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Tea Party and Wall Street Are Getting Along Just Fine

Tea Party and Wall Street Are Getting Along Just Fine:

it’s hard to find where the Tea Party and Wall Street disagree. Tea Party senators like Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz, plus conservative senators like David Vitter, have rallied around a one-line bill repealing the entirety of Dodd-Frank and replacing it with nothing. In the House, Republicans are attacking new derivatives regulations, all the activities of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the existence of the Volcker Rule, and the ability of the FDIC to wind down a major financial institution, while relentlessly attacking strong regulators and cutting regulatory funding. This is Wall Street’s wet dream of a policy agenda. Note the lack of any Republican counter-proposal or framework. The few that have been suggested, such as David Camp’s bank tax or Vitter’s higher capital requirements have gotten no additional support from the right. House Republicans attacked Camp’s plan publicly, and Vitter’s bill lost one of its only two other Republican supporters immediately after it was announced. So why is there a lack of an agenda? Because the Tea Party thinks that Wall Street has done nothing wrong.

Koch Group Abandons Obamacare 'Horror' Stories After Fact-Check Backlash

Koch Group Abandons Obamacare 'Horror' Stories After Fact-Check Backlash:

But what’s notable about the ads is what they aren’t: A personalized story of someone who’s been negatively affected by Obamacare, the kind of verifiable set of facts that can be checked — and rebutted, as happened with a recent AFP ad that led to significant backlash from the fact-checking community.

The facts have a liberal bias….so lets base our opinions on something other than facts. Wonderful.

1.8 Million Definite Militia Members to March on DC, Install New Government #MotherJones

1.8 Million Definite Militia Members to March on DC, Install New Government #MotherJones:

Harry Riley has a dream. On the morning of May 16, somewhere between 10 and 30 million (estimates vary) God-fearing patriots will assemble in Washington, DC, for what Riley, a retired Army colonel from the Florida panhandle, is calling “Operation American Spring.” They’ll protest outside the White House by day and set up in campgrounds and RV parks outside the city by night. They won’t leave until President Barack Obama, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and congressional leaders of both parties, resign and appear before a specially convened investigative tribunal for further disciplinary action—a polite version of a tea party coup. It’s not likely to happen—but two former Fox News personalities have endorsed the endeavor.

I doubt its more than a few hundred.

A War on the Poor

A War on the Poor:

I still sometimes see pundits claiming that the Tea Party movement is basically driven by concerns about budget deficits. That’s delusional. Read the founding rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC: There’s nary a mention of deficits. Instead, it’s a tirade against the possibility that the government might help “losers” avoid foreclosure. Or read transcripts from Rush Limbaugh or other right-wing talk radio hosts. There’s not much about fiscal responsibility, but there’s a lot about how the government is rewarding the lazy and undeserving.

The tea party merges the prosperity gospels with Ayn Rand and walks away with a belief that economics is nothing more than a morality play where the wealthy are wealthy because of virtue and the poor are poor because of vice. 

The Tea Party thinks it hates Wall Street. It doesn’t.

The Tea Party thinks it hates Wall Street. It doesn’t.:

many Tea Party Republicans are in favor of the same bills favored by the financial industry. Take the Financial Takeover Repeal Act of 2013, a one-line bill sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) that repeals Dodd-Frank and replaces it with nothing. This bill has 22 co-sponsors this year, including notable Tea Party senators such Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.

The best way to explain the Tea Party and Wall Street is The enemy of my imaginary enemy is my imaginary friend. The Tea Party is in favor of imaginary Randian makers and opposed to imaginary Randian looters. Wall Street thinks the same. The only rift is who they imagine the looters and makers are. This is the problem with Randian thinking. 

Colbert Mocks Tea Partiers For Whining About Tax-Exempt Status They Didn't Have to Ask For

Colbert Mocks Tea Partiers For Whining About Tax-Exempt Status They Didn't Have to Ask For

"How is that possible, that I didn't apply?" Colbert asked. "Am I breaking the law?" Potter took that opportunity to remind the Colbert Report host that he was not legally obligated to apply for tax-exempt status in the first place.

Amazing. The IRS blocked them from something that they were not obligated to do in the first place.

RINO Hunters Fire Warning Shots At Republican Senate Candidates

RINO Hunters Fire Warning Shots At Republican Senate Candidates

Tea Party Express has a history of upsetting the Republican establishment. The group backed O'Donnell's Delaware Senate run in 2010 and got behind Mourdock's primary challenge against Lugar this year. Kremer said it was "way too early to make any decisions on what races we will be involved in during the 2014 cycle,"

The Tea Party has been more successful at getting moderate Dems elected in red states than the DLC.

Federal transportation and infrastructure policy has traditionally been an area of strong bipartisan agreement," says Aaron Naparstek, a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and founder of Streetsblog.org. "Now, it seems, Republicans want to turn cities into a part of the culture wars. Now it's abortion, gay marriage and subways.

Federal transportation and infrastructure policy has traditionally been an area of strong bipartisan agreement," says Aaron Naparstek, a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and founder of Streetsblog.org. "Now, it seems, Republicans want to turn cities into a part of the culture wars. Now it's abortion, gay marriage and subways.

The Tea Party's war on mass transit - salon.com

Gingrich was the first to suggest that subways were elitist. I expect this to become a growing non-issue in the next few years with more and more time spent on suggesting that subways hurt the poor, cause urban decay, are wasteful, etc.

The Tea Party. Silent on NDAA, Silent on SOPA.

Check out the web sites for the major Tea Party umbrella groups. They had nothing to say about the NDAA and now they have nothing to say about SOPA. They are really upset about the Obama recess appointment for a head of the CFPA. That’s the big outrage story in Tea Party land. Amazing how flexible their strict constitutionalism can be in the face of corporate sponsored tyranny.

Sarah Reidy, the national director of scheduling for Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign, had some stern words for her own party after the audience at a debate in California applauded the number of executions during Texas Gov. Rick Perry's tenure, and then some in the crowd at a debate in Florida cheered when the moderator asked if a sick person without insurance should be left to die. In a post on her Facebook page, Reidy, who joined Huntsman's campaign in August but was not speaking on its behalf in this instance, said the behavior made her "sick and sad" for the Republican party.

Sarah Reidy, the national director of scheduling for Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign, had some stern words for her own party after the audience at a debate in California applauded the number of executions during Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s tenure, and then some in the crowd at a debate in Florida cheered when the moderator asked if a sick person without insurance should be left to die.
In a post on her Facebook page, Reidy, who joined Huntsman’s campaign in August but was not speaking on its behalf in this instance, said the behavior made her “sick and sad” for the Republican party.
Huntsman staffer says she is 'sick and sad' for the Republican Party after watching presidential debates | The Ticket - Yahoo! News

Tea Party Audience Cheers Death :: Georgia Politico

Tea Party Audience Cheers Death :: Georgia Politico

Wolf Blitzer asked a question "If a 30 year old didn't have health insurance, then needed to put in the hospital in a coma, who should pay?" He asked Ron Paul. Paul didn't say he should just die bluntly, but his answer implied that it should happen.
Wolf followed up asking "should he just be left to die."
At that point, the crowd cheered.


Chuck Hagel, former Senator from Nebraska, says his fellow Republicans acted irresponsibly in the debt-ceiling debate.

Perhaps not since George McGovern's annihilation at the hands of Richard Nixon in 1972 has a candidate's Primary base been so alienated from the center of American political thought as the Tea Party is today." - David Drum

Perhaps not since George McGovern’s annihilation at the hands of Richard Nixon in 1972 has a candidate’s Primary base been so alienated from the center of American political thought as the Tea Party is today." - David Drum
Perry’s Social Security Conundrum | Talking Points Memo

there's also no modern precedent for the out-of-power party being as widely loathed on Election Day as the GOP now is. And there will be many more opportunities in the next 15 months for congressional Republicans to inflict even more damage on the GOP brand. It's enough to raise the possibility that the very forces that set out to destroy Barack Obama's presidency from the moment it started could end up being the reason he gets a second term.

there’s also no modern precedent for the out-of-power party being as widely loathed on Election Day as the GOP now is. And there will be many more opportunities in the next 15 months for congressional Republicans to inflict even more damage on the GOP brand. It’s enough to raise the possibility that the very forces that set out to destroy Barack Obama’s presidency from the moment it started could end up being the reason he gets a second term.
Could the Tea Party actually be Obama’s salvation in 2012? - War Room - salon.com

I saw three little girls having a tea party. They were more mature, reasoned and grounded in reality than the tea party political movement.

Union thugs found not guilty of assault on Tea Party hero

Apparently SEIU and Media Matters for America and George Soros and the Tides Foundation and Eric Boehlert and the city of Montclair, N.J., acting on orders from the White House, all used their wizard powers to convince a jury in St. Louis that Kennedy Gladney was not actually assaulted. And that is how the vast left-wing conspiracy works.

From Union thugs found not guilty of assault on Tea Party hero

Wow.

Obviously the federal government has the authority to specify for what purposes federal grant money can be used. Obviously. How else could it work? The other is the tendency to regard any existing profit stream as a form of property. Banks are entitled to their federal subsidies to offer student loans. For-profit colleges are entitled to their own student loan subsidy stream. Health care providers are entitled to unlimited wasteful spending at federal expense. Potato growers are entitled to their school lunch money. Great take down of Tea Party constitutional interpretation.


The real tea-party was about ending crony capitalism. The current tea-party is about abolishing the idea of public goods.

The Left's Tea Party?

The Left's Tea Party?

My point is that when folks get angry, they get stupid, and stupidity knows no party or clique. Progressives should not meet this truism so defensively. I know we want to believe the best of our comrades. And I know that loudly congratulating one’s team for its superior intellect and virtue is a critical part of keeping a bubble of enthusiasm aloft and rising. So we adults can speak in whispers, if we must. But it’s a plain fact that the fuel-mixture of potent populism includes generous helpings of stupidity and self-regard.


Tea party nation founder Judson Phillips and Chris Matthews on the right’s gun fetish

Tea'd Off'

I didn't like Bill Clinton: thought he had sold access to the Lincoln Bedroom and lied under oath about sexual harassment and possibly even bombed Sudan on a "wag the dog" basis. But when I sometimes agreed to go on the radio stations of the paranoid right, it was only to be told that this was all irrelevant. Didn't I understand that Clinton and his wife had murdered Vince Foster and were, even as I spoke, preparing to take advantage of the Y2K millennium crisis-remember that?-in order to seize power for life and become the Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu of our day? These people were not interested in the president's actual transgressions. They were looking to populate their fantasy world with new and more lurid characters.


From Tea’d Off | Politics | Vanity Fair


Hitch points out what the tea party looked like in the 1990s.

A report on the symbiotic relationship between far-right extremists and the Tea Parties

A couple of months ago I traveled out to Montana as part of a project examining how the extremist right — particularly the Patriot movement — has embedded itself within the Tea Party movement, particularly on a local level in rural areas where elements of the 1990s militia movement were still lurking.

From Crooks and Liars

Not surprised.

The Tea Party and the market for land

You have people here who enjoy their existing low density lifestyles, they like the fact that said lifestyles are explicitly and implicitly subsidized through a variety of public policy measures, and they don't like the idea of losing those subsidies. What's more, they regard their antagonists as somewhat culturally alien. So they're pissed off. The fact that a small government approach to land use would in fact lead to denser lifestyles, more bus commuting, and smaller homes is of absolutely zero interest to them.

From Yglesias >> The Land Market

But those subsidies that allow for their life-style aren’t socialism. It’s only socialism when government helps other people. When it helps them, it’s freedom.

Activism of Thomas's Wife Could Raise Judicial Issues

It is the most partisan role ever for a spouse of a justice on the nation's highest court, and Mrs. Thomas is just getting started. "Liberty Central will be bigger than the Tea Party movement," she told Fox News in April, at a Tea Party rally in Atlanta.

But to some people who study judicial ethics, Mrs. Thomas's activism is raising knotty questions, in particular about her acceptance of large, unidentified contributions for Liberty Central.


From Activism of Thomas's Wife Could Raise Judicial Issues - NYTimes.com


What would the right say if a liberal judge took money from some undisclosed donor?

Tea Party or Whiskey Rebellion?

The movement chose the wrong historical precedent when it selected the Boston Tea Party of 1773, a genuinely revolutionary event, as its symbol. Today s Tea Party movement is much more like the misguided and ill-fated Whiskey Rebellion of the early 1790s, during the first term of America s first president, George Washington.

When Congress in 1791, at Hamilton s suggestion, enacted an excise tax on whiskey, along with a tariff, to help pay down the consolidated national debt, the result was the Whiskey Rebellion.


From Tea Party or Whiskey Rebellion?


There are two problems with this analogy:

  • They are rebelling with the people who proposed the bailout, not against it.
  • Taxes have gone down, not up.
Other than that, I like the comparison.

Missouri farmer calls Democrats "party of parasites"

The Raytown farmer who posted a sign on a semi-truck trailer accusing Democrats of being the Party of Parasites received more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995.

From Missouri farmer calls Democrats “party of parasites”

This doesn’t surprise me one bit. In practice most people use terms like Socialism, Fascism etc to refer to government that doesn’t directly benefit them. When government provides those things they need it’s just common sense good governance.
I don’t doubt that this person imagines himself as a Randian Hero and has all kinds of ridiculous rationalizations for his hypocrisy.

My Country, Tis of Me

What is most irksome about the Tea Party Patriots is their expropriation of the word patriot, with the implication that if you disagree with them, you re not a patriot, or at least you re less patriotic than they are. Without getting all ask-notty about it, I think a movement labeling itself patriotic should have some obligation to demonstrate patriotism in a way other than demanding a tax cut.
From My Country, Tis of Me - Magazine - The Atlantic

Samuel Johnson said it best. Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. The Tea party seems to be made up of people conflating their personal self-interest with the interests to the nation.