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The American Right Wing; Death Spiral; Denying Racism Via Justin Rosario

In Come to the White Side, George w. Bush, Justin Rosario, Liberals Unite. Right Wing Is In A Death Spiral., Michele Bachmann, Tea Party, The Southern Strategy on March 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Re-Blog from Liberals Unite via Justin Rosario

The American Right Wing Is In A Death Spiral Of Denial And Racism

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“The Southern Strategy is a liberal myth! Liberals are the REAL racists! Liberals keep blacks on the Democratic Plantation! Liberals are afraid of blacks that can think for themselves! You’re just playing the race card! Blablabla! Garble Yarble Snarg!” – Standard right wing response to being called a racist.
When future historians look back at early 21st century politics, they will note that the political right was engaged in a level of denial not seen since since the band kept playing as the Titanic sank. The election of a black man to the White House triggered a response that can be charitably described as “unbelievably racist.”
Whoops! There I go, playing the race card again!
But let’s be honest: nobody screams “Go back to Kenya!” at a guy born and raised in Hawaii who lived in Indonesia for 4 years (which is over 5,000 miles away from Kenya) unless his skin color is an issue. If you seriously doubt this, try to imagine angry conservatives screaming “Go back to England!” to a hypothetical President Hilary Clinton. Doesn’t make any sense does it? Neither does “Go back to Kenya!” if race is removed from the equation.
But try convincing a right winger of that.

Seriously, who do they think they’re kidding?

What the right wing is doing right now is using racism to motivate their dying political movement. It’s called the Southern Strategy and despite what every single conservative will tell you, it’s quite real.
The Southern Strategy was first employed by Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater as a way for the Republican Party to win elections in the South. Until the 60s, the South was strongly Democratic because, once upon a time, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery and racism. The Democratic Party actually founded the KKK a century ago! It’s true!
Conservatives LOVE to recite these facts. To them, it’s “proof” that Democrats and liberals are the “real” racists. But just as the right wing likes to “forget” about the disastrous eight years of George W. Bush, the also “forget” about what happened after the 60s.
You see, a funny thing happened after Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law:
Southern white people went completely insane with rage.
How DARE black people be allowed to vote! How DARE black people be allowed to eat and shop wherever they want! How DARE white people be told they can’t treat blacks like slaves! This is the SOUTH and we like our Negroes to know their place!

Come to the White Side, we have cookies!

Nixon and Goldwater played to this completely unconcealed rage by pretending they cared about “states’ rights.” States’ rights, of course, is the fictional cause of the Civil War that racists use to literally whitewash the South’s failed attempt to perpetuate slavery and, later, apartheid. By pretending to care about the plight of the poor, oppressed white man in the South, the Republican Party was able to win the White House and more or less take over the region.
Recognizing a winning strategy, conservatives and Republicans threw themselves into dog whistle politics with a vengeance. Republican strategist Lee Atwater’s infamous quote perfectly sums up the right wing’s move to coded racism:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Atwater, however, would be appalled by the modern day GOP and frothing at the mouth at the Tea Party. In a classic case of the chickens coming home to roost, conservative politicians have completely forgotten that the point of dog whistle politics is to appeal to bigots but still retain a fig leaf of respectability to allow moderates to ignore the underlying racism.
50 years of whipping up the racial resentment of right wingers has resulted in a crop of politicians who actually believe the nonsense they spew. Ronald Reagan was many things: a liar, a criminal and a bigot but he wasn’t stupid. He and the rest of the GOP did not actually believe that that an army of “welfare queens” were stealing millions of tax payer dollars. They didn’t actually believe that a race war was coming. They were quite aware that was just red meat for the rubes. Keep’em angry and they won’t notice while you give all of their money to the rich.
These days, Republicans are moving away from coded language and being far more open about how much they hate black people (and women and gays and immigrants, etc.). They call the president a skinny ghetto crackhead.” They say “I don’t want to make

black
 blah people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money” (the “somebody,” of course, being white people). They say, on camera, Voter ID will hurt “lazy blacks.”

But, you know, they’re not appealing to white racists for votes or anything. That whole Southern Strategy thing is just a liberal myth…

Racist is as racist does.

Your average conservative lies through their teeth when they say they don’t care about race. When they talk about “welfare queens,” they ain’t talking about white women. When they talk about “thugs,” they ain’t talking about Justin Beiber. When the GOP goes on a rampage to cut food stamps and calls President Obama the “food stamp president,” they ain’t talking about fiscal responsibility.
No, they are talking about black people. Whoops! There’s that darn race card!
But what else can you say to someone that declares that over 90% of black people are too stupid to vote the “right” way? What can you say to someone that smugly announces that most blacks are killed by other blacks (and then refuses to acknowledge that most whites are killed by other whites)? What can you say to someone that says they “know a

blackguy” that uses his food stamps to buy crab legs so the whole program must be riddled with fraud?

If you’re me, you state the obvious, “You’re a racist piece of dirt.” And then sit back and listen to the howls of transparent denial and phony indignation.

Does it ever end?

Actually, yes, it does. The Southern Strategy is in its final stages and it’s destroying the GOP. Rapidly changing demographics, an aging base and the aforementioned crop of extremist politicians have combined to poison the conservative movement.
Pandering to racists is like a drug addiction: It’s easy to start and feels great for a while but it’s incredibly hard to stop and you need more of it just to keep going. The GOP wants to appeal to minority voters but can’t stop the racist rhetoric lest their bigoted base drop them like a hot potato.
And so the GOP is trapped by the very same Southern Strategy that served them so well for so many decades. The kind of intolerant voter they sought will be even more intolerant of the mandatory move to the social left the GOP must make to remain viable on the national stage. Imagine having a party that supported all the same kinds of hate you live and breathe. Now imagine that party opens its doors to the very same people you despise. It will be like the 60s all over again. Angry white bigots will feel betrayed by “their” party. In the areas of the country they control, they will elect ever more extreme and vitriolic lunatics to represent their core values of hate and fear.  Michele Bachmann was just the beginning. At least she tended to go along with the GOP leadership. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, represents the next iteration of this death spiral. He takes every opportunity to throw his own party under the bus for not being “ideologically pure.”
To paraphrase The Crow:
A (white) Man has an idea. The idea attracts others, like minded. The idea expands, the idea becomes an institution. What was the idea?
Sooner or later, the southern right wing will start openly speaking of “white pride” as a campaign platform and the Southern Strategy will have fully come around to bite the GOP in its lily white ass.
Nom. Nom. Nom.
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Americans Against The Tea Party: The Power Of Propaganda

In Americans Against the Tea Party, Tea Party on February 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The Power of Propaganda; The Reality of the “Low Information” Followers!

Watch These Teabillies Proudly Display Their Ignorance (Video) (via Americans Against The Tea Party)

Wow! Just look at all the crazy! We ran across this clip from a New Left Media documentary on YouTube, and we just had to make sure you see it! The interviewer talks to a number of right wingers, and the ignorance just oozes from them! They really don…

Playthell G. Benjamin: Is Society Missing Civics?

In GOP, Playthell G. Benjamin, Tea Party, Thomas Jefferson on February 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Re=-Blog from….


On Friday the workers in a German owned automobile plant in Nashville Tennessee voted against representation by the UNITED AUTO-WORKERS!!!! This is one of the most powerful and progresive industrial labor unions in the world! The benefits of joining this union are such that it would have lifted the workers status of these workers to a level that is unimaginible to workers in the South. THE COMPANY FAVORED UNION REPRESENTATION BUT THE REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS WHO REPRESENT THE REGION OPPOSED IT, LED BY SENATOR BOB CORKER….AND THESE DUMB ASS WHITE WORKERS VOTED THE WILL OF THESE REACTIONARY POLITICIANS OVER THEIR OWN INTERESTS!!!!!!!!!! THAT’S WHY WE NEED EDUCATION FOR CITIZENSHIP!!!!!!! PLEASE READ THE ESSAY BELOW TO UNDERSTAND THE CRISIS WE ARE IN BECAUSE IT AFFECTS US ALL!!!!!!!

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Praising Saints, Celebrating Heroes, Unmasking Charlatans, Defending the Defenseless and Chastising Scoundrels

On Education for Citizenship

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , on February 11, 2014 by playthell

Thomas Jefferson
 “Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.” 
Whatever Happened to Civics?
For several years now I have been increasingly disturbed by the decline of civics instruction in our public schools.  But when I express this concern most people look at me as if I had suddenly begun speaking in ancient Greek, or some other unintelligible language.  If they are in their forties or younger they appear to have no clue what I am talking about.  I don’t know exactly when it happened, or how those who determine educational policy in our public schools decided to remove Civics from the curriculum.  I just looked up one day and it was gone!
Yet civics was the only course in our educational system that is designed to teach students how our political system works and the proper functions of government.  A vital part of civics instruction is the systematic study of current events, which provides a basis for making intelligent choices once we are old enough to vote.  When I was a boy civics was an integral part of public school instruction, and it has determined my approach to understanding the responsibilities of citizenship as an adult.
The first responsibility of citizenship in a participatory democracy with contending political forces is to educate yourself on the issues so that you can make informed decisions at the ballot box. In a racist, sexist, predatory capitalist system where the struggle for the necessities of life is becoming increasingly Darwinian – i.e. dog eat dog and only the big dogs shall survive – making the right choices  in the voting booth is a life and death matter.  One need only look at the Social Darwinst proposals of the Republican Party to recognized the danger facing the working  class in America.  Already they have become invisible; nobody even mentions their name anymore.
For a while, I felt like I was the only one who recognized the end of civics instruction as a crisis that is rendering America’s participatory democracy dysfunctional.  This was clear to me in the results of the first congressional elections after the inauguration of President Obama, when the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives only two years after their policies had wrecked the nation’s economy. (see: “On Our Dysfunctional Democracy” on this blog)  And what’s more, the most potent force in the New Republican coalition is the “Tea Party,” an ultra-right band of iconoclast who ran on an anti-government platform.
Read more after break below

Amazingly, the Tea Party has managed to convince millions of Americans that the government they elect is their enemy.  This has led to the Extraordinary spectacle of masses of struggling Americans voting against their economic interests in the belief that they are striking a blow for freedom.  The full extent of this absurdity was made clear to me when I was traveling in Georgia and came upon a demonstration against “Obamacare” led by a snaggle tooth red neck with a mouth full of rotten teeth.  From the look of things the guy had never seen a dentist in his life., but here he was vociferously fighting against a program that would make it possible for him to finally visit a dentist.
This absurdity of supporting people and policies that is against one’s interests is repeated in myriad ways by the working class whites who make up much of the Republican base. Why, they even applauded the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case; which is a major step in transforming out participatory democracy in which candidates from all classes could run for public office in an effort to promote policies that address the interests of working people, to a system where only the rich or their representatives can effectively contest for office.
How does one explain this kind of self-destructive behavior?  Why would people vote against their best interests?  And what does it harbor for the future of American democracy? Succinctly put, it is the epidemic of political ignorance among the electorate that propels this self-destructive behavior. Thomas Jefferson warned of this danger during the founding of the American Republic.
“An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens. “

Given the complexity of American society today, a mass society of several hundred million people composed of diverse races and ethnicities residing in a continental nation extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, Jefferson’s words are far more relevant now than they were in the 18th century, when America was a simple agrarian society composed of small towns and villages about a third of the size we are now.  Hence the study of civics is needed now more than ever, when citizens are confronted with problems of amazing complexity that they are ill-equipped to analyze.,
One of the groups that recognize the gravity of this problem and is calling for the restatement of civics instruction is the New York Bar Association.  After studying the problem of widespread ignorance among the citizenry about how our government and politics work, they tell us in a in a recently published document titled Report and Recommendations of the Law, Youth, and Citizenship committee on Civic Education.
“A constitutional democracy flourishes only if the constitution reflects democratic values alive in the citizenry. In the past decade, nearly every measure of Americans’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of democratic values and fundamental constitutional principles has reflected a shocking level of decline. Despite New York’s adoption of the ‘Participation in Government’ requirement for graduating high school seniors over a decade ago, a sense of political disengagement has worsened in our state due to a lack of civic knowledge and the skills necessary to be an effective citizen.” On this score all the observable evidence suggests that the State of New York is the State of the Nation.
It is this gross ignorance of the legitimate functions of government, as well as our political history, that allows Republican Congressman to feel safe while committing a crime against humanity by cutting eight billion dollars from the federal food stamp program at the same time they are denying a couple of million unemployed Americans extended benefits during an economic crisis where there are no jobs that pay a living wage.
Many of these citizens have worked hard all of their lives but now face hunger and homelessness while these same Republicans give every possible benefit to the rich.   Furthermore, these same Republican shills for the plutocracy are vociferous opponents of minimum wage laws and have voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act,while concocting a web of lies to discredit this benefaction to the American people.
A politically enlightened electorate would throw the bums out!  Instead millions of voters know so little about how our government actually works they cannot distinguish the progressive Democrats who have tried to pass Jobs bills based on investment in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, from reactionary Republicans who only want to cut all government benefits for working Americans and give extravagant tax holidays to the super rich.
Hence we are being told by the political numbers crunchers that the Republicans will not only retain Control of the House of Representatives in the coming elections….but might well gain control of the Senate. This would be a catastrophe, because if these reckless Republican fanatics –  and the spineless opportunists who know that this is foolishness but go along to get along – gain control of both Houses of Congress there is every reason to believe that their policies would wreck the economy again, entangle the nation in more foreign conflicts that extract a high cost in blood and treasure, create permanent gridlock in the government, and perhaps even impeach the President on trumped up charges! If ever we needed an enlightened electorate it is now.
John Boehner
Boehner with crack pipe 
The Worse House Speaker Ever!
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Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York

US Politics and Life Blood Money…The Center for Responsive Politics 2012/2014

In 2012 Presidential Race, 2012 Top Contributors, ALAN GRAYSON, House, Kochs, Kochs. Karl Rove, Open Secrets, Presidential Race, Senate, Source of Funds, Tea Party, The Center for Responsive Politics on February 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM



The Center for Responsive Politics informs…… via Open Secrets Dot Org

As I read a blog posting from Alan Grayson regarding his re-election campaign for the US House of Representatives, his comments about Koch brothers spending led to thoughts of 2012. In 2012, campaign contributions reflect Barack Obama’s defeat of Mitt Romney, and contribution from small donors (like me) carried the campaign contribution win.  
Alan Grayson

The Koch Brothers are already spending a fortune running dirty ads in my district attacking me.
Americans for Prosperity intensifies pressure on congressional Democrats by launching another round of TV commercials. Targets this time include …..
All of the special interests want nothing more than to beat us and silence us. The question is, will you let them?
It’s only February, and the Koch Brothers are already up on the air, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads. They are ….

Yes, it appears the Kochs have targeted Florida, just as they target North Carolina. The people of North Carolina are fighting back and in many cases winning. It is critical that high information people (voters) maintain a knowledge stream and knowledge base for sharing with others. 


The Center for Responsive Politics is one of the very best. Money in politics is a  infectious cancer across our democracy with both political parties reaping the benefit of campaign donations. Karl Rove and Koch brothers (cabal) money did not win the 2012 General Election for Mitt Romney. Small donors outpaced large donors and Obama won handily. 

Dark money in 2013 and 2014 is flowing like a melting iceberg’ a dangerous melting. Money in US politics is a shameful reality, but it is an existential reality that we must deal with it. I often see and track donation to the Left as well as the Right. While, I certainly see democrats reporting donations, a quick review of their voting records (via Open Congress and Gov Track) allows me recognize the majority of Democrats are not legislating as stooges and tools for American corporatist and plutocrats.


The following is a detailed readout of the 2012 General Election “money-trail” results for Obama and Romney. Remember,  the past is a great predictor of future  behavior in human beings, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS.

Open Secrets

2012 Presidential Race


Barack Obama (D) 

Mitt Romney (R)
RAISED $715,677,692 $446,135,997
SPENT $683,546,548 $433,281,516
DEBTS $7,223,153 $1,200,000
CASH
(ON HAND)
$5,397,399 $12,921,629

OVERALL
SPENDING
(SEE MORE)
BLUE TEAM
$1,107,114,464
RED TEAM
$1,238,090,807

A detailed  breakdown for real numbers geeks.

Source of Funds

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Small Indiv Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
$233,215,440
$489,660,089
Individual contributions $715,150,163
legend PAC contributions $0
legend Candidate self-financing $5,000
legend Federal Funds $0
legend Other $522,529
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Small Indiv. Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
$79,806,091
$366,336,696
Individual contributions $443,363,010
legend PAC contributions $1,076,496
legend Candidate self-financing $52,500
legend Federal Funds $0
legend Other $1,643,991

Top Contributors

Barack Obama (D)

1 University of California $1,212,245
2 Microsoft Corp $814,645
3 Google Inc $801,770
4 US Government $728,647
5 Harvard University $668,368
Mitt Romney (R)

1 Goldman Sachs $1,033,204
2 Bank of America $1,013,402
3 Morgan Stanley $911,305
4 JPMorgan Chase & Co $834,096
5 Wells Fargo $677,076
NOTE: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Top States

Barack Obama (D)
California $62,759,989
New York $36,982,096
Illinois $17,847,698
Massachusetts $17,315,441
Texas $15,240,394
Mitt Romney (R)

California $41,290,366
Texas $36,364,691
Florida $31,101,749
New York $24,670,565
Virginia $13,901,197

Sector Totals

Barack Obama (D)
transparent

Agribusiness $2,067,055
Communications/ Electronics $20,723,578
Construction $4,172,690
Defense $1,141,130
Energy & Natural Resources $2,410,062
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $20,431,321
Health $18,914,849
Lawyers & Lobbyists $27,959,192
Transportation $1,378,606
Misc Business $22,598,697
Labor $494,094
Ideological/ Single-Issue $17,276,836
Other $91,795,660
Mitt Romney (R)

Agribusiness $7,409,733
Communications/ Electronics $7,518,745
Construction $9,734,459
Defense $1,365,334
Energy & Natural Resources $9,788,922
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $58,902,452
Health $18,692,033
Lawyers & Lobbyists $15,791,881
Transportation $5,803,510
Misc Business $29,090,785
Labor $4,250
Ideological/ Single-Issue $10,522,878
Other $72,942,064

Top Industries

Barack Obama (D)

Retired $54,522,578
Lawyers/Law Firms $27,533,147
Education $21,615,820
Health Professionals $10,456,340
Business Services $8,646,106
Mitt Romney (R)

Retired $64,727,865
Securities & Investment $21,525,657
Real Estate $14,895,300
Lawyers/Law Firms $14,285,200
Health Professionals $12,598,997

Spending Related to Presidential Race 

   Blue Team
Candidate Spending $683,546,548
National Party Spending $292,264,802
Outside Spending $131,303,114
Total $1,107,114,464
   Red Team
Candidate Spending $433,281,516
National Party Spending $386,180,565
Outside Spending $418,628,726
Total $1,238,090,807
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2012 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, March 25, 2013.
(“Help! The numbers don’t add up…”)
The Center for Responsive Politics

Our point and central theme of this screed? A look at 2014 shows donations are trending positive for America’s liberals and progressives. But, we have to remain ever-diligent of Koch cabal quick hit contributions that can and will overwhelming consistent donations to progressive politicians (or candidate hopefuls).  We like the analogy “Koch Money Bonzi.” When you have billions and access to the contributions of thousand who have billions (and millions), quick hit Bonzi campaign donations are easy to launch and direct. We are already seeing millions spent on attack advertisements that do influence and away the voting public. 

2014 Overview

House

Financial activity for all House candidates, 2013-2014

Democrats: $172,970,709
Republicans: $230,475,846
Party No. of Cands Total Raised Total Spent Total Cash
on Hand
Total
from PACs
Total
from Indivs
All 862 $403,910,628 $219,595,940 $329,587,398 $148,164,101 $218,690,135
Dems 381 $172,970,709 $96,818,260 $132,252,337 $63,450,122 $98,742,822
Repubs 467 $230,475,846 $122,444,766 $197,192,094 $84,713,979 $119,569,181

Senate

Financial activity for all Senate candidates, 2013-2014

Democrats: $107,006,605
Republicans: $79,826,709
Party No. of Cands Total Raised Total Spent Total Cash
on Hand
Total
from PACs
Total
from Indivs
All 128 $186,909,597 $85,496,603 $152,145,738 $35,852,794 $131,363,320
Dems 37 $107,006,605 $53,182,874 $75,287,945 $20,499,105 $81,874,118
Repubs 87 $79,826,709 $32,247,572 $76,846,596 $15,353,690 $49,462,182
Based on data released by the FEC on 01/23/2014.
To view data for previous cycles, visit our Big Picture section.


The American voter will allow the GOP to hold a firm Tea Party grip on the House of OZ. We simply have to avoid allowing the Kochs to takeover the US Senate. If that doomsday scenario happens, the Kochs will become far politically powerful than the President of the United States. That means doom for anyone who earns less than$150,000 per year, doom for minorities, doom for LGBT people, and doom for gender equity. You can rest assured the US geography will become the land of Industrialists who care nothing about climate control and combustion killing emissions.

Koched: The US Senate Has A Koch Coming! You May Provide The Bottle Opener

In Gallup, Kochs, Obama, Tea Party, US Congress, US Senate on February 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Does this item read Year 2002?  Have we been hoodwinked?  

Two brothers are seeking to buy the US Senate!  The brothers are singularly responsible for your tea party infested House of Representatives. The nation is being “Koched.” Of course, you know that means this: 
Congress' Job Approval Ratings, Yearly Averages
Trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
Congress' Job Approval Ratings, Yearly Averages by Party
It looks as if something pestiferous hit the US congress in the around the 2000 change of the decade. Despite occasional spikes to the positive, it seems the slide as been as consistent as the nations largest water slide.  In 2010, the water slide appears to have turned into a 120 degree drop of a roller coaster.  Yes, the Koch House, has driven the US Legislature into a personal governing body that is changing the face of our nation.  Changes you will eventually feel as may are feeling today. 

The Koch brothers have bought the US House of Representatives and they now have their sights on the US Senate.  Once, they own the legislature, they actually wield much more power than any elected president.  They become a ruling body off the power of their money to members of the legislature. We can only hope the money is for campaign purposes only, although we suspect the worse.  

If you recognize the deleterious affect of the Tea Party on federal governance, you should know the Koch’s gave birth to ideology eventually named “Tea Party” many years ago.  Fire Dog Lakes’s Kevin Grandia published a piece in February 2013 that provides background for the genesis of the current 9% rating for the US Congress: New Study Finds Koch Bros. Tried to Start Tea Party Movement in 2002.”
To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party, shows that the group Citizens for a Sound Economy launched a Tea Party movement website,www.us teaparty.com, that went live in 2002. 

According to the website DeSmogBlog.com, who broke this story earlier today, CSE was founded in 1984 by the infamous Koch Brothers, David and Charles Koch in 1984. David Koch sat on the board of CSE for many years and the group’s first president, Richard Fink, went on to become a senior VP at Koch Industries.

The common public understanding of the origins of the Tea Party is that it is a popular grassroots uprising that began with anti-tax protests in 2009. 

You can find a screenshot here of the archived U.S. Tea Party site, as it appeared online on Sept. 13, 2002. 

The site is described as, “In 2002, our U.S. Tea Party is a national event, hosted continuously online, and open to all Americans who feel our taxes are too high and the tax code is too complicated.” There is also “Patriot Guest book” available for visitors to voice their support and write a message for CSE and the U.S. Tea Party movement.

Since, you know these things about the US House (and Tea Party anarchist in the US Senate)….

I. US Sequester 

II. Federal Government ‘shutdown” (well planned, and enacted by the Right) 

III. Unemployment Insurance benefits as a bargaining chip since President Obama took office in 2009. 

IV. Cuts to SNAP benefits (Children the poor, elderly and in some cases active military families) 

V. Cuts and refusals to increase security budgets for US Embassies worldwide (Benghazi) 

VI. Voted down abuse of women legislation 

VII. Voted as a block against gender pay issues in the workplace 

VIII.  House leadership ignores 91% public sentiment for weapons purchase background checks.  

IX.  Votes against repeal of DADT

X. Perpetrated battles against debt ceiling increase for the first time in US History (against Obama) 

.….. you should pay close attention to the following segment from last night’s (Feb. 6th, 2013) ALL IN, Chris Hayes.

The list could go on and on!

http://on.msnbc.com/1lEA22v


Source documents

The Guardian

Fire Dog Lake

Think Progress (Climate Progress)

Paul Vallely, Former General, Espouses Open Sedition!

In Tea Party on January 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM


Former US general and obvious conservative “whackhead” espouses armed revolution while claiming he isn’t do so.

Paul Vallely, a retired major general and senior military analyst for Fox News and website developer seeks open sedition.  What is it about these people that sedition was never spoken as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney led the nation into economic, jingoist and international hell?


We will leave the question for you to answer. 


The Raw Story

“Writing letters to these senators and congressmen, I am so frustrated because nothing happens,” Vallely said. “I’m not inciting a revolution, but we’ve got to get more physical and stand up and protest. 

He said such a protest would be a continuation of Tea Party activism.

“The great things the Tea Party did, I mean, they were out there in the community, standing up, being seen,” Vallely said. “They did things, so we’ve got to go based on what the Tea Party has done and elevate it into something and get more younger people involved. So I don’t know how else to do it.”

Fox News analyst tells Tea Party group he can lead a military coup against Obama (via Raw Story )

A retired Army general and Fox News analyst told a Tea Party group that he would lead a military coup against the U.S. government, if only reluctantly. Paul Vallely, a retired major general and senior military analyst for the conservative news channel…

Plutocracy Is A Nation Killer. American Plutocracy: The Kochs and Other Conservative Uber Wealthy (and your vote)

In Open Secrets, Tea Party on January 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM


Do remember the revelations of IRS scrutiny of applications of Tax exempt status for alleged 501 (c)(4) organization?  Do you recall the conservative SCOTUS Citizen’s United Decision? How about recognition the decision would (and has)  inseminate hundreds of organization seeking status for purpose of funneling money to political campaigns, political parties, and socio/political causes? Since, we are on a roll, could we convince you that many conservative (behind the scenes) political organizations adopt names that denote some sort of false nationalism and serve as easily recognizable as ‘dog whistle’ draws for those on the Right.  They can simply read the 501 (c) (4) title and know it is there to fit their mindset and socio/political views. 


If all of the previous worked for you, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise the Cincinnati IRS office charged with 501 (c) authority would seek to investigate false or misleading organization claims of “non-political.” Of course, you know eventual investigations yielded data Left leaning organization received similar scrutiny. It is important to know, not one organization submitted an application was denied 501 (c) (4) non-profit status

If you follow American politics via any sources other than Fox News or the Wall Street Journal you know of Charles and David Koch. You know the brothers have DNA genesis in a father who help build the John Birch Society, and you may also know three Koch brothers shared inheritance in the billions. 

Billions in inheritance, a solid foundation as American Industrialist, non-profit status shadow groups, social and political beliefs solidly Libertarian, and an obvious deep-rooted desire to shape American society as Koch-Top 1% feudalism. If you are reading this piece, rest assured a Koch society will not include the good life for you and me. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or the degree to, one can affix to the nation’s Top 20% (ers), society rooted in libertarianism with the Koch’s as pseudo kings, is a society doomed to eventual erosion. And, if you are purchasing Koch Industry products, you are funding our de-evolution to regressive libertarian plutocracy.

The Tea Party is the child of Koch(ism). Polling results indicate a clear diminution of the Koch movement. We assume you now understand where the tea party movement has taken the nation.

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Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Pollutocrat Kochs

If Pew Research is accurate the Koch Tea Party has waned in approval. We can assume the movement has taken “hits” due to growing perception the tea party is not about governance, it is about reshaping the nation with a focus on ‘regressivism.’ Moreover, the tea party is funded by the Kochs and other far-right wealthy plutocrats.  We can only hope that funding is only in the form of support for political campaigns. CNN recently ran a segment that has us wondering about political contributions and how members of Congress are becoming increasing more wealthy. 

The only weapons we have against what you are about to read and that you have just is the vote.

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This is the seventh story in an exclusive series about the funding behind politically active tax-exempt organizations that don’t disclose their donors. You can read the other stories in the series here.

A secretive, well-funded group whose name gives the misleading impression that it is solely concerned about health care gave more than $44 million in 2010 to other tax-exempt groups, many of which spent millions on TV ads attacking Democrats running for the House and Senate and have begun spending for the same purpose this year.

None of the groups — including eight of the most politically active nonprofits in 2010 — disclose their donors, and the role of the Center to Protect Patient Rights (CPPR) in funding them has not previously been reported.

Based in Arizona, CPPR provided large grants to a cluster of well-known conservative organizations that operate under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, which classifies them as “social welfare” groups and allows them to keep their funding sources from public view. Politics is not supposed to be their primary purpose, although critics say many of the organizations have stretched the rules too far. 

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American Future Fund received the largest grant from CPPR, a total of $11.7 million for “general support.” That amount exceeded the nearly $10 million the group told the Federal Election Commission it spent supporting or opposing Democratic candidates in ads in the midterm elections (“independent expenditures”) or broadcasting slightly less explicit appeals close to election day (“electioneering communications”). In fact, the gift was more than half of the $23.3 million the group raised all year. 

American Future, which is based in Iowa, ran a series of hard-hitting ads against Democratic candidates around the country in 2010 that left little doubt where the group stood, even when the ads didn’t refer to the election. “With the biggest tax cut in American history looming, [Bruce] Braley was the deciding vote to adjourn the house. Instead of fighting for lower taxes, Braley went home,” one ad, which ran in October 2010, said of the Iowa Democrat. “Tell Braley: Don’t vote to raise taxes on Iowa families.”
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The donors to the Center to Protect Patient Rights are almost entirely unknown. Such tax-exempt organizations must detail the groups to whom they gave grants, but not the sources of their own funds. A small grant of $200,000 came to CPPR from American Action Network, yet another 501(c)(4), according to the Form 990 tax return that American Action filed with the Internal Revenue Service this week.

And if its donors are unknown, so is much else about CPPR. According to its own 2010 tax return, which was filed last November, it is run by Sean Noble, who is listed as its director, president and executive director. Noble describes himself  on his Twitter account as a “PR/Political consultant, conservative strategist/operative, former GOP Hill chief of staff, blogger, proud father, fighting for liberty.” Noble was chief-of-staff to former Republican Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona, for whom he worked for 13 years, and since then has worked as a political consultant and in public relations. 

Noble took no salary from CPPR, but his firm, Noble Associates, was paid $340,000 by the group for “management services.” Noble was also paid $10,000 to lobby for the group.

He is currently managing partner of DC London Inc., a political consulting firm that offers robo-calling and other services. CPPR’s other director and secretary is Courtney Koshar, an anesthesiologist in the Phoenix area. 

The organization’s mission, as listed on the tax form, is “Building a coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals, and educating the public on issues related to health care with an emphasis on patients rights. Engaging in issue advocacy and activities to influence legislation related to health care.”

Noble did not return our calls seeking comment. But in a piece last year, Politico described Noble as a “Koch operative,” referring to the wealthy conservative brothers from Koch Industries who have been instrumental in funding a conservative network of groups.OpenSecrets Blog has been unable to confirm the Koch connection independently.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that CPPR’s name is almost exactly the same as that of another group, the Coalition to Protect Patients’ Rights, a group that organized lobbying efforts against health care overhaul proposals being debated in Congress in 2009. And CPPR gave the Coalition $205,000 in 2010. Further, the records for both groups were listed as being stored at the same Glendale, Ariz., address by a woman who describes herself  as an employee of DCI Group, a lobbying firm practiced in manufacturing “grassroots” campaigns for the tobacco industry and others that has handled public relations for the Coalition. 

But the Coalition’s spokesman, physician and lawyer, Donald Palmisano, told OpenSecrets Blog he’d never heard of the other group, as did a publicist with DCI Group. 

The second-largest grant from CPPR, $5.6 million, went to Americans for Limited Government, also for “general support,” as were all the CPPR gifts. That amounted to more than half the group’s $9 million budget for 2010. The creation of libertarian real estate mogul Howard Rich, Americans for Limited Government distributes money to its own large network of 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations. One such group, Colorado at Its Best, in turn funded a group called Clean Government Colorado in 2008, which backed a ballot initiative  that critics said would limit the ability of public employees’ unions to make political contributions. In 2010, ALG funded a group called Alaskans for Open Government, which in turn provided money to another group backing an “anti-corruption” ballot initiative. The Alaska group eventually ran into trouble  over failing to disclose its own sources of funding.

Americans for Job Security received $4.8 million from CPPR. That group, which is a 501(c)(6) business association under the tax code, spent about $9 million in the 2010 elections expressly attacking Democrats and running electioneering ads, according to Center for Responsive Politics figures. It has a history of running attacks on Democrats dating back to the late 1990s.

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Other beneficiaries of CPPR funding included anti-tax maven Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, which received $4.2 million and spent about that amount on independent expenditures in 2010, almost all against Democrats; Americans for Prosperity, which has strong ties to Charles and David Koch and which received close to $2 million from CPPR and spent a little less than that on negative issue ads mentioning candidates close to the election; and Club for Growth, which received $690,000 from CPPR and spent more than $8 million on independent expenditures against Democrats in 2010, as well as against some Republicans in primary contests.

All these groups may have spent more — and in some cases definitely did so — on political ads that escaped reporting requirements. For instance, according to its 990 form, American Future spent a total of $21.4 million in 2010, of which $14.7 went to “media services,” indicating possible spending on ads that was greater than the $10 million it reported to the Federal Election Commission.

This table shows all the recipients of CPPR grants in 2010:

Non-Profit 2010 CPPR Grant
American Future Fund $11,685,000
60 Plus Assn $8,990,000
Americans for Limited Government $5,585,000
Americans for Job Security $4,828,000
Americans for Tax Reform $4,189,000
Revere America $2,300,000
Americans for Prosperity $1,924,000
US Health Freedom Coalition $1,430,000
Susan B Anthony $1,025,000
Club for Growth $690,000
Americans United for Life Action $559,000
The Institute for Liberty $457,000
American Energy Alliance $250,000
Coalition to Protect Patient Rights $205,000
Freedom Vote $200,000
Protect Your Vote $100,000
Hispanic Leadership Fund $47,000
Americans United for Life $45,000
Tea Party Patriots $30,000
Common Sense Issues Coalition $25,000
Common Sense Issues $10,000
Concerned Women 4 America $4,500
Another recipient of CPPR’s money is Freedom Vote, a 501c4 based in Columbus Ohio that was created by Republican operatives in 2010 to finance get-out-the-vote operations usually done by the party. The group had a total income of $1.3 million that year, according to its 990; $200,000 of it came from CPPR. Another $900,000 came from Crossroads GPS.
Jim Nathanson, who identified himself as Freedom Vote’s executive director, toldOpenSecrets Blog that the group is still active and planning on participating in the 2012 election, but said the organization is “still in the planning, formulating stage. We are doing things, but nothing is finalized.” Asked whether the group is fundraising, Nathanson said it is, but wouldn’t go into details. “It probably wouldn’t be appropriate to say anything, simply because things are not fully developed.”

Links Between Grantees

The tax documents of American Action, the Center to Protect Patient Rights and some other politically active groups — especially on the Republican side, where such groups are more prevalent — make it plain that a number of deep-pocketed donors are willing to help finance tax-exempt groups that spend at least a portion of their resources attacking the other party. Many seem to prefer remaining anonymous and hence prefer making gifts to c(4)s rather than super PACs. Each super PAC must disclose its donors.  

Some of the groups receiving CPPR funds did, in fact, concentrate on health care, or at a minimum on opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. One of those, the US Health Freedom Coalition, was given $1.4 million by CPPR and bankrolled a proposition on the Arizona ballot in 2010 rejecting the requirement in the federal health care overhaul that all individuals have health insurance. (It passed).
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Several of the recipients of funds from CPPR are anti-abortion groups: the Susan B Anthony List, Americans United for Life and Americans United for Life Action received a total of $1.85 million. Another $35,000 went to two arms of an organization called Common Sense Issues, which had used controversial “push-polling” to help former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid in 2008. In 2010, it asked candidates to sign a pledge to oppose taxpayer funding of abortion and ran ads in a number of House and Senate races.
Some of the recipients of CPPR’s largesse are linked in another way: they use the same vendors. For instance, five of the groups, led by Americans for Limited Government and the American Future Fund, paid a total of about $7.5 million to a Phoenix firm called Direct Response for telecommunications and direct mail.

Mentzer Media made more than $25 million in 2010 from four CRRP grant recipients plus American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the super PAC and 501(c)(4) linked to Karl Rove. The American Future Fund paid Mentzer the largest sum, $10 million. 

Mentzer is being used this year by the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, and in 2004 made more than $18 million running the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks on the war record of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. 

Staff at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were unaware of CPPR, though they are highly familiar with its grantees, many of which ran ads against the House candidates the DCCC was supporting in 2010. “Voters have a right to know who is behind the ads they see so they can evaluate the claims,” said Deputy Executive Director Jennifer Crider, bemoaning the fact that some 501(c)(4) organizations are extremely active on the political front but, unlike other political organizations, don’t have to release the names of their donors. 

The DCCC’s former chairman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, recently won a lawsuit challenging an FEC rule that allowed groups like those funded by CPPR to avoid dislcosing their donors when they ran electioneering communications ads. This month an appellate court refused to stay the decision. It’s unclear, though, what that means for disclosure in this cycle. There’s evidence that groups have responded to the ruling by not running ads that fit the definition of electioneering communications. 
Staff Writer Russ Choma contributed to this post.

Update, 5/21/12: This story has been updated to include the fact that Sean Noble has been described by Politico as a “Koch operative.” However, OpenSecrets Blog has been unable to confirm that independently.

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QUICK HIT: "We Hate Progressivism" All The Way To Our Graves

In Tea Party on January 16, 2014 at 2:13 PM

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And, we still have people who exercise their right to gather and practice free speech as pictured below.   
It really is sad when people are so paradigm to hate and obstruction anything related to an improved economy, improved services, or societal improvement period. But, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if we make it that far.  Take a close look at the commonality among people depicted in the following memes.  Notice anything?

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And the classic one for the millenium!

The American Right should be ashamed and taken to task for feeding paradigms many of these people took into advanced adulthood.

The Chamber Of Commerce Has A Problem! "A Mission Too Far"

In Bachmann, GOP, GOTP, Palin, Tea Party on December 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM

A major Palin cheerleader, Van Sustren Fox News, has to redirect her completely twilight-zone guest. Fox actually pays) Palin for these inane ramble scripts? Stupid is……

While not a threat to the Chamber of Commerce since she ill not run for office, yet a perfect  GOP “fool” model.

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The Chamber of Commerce, a Republican business entity, looks to avoid GOP fools to win elections. Well, The Chamber had better get rid of Bachmann, silence Palin, run Gohmert out of his district and gag the majority of Tea Party members of Congress. In other words, the Chamber has embarked on a “mission too far.”

If the Chamber wants to rid of “fools” to win elections, it is seriously backing the wrong party.

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Chamber of Commerce sets GOP goal for 2014: ‘No fools on our ticket’ (via Raw Story )

The GOP’s corporate allies have set a New Year’s resolution they hope will lead to electoral victory in the 2014 midterms: “No fools on our ticket.” Republican House leaders are planning to impose discipline on unruly members to help avert the…

Paul Ryan Snuggles Up To His "Indispensable" Tea Party

In Barack H. Obama, Gallup, GOP, GOTP, Paul Ryan, Tea Party on December 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

A man holds a flag during a Tea Party rally in New York on Oct. 28, 2010.

Paul Ryan and Patty Murray recently visited with David “lean Right” Gregory. The link below doesn’t represent the complete interview; we are focusing on the 3:00 minute link with Paul Ryan to illustrate a point. Ryan is the classic bullshit artist and has proven not one word from his mouth can be taken as credible. He is manipulative and I suspect deep-down Patty Murray, despite her words of “liking him,” is ultra cautious in dealing with the man. You only have to think back to his lies about completing a  marathon in record time (Only to be busted by a relative) and his photo and video op fake soup kitchen visit during the 2012 campaign. The man literally took his wife and kids into a soup kitchen to feigned assisting the humane mission of the kitchen. They grabbed-up already clean pots and pans and faked clean those utensils through the shoot.

While not the most important video in this piece, the three minute video will give you sense of how a Ryan operates. In fact, if Gregory were inclined, he could have managed the three minutes for more productively. His interview with the Democrat Murray and the Republican Ryan are (for the TPI) preludes to the Chris Wallace Fox News interview of this past Sunday. Of course, we know Murray also spoke during the Gregory interview. We do not see the need for adding another video as she is not the focus of this piece.

This past Sunday Chris Wallace and his production team invited Paul Ryan and Patty Murray to his Fox News set.  Murray declined to attend. Of course, Ryan sat for the interview in the complete sanctity of the perfect news setting: Fox News and Chris Wallace. While he spoke like a non-stop machine-gun about budget issues from a GOP perspective, our focus is on his comments about the tea party.


The following is a quick reference to the Wallace interview and Ryan’s political savvy in snugging up to the tea party.

http://youtu.be/Fv5lLnB5nS8

“I think these groups are valuable. They’re part of our conservative family. I’d prefer to keep these conversations within our family.”

He thinks these groups are indispensable! A couple of questions are in order.

Beyond an infestation via the 2010 mid-terms and in part brought on by the election of Barack H. Obama in 2008 plus obscene levels of political contribution from the Right (Kochs et al), how is the Tea Party in congress “indispensable?” While there are many examples of how the Tea Party has contributed to the lowest approval ratings of any Congress in US History, we have a recent example of a $24 billion hit to the US GDP via the Tea Party (GOP) government shutdown.

First, lets review a bit of Gallup poll data that initiates concerns about Paul Ryan’s perceptions in life, personal insensitivity and his motives.  If you think his proclamations of repudiation of Ayn Rand’s elitism and “power to the powerful” during the 2012 was sincere, you also may feel he actually ran that record marathon. 

Gallup November 12, 2013….

2008-2013 trend: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

While neither party looks good, there is a noticeable trend in the following Gallup table.

Trend: Congressional Job Approval, by Political Party
Americans' tea Party affiliation

Before we move-on and to placate those who are now thinking the president’s ratings as also down...agreed and duly noted.

We believe all aforementioned ratings are down in a major way due to the tea party infestation of both houses of Congress with a particular stench in the House of OZ.  And, yes the NSA issues, false alarm IRS issues and “You can keep you policy,”‘ have worn on the president’s ratings. But, let there be no doubt tea party induced division in Washington DC also weigh heavily on the president’s ratings. 

Ryan reaches across the GOP divide to massage the ego of the Tea Party.  He feels “they are indispensable.” Is Ryan saying he is accepting of all things tea party?  Some will say, “no” he meant the tea party in Congress. We posit the tea party in congress are elected officials earning $174,500 per year (of our tax dollars) who actually are not very different than what follows. They are certainly not standing-up against the images you are about to see, thus they are enablers.

Let’s look at a few examples of the tea party, and yes you have seen each example before.

            
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You might say images posted above are extreme examples and are not indicative of the tea party. We suggest you know better.
You’ve seen all of those “low intellect” manifestations from the Tea Party, correct?  How about a much more recent exhibition from a tea party group in Florida.  A group that has worked to cloak itself from its public past. If want to see the more recent exhibit from the Tea Party, look closely at the following image apparently borrowed from some sick video game.

Keep in mind the group we reference issued the following statement to a Palm Beach, FL newspaper.

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The National Liberty Federation, formerly known as the South Florida Tea Party, changed its name last January as part of a rebranding effort in the aftermath of President Obama’s reelection. The group’s founder, Everett Dickinson, told the Palm Beach Post that the group “wanted to differentiate ourselves from certain organizations that have the name ‘tea party’ and we can’t control.

The video game, Bioshock Infinite, takes place largely in a floating city called Columbia and depicts a racist, xenophobic society where people worship the American founding fathers as religious figures. The image posted to the National Liberty Federation’s Facebook page is of an in-game mural that depicts George Washington bathed in angelic light as he holds the Liberty Bell in one hand and the Ten Commandments in the other, as racist carictures of minorities gather at his feet. The banner at the bottom of the image says, “It is our holy duty to guard against the foreign hordes.

After the image was discovered on the Tea party group’s Facebook page it was taken down, and Serwer reports the group changed its privacy settings.  How is such child-like actions any different than working in a grocery story, as a magistrate, or as a sheriff all day and adorning a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood in the evening to harass innocents? Scrubbing and cleansing one’s actions generally denotes there is something to hide. Cloaking is no good if the roots and hearts are not cleansed.

Such cleansing reminds of the recent Megyn Kelly and Fox News foray into the racial makeup of a (mystical, spiritual and non-existent) Santa and Jesus Christ. When caught with their butts hanging over a cliff, what did they do?  They feigned media harassment of the “powerful” Fox News Network and laid their racism to speaking to (phantom) kids about Santa. Do you think the word “powerful” was scripted for Kelly’s reading? We believe the word was handed-off for reading to tickle the innards of Fox New sycophants.  

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Ryan’s remarks once more, for full effect.

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I think these groups are valuable,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.””They’re part of our conservative family. I’d prefer to keep these conversations within our family.”  
Ryan did say that he was not pleased that groups opposed the deal so quickly, but still said that the Tea Party is valuable. 
“John was frustrated because they came out against our agreement before we even reached an agreement,” he said. “I was frustrated as well. But I see the Tea Party as indispensable.
“John was frustrated?” We feel Boehner’s little exhibition was also scripted. 

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Ryan’s comments were obviously crafted and delivered to the Fox News audience as effectively as a political speech. President Obama does it all the time, correct?  

The problem is GOP shortsightedness and desperation will catch-up with Ryan’s statements. The only real issue is how long it will take for the House Budget Chair to rile his anti-government cohorts. Maybe, it will last as long as the marionette master Kochs will allow the House contingent to remain quiet regrading budget issues. 

We can rest assured that will not last very long.

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