Reading the Tea Leaves: We’re In for Two Years of Nasty Craziness

19 Feb

Who's pouring this bitter tea?

Last November, American voters started brewing a strong pot of tea. It has finished steeping and officials elected by the Tea Party are starting to pour their brew. Let’s take a quick look at what they are serving up.

  • The budget proposed by the Republican-controlled house savages women’s rights, stripping funding from Planned Parenthood and defunding Title X.
  • That same budget contains a provision defunding health care reform, sacrificing the elderly, the young, and the poor.
  • Just for fun, the budget also slashes all support for public broadcasting. Of course they defeated an amendment that would have ended military funding for NASCAR.
  • Republicans in Virginia have launched an aggressive campaign to roll back gay rights in that commonwealth.
  • Scott Walker, the TP Governor of Wisconsin is working with the Republican-controlled legislature to crush organizing rights and basic benefits for public employees.
  • Florida Governor and Medicare scam criminal Rick Scott has refused federal funding for high-speed rail because it is funded by President Obama’s stimulus program. (That’s okay, Rick, Oregon will gladly take more money for safe, efficient travel.)

While the Tea Party prides itself on being a grass-roots movement (funded by corporate interests), there is a basic set of principles that supporters tend to list as their platform:

  • Individual freedoms (from women’s rights, gay rights, efficient transportation, collective bargaining, and non-corporate media)
  • Personal responsibility (to pay for congressional health care while losing one’s own)
  • Returning political power to the states and the people (power to spend time and money fighting health care in court and crush workers)

Cheers to the Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate, Harry Reid, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other who are speaking out and taking action against this horrific agenda.

The Tea Partiers press their agenda despite substantial public objection to most of the specifics, not wishing to be troubled with facts. The rest of America should be terrified about what’s coming next.

6 Responses to “Reading the Tea Leaves: We’re In for Two Years of Nasty Craziness”

  1. webwordwarrior February 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    “At any rate I’ll never go THERE again!” said Alice as she picked her way through the wood. “It’s the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!”

    May it be so.

    • rhulshofschmidt February 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      Alice: “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”
      I was quite certain you wouldn’t be able to resist the Carrollian moment. 🙂

  2. Jennifer February 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    People should read this article “Top 10 shockers from the GOPs war on Women.” Better yet, they can read the sources.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Jen, thank you for the link!! I fear the GOP DO NOT READ. Furthermore, I suspect many do not have the ability to read. And while I’m on my soap box, those of them that can read, can not and will not be bothered by facts or truth! Was that just a tad cynical?

  3. webwordwarrior February 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Nice comeback, Robert, but now you’ve got me started…
    Jen & Michael, they cannot reason or learn. They were educated, like the Mock Turtle, by the Tortoise, learning “Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of arithmetic — Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.”

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      And because this ” Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision,” seems to be quite true at present, you will understand my misanthropy.

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