Tea Party? Try Tea Puppets

I wonder if the nonsense-spewing Tea Partiers are really paying attention -- because if they are they'll know they're just puppets for war profiteers and the oil industry, which are one and the same.

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Case in point: A federal audit just found that former Florida Republican Party finance chairman Harry Sargeant -- the former frat brother of Charlie Crist who pours huge amounts of money into GOP politics -- ripped off taxpayers some $200 million while he supplied fuel to the war effort in Iraq.

[That story, by the way, was broken for the Washington Post by my friend Penn Bullock, a freelance writer who got his start with this publication.]

When you hear the Tea Party and the Republican Party and Fox News ginning up fear and hatred to fuel more wars, remember what's behind it: Our own cold hard cash. 

And how about Florida's own fraudster-in-chief, Rick Scott? 

Inside, read about how the oil industry -- namely the Koch brothers, who have put millions into the Tea Party "movement" -- is really behind Scott's rejection of $2.4 billion in federal funds to pay for the bullet train project. It wasn't idiotic -- it was corrupt.

From former state legislator Curt Levine's op-ed in the Sun-Sentinel:

Rick Scott's decision to reject federal funds to construct Florida's high-speed rail project was no surprise to observers who knew Scott's game plan. When Scott appointed Robert Poole as his transportation advisor, it sounded the death knell for any type of non-highway-based mass-transit public transportation projects in Florida during Scott's administration.

Poole is director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, a right-wing lobby group of road-based transportation industrial interests, including petroleum, asphalt and rubber-tire manufacturers. And, not coincidentally, Reason receives substantial funding by the ultraconservative billionaire Koch brothers. David Koch serves as a Reason trustee.

Scott claimed he was rejecting federal funding for Florida's high-speed rail project based upon a Reason Foundation report of Jan. 6, 2011, authored by Wendell Cox, head of the Wendell Cox Consultancy. Cox claims to be a disinterested, independent transportation consultant, but has long been known as an opponent of rail transit projects and on the roster of the Reason Foundation and other highway promoters such as the American Highway Users Alliance, a pro-highway construction lobby group.

In 2004, then-Gov. Jeb Bush also relied on Poole and the Reason Foundation as cover for overturning the voter mandate of 2000 to build the high-speed rail system.

Get it? Oil money pours money into a sham foundation and pays off prostitutes like Wendell Cox to put out an "independent" study to give bogus politicians like Rick Scott something to point at as they sell the public down the river for oil industry. Wonderful little circle, that.

And the Tea Party -- funded by those very same Koch brothers -- is the one supposed to be outraged? 


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Rafael A. Suarez
Rafael A. Suarez

THIS IS 100% true. This is Exactly what the Corupt Republicans are doing in Florida and All over the country. We need to fight .

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Mitch Seizure
Mitch Seizure

You leftards keep bashing the TP...they thive on your disdain.

Lapmfdct
Lapmfdct

As a Florida Tea Partier, I can attest to the fact that the Tea Party has no use for Charlie Crist and others like him who are influenced by money and spending. However, we love Rick Scott who is cutting the budget so we don't have higher property taxes we can't afford

Lasbrisasppl
Lasbrisasppl

Rick Scott is a douche bag. Election Day was a very sad day for the prospects of this state. Having said that, it's a real shame he derailed our high speed rail project. Those who have been pushing it through since the beginning remind me of the pioneers in this state in the 40s and 50s that fought hard and long to realize the dream of the Florida Turnpike (no, I'm not that old but it is a well documented history in our state). The levels of growth we saw in our economy along the turnpike corridor were unprecedented across numerous industries, many unexpectedly. Our state leadership has been void of forward-thinking visionaries for a long time. It's a real shame.

 joe
joe

I canceled my republican membership and those crooks have ceased to surprise me.I detest Scott since he cancelled the project. knew he was a crook.

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey I can see I have a lot of replies today there seems to be some good support for lawyers,let's see if we can go one week that there are no lawyers getting arrested in broward,ok the next time I will knock a lawyer is when they get arrested or charged for stealing,if I had to make a bet I would say they can't make a week starting tomorrow.so let's sit back and see,and I'm sure they won't let us down.

Themugs
Themugs

And now we have the US going to war on behalf of the oil and defense industries. 112 cruise missiles fired - at about $600,000 per missile. That’s some sweet cash for the war profiteers!

And what interests lay in Libya, you ask? Black gold baby, black gold!

All done without congressional authorization! The Koch brothers indeed have some pull - all the way to the White House it seems. Perhaps the tea party already has it’s President in office.

Warren Langer
Warren Langer

A brief re-telling of the events surrounding Florida Governor Rick Scott’s sudden resignation

Certainly it was unexpected.

March 19, 2011, less than three months into his term of office, Rick Scott submitted his resignation to a stunned Secretary of State and substantial Florida audience.“It has come to my attention that Florida Governors must submit proof of residency in the state for seven years prior to taking the oath of office. To my surprise and chagrin I had resided here six years, eleven months and twenty-seven days.”

After a series of urgent phone calls from party officials to the Executive Mansion the Governor altered his position claiming a: to have misspoken and b: to having his statement misinterpreted by the media.

A brief statement was promptly issued by his Press Secretary. “Ridiculous,” was his one word response. On succeeding days this was followed by, “the Democrats will do and say anything” and later by the ever popular and expressive, “The Governor always follows the letter of the law” and finally by the impressionably succinct and revealing “No comment.”

Members of his inner circle argued his time in residence was “close enough.”

Tea Party adherents declared they were “fully behind him” as was former Governor Jeb Bush and the entire state-wide staff of Solantic Urgent Care Centers.

Curious note: From 1999 to 2003 Scott worked with World Vision to create a primary health care system in Bunyala, a poor area of Kenya. It is often alleged that current president Barack Obama was raised in Kenya by his father and grandfather who regaled him with tales of murderous Mau Mau exploits. (Reference: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who is expected to seek the presidency in 2012 and recently misspoke on the same subject.)

Additional curious note: The president remains in office despite his birth in Kenya.Governor Scott baldly agreed with the Tea Party explanation that they were “Fine, patriotic citizens who completely understand that seven years residency as advocated in Article IV, Section 5b of the Florida Constitution is merely a suggestion and cannot be construed otherwise.”

Discussing the final four days of his initial residency, the time span under discussion by the liberal, socialist press, Governor Scott argued, “I repeatedly flew over Naples, Florida on my way to a secret meeting in the Everglades to discuss overthrowing Fidel Castro, the communist dictator of Cuba who was slated to later become a secret Obama speechwriter and responsible for vast money-raising activities in the island nation 70 miles from Florida.”

When asked to name others in the discussion group Governor Scott aggressively dismissed the thought. “It was a secret meeting of patriotic Americans and I will not, unless I am water-boarded multiple times, reveal their identities.”

He then repeated that he met the strict, litmus test requirements of Florida residency.

The Governor also offered to provide a notarized birth certificate attesting to his arrival in the United States December 1, 1952 in Bloomington, Illinois.

A careful search of hospital records of December 2, 1952 and a detailed reference in Bloomington’s The Daily Pantagraph revealed the “arrival of Richard L. Scott to his parents December 1, 1952.”

Mother Esther is known to the press and public but nothing has been heard of/or about his father, a long-distance truck driver.

Editorial Note: Bolstering his credentials as a very, very conservative Republican it has been cited that famous communist Democrat, Adlai Stevenson, was also born in Bloomington, Illinois. Upon reaching the age of four Scott insisted the family move to a more politically attuned state and they relocated to Kansas City, Missouri. Stevenson’s family owned and ran The Daily Pantagraph, a liberal newspaper.

The Liberal Press immediately rushed to judgment and demanded the resignation of the Governor.

Protests were held at Cinderella’s Castle in DisneyWorld where the Governor was successfully burned in effigy. A crowd estimated to be in excess of 1,203,710 was present on the first day and thereafter grew to an astonishing 4,213, 888 by the weekend.

Many of those attending claimed to be merely visiting on a 20% off coupon offered by Tropicana but this remains, as yet, unverified.

Commercials were presented on the major state television channels and on cable television calling for his resignation.

Prominent entertainment and sports personalities looked squarely at the camera’s interpretation of the Governor and simply said, “GO”.

It was all Floridians spoke of and thought about.

The Governor answered by firing 14,212 teachers state-wide plus known Democratic voters in South Florida, Tampa and Naples. He also purchased key newspapers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Key West and television stations throughout Florida.

The Florida National Guard was dispatched to Miami.

The governor in campaign speeches had said he would bring 700,000 new jobs to the state and after declining to build a government-offered train route from Tampa east and ultimately south to Miami said he would personally dredge the Port of Miami and make it the port of choice in North and South America.

Opponents claimed he was going to build a canal from Florida to California and this would not be cost effective.

Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer said every person traveling through her state would be asked for documentation and if not forthcoming would be promptly dispatched to Guantanamo.

Others wondered if he would personally pay for the canal.

The Governor issued a statement declining to pay for the canal and his polling numbers dropped precipitously and ominously.

Will he resign? Will he be impeached?

Only time will tell.

“Let’s get to work!”

PS: The governor served in the Navy and so did I. I hope he keeps this in mind when the subject is brought to his inattention.

warren-langer@att.netStill Liberal at 83 Coming soon: Still Liberal at 84

NickLamdirti
NickLamdirti

Maybe someone could explain why we are going to war with Libya? Because the Asshole in the white house never told us. Maybe it was the tea party.

Virgil is a Douche Bagger.

unowho
unowho

Rick Scott for el Presidente!!!

unowho
unowho

Sorry that was meant for twas

twas
twas

Was at TY park this weekend, ya know the broken down for years thing next too the pool Safety Town? Well it's getting a face lift and the whole crew are mexicans. Saw Hollywood getting sidewalk repairs.....whole crew mexican. My neighbors getting their roof fixed yup mexicans.

unowho
unowho

Rick Scott for el Presidente!!!

Christy
Christy

Off topic:

School board invesitagation kicks off tomorrow, not that there is anything wrong with that!

Ron Gunzburger
Ron Gunzburger

A unionized public employee, a billionaire and a Tea Partier are sitting at a table. A plate with a dozen cookies are set down before them. The billionaire quickly grabs 11 of the cookies. The union guy then reaches for a cookie. The billionaire turns to the Tea Partier and says: "Are you going to let him get away with that with your cookie?"

GeorgeSoros
GeorgeSoros

Now, the billionaire gives half a cookie to the county commissioners to allow him to build a ( fill in the blank with whatever), then gives another half a cookie to the unions to help elect the county commissioners by telling them that the county commissioners love unions, but just won't negotiate with them and force them into a health care provider that has contributed some cookie crumbs to the election campaign of the count commissioners!

Rayboyusmc
Rayboyusmc

George Soros, the bogeyman of the Right. Nice how you conveniently forget about the Coke Brothers, Rupert Murdock and the other right wing billionaires who do the same crap for the right wing spin machine.

Dick Armey, financed by Freedomdoesn'tworks, orchestrated the Tea Party movement. There are a lot of things to be pissed off about and this was a nice way to turn the blame away from the Republicans who were a major player in the collapse of the housing market and our economy.

Say what you want, but if Obama were White, this hole tea party movement wouldn't have gotten off the ground. This isn't a lot different from Nixon's Southern Strategy in the 50s.

They were losing the South, so they started the spin that not only were the Democrats trying to get more Blacks registered in the South, but they were going to give them more rights than the Southern Whites. They used bigotry, hatred, fear and poverty to create the Dixiecrats. This isn't a left wing consipiracy theory, it is documented history.

They love to say the left is playing the race card whenever they are caught in their own racism. It's just like them crying "class warfare" when anyone dares to say that CEOs make 250 times as much as the average worker or that the tax cuts for the rich should be stopped.

The history of the GOP is mired in the use of racism to push their agenda, while they raise the Ten Commandments and tell the world how holy they are - Right Newt?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

You're the best. A pleasure reading the posts of an educated and informed person.

Guest
Guest

What will the Tea Baggers want next? Hearings on un-American Activities....I don't like the idea of telling private business owners -- I abhor racism. I think it's a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant -- but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership.''—Kentucky GOP Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul, arguing that government shouldn't require private businesses to serve customers of all races, interview with Louisville Courier-Journal, April 25, 2010

George_Soros
George_Soros

You go!!!! I hate tea baggers and the billionaires trying to influence America!

Parkland man
Parkland man

Hey I can see I have a lot of replies today there seems to be some good support for lawyers,let's see if we can go one week that there are no lawyers getting arrested in broward,ok the next time I will knock a lawyer is when they get arrested or charged for stealing,if I had to make a bet I would say they can't make a week starting tomorrow.so let's sit back and see,and I'm sure they won't let us down.

Guest
Guest

The Tea Baggers, as with Sarah Palin, wouldn't know their asses from their elbos.....

''Well, let's see. There's — of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there's never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but —''—Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008

Jones j. Jones
Jones j. Jones

>> Wendell Cox Consultancy

Speaking of cox, where's Unowho?

Dave E
Dave E

The incendiary and subversive Pulp strikes again! Can anyone point to actual REAL facts to back-up their statements? George Soros is fundamentally changing the American way of life the best way he can, with Money $$$ and the far-left-wing bomb throwers leading the charge. Soon, we won't even recognize it.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Subversive? Why, because he is stating a fact, that the tea part is an AstroTurf movement financed and organized by billionaires?

What is subversive about that? I suggest you don't throw around terms that you do not comprehend.

Ind_Thinker
Ind_Thinker

Somebody above pointed out that the big money sees a viable movement, and the money then flows in so they can benefit from it. I won't dispute that big money interests are now behind the tea party movement.

Be intellectually honest for a moment Virgil. Do you really think that the Soros crowd isn't doing the same exact thing on the left? Can you say with a straight face that moveon.org isn't an "AstroTurf movement financed and organized by billionaires?"

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Great piece Pulp, proving what every informed person already knows. The tea baggers, along with most middle class conservatives, are stooges for the elite.

My favorite are my friends in law enforcement who have been voting for Republicans their entire life. Now that their pensions are under attack by the GOP, they are waking up.

I've been telling them the same thing for years. They are stooges, and now I am being vindicated.

realist
realist

Why so divisive: tea baggers, middle class conservatives, law enorcement vs. elite republicans?

Our country has become so divided. We obviously all have differing interests and need to come together for a greater good. Given the incredibly dangerous work that law enforcement is asked to perform, they probably shouldn't have their benefits reduced. But should they have been awarded defined benefit pensions in the first place, while the rest of corporate American places their funds in 401k's and are subject to the whims of the market? And obviously there have been a lot of games played in the last few years with excessive overtime leading to higly inflated retirement benefits.

The future of the US is dependent upon reducing debt and deficits. That means reducing spending and raising tax revenues. The bipartisan panel led by David Axelrod has identified key areas that can put our country on a good path. I hope the momentum is not lost. The majority of Americans have no idea how dire our country's financial position is.

It's just become so difficult to accomplish anything because our country is so divided. I'm a middle of the road republican and am well aware that all parties will have to make sacrifices.

Casin
Casin

you using the "Realist" moniker, is just an oxymoron..... Since all you do is so far from reality as it can get.... You just repeat scary crap to justify how a handful of greedy people control ALL the wealth in the country.... No deference from what the kings and emperors did and still do ....

realist
realist

If the country doesn't get its finances in order soon, the handful of greedy people that you refer to will be in just as much trouble as the poor. I guess possibly even more since they have more to lose.

Jones j. Jones
Jones j. Jones

So divided? We once fought a civil war. How much more fucking divided can a nation get?

You might be a middle of the road Republican, but you are a total douche bag.

realist
realist

Thanks for the kind reply Mr. Jones. If the US doesn't get it's finances in order their will be wars. We'll eventually run out of funding and will be forced to seize the assets of other countries. I'm sure you are a proponent.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I meant Axelrod and his bipartisan panel. Do they have a plan to convince the treasonous Fortune 500 to stop doing business with Commies because they can pay slave wages, and return our jobs?

Do you understand that is the primary problem?

Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

The problem is you think the Democrats give a shit about the people and the middle class. You could not be further from the truth. Kool Aid Isle 6!

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

You are in the minority. The overwhelming majority of Republicans refuse to accept the fact that taxes need to be raised on everyone, especially the top 1%.

Interesting that you mention nothing about how the outsourcing of millions of jobs is the main driving force behind the decrease in the tax base.

Does Aronberg have a plan to return manufacturing to America, or is he just another puppet for the Chamber of Commerce?

realist
realist

I think the key to the taxes will actually be a lowering of tax rates for all taxpayers and a significant reduction in loopholes which are really creating the biggest inequities in the system. The bipastisan committe seems to feel that this would greatly increase tax revenues. I'm all for it.

America was built on capitalism and capitalism suggests that companies will try to maximize profits by lowering costs. The unions in American have actually had a great deal to do with the outflow of jobs to other countries. Admittedly, work conditions in some of these countries are very poor and I would hope that our business leaders do their best to not support abusive labor.

I really don't think that you can blame the outflow of jobs on a particular group, unless we want to close down the borders and not export our own goods. It's an extremely competitive world, if another company is making goods for 30% less than I am, I won't be in business for very long. Communist leaders were always good at controlling labor wages and ensuring that jobs remained home.

Remember that it took a financial disaster to finally close down the GM reading room program, I think it was called. Workers were offered the option of being trained for another job outside of GM or they could show up every day and be paid for killing the day in a reading room. Many opted to hang out. Programs like that don't help keep manufacturing jobs in the US.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Another point I'd like to raise, most of what we see as news is propaganda. This is a propaganda piece. Even real stories are often propaganda events leaked out by the other side. How many stories are "leaked" to reporters by political opertives. Some are true, some are not. I remember during the presidential election, the Bob Beckel starting a rumor about Michele Obama as a last ditch effort to get Hillary nominated (We'd totally be better off if she were elected).

He wont tell but I wonder how many stories politics related we read here are leaked by polical foes. Remember the hand squeeze incident? The photo of the gun range study?

Pulp does great work and I understand political enemies make great sources.

Rarely are sources or leaks politically disinterested.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

What the F are you talking about now? This is called investigative journalism. A journalist uncovered a link from ultra wealthy billionaires to Rick Scott.

How is that propaganda?

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Any story leaked/written by an "interested" party about another is propaganda in the truest sense. This happens on every side of the political aisle.

The image Pulp put up is from a website Republicandirtytricks.com. I am more skeptical of information coming from someone with a dog in the fight.

I did not comment on the validity of the article. Sometimes propaganda is true. Just remember what it is.

I dont know the validity of the article. I do know this. The cities that I have been in that have the best public transportation systems I have seen (New York and DC) have no loss of motor vehicle traffic try driving through eitherone of thos cities.

For those in the know, Disney opposed the rail system. Disney has a monopoly on the bus service from the airport/sea port directly to LBV no stops at Sea World, Universal or The Holy Land.

dr_augusta
dr_augusta

Or the mercedes with the tires slashed-- discovered AFTER the wife got safely home....

Tony
Tony

Bob your out of touch:The tea party is nothing more than about getting the government out of lives period.The flip side of your argument is the opposition are puppets of big government. The truth is the country has become dominated by big goverment, big industry and big labor. What is it about us being broke you don't understand?

Casin
Casin

Tony, would you consider having the "big government" getting out of your life, by dismantling the military, police, jail houses? And how about letting you build your own roads and ports? Or just letting the old just die homeless if they can't fend for themselves?

Taking the time to understand the difference between you being broke and the scary propaganda you seem to just follow, would be of great help for you, man...

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