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CNN: Koch Brothers Fund the Tea Party (9/12/2010)
Insanity is Deja Vu All Over Again (8/21/2010)
One Lump or Two ? James Howard Kunstler
Does the Tea Party Run on Race? (5/13/2010)
Secrets of the Tea Party (3/21/2010)
The Disappearing Intellectual (7/12/2010)
10 Reasons Why The Tea Party Is So Unpopular
Tea Party: Tobacco Everywhere Always (2/11/2013)
How Banks Bought the Tea Party (5/21/2012)
Why The Tea Party Needs Mitt (1/8/2012)
Why The Republican Crackup Hurts America (12/21/2011)
What If the Tea Party Occupied Wall Street ?
Tea Party's Terrorist Tactics (7/29/2011)
There's nothing new about the Tea Party, it stands in the tradition of other right-wing movements like the John Birch Society, the KKK, the Goldwater movement, or the McCarthy scare. All are white-supremicist, religious fundamentalist, paranoid, 'conservatives' who are unable to tolerate any change or differences from their own ideology.
In the free marketplace of ideas, money can often win the argument. The Citizen's United decision caused a flood of it from bank bailouts, health insurance proceeds, wealthy 'conservatives', oil companies and other corporations. Lobbyists handle massive amounts. The Chamber of Commerce can funnel it to media to hide the actual source and a lot goes to Rupert Murdoch's minions.
It seems clear that talk radio and other outrage media were motivators of the Tea Party.
Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt
Gingrich are highly paid Fox News
political analysts. So are Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity.
These are the people that initiated and nurtured the tea party
Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, has
all of them on his payroll. (See Radio also.)
As he took over the Wall Street Journal, Murdoch said "The New
York Times sets the national agenda, and we should." No doubt the
Murdoch agenda IS the Tea Party agenda. No one should doubt that
expensive elections benefit media.
Think about this for a moment: Rush has a $400 million contract. Who would come up with that kind of money for him ?
Given Murdoch's role, it is no surprise that the tea party message is corporate. Denying global warming is good for oil companies, opposing health care reform benefits insurance companies and pharma, blocking renewed regulation of the financial sector satisfies banks and sets the stage for another even worse collapse of the economy, privatization removes activities from public oversight, deficit mongering that leads to cuts in government spending help oligarchs dodge taxes but could devastate the economy. (Economists like Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman and James Galbraith opine that the stimulus was much too small and that, given the amount of joblessness, more is needed.) This is not time to balance the Federal Budget. If tea partiers have their way, we are in for much worse. Austerity has been debunked. Taking a meat axe to government is no solution.
TP's cry "Socialism" as if that were
a complete argument. Few of them would likely renounce Social Security or Medicare. We should
learn some lessons from countries that are functioning well:
the highest quality education in the world,
Denmark, Sweden, and
Norway all have well-run social programs. All have mixed
economies where government does what is best public, and the
private sectors are thriving as well.
What health care reform can do is allow people to buy health insurance from a private company, they will be able to buy it even if they have a pre-existing condition, it will not be capped, and they will not be dropped when they actually need it. TP's think that is not a good thing. They are wrong again.
One of the characteristics of the U.S. 'free' market is it
tends to consolidate smaller companies into larger ones.
We are told that this is more efficient, but the
consolidation is always followed by layoffs. The product usually
declines in quality. Consumer complaints are simply ignored.
Pensions get raided. Growing corporate power trumps the wishes of
people because they can hire expensive lobbyists and you
can't. Some become too big to fail and then require taxpayer
bailout. Many have found great profits by moving to subsistence
wage countries with no environmental restrictions: capitalist
paradise. That's how the free market stripped the U.S. of
TP's think the 'market' makes better decisions than democratically elected government. That sound like respect for the Constitution ?
It was uncontrolled capitalism that caused our current financial collapse. It happened in the 1930's, and there were a number of lessons learned at that time that 'conservatives' worked hard so that we would forget. When income disparities get too large, the economy does not work, and that is why a heavily graduated tax is a good idea. A graduated tax is designed to weigh on those who can best afford it. It is a good response to obscene gains of hedge fund managers, bankers bonuses, and unrestrained CEO's. If there is highly leveraged speculation, then the real economy can be the victim. Repeal of the Glass-Steagle Act that kept banks from speculating with government insured deposits was folly. Corruption naturally arose because no one was watching, that's why reregulation is a must to avoid worse crashes in the future. The tea partiers, disregarding predatory lenders, would oppose this.
When 'conservatives' strike fear into the tea parties about deficits, the subject usually turns to cutting Social Security or yet another attempt to privatize it. Although we have the world's largest military budget, that never comes up as wasteful expenditure even if when it is plain to see that there is massive corruption. There is always plenty of money for war, never for people. We need better social programs, not worse, because in economic downturns, they stabilize.
Large amounts of corporate money are given to denying global warming and the TP's are persuaded. We live on the only planet capable of human habitation and these 'conservatives' have no intention of conserving it for future generations.
Fox News, funded by irresponsible corporate advertisers, is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and it has successfully convinced the TPs to vote against their own self interest. Fox fosters this by disdaining educated opinion. Since Republicans are the party of the wealthy, their main concern is cutting taxes.
The tea party movement is wilfully ignorant, uncompromising, polarizing, armed and angry. That too benefits corporate war profiteers. There has been a run on guns and ammunition. Angry mobs with guns will naturally lead to militarized police, expensive 'homeland security'. The new arms race is between the police and the people.
The way a broadcaster can influence public policy for the worse, incite the people to rebellion, arm them to create civil disturbances, and hype elections is now a fundamental problem for Americans. We have seen the power of talk radio in Rwanda. (Don't worry though. You ARE protected from those 7 dirty words...unless you pay for them on premium cable channels.)
Murdoch's empire should be broken up, but instead a recent Supreme Court ruling will allow unlimited corporate spending on elections. That will mark the end of real elections in the U.S. What brought us back in the late 1930's was a massive government spending program: World War II. This may be a Weimar moment. If it is, a lot of credit goes to Rupert Murdoch and his tea party movement. (See Fascism.)
Is America Yearning for Fascism ? (3/30/2010)
The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged (2/27/2010)
The GOP's 'Tea Party' Dance (2/21/2010)