So you are a proud Tea Party member. An independent thinker and part of a true grass roots movement…. think again. You are just a product of a long term corporate plan to tell you what to believe and how to vote.
Brendan DeMelle: Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers
“A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.
Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry’s role in driving climate disruption.”
“The two main organizations identified in the UCSF Quarterback study are Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. Both groups are now “supporting the tobacco companies’ political agenda by mobilizing local Tea Party opposition to tobacco taxes and smoke-free laws.” Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity were once a single organization calledCitizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). CSE was founded in 1984 by the infamous Koch Brothers, David and Charles Koch, and received over $5.3 million from tobacco companies, mainly Philip Morris, between 1991 and 2004.”
The true conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it. The most serious threat to our institutions comes from those who refuse to face the need for change. Liberalism becomes the protection for the far-sighted conservative.
… Wise and prudent men — intelligent conservatives — have long known that in a changing world worthy institutions can be conserved only by adjusting them to the changing time. In the words of the great essayist, “The voice of great events is proclaiming to us ‘Reform if you would preserve.’” I am that kind of conservative because I am that kind of liberal.
“The conservative theory of freedom is short-sighted and confused. This helps explain why they oppose so much”
“Many conservatives argue that true rights are “negative rights,” in which the government simply leaves individuals alone, rather than “positive rights,” in which government is obliged to perform some positive service for citizens. But as Cass Sunstein pointed out in his excellent book “The Second Bill of Rights” (2006), the right to use a public judicial system is a positive right or entitlement, just as much as the right to use a public school system or a public hospital or a public road. The fourth through the eighth amendments to the federal Constitution involve the detailed structure of the positive right to a taxpayer-funded, free and fair police and court system, covering everything from bail to punishments and warrants. In other words, half of the eight substantive amendements in the Bill of Rights (amendments nine and 10 are catch-all categories dealing with unenumerated or unlisted rights) have to do with positive rights, not negative rights.”
One of the most intelligent pieces I’ve read in a while. Follow the link for more.
Ayn Rands insanity has taken firm root and destroyed everything I once respected about them.
Thanks Rick Scott…
Florida Insurers Are Now Free to Screw Consumers and Must, By Law, Blame Obamacare | Wendell Potter
Republicans, who control the governor’s office as well as both houses of the Florida legislature, were confident the U.S. Supreme Court would declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Not only did they vote to prohibit the state from spending money to implement a law they just knew would be overturned by the high court, they refused to accept money from the federal government that would have enabled the state’s department of insurance to do a better job of regulating health insurers and enforcing new consumer protections in the law.
When the Supreme Court shocked Obamacare opponents last year by upholding the law, Florida lawmakers were in a pickle.
Their response? They passed a bill that prohibits the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation from protecting consumers from unreasonable rate increases for two years.
As Florida CHAIN, a state advocacy group, pointed out when Scott signed SB 1842, the law not only blocks McCarty’s office from protecting consumers, a provision in the law actually requires insurers to send deceptive and misleading notices about rate increases to consumers — and to blame Obamacare for them.
The icing on this insane cake is that through the entire economic downturn the one industry constantly in the news for record profits and growth is the insurance industry.
Nonprofit Applicants Chafing at I.R.S. Tested Political Limits – NYTimes.com
The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application.
And the head of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application languished with the I.R.S. for more than two years, sent out e-mails to members about Mitt Romney campaign events and organized members to distribute Mr. Romney’s presidential campaign literature.
Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications.
But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.
“THE most urgent research priority for American social science is the question of why so many congresspeople are boastful ignoramuses. But since Tom Coburn, the Republican senator from Oklahoma, succeeded in blocking National Science Foundation funding for political science last month (“except for research projects that the [NSF director] certifies aspromoting national security or the economic interests of the United States”), this critical research subject will have a hard time getting a grant. Now, not content with having saved American taxpayers 1/12th of the cost of an F-35 fighter by defunding political-science research, our elected representatives are seeking to eliminate yet more wasteful spendingon useless stuff like intellectual inquiry.”
“In theory, a seven figure annual pay packet should be more than enough to live on. In the UK, only the top 1% of income taxpayers earn anything more than £150k according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. In the US, the top 1% of people earn more than $370k according to the Internal Revenue Service. And yet, some bankers in the top bracket are having money troubles.
“It’s really not that unusual to find Wall Street bankers who are close to declaring themselves bankrupt,” said Gary Goldstein, co-founder of U.S. search firm Whitney Partners. “Some people are really struggling.”
“You get a lot of people who have a very expensive lifestyle,” said Louise Cooper, a former Goldman Sachs salesperson and financial analyst at Cooper City. “They will always have a nanny, private schools for the children and they will have a very big expensive house. All of this has to be paid for out of taxable income,” she points out. “With a top tax rate of 45%, this means that you need to be earning nearly double what you’re spending.”
Let’s consider the word entitlement for a moment…
If you want to stop speculation about right wing extremism and militants, how about you talk to your own people and tell them to stop wearing shirts and continuously saying that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Here’s a news flash – Obama is NOT a tyrant and Thomas Jefferson did not intend that quote to be abused by a minority with an agenda tied to the past.
Jefferson saw our constitution as a flexible thing to be re-shaped by future generations to fit their needs:
Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
It seems the crowdsourcing folks on redit may be on to something.
While reviewing photos of the suspected Boston bombers someone noticed a similarity between suspect number 2 and a missing Brown University student by the name of Sunil Tripathi. Tripathi went missing March 16th after leaving home without his phone or wallet wearing a black jacket and jeans. His disappearance came one day after a second unexplained explosion in nearby Hanover. The explosions could possibly have been tests for the bombs used at the Marathon. Samples of the devices were found and classified as M-1000 home made flash powder bombs as seen in this video. Note the white smoke from the detonation.
I want to caution people that all of this may well be coincidence. I have no more information than is available on the internet. But I am happy to say that it appears this information has already been passed on to the FBI.
EDIT: It turns out that this was a false lead that spread across the internet. Apologies to the family of Sunil. Let’s all pray that he is found safe and returned to the family that loves him.