Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (1 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   37 comments

Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

Tea Parties are a Sham and a Fraud – Part 3

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 2 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   Interesting 2   Well Said 1  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H3 4/14/09

Become a Fan
  (9 fans)
- Advertisement -

Status: clientDeleteProhibited

Status: clientRenewProhibited

Status: clientTransferProhibited

Status: clientUpdateProhibited

Updated Date: 03-aug-2008

Creation Date: 03-aug-2008

- Advertisement -

Expiration Date: 03-aug-2009

You can do the search yourself if you click/browse to

Please note the date of creation, August 3, 2008. Fox News and the public faces of the Tea Parties are trying to portray the protests as "organic, spontaneous, grass roots" protests that are in response to Obama's tax and stimulus policies. One can see that is quite impossible since the date the idea was conceived not only predates the implementation of Obama's policies and his Presidency, it predates Obama being officially named the Democratic Nominee for President. Right there, we know this movement is a fraud and a sham.

Who is Zachary Christenson, the owner of the domain? In turns out he is a right wing radio talk show host in the Chicago area with ties to several major Republican think tanks, and the Koch company, a Chicago area based conglomerate which heavily funds several Republican think tanks. These same Republican think tanks, like Freedomworks, the Cato Institute and Americans for Progress, just happen to be the primary groups behind the "Organic, Grass Roots" Tea Party protests. If you read the leadership of these think tanks, they are all led by heavy hitters in the RNC like Dick Armey and Steve Forbes. These Tea Party Protests are bought and paid for by the RNC and Fox News.

The term I have heard around the web and by such notable pundits as Paul Krugman to describe these protests is "Astroturf". If you follow sports, you know that in stadiums, they sometimes use Astroturf to simulate grass in stadiums where it would be hard to grow grass. Put more simply, its Fake Grass. That is what we have with these Tea Party protests, fake Grassroots. Republicans have done this before. The supposed "organic and spontaneous" protest of the Miami-Dade recount in 2000 was actually comprised of Republican congressional staffers flown in to impede the recount. There is a great picture on the web of these protesters banging on the glass doors in Miami with each person named along with for which Republican congressperson they work.

Fox News' involvement with the Tea Parties is further evidence of the corporatism behind the effort. Did the original Boston Tea Party need a cable news network to market and validate its efforts? What does this mean for journalistic ethics going forward? First, Fox was slanted towards Republicans, then it became an unabashed supporter of Republicans, and now it is becoming the news itself. Fox News now IS the Republican Party. Something tells me that Fox' involvement with the Tea Parties will be a topic of discussion as a negative example whenever Journalistic ethics are taught from now on. A final thought on this, Stuart Varney's very next statement after he was finished with my segment was "And now it is my great duty to promote the Tea Parties". That statement speaks volumes.

Economic Facts and Numbers that Tank the Tea

In my April 10 article I called the Tea Parties "Convoluted". That was too generous. We're in the midst of an economic crisis. The expanded spending that Obama and congress have approved are a stimulus package designed to get the economy moving again. They aren't spending this money on a whim or without a serious purpose.

What is the alternative solution? If we were to look at what a Republican supply side solution might be, we would not increase government spending but implement larger tax cuts. The interesting result of this is, if we want to have as big of an impact as the increased spending, we would have to, as a result of those tax cuts, put as much money back into people's hands as the stimulus would spend. If you are following this mathematically, it means that we would reduce income, as much as Obama increased expenditures, resulting in an identical Federal Deficit. That assumes that we even have enough tax income to reduce to have the necessary effect. The numbers don't work in the Tea Party protesters favor.

Even that is giving too much credit to the Fiscal Responsibility aspect of this protest. As I mentioned in the Fox News segment, in the last 28 years, we have had 20 years of Republican administrations. Not one of those years have we had a balanced federal budget. Nearly half of the population of the United States has never seen a Republican led Federal Budget that is anything close, or in the same solar system as being balanced. Few if any of those years did we have anything resembling a national emergency that required expenditures as we do now. Where were these protesters then? Where was the movement protesting reckless Republican spending?

That is why I say these protests are a sham. 20 years of reckless Republican spending without a peep from these folks and we are 3 months into a Democratic administration that was handed a failed economy from its Republican predecessors and the steps it is taking to try to fix the mess is protested. Don't be fooled. These protests are nothing more than exquisitely funded Republican political theatre.

Next Page  1  |  2

A political blogger for the International Business Times, Steve Leser is a hot national political pundit. He has appeared on MSNBC's Coundown with Keith Olbermann, Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Russia Today's (RT) Crosstalk with (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): , Add Tags
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

McCain Campaign Violated McCain-Feingold law with Palin Clothing Purchases

McCain attacked 18 year old Chelsea Clinton in 1998 now says Palin's family & kids are off limits

McCain says "Horseshit" on National TV During Debate

North Korea – Impending Missile Launch May Require US Military Action

Palin: Drill Baby Drill, but blame Obama for the Spill!

Palin to McCain - Oops I did it Again


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
12 people are discussing this page, with 37 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

The tea party movement is now at least in part a g... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 10:09:15 AM
Always good to check who's registered what sit... by J. Edward Tremlett on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 11:16:17 AM
those that are wrong, and those that are wrong at ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 12:27:23 PM
[[MCB6]]... by Sister Begonia on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:17:38 PM
I've heard that fox news was taking over the t... by jersey girl on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 4:48:50 PM
Since every response you ever give to one of my ar... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 6:22:17 PM
I responded specifically to your article. I have n... by jersey girl on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 6:40:09 PM
If you're so damn right, where's all the people gi... by Mr M on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 8:01:22 PM
click here or here? click here... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 8:12:55 PM
Your links show the mindless left applauding your ... by Ms Nan on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 8:38:23 PM
and you are right. Because... oh that's right, you... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 8:46:31 PM
You're so caught up in two party politics, us vs. ... by Ms Nan on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 9:14:03 PM
If you paid attention at all to anything I have wr... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 9:24:48 PM
"Obama said we need to spend this much to get... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 10:29:47 PM
Here is some analysis which aparrently escaped you... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 10:54:37 PM
You just cant get the concept that if you want to ... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 11:17:24 PM
A political subject may be topical, but it is neve... by William Whitten on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 12:00:54 PM
..."is not an excuse to vomit forth [?] your ... by William Whitten on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 12:12:36 PM
one of the adjuncts of an independent thinker?... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 9:25:50 PM
Its amazing to me that M judges his rightness or w... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 9:43:25 PM
I suppose some of us consider looking at the facts... by jersey girl on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 6:59:51 AM
Mr. M, The creative ability to connect the dots c... by Sharlene Z. on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 1:12:36 AM
They are not a sham, they are not a fraud. Moreove... by Scott on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 6:43:31 PM
The real Parties that are a "sham and a fraud... by William Whitten on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 9:28:04 PM
Gustav Wynn's ArticleMary MacElveen's arti... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 9:33:44 PM
Have you read any other articles on oen besides th... by jersey girl on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 6:47:31 AM
... much of our argument against your frame of thi... by Mr M on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 8:50:38 AM
I read 'Trance-Formation of America' many years ag... by William Whitten on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 10:45:11 AM