A Warning About The Tea Parties

This post originally appeared at Speak Out California
A number of people I have spoken with are planning to attend a “tea party” tomorrow, so I thought it might be a good idea to write about this. They are not what they claim to be. They are not “spontaneous” or “grassroots.” They are another corporate-funded campaign to trick people into supporting more cut taxes for the rich.
The idea is supposed to have started on February 19, when Rick Santelli of CNBC “spontaneously” complained about plans (click link for video) to help people avoid foreclosure, saying this is the government “subsidizing the loser’s mortgages.” Santelli called for organizing a “Chicago tea party” against helping people pay their mortgages. But investigators starting finding clues that the on-air rant was not spontaneous, and signs that the campaign was organized by the right-wing, corporate-funded Freedomworks . According to a March 2 New York Times story,

“Mr. Santelli’s televised commentary appeared spontaneous to viewers. However, the Internet domain name ChicagoTeaParty.com was registered in August 2008 — well before his commentary — but not used until afterwards.”

The events have been widely promoted by corporate-funded conservative PR professionals who specialize in “astroturf.” This is a term for the use of money to create an appearance of widespread “grassroots” support. Currently the corporate-funded conservative lobbying groups Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity, are organizing the events and conservative media including talk radio and FOX News are widely promoting them. Support appears to be coming from Koch Industries, the largest privately-owned company in the country. According to the Think Progress blog post, Spontaneous Uprising? Corporate Lobbyists Helping To Orchestrate Radical Anti-Obama Tea Party Protests,

“This type of corporate ‘astroturfing‘ is nothing new to either organization. While working to promote Social Security privatization, Freedom Works was caught planting one of its operatives as a “single mom” to ask questions to President Bush in a town hall on the subject. Last year, the Wall Street Journal exposed Freedom Works for similarly building “amateur-looking” websites to promote the lobbying interests of Dick Armey …
Americans for Prosperity is run by Tim Phillips, [a] former partner in the lobbying firm Century Strategies. The group is funded by Koch family foundations — a family whose wealth is derived from the oil industry. Indeed Americans for Prosperity has coordinated pro-drilling ‘grassroots‘ events around the country.”

The “tea parties” are promoted as a “grassroots uprising” against “high taxes.” Tea stands for “Taxes Enough Already.” However, 95% of Americans will received a tax cut in the next year if the upcoming Obama budget passes. Only Americans with incomes above $250,000 will receive a small tax increase — and even then their taxes will be much lower than almost any time in the last 80 or so years. This increase on the top incomes will help pay for some of the Republican-caused economic damage as well as reduce the budget deficits that the country has faced ever since the same income group received tax cuts after George W. Bush was elected. (This is similar to the tax increase in first Clinton budget that led to the great economy of the 1990s and large budget surpluses.)
The other complaint from tea party organizers is that President Obama is “spending too much.” The increased spending in the stimulus package and upcoming budget funds education, unemployment checks, efforts to ward off foreclosures and other programs designed to help bring us out of the recession and provide jobs. These are programs that benefit regular people instead of big corporations and the rich.
So regular people who go to these corporate-organized tea parties are asking the government to undo their own tax cuts and reduce their own government services in order to keep taxes low for the very rich. I wonder if people have really thought this through?
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10 thoughts on “A Warning About The Tea Parties

  1. Gosh, you and many on the left are really scared of these tea parties, aren’t you. For the last week that’s all you Soros-controlled guys can talk about.
    BTW, has George or the DNC paid your and Jane’s bills yet or are you just volunteer shills?

  2. Have a nice Tea Party day, Dave.
    Here’s a parting thought: TCM was showing the 1941 film “underground” this morning. In it two brothers set up an anti-Nazi radio program in Nazi Germany. I caught the end where it started broadcasting and was saying things like “you will not crucify 70 million Germans!” and the Soldiers were falling over themselves to find and destroy the electronic speaker and they couldn’t shut the message up.
    Kinda fitting that the whole Leftosphere and Obama is doing everything to shut up his opposition, isn’t it?

  3. I noticed you said that the Chicago Tea Party was a registered name on the web in August 2008. Then you are saying that they have been planning this before then, but President Obama was not elected until Nov, so are you saying they predicted the future? I am curious. Maybe I am just missing some info that I did not notice… But what good will these tea parties do for them? I feel like noone except a select few has any real say. Not even these folks dumping tea in the ocean. What are they hoping to accomplish here?

  4. “However, 95% of Americans will received a tax cut in the next year if the upcoming Obama budget passes. Only Americans with incomes above $250,000 will receive a small tax increase — and even then their taxes will be much lower than almost any time in the last 80 or so years.”
    You are totally wrong. There isn’t going to be any 95% tax cut. This is an outright lie. Only people who made less than $90,000 got a payroll tax cut of $13 a week. The Bush tax cuts are going to expire next year and everyone’s taxes will go up. In fact every tax paying American family owes $163,000 because of Obama’s budget. Do you think this deficit that is being quadrupled is going to be paid out of thin air? These tea parties are totally grass roots. Stop the lies lefties. I know the truth because I read the legislation not listen to the lies of the media or Obama.

  5. Scorpius,
    It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? If it is just a “grass roots” effort with a minimal number of people taking part (as is being reported), then why do they care so much? Why wouldn’t they simply ignore the whole thing and let it blow over? Makes you wonder what they are afraid of.
    Angela
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  6. sounds like another diversion to distract attention from what’s really going on. The Boston tea party back then as compared to now are two totally different things.

  7. However, 95% of Americans will received a tax cut in the next year if the upcoming Obama budget passes. Only Americans with incomes above $250,000 will receive a small tax increase — and even then their taxes will be much lower than almost any time in the last 80 or so years. This really economical damage isn’t it??

  8. Oh my god… i didnt knew that Tea parties could prove so dangerous :D
    We have coffee meetings here… for all good or the bad news… Hope coffee will help us bear the shocks better :P

  9. “A number of people I have spoken with are planning to attend a “tea party” tomorrow, so I thought it might be a good idea to write about this. They are not what they claim to be. They are not “spontaneous” or “grassroots.” They are another corporate-funded campaign to trick people into supporting more cut taxes for the rich.”
    I think that’s so terrible, thanks for the warning.

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