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?

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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.

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Who is [really] responsible for the U.S. federal government shutdown?

Before I say anything on this issue, I want to make it clear that I have no bias or interest in Obamacare. My medical provider is the VA, and because of my age, I also qualify for Medicare if I wanted to leave the VA medical system. No matter what happens to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, I will still have healthcare.

The easy answer to the title of this post came from Calvin Woodward and Jennifer Agiesta writing for the Associated Press, but to discover what it meant in more detail I had to do some fact gathering.

Woodard and Agiesta said, “More than 4 in 10 Republicans identified with the tea party and were more apt than other Republicans to insist that their leaders hold firm in the standoff over reopening government and avoiding a default of the nation’s debt in coming weeks.”

There it is—the answer to who is really responsible for the shutdown.

A Pew research poll in 2012 found that about 35% of registered voters are Democrats, 28% Republicans and 33% are Independents.  I’m one of the Independents. I can’t stand either party so I refuse to register with either one.

That means 11.2% of registered Republican voters are in control of the shutdown due to what they think is true about the national health care program known as Obamacare that has been plagued from the beginning with claims, rumors, lies and exaggerations.

If we crunch the numbers, we soon discover that there are more registered voters than the number of people who vote.

In 2012, the US Census reported that there were 206,072,000 Americans eligible to vote, but 146,311,000 were registered and 131,144,000 voted in the 2008 Presidential election.

That means about 16.3 million Americans are yanking the rest of us around because they want it all their way based on faulty, mostly misleading information. Subtract 16.3 million from the total population of the United States and you get a better idea of how small this group is.

Obamacare may not be the best national healthcare program for some Americans [since Americans that already have health care can just keep the same health care plan and change nothing], but I’m also sure this national health care program will not destroy America.

Meanwhile five-percent of the U.S. population is making sure the shutdown continues by using blackmail against the leaders of the Republican Party. This blackmail works because the leaders of the GOP fear losing too many votes in the next election.

And the GOP is counting on the short attention spans and worse memories of most Americans—the independents like me who vote—to have forgotten all about who was responsible for this shutdown by the next Congressional elections in 2014—more than a year away.

So, how about a summary profile of those 16.3 million Americans responsible for the pressure that led to the federal government shutdown.

“The Tea Party movement is best understood as a new cultural expression of the late-20th century Republican Party,” said Steven J. Tepper, associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt and associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at the university. “Compared to the Republican Party, Tea Party supporters are more likely to support libertarian principles.  But virtually every other characteristic of Tea Party supporters – from demographics to political and social attitudes – matches the profile of Republican supporters.” Source: Vanderbilt.edu

In addition, A new analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that Tea Party supporters tend to have conservative opinions not just about economic matters, but also about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In addition, they are much more likely than registered voters as a whole to say that their religion is the most important factor in determining their opinions on these social issues. And they draw disproportionate support from the ranks of white evangelical Protestants.

Conclusion, a few Americans think they have the right to dictate how the rest of us should live. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God,” and “It is the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

The Founding Fathers of the United States despised democracy. In the beginning and for more than a century the United States was not a democracy—it was a republic ruled by a political system known as a plutocracy. But in the early 20th century, changes in voting laws and the structure of the U.S. Senate turned the United States into a democracy from the plutocracy the Founding Fathers created.

Do you think the tea-party movement should be the tail that wags today’s American democracy?

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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!”