ABC released a poll last week detailing how the more American's hear about the tea party the more they don't want to have anything to do with it. That makes it no surprise that in just two years attendance of the much touted tea party tax day demonstrations has dropped by about 75 percent. Yes, 75 percent. I laughingly think my blog isn't needed to counter the hatred spread by another blog on this site. Sebastian, you keep posting your hate filled pieces. You're doing a good job showing the majority why they want to stay away from your kind of thininking.
Here's a partial laundry list of what troubles American's with the tea party.
THE TEA PARTY HAS A HIGHER AMOUNT OF RASCIST MEMBERS THAN THE POPULACE AT LARGE;
A new survey by the University of Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race & Sexuality offers fresh insight into the racial attitudes of Tea Party sympathizers. "The data suggests that people who are Tea Party supporters have a higher probability"—25 percent, to be exact—"of being racially resentful than those who are not Tea Party supporters," says Christopher Parker, who directed the study. "The Tea Party is not just about politics and size of government. The data suggests it may also be about race
THE TEA PARTY HAS LED THE CHARGE AGAINST WOMEN'S RIGHTS;
1) Right Wing Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't yet. Shocker.
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."
3) In South Dakota, Right Wing Conservatives proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)
4) Right Wing Conservatives want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.
5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.
6) Maryland Right Wing Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.
7) And at the federal level, Right Wing Conservatives want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.
8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Right Wing Conservatives are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.
10) And if that wasn't enough, Right Wing Conservatives are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).
THE TEA PARTY IS ANTI-GAY;
In an email last month to its members, Tea Party Nation distributed a blog posting from Right wing activist Alan Caruba on the dangers of marriage equality and anti-bullying programs – urging members to fight against the “the queering of America” and recognize the gay rights movement as “a distinct threat to the fabric of a society based on the undisputed normality of heterosexuality.”
Tea Party Nation’s endorsement of the sure-to-be short-lived candidacy of Michele Bachmann; an endorsement gained largely due to the Congresswoman’s stance against gay rights and her husband’s previous work in “gay reparative therapy” – or better known as “praying the gay away.”
According to Tea Party Nation president Judson Phillips, the gay rights movement is part of a larger “liberal freak show” and that “most Americans do not believe homosexuality is a good thing
Anti-gay bullying is not bullying at all; in fact, it is “peer pressure and is healthy.” That’s according to Rich Swier, an activist with the Tea Party Nation.
THE TEA PARTY IS PRO PORK;
Remember all those grand promises by the tea party-backed Republicans who promised to put an end to wasteful spending and pork-barrel earmarks?
Just more hypocritical political posturing.
While talking the big plan to be fiscally responsible the Republican freshmen have packed a huge $553 billion spending bill with millions of pet defense projects for their home districts.
Yep. Pork barrel is still alive in the halls of Congress and the pigs at the trough are the ones voters sent to Washington to end the wasteful practice.
Of course, Republicans claim the money for the projects aren’t pork. Of course not. Pork is when the money is spent by the other guys in someone else’s district. If it’s in your own district it’s necessary.
None of the projects were included in the defense budget submitted to Congress by the Obama administration.
For example, freshman GOP Rep. Bobby Shilling put in $2.5 million for weapons and munitions advanced technology for the Quad City Manufacturing Lab at Rock Island Arsenal, which just happens to be in his district.
During his campaign against Democrat Phil Hare last year, Schilling criticized Hare for adding money to defense budgets for the same facility.
GOP frosh Vicky Hartzler of Missouri packed the bill with $20 million for “mixed conventional load capability for Air Force bombers,” for Whiteman Air Force Base in her district.
Hartlzler backed the GOP moratorium on earmarks during her campaign. Now she says she didn’t think the moratorium applied to defense spending.
Republican Steven Palazzo used anti-pork barrel spending rhetoric and tea party backing to beat Democratic conservative Gene Taylor in Mississippi. He added $10 million to buy land to expand a National Guard facility in his district and another $19.9 million to “ship preliminary design and feasibility studies” at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula — also part of his district.
Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says his group will be studying the bill to uncover all the examples of pork. The millions could add up to billions.