idiots will spin that as Obama’s fault too and not the “Drill baby drill” Teabagger crowd’s own fault for getting EXACTLY what they asked for ……

  7. Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles MS permalink
    May 30, 2010 2:28 pm

    Also for Mark, there is scads of readily replical psychological research that clearly indicates that men who display the most homophobic sentiments are the most highly sexually aroused by man on man porn. Really, get a grip (but do it in private honey).

    Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles MS

  8. Danielle E. (Beth) Lyles MS permalink
    May 30, 2010 2:22 pm

    I am a transsexual, and farther left than anyone on this site. I have watched the antics of the teabaggers with amusement, disgust, and dismay. The dumbing down of America is just about done.

    However the teabaggers at least realize that they have been robbed and lied to by someone, and they are willing to be vocal about it, if someone buys them a sign and tells them who to blame.

    I am no happier with someone who has more enlightened views but remains silent and inactive. If you want your progressivism get out there and make it. Liberals, while
    marginally less mean spirited and small minded than those who identify as “conservative” (What do they conserve?) are all to often only in favor of a good cause if it poses no threat to their own privilege and property and does not require them to actually change their own behavior.

    They are as Frederick Douglas said of Lincoln when he freed some of the slaves (The emancipation proclamation did not cover slaves in northern border states like Maryland.) they are “lukewarm, halfhearted and tardy”.

    Also people who attack the tea party’s insurrectionist and violent elements, please remember not to give an air of legitimacy to a status quo and government which does not deserve it.

    Other than that please feel free to give em heck.

  9. Marilyn permalink
    May 30, 2010 8:02 am

    Don’t feed the Troll( Mark)!

  10. L. E. Adams permalink
    May 29, 2010 9:32 pm

    As long as mark is the opposition to the article, there is no need for a defense of the article!

  11. May 29, 2010 7:56 pm

    @Bulletproofair thanks for saying all the things that immediately came to mind. @Todd amazing that this half wit does not recognize his own bigotry. @MARK you are pathetic. Do you even know what you sound like? What is all the hate about? Is there anyone that you like? We know you don’t like strong women, we know you don’t like people of color, we know you don’t like people of other sexual persuasions even though they fight and die for you every day in a war that was shoved down our throats with lies because of a president and his minions who lied about weapons of mass destruction. We know you don’t like people who think for themselves so Mark….what do you like? Based on what you wrote you are concerned about others looking at your genitalia in the shower. Hummm have you been in the military or is this something you dream about? Do you realize that since 1776 Americans patriots have been fighting side by side, straight and gay for the good of our country and Mark…do you think they were all straight men? No, they were all brave Americans willing to lay down their lives for our country. You are a disgrace to yourself and to your country.

  12. Alex Jakes permalink
    May 29, 2010 4:10 pm

    The only thing left to do is watch the Liberals dance around themselves. Fun to see them regurgitate their lies over and over. The best is when they post to their own blogsites like Mark did as a Tea Party supporter acting racist! WOW How low do you go? If there are people that want some factual information, you can look up Santelli on youtube and see what he says for himself. He has been against all bailouts since the Bush administration. The other points are made-up too, see for yourselves. The JUNE issue of NEWSMAX has a wonderful journalistic piece on the Tea Parties, and Rick Santelli. Read all things people,educate yourselves, because no matter what we will all pay in the end.If you find that this site, or any other sites are disparaging people and inciting hate, then don’t support it. I posted here to say that I did just that and couldn’t believe how much this writer lied. However it’s the title perfect, because the inconvenient truth is that the truth is inconvenient for the writer.

    • May 29, 2010 4:16 pm

      If your assertion is that the comments posted by ‘Mark’ are fabricated by the author of this blog, or someone affiliated with the author, the IP address and email address of the originating author (mark) can be provided as proof should you decide to pursue those accusations.

      • Peter B permalink
        June 1, 2010 11:40 am

        I’ll take you up on that offer of IP address and other proofs… You have my email address.

    • Jerry Wayne Borchardt permalink
      June 2, 2010 8:17 pm

      Alex Jakes makes some curious points. Jakes pretends to take the high road in the discussion, yet rudely charges this blog with manufactoring lies. He suggests NEWSMAX to us as if it upholds some type of journalistic excellence, when in fact this news organization is seriously slanted to the right, so much so that it swerves occasionally off the road and onto the shoulder and rail of pure propaganda. NEWSMAX as a news filter is the internet prose mirror of FOX NEWS.

      I’ve noticed that right-wingers today use the terms “lie”, “lying”, and “liar” frequently when discussing liberals and Democrats. There is a goldmine of irony here, since the folks who are quick to aim “you lie” at liberals are often the very ones we find huddled around their radios listening intently to the likes of Rush and Beck, paragons of misleading and false diatribes.

      • June 3, 2010 7:12 am

        Good points. You wonder where they were during PlameGate and the serial lying from the Bush Administration, those were ‘Patriotic’ lies I guess. As for Alex and his conspiracy theory re: this blog planting Mark as an obscene Tea Party commentator, I posted an article that goes into this curious suggestion in some depth, which you can find here.

  13. bulletproofair permalink
    May 29, 2010 12:32 pm

    So we’ve got a Glenn Beck fan posting……

    It’s funny, after MARKS’s racist ranting and raving, he isn’t able to refute a SINGLE part of this article. An education would help….it’s called SCHOOL….or do you homeschool with your professors O’Reilly and Palin?

    I could attempt to rip your entire argument to shreds, but I haven’t got the time to debate those who are told what to believe and actually DO IT…..at least you don’t have to worry about having a bad idea…..

    You wouldn’t have any opinions if it weren’t for Fox, would you? It must be nice to be told what to think about everything….and not having to worry about how those beliefs go against your most basic instincts….you’re a puppet, MARK. You’re a shill.

    MARK is a PUPPET for Fox and the GOP. Almost every malformed comment you give was debuted on Fox….a simple Google search will prove you wrong on basically every point.

    This is what the GOP has resorted to: They misinform and straight out LIE to their viewers, then rely upon their viewers to get on the internet and puff up their inexperienced, pre-pubescent chests.

    You would be so much more convincing if I thought you actually knew what you were even talking about….if I thought, for a minute, you actually had FORMED your opinions on your own I’d feel even WORSE for you, simply because you’ve displayed an enormous amount of ignorance…

    It’s quite obvious you have deep sexual insecurities about yourself. The more you type, the more you reveal you have EXTREME mommy issues….

    It’s also obvious you’ve never served in the US military……

    I have to come back to this sexuality thing though, because you’ve got some major issues….you attack gays because you fear becoming gay yourself. I would fear MARK looking at my dick more than a gay guy….at least the gay guy doesn’t broadcast his sexual insecurities and FEARS to the enemy like MARK would.

    Oh, and MARK, it seems your Fox buddies are only joining the military to meet their life partners and engage in daily orgies, while REAL MEN are enlisting to protect our Country.

    MARK is a COWARD. He is SCARED of gays. He would be a liability if he served with me.

    If MARK was in the military, I would consider him a threat to my unit with the possibility of defection upon enemy capture. He FEARS gays, and because of this, I will be worrying about whether MARK will be giving out privileged information just because a Middle Eastern RuPaul threatens his bunghole.

    It is not others, MARK, that are the problem. It is you.

    MARK has proven his lack of reason surrounding his very own beliefs….this HAS to be one of the most pathetic feelings in the world….to have opinions because somebody tells you to….

    MARK…..it must be nice……to be so ignorant and gullible to take everything you hear from YOUR SIDE at face value. You want to question everybody else’s intentions but your own.

    MARK isn’t a real man. He FEARS sexuality. He FEARS honest debate. He FEARS races outside his own.

    MARK is the EPITOME of a Teabagger….both in the figurative and literal senses. I hope you continue to shill for Fox and for the GOP…….you just STRENGTHEN stereotypes and in the end, you will only be hurting yourself.

  14. Todd permalink
    May 29, 2010 10:23 am

    This is classic…

    “You would think that after we just put a f***ing half breed black boy into the White House, you would think that the race card would just become passe,”

    The guy is trying to claim that racism is dead yet he calls the president a “f***ing half breed black boy”. I can say without a doubt that what this person wrote completely went over their own head and he wrote it.

    What’s that old saying? It’s better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  15. May 29, 2010 8:49 am

    Boy! This Mark “person” sure is a Bright, Shining Light, hissown self.
    I reckon we don’t really need further illumination from the Left. Just publish the Right’s own drivel.
    Way to go, Mark! You really showed them! (not)

  16. Mark permalink
    May 29, 2010 5:26 am

    OMG! I can’t believe all of the nonsense that people post. I have seen it all! I don’t know where people get these bogus graphs, but evidently there are a lot of flaming liberal pieves of shit that have a lot of time on their hands.

    You know what’s funny? Some 80% of people in Arizona are for the new law there. Hmm…There aren’t even 70% white people in Arizona! I guess there are a lot of hispanic and black racists against other minorities?

    Look..thge race card is soo overplayed, it is sickening. You would think that after we just put a fucking half breed black boy into the White House, you would think that the race card would just become passe, but you people are so afraid of the masses of people coming for the lying whore in Washington, that playing the race card is all you have left? That and bogus charts made by the same guy that broke into Sara Palins email account?

    What a fucking joke you people are. You Obama worshippers will suck his black asshole (french kiss style) untilo the cows come home. His approval ratings are splattered diarreah in case you haven’t had the balls to look lately.

    You know what else is funny?? Look at how you people react to those you fear. If Sara Palin was as you suggest, would your party send a thousand people up to Alaska to find dirt on her? Rand Paul is the same. He is a good man and you guys paint him to be a dangerous man that wants segregation. well, I don’t think that the government should be mandating the policies of private businesses either. My father was a veterinarian an he had som 12 employees. He was from Idaho and we lived close to Inglewood california. His only exposure to blacks was the ghetto crime neighborhoods there. Obviosly, it i no surprise that blacks are much more prone to crime than regular folk from Idaho. Go ahead and check the jails and black neighborhoods to concur. So he wouldn’t normally hire a black to work with him. You think the government should be able to command him to hire blacks? Fuck you…Rand Paul is right. The Constitution limits our Government to the absolute essentials. They were NEVR meant to grow to the disgusting size that they are now.

    You people are a bunch of fucking pussies. Health care is a right? Fuck you…What?? Hlusing is a right too? and internet access? and what else? I think everyone should be able to have esteem so we need to put dumb ass black and brown drop outs as CEO’s of major corporations..I mean it has worked out so well with black Governors and Congressmen right?? What a joke!

    Can you say incompetant?

    I will laugh as the liberals get thgrown out on their asses and the people stand up and take back this country as they repeal Obama’s fucked up job killing policies..

    How the fuck does Obama know so many weird fucking people to put in powerful positions? A dyke Napolitano freak…A bitter hispanic racist judge with another pathetic radical dyky bitch for a lifetime position on the supreme court? A known communist that had to resign “Give them the wealth” he cried? A safe School Czar that passes out “fisting kits” to children? The guy os a long time radical homosexual activist? The other radical Science Czar that wants to put sterilants in the water to save the Earth? This guy had some co0nspiracy theory a decade ago saying the world would end as he suggested mandatory abortions? Oh yeah! Now we have the head of the IRS guilty of tax evasion?

    The list never ends…

    I will sit back and watch you..the disgusting liberal progressive pieces of shit, go down on your FAIL boat..you think there are a lot of you, but the majority of citizens are going to teach you a lesson. You will deny all reality and start some rabid disgusting name calling that has no basis in fact AS USUAL!

    ha!

    • May 29, 2010 5:57 am

      VULGAR LANGUAGE & PROFANITY ADVISORY: The above comment from Mark has been allowed (unedited) despite his use of profanity and other inappropriate references in order to illustrate what the article is referring to as it relates to the extreme rhetoric and the type of discourse that all too often comes from Tea Party members and supporters.

    • Edward Pierce permalink
      May 29, 2010 12:11 pm

      To paraphrase Little Orphan Annie’s question to Daddy Warbucks: “Is America a white racist country, or what?

      If Mark is a spokesman for the Tea Party, and if it’s members are average, everyday Americans, then the answer is affirmative.

      But wait! It’s possible the Mark doesn’t think he’s a racist. After all, he referred to President Obama as a “half breed Black Boy instead of as a N***er.

  17. May 29, 2010 3:10 am

    Yeah, too bad Obama is doing a good job.

    With all the fat, old people at tea party events I expect a shuffle board tournament to break out at any moment.

    • Mark permalink
      May 29, 2010 6:07 am

      Good Job? Oh my God! Do you even pay attention to what is going on? The Health Care Bill is going to cost a trillion dollars and you epople are still buying the “Revenue Neutral” I guess it escaped you that with the Chicago mafia style accounting where we get taxed up the ying yang for seven years and get benefits for four of them to almost break even? Huh? How os that going to work out for you n the long run? It is a total job killer too.

      Obama is trying to cram down Cap and Trade and maybe a national VAT tax? Oh yeah! That will surely stimulate investment…not take away spendable income at all…nooo actually when we get gouged for more tax money, that actually helps us to spend more money?

      Oh..and the gays openly in the military..Nice policy. Now..Are we supposed to have the best military force to protect our country, or shall we suck homo ass and play the politically correct game where we take every sickening deviation of human behavior and celebrate it like it’s something to be proud oif? What about the straight guy that doesn’t feel right with open gays looking at their dicks on the shower? Is that different from putting guys in the womens shower to gaze at them with those hungry eyes? Don’t worry. they are just dykes that masturbate to magazines that have pictures in them that look just like you..Oh yeah..that will help us to win a war alright. I mean we really need to complicate the military with some twisted perverts huh?

      Oh yeah..And Obama has made us sooo proud as he goes out on his never ending campaign and world wide apology tour. He had another of his pos appointments apologize to the Chinese for a racist Arizona Law that mirrors current federal law? Obama is a pos worst ass that has EVER been in the white house.

      So girly Becky. You need to read some alternative news sources instead of watching Chris Matthews and Olberman every night. Those are two queer, twisted fucks that hate life. can’t you see howmiserable they are?

      What a joke

      • May 29, 2010 6:18 am

        VULGAR LANGUAGE & PROFANITY ADVISORY: The above comment from Mark has been allowed (unedited) despite his use of profanity and other inappropriate references in order to illustrate what the article is referring to as it relates to the extreme rhetoric and the type of discourse that all too often comes from Tea Party members and supporters.

      • bruce wallace permalink
        May 29, 2010 11:26 am

        mark, you are living proof that vile,stupid, inarticulate people can say anything, no matter how stupid, on the net. you are a rascist, homophobic idiot defending tea baggers. that pretty much ends the debate!

  18. L. E. Adams permalink
    May 28, 2010 9:13 pm

    @ Bob M. – Are you saying that the deficit has risen 40% since President Obama took office?
    If that is what you are saying the deficit would be as of May 15 2010, 115% of GDP. When Bush left office the deficit was in the neighborhood 75% GDP as of may 15 2010, the deficit was 87.6% of GDP. That’s only a 12% increase. Your statement is very vague. You state that.
    “From the time that Bush left presidency, the gross amount owed will more than double from what he left it with by 2014.” Are you saying that the deficit will be somewhere in the neighborhood 150% GDP in 2014? You go on to say “This increase is entirely a result of the Obama administration as the estimates from 2008 for 2014 were far less than current estimates.” Estimates of what? What are the current estimates?

    In the following paragraph you attributed the majority of the spending to the healthcare bill which was reconciled in the senate and then voted on again in the house. You fail to mention that the healthcare bill wil cut the deficit according to the CBO by 137 billion by the year 2019. You also stated in this paragraph “This event is another catalyst in the forming of the Tea Party movement.” The tea party movement was already alive and very active well before the healthcare bill was signed. If you remember correctly their first major gripe was about the tax cuts for the middle class. TEA (taxed enough already)

    What culminated to the idea that the teaparty is somehow racist is because it is racist. Which is proven by it’s signs, it’s prominent organizers and chairmen, it’s rallies, the keynote speakers at it’s conferences, about ninety percent of it’s membership and most importantly it’s ideology.

  19. other98% permalink
    May 28, 2010 7:40 pm

    It’s obvious blacksphere never mastered the science of reading a graph, or didn’t bother to review the one shown. Obama’s efforts to aid the economic recovery is the thin light blue area dwarfed by the two brown areas and the two darker blue areas provided by, you missed it – Georgie boy’s policies! It is Bush’s tax cuts and Bush’s TARP bill and Bush’s wars that contributed to the economic downturnl – not Obama’s economic recovery efforts. For more enlightenment, read the article where the graph originated at the Center on Budget and Public Policies web site.

    • Mark permalink
      May 29, 2010 5:33 am

      Oh sure..it’s the graph! It must be the epitome of Truth because it is hard for some politically motivated liar to make that in his mothers basement! lol

      Yeah..go ahead and ignore realty. It is the root for the word “ignorant” congrats to you for that one!

      Bush Bush Bush…yada yada yada

      Suck my dick

      • May 29, 2010 7:20 am

        VULGAR LANGUAGE & PROFANITY ADVISORY: The above comment from Mark has been allowed (unedited) despite his use of profanity and other inappropriate references in order to illustrate what the article is referring to as it relates to the extreme rhetoric and the type of discourse that all too often comes from Tea Party members and supporters.

      • prga permalink
        May 29, 2010 3:18 pm

        That is the type of ingnorant mentality this person has. He should join the dirty mouth pary.

  20. Bob McCaskill permalink
    May 28, 2010 3:41 pm

    First of all, Rick Santelli is not a fat cat who was paid by government bail outs. He was a catalyst for the Tea Party Movement but has been employed by CNBC since the 1990’s and would not have received any bailouts as his employer did not receive any since they are a news agency not a bank or other financial institution deemed to be in danger of insolvency. So that assumption about Rick is false.

    Second, the gross amount owed has increased by roughly 40% as per wikipedia since the presidency of Obama began. From the time that Bush left presidency, the gross amount owed will more than double from what he left it with by 2014. This increase is entirely a result of the Obama administration as the estimates from 2008 for 2014 were far less than current estimates.

    The majority of the spending is a result of Patient Protection and Reform Act, and the Healthcare and education reform act of 2010. This event is another catalyst in the forming of the Tea Party movement. So, in conclusion, the Obama administration is responsible for an overwhelmingly large portion of debt by 2014 within about 1 year of his presidency.

    Note that Santelli’s rant aired live on Feb 19, 2009 in response to many policies that George Bush had enacted including TARP.

    All this culminates to the idea that the Tea Party is somehow racist. As I pointed out, there is a growing concern over the large debt accrued by the Obama administration approx 50% of total US debt by 2014. Also, Tea Party activists object to some of the policies enacted by the Bush administration as is evidenced by the Santelli rant that took place on feb 19, 2009. I have yet to see any concrete evidence aside from anecdotal that Tea party activists are racists. Tea Party activists are opposed to bail outs so I don’t see why you used that as evidence to point out that they are not grass roots and somehow benefiting from it. If none of this convinces you that the tea party is less racist than you are then please check out this blog. It is not my own and I am not gaining anything from posting this aside from adding it to my body of evidence against the notion that the Tea Party includes racism as one of its primary(if secretive) motives.

    theblacksphere.net/blog/

  21. Yvonne Foster permalink
    May 28, 2010 2:28 pm

    Brilliant article and a great reply by John J. Felczak. I was recently chastised by a former student for using a vulgarity, “Teabaggers” . I was unaware that the term had a definition which described a sexual act and, having seen it used by the participants themselves, did not know it was offensive to them now. But I replied that the obscenity is the Teabagger Movement itself.

  22. Debbie McDaniel permalink
    May 28, 2010 2:16 pm

    Very good article but unfortunately it is preaching to the choir. The people who really need to know this are too busy still chasing ratings and holding their breath. I’m so sick of hearing the talking heads blabber on and on about this so called grass roots tea party and their issues without ever telling us the truth what is right in front of all our faces. This is NOT a grass root effort and these people are nothing but a bunch of immature, racists who obviously never passed third grade. They know nothing of history or our language or social issues or government and how it works. In addiditon, if the media actually did their jobs instead of going for the easy stuff, America and it’s citizens would be in a much happier place right now. But that would mean they’d have to learn that their job is reporting all the facts not stirring up controversy where there is none because it makes better sound bites and it’s easier than follow up questions and actually getting off their butts to chase real leads to real stories.

  23. John J. Felczak permalink
    May 28, 2010 12:31 pm

    Great article, shining a great big beam of the light of truth on the plutocratic orchestration, organization, and funding behind this sham ersatz “populist” media show. The Grand Old Plutocracy, the so-called “conservative” movement, and the economic class interests behind them have been playing the game of pretending to be “populists” ever since the ’70s. (I know. I was there. I used to be one of them.) The simulacrum-engine of the mass media has all to often collaborated at keeping the deception going as a source of more news-commodity to sell. The truth needs to keep being told over and over again until the American working class wakes up to the swindle that’s been pulled on them by the radical right for decades. Hopefully they’ll wake up before the plutocrats in populist clothing succeed in destroying what little is left of social justice and the social safety net in this once admirable and exemplary nation.

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