What Fresh Hell Is This?

August 8, 2011

More On Tea Party Hijinks

Before we spend too much more time on Congressman Doyle's use of the Congressional terrorist metaphor (especially since GOP Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell approves of the tactic of taking political hostages - just not shooting them) we should probably cast our eyes and see what sort of rhetoric is flowing out of the GOP's new masters - the Tea Party movement.

You remember those guys, right? They're the folks who are now cheering at the downgrading of the nation's credit rating:
Here's what happened: Midway through the Fond du Lac event, Florida talk show host Andrea Shea King took the stage. She told the audience that commentators were describing the downgrade of US debt to AA+ from AAA as the "tea party downgrade," laying the blame squarely on Congress' right-wing faction and its supporters. But rather than boo those who claim the tea party caused the downgrade, the 200 or so Wisconsinites in attendance cheered, sounding almost proud to blamed for the downgrade.
Well, it is their downgrade - nice of them to take responsibility. From National Journal:
But it’s hard to read the S&P analysis as anything other than a blast at Republicans. In denouncing the threat of default as a “bargaining chip,” the agency was saying that the GOP strategy had shaken its confidence. Though S&P didn’t mention it, the agency must have been unnerved by the number of Republicans who insisted that it would be fine to blow through the debt ceiling and provoke a default.

As many other analysts have noted, the deficit-reduction deal wouldn’t stop debt from climbing faster than the nation’s GDP over the next decade. It warned that the government’s publicly-held debt would climb from 74 percent of GDP at the end of this year to 79 percent by the end of 2011.

But one reason S&P said it had become more gloomy was that it had revised its assumptions about the most likely course of fiscal policy. In previous projections, it said, its “base case scenario” had assumed that Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would expire at the end of 2012, while tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year would be extended. That, it said, would have reduced deficits about $950 billion over ten years.

But the new S&P base case assumes that Congress extends all the Bush tax cuts. “We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act,” S&P said.
And do I need to remind anyone that the GOP's absolute refusal to compromise on raising revenue comes directly from the Taxed Enough Already party (ie TEA) wing that's now controlling the GOP?

But back to our even tempered friends at the aforementioned Tea Party. From Politico:
THIENSVILLE, Wis. -- The founder of Tea Party Nation claimed liberal ideology is responsible for "a billion" deaths over the past century during a raucous rally here Saturday in support of one of the six Republican state senators facing a recall election Tuesday.

"I will tell you ladies and gentlemen, I detest and despise everything the left stands for. How anybody can endorse and embrace an ideology that has killed a billion people in the last century is beyond me," said Tea Party Nation CEO Judson Phillips.
This is up in Wisconsin, where there's lotsa protest over the GOP Governor and recall movement afoot for some State Senators - a recall movement that's permissible under that state's constitution, by the way. And what did Phillips have to say about that? Take a look:
Phillips, who a day prior likened protesters of Gov. Scott Walker to Nazi storm troopers, urged a few hundred tea party supporters to turn out for state Sen. Alberta Darling, who is in a ferocious battle with state Rep. Sandy Pasch to hold onto her suburban Milwaukee seat.
And then there's the trump card:
Vince Schmuki, a leader of the Ozaukee Patriot tea party group compared the recall effort to a terrorist attack.

"This is ground zero," said Schmuki. "You remember what the term ground zero means? We have been attacked."
Liberals have committed genocide, killing billions. Wisconsin citizens exercising their right to protest and recall are Nazis. And of course, they're terrorists.

These are the folks (or the folks much like them) who are now dictating the actions of the Grand Old Party.

Yay for America.


EdHeath said...

We still have yet to hear Dick (deficits don't matter) Cheney apologize to Pat Leahy for telling him to "Go F--- himself" on the floor of the US Senate. The incredible mock outrage of Republican politicians when Tea Party officials (who practically seem to appoint themselves) spew these kind of vicious statements about liberals is GOP hypocrisy at its finest.

Mind you, it doesn't help that Obama seems to be waiting for the Dean of the Harvard Law School to step in and scold the Republicans for racist behavior. I mean, history will say that this was the first time a debt ceiling vote was tied to a reduction in spending; a slap in the face to the sitting President. However, all us liberals would have liked history to record that the sitting President slapped back - hard. Obama does seem to prefer that everyone call him names, but this turn all the frickin' cheeks/Zen Buddhist shit is gettin' old.

EMBA30 said...

Schmuki, hmmm... one instance where the name suits the owner.

EMBA30 said...

Ed, you hit the nail on the head. My wife and I basically said the same thing as you. I am tired of that feeling as though "OK, this time, he is going to smack back hard" only to be disappointed. I don't know when it is going to dawn on the President that these people will never, ever meet him even half-way and will continue to work to embarrass him any way that they can.
By the way, have followed this blog for a long time, my 2nd posting after the Schmuki comment.