If you ignore the hyperbolic signs and t-shirts the tea nuts look like regular folks. It’s the pure nutty nugget filling in the Mao inspired wrappings that distinguishes them – Right-wing radio host calls tea parties ‘the Sarah Palin movement’
As right-wing radio host Matt Walsh learned recently, if you challenge mob mentality, you get the mob itself. In this case, if you trash Sarah Palin in front of her biggest fans, you might just get called an “infiltrator” and booed off stage.
[ ]…He continued: “Vote for an independent and please, God almighty, do not vote for Sarah Palin. Please dear God do not vote for Sarah Palin. She has not shown us anything. I know everyone’s very excited about her, she’s probably a very nice woman, but she is not the answer.”
That was it: the crowd began to jeer the right-wing host in earnest.
Walsh is the real deal when it comes to fringe right-wing talking points – some available at the site where he is running for mayor up in Delaware. He has nightmares where the gov’mint breaks down his door and forces him to buy health insurance – you know like they force him to pay for roads and air craft carriers and car insurance. The freaky part – well normal in right-wing circles – is that Palin and Walsh are on the same team – SarahPAC — over $2.5 million raised in 2010 election cycle
SarahPAC has contributed to the Republican campaigns of Reps. Michele Bachmann (MN) and Roy Blunt (MO), and to Sens. John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC), among others.
The SarahPAC website states:
SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals.
You’d have to have a special device to measure the amount of political light that separates Walsh from Bachmann and Palin. It is true the tea baggers started in response to the original TARP bail-out that Republicans voted for under Bush – as some will angrily point out. Never the less most tea bag activities are financed by the same deep pockets astroturf that has supported Republican issues and candidates for some time – Koch Industries denies funding tea parties, but official filings say otherwise
FreedomWorks’ predecessor was Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation. Of the three major players who donated large sums to Citizens for a Sound Economy, Koch charities were by far and away the largest donors, with nearly $13 million donated between 1985 and 2005. Other large donors include the Olin Foundation, the Coors Family, and the Scaife foundations.
Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) underwent a transformation in 2004 when it merged with Empower America and was reborn as FreedomWorks. CSEF was renamed, becoming Americans for Prosperity. Just like that, one Koch-Scaife-Coors-Olin venture became two. Twice the voice; twice the reach.
Now, let’s look specifically at Americans for Prosperity, since FreedomWorks is a Dick Armey production at this time with some assistance from related Republican organizations. There is no question — none whatsoever — that Americans for Prosperity was heavily involved in the tea parties this summer and the ongoing tea party meetings, movements, training, and pot-stirring.
Yes, FreedomWorks AND Americans for Prosperity gave their names and their money to events supporting the tea parties.
There might have been a point nearly two years ago which lasted for about ten minutes in which the tea baggers were a mix of libertarian, liberal and conservatives upset over bailing out Wall St, but as far as infiltrators go – Conservatives have infiltrated and now dominate tea party rhetoric and their agenda. Few people “liked” the TARP bail-out. It just happened that to keep the economy from falling apart we had to reward some bad characters along the way. Now we’re getting some of that bail-out repaid and President Obama and Democrats are trying to pass the kind of reform that requires greater regulation of derivatives and set up an industry funded rescue poll so that tax payers will never have to pay for/ or lend money for another bail out – Whose Side Are They On? – That would be the question for Mitch McConnell (r-KY) and John Boehner (R-OH)
The proposal is a very good start, and if strengthened in a few areas, it would be a huge improvement over the status quo. And that is why Republicans are so upset.
Of course, they are not saying that. Instead, they are criticizing the banking committee’s plan for its so-called resolution authority — in which regulators would be able to seize and dismantle too-big-to-fail firms at imminent risk of destabilizing the system. They denounce it as “bailout” authority.
It is not. It is akin to the authority of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to take over failing banks. It would wisely prohibit regulators from providing support to keep failing institutions open, which — if done the right way — should prevent bailouts à la American International Group. This provision, too, needs improvement, but it also would be better than the status quo.
There is still time to make necessary fixes in both committees’ bills. Ms. Lincoln has given Congress a chance to get derivatives regulation right.
The White House and Democratic leaders need to push back hard against Republican posturing, making it clear to Americans that robust reform is the only way to protect the system — and taxpayers — from a repeat catastrophe. When Republicans try to block reform, they are doing nothing more than shilling for the banks.
The right-wing Heritage Foundation – that endorsed Romneycare in Massachusetts ( which is very similar to Obama’s health care reform) is pushing back. Claiming they ain’t never done no such thing, but as Brad Delong shows in the Heritage’s own words – did too, Department of “Huh?!” (Shut Down the Washington Post Today Department) States | The Heritage Foundation