The ignorance of tea party conservatives is so outrageous it’s scary

Some guy or gal named Axelrod (probably a guy but you can’t tell on the Internet) demonstrated his ignorance of the tea party movement and its claim that it only wants a smaller federal government. Axelrod revealed a truly frightening fact—that there are many really ignorant people in America who are allowed to vote. (Yahoo.com)

Axelrod claimed that the basic tenets of the Tea Party were to reduce taxes, limit the size of government and hold people responsible for their actions. Okay, but there are a lot of facts conservatives ignore that the tea party movement might be the 21st century’s racist Nazi party or Ku Klux Klan. Read on to discover why I dare say this.

Where were the tea party people when President Ray-gun (do you remember President Reagan’s Star Wars weapons program? Probably not) added $2.6 Trillion to the national debt during his stay in the White House. That’s $4.7 Trillion in today’s dollars.

Where were the tea party people when President G. H. W. Bush added $1.4 trillion more to that exploding national debt? In today’s dollars that’s $2.26 Trillion

Where were the tea party people when G. W. Bush was president? You know, Bush #2, who started two wars—and Iraq was based on lies of WMDs. This Bush added $6.64 Trillion to the National Debt equal to $7.06 Trillion in today’s dollars.

And when we look at annualized growth in real per capita government spending:

Nixon and Ford’s growth rate was 2.8%
Ray-gun was 2.6%
Bush # 1 was 2.1%
Bush #2 tied with Ray-gun

How do the Democrats compare?

Carter 2.2%
Clinton 0.75%
Obama 1.3%

Now let’s look at the size of federal government by how many people work for it (not counting the military):

Under Carter federal employment shrunk by 8,000 civilian employees.

But by the end of President Ray-gun’s era, there were 3.133 million federal employees—an increase of 238,000.

Under President G. H. W. Bush, federal employment shrunk by 30,000 but was still a net gain over Carter.

And under President Clinton—drum roll please—the federal government shrunk by another 280,000.

Then comes Bush #2 and the federal government added 380,000 civilian employees for a total of 2.756 million.

How about Obama, who is the target of the tea party movement claiming its goal is to reduce the size of government? According to the New York Times on January 11, 2014, federal employment was at a 47-year low at 2.723 million [under President Obama].

In fact, those who claim to be Reagan small government conservatives—the tea party people and their supporters—who blame Democrats for growing government are either lying to the American people or are themselves willfully ignorant. Then again, they could just be closet racists refusing to admit the truth.

For a more informed answer, let’s look closer at the roots of the tea party movement:

The “History of the Tea Party Movement” by Beth Rowan says, the movement had its start in February 2009. President Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2009.

What’s interesting is that there is no way in God’s green Earth that Obama could have been responsible for the 2009 budget and its $1.4 Trillion deficit because that budget was voted into law by Congress on October 1st, 2008 (as dictated by law) while G. W. Bush was still president. Obama’s 1st Budget wouldn’t be voted on until later in 2009 around October first.

Yet, the tea party movement blamed Obama for 2009 anyway.

You see, every president’s first year in office operates off a budget created by the previous president and passed by a previous Congress.

In addition, the president’s budget request is just a proposal. Congress then reviews the request and passes its own appropriations bills; only after the president signs these bills does the country have a budget for the new fiscal year.

The only rational and logical answer is that the tea party movement is controlled by bigots and racists who mask what they really think behind the claim that they just want the federal government to be smaller.

Hey, tea party people, wake up, the federal government is smaller than it’s been in 47 years.

In 2013, a study published in the journal Tobacco Control concluded that organizations within the movement were connected with non-profit organizations that the tobacco industry and other corporate interests worked with and provided funding for, including “Citizens for a Sound Economy” (founded by the Koch brothers. Others have argued that the Koch brothers were essential in fostering the movement with an agenda to promote corporate profit at the expense of the public good.)

Why is it that every time we look too closely at those who deny global warming; claim public education is failing, and the people who don’t like President Obama, the Koch brothers keep showing up? For sure, these billionaire brothers who inherited their wealth aren’t patriots because they appear to be subverting the democratic process. The traitor Benedict Arnold doesn’t even compare to these two.

Does today’s tea party conservatism in America equal racism and bigotry?

_______________________

Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy that started life as a memoir and then became a fictional suspense thriller. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Some guy or gal names Axelrod (probably a guy but you can’t tell on the Internet) demonstrated his ignorance of the tea party movement and its claim that it only wants a smaller federal government. Axelrod revealed a truly frightening fact—that there are many really ignorant people in America who are allowed to vote. (Yahoo.com)

Axelrod claimed that the basic tenets of the Tea Party were to reduce taxes, limit the size of government and hold people responsible for their actions. Okay, but there are a lot of facts conservatives ignore that the tea party movement might be the 21st century’s racist Nazi party or Ku Klux Klan. Read on to discover why I dare say this.

Where were the tea party people when President Ray-gun (do you remember President Reagan’s Star Wars weapons program? Probably not.) added $2.6 Trillion to the national debt during his stay in the White House. That’s $4.7 Trillion in today’s dollars.

Where were the tea party people when President G. H. W. Bush added $1.4 trillion more to that exploding national debt? In today’s dollars that’s $2.26 Trillion

Where were the tea party people when G. W. Bush was president? You know, Bush #2, who started two wars—and Iraq was based on lies of WMD. This Bush added $6.64 Trillion to the National Debt equal to $7.06 Trillion in today’s dollars.

And when we look at annualized growth in real per capita government spending:

Nixon and Ford’s growth rate was 2.8%
Ray-gun was 2.6%
Bush # 1 was 2.1%
Bush #2 tied with Ray-gun

How do the Democrats compare?

Carter 2.2%
Clinton 0.75%
Obama 1.3%

Now let’s look at the size of federal government by how many people work for it (not counting the military):

Under Carter federal employment shrunk by 8,000 civilian employees.

But by the end of President Ray-gun’s era, there were 3.133 million federal employees—an increase of 238,000.

Under President G. H. W. Bush, federal employment shrunk by 30,000 but was still a net gain over Carter.

And under President Clinton—drum roll please—the federal government shrunk by another 280,000.

Then comes Bush #2 and the federal government added 380,000 civilian employees for a total of 2.756 million.

How about Obama, who is the target of the tea party movement claiming its goal is to reduce the size of government? According to the New York Times on January 11, 2014 (that’s today), federal employment was at a 47-year low at 2.723 million [under President Obama].

In fact, those who claim to be Reagan small government conservatives—the tea party people and their supporters—who blame Democrats for growing government are either lying to the American people or are themselves willfully ignorant. Then again, they could just be closet racists refusing to admit the truth.

For a more informed answer, let’s look closer at the roots of the tea party movement:

The “History of the Tea Party Movement” by Beth Rowan says, the movement had its start in February 2009. President Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2009.

What’s interesting is that there is no way in God’s green Earth that Obama could have been responsible for the 2009 budget and its $1.4 Trillion deficit because that budget was voted into law by Congress on October 1st, 2008 (as dictated by law) while G. W. Bush was still president. Obama’s 1st Budget wouldn’t be voted on until later in 2009 around October first.

Yet, the tea party movement blamed Obama for 2009 anyway.

You see, every president’s first year in office operates off a budget created by the previous president and passed by a previous Congress.

In addition, the president’s budget request is just a proposal. Congress then reviews the request and passes its own appropriations bills; only after the president signs these bills does the country have a budget for the new fiscal year.

The only rational and logical answer is that the tea party movement is controlled by bigots and racists who mask what they really think behind the claim that they just want the federal government to be smaller.

Hey, tea party people, wake up, the federal government is smaller than it’s been in 47 years.

In 2013, a study published in the journal Tobacco Control concluded that organizations within the movement were connected with non-profit organizations that the tobacco industry and other corporate interests worked with and provided funding for, including “Citizens for a Sound Economy” (founded by the Koch brothers. Others have argued that the Koch brothers were essential in fostering the movement with an agenda to promote corporate profit at the expense of the public good.)

Why is it that every time we look too closely at those who deny global warming; claim public education is failing, and the people who don’t like President Obama, the Koch brothers keep showing up? For sure, these billionaire brothers who inherited their wealth aren’t patriots because they appear to be subverting the democratic process. The traitor Benedict Arnold doesn’t even compare to these two.

Does today’s tea party conservatism in America equal racism and bigotry?

_______________________

Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy that started life as a memoir and then became a fictional suspense thriller. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

To follow this Blog via E-mail see upper left-hand column and click on “FOLLOW!”

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19 thoughts on “The ignorance of tea party conservatives is so outrageous it’s scary

  1. Reblogged this on thepageofdaniel and commented:
    Endeavouring to explain how the Tea Party became the homophobic, bigoted, paranoid, mostly whites – only, Protestant Christian only, Young Earth Creationists, geocentric, I could go on & on ad infinitum, ad nauseum, ad absurdum, until the cows come home, until hell freezes over, etc.

  2. I go with racists — and not so much in the closet. If you look at the demographics of where these people come from — the south rises again. And not so ignorant. Look how effectively they have manipulated media, enlisted the backing of major corporations and effectively hijacked the Republican party. They know what they’re doing. They are sophisticated, well-funded … and evil. But of course, what do I know, right?

    • I think the manipulation of the media is organized and paid for by the Koch brothers who pay PR professionals to come up with the media blitz. And I’m not so sure all of what’s reported by the media is manipulated. Rupert Murdock owns Media Corp and the Fox network with its news sector is part of that. Over the years, evidence has seeped out of Media Corp that the theme/message that goes out is dictated from the top. The Walton family may also be involved because the Koch brothers; Murdock and the Walton family are all involved in the war against public education. The more I dig into this topic, the more I discover about these billionaires buying politicians, the media and manipulating ignorant, foolish Americans who already come packaged with biases and prejudice.

      The New York Times even published a piece called “The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party” back in August of 2010.

      The NYT says: “Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/opinion/29rich.html?_r=0

      There’s a slew of other pieces about the Koch brothers [probably from media sources they don’t own or control yet—the feds are allowing Murdock to buy up everything he can. Media Corp is not the second largest media empire in the world behind the BBC]:

      David Koch Seeded Major Tea-Party Group, Private Donor List Reveals

      http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/david-koch-seeded-major-tea-party-group-private-donor-list-reveals-20130924

      Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama

      http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

      The Libertarian Billionaire Agenda Propelling the Tea Party Monster That Has Shut Down Congress

      http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/libertarian-billionaire-agenda-propelling-tea-party-monster-has-shut-down

      Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brendan-demelle/study-confirms-tea-party-_b_2663125.html

      Tea Party movement: Billionaire Koch brothers who helped it grow

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/oct/13/tea-party-billionaire-koch-brothers

      • It is hard for us to argue because we don’t have much to argue about. But if I try hard, I could probably argue with a rock. Or myself. I argue with myself pretty vigorously 🙂

      • If you play Scrabble by yourself and cheat that means you must be cheating for both sides. How does that work out? That’s sort of like playing solitaire with cards. How can you lose? LOL

      • Ah, different names. I know the name game. :o)

        I had a close friend (another former Marine and classroom teacher), gone now due to complication related to leukemia, who visited online forums as a woman to flirt with men but he wasn’t gay or transsexual. He just enjoyed playing that name game. I never did ask him what woman’s name he used online.

      • All of us? :o)

        I wonder: In “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, there is a donkey—Benjamin—who does the minimum amount of work to get by and stays out of the politics. In the end, he’s the only one who retires and gets to enjoy life in old age.

        Benjamin has the worst temper, but is one of the wisest animals on the farm, and is one of the few who can read properly. He is skeptical and pessimistic: his most frequent remark is, “Life will go on as it has always gone on—that is, badly.”

        Is it possible that Benjamin was sane and everyone else crazy?

      • I suspect Benjamin was the sanest of the lot, but my skepticism has increased exponentially with passing years. I’ve noticed most older people have a pretty jaundiced view of life and the future. We watch things change and see that all the touted change has left everything essentially the same. It’s pretty hard to not be cynical. And I was such an optimistic altruistic kid.

      • As a kid I was clueless. My dad and mom never voted and the only politics were from my dad who said, “We can’t trust politicians. Their all crooks.” That was it.

        My interest in politics didn’t start until 1978 after I signed my first full-time teaching contract. The seeds were planted my first three years in the classroom as a teacher. The first year I was a full-time paid intern with a master teacher (a great teacher with a soft voice and total control of her classroom) and the next two years I worked full time as a substitute in seven different school districts seldom knowing where and what grade or subject I’d get.

        And you are right. Nothing really changes. There’s the political and historical pendulum—like the hands of a clock—that just moved in a circle hitting midnight and starting over again with the same old stuff at 1:00 AM. Then we go through another cycle before starting over again.

        Sort of like the film “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray

      • I was naively political. Growing up in the 60s you got swept into it. My mother was totally cynical and I didn’t get it. Until I got older and realized that finally, I sound just like her. Live and — sadly — learn.

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