Tea Party Patriots: Stop comparing us to the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 08:08




Tuesday, October 11th 2011, 12:22 PM



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The nation's largest Tea Party group blasted comparisons on Tuesday between their movement and the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.


Tea Partiers are steamed. They don't like being compared to the Occupy Wall Street protesters one bit.


The Tea Party Patriots - the nation's largest Tea Party organization - has released a statement describing the anti-Wall Street demonstrators as hooligans and litterbugs.


"Tea Party rallies have always been safe and clean," co-founders Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler said.


"Unlike in New York, we can find no reports of Tea Partiers being arrested, individually or en masse, at the thousands of tea parties across the country with millions of attendees that have taken place for years now."


It added Tea Partiers are "not lawbreakers, they don't hate the police, they don't even litter. A quick glance at the TV reveals the sharp contrast posed by the Wall Street occupiers."


Since the protests against big banks began in cities around the country weeks ago, many pundits and commentators have drawn comparisons between the two movements.


They argue both are grass-roots initiatives fueled by anti-establishment anger - the difference being that Tea Partiers focus their antipathy on the government, and the Occupiers on big banks.


The Tea Party Patriots, which claim to have more than 15 million supporters nationwide also argue their goals are completely different.


The Wall Street protesters "when they are intelligible, want less of what made America great and more of what is damaging to America: a bigger, more powerful government to come in and take care of them so they don't have to work like the rest of us who pay our bills," said Meckler and Martin.


Republican presidential candidate and Tea Party favorite Herman Cain also slammed the comparison on Monday.


He told Fox News' Sean Hannity that the Occupy Wall Street protesters are "just trying to legitimize themselves by trying to compare themselves to the Tea Party."


The former pizza magnate added that in reality, "They don't have real clear objectives like that. Do they want the people in Wall Street to come out of their offices and write them a check?


Cain drew fierce criticism last week when he declared unemployed Wall Street protesters have only themselves to blame for not having a job.


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The left could take lessons in civility from the Tea Party

Friday, 02 September 2011 10:23

Monday evening at Fitchburg State University the three candidates running for Mayor of Fitchburg Massachusetts gathered for a candidates forum. For just over two hours Mayor Lisa Wong (D), Ward 5 Counselor Joseph Solomito (D) and independent Kevin Lynch made their case to the crowd of 120 citizens in attendance.


Candidates were allotted a block of time split between their statement and questions taken from the crowd via volunteers with mikes in the audience.. Both the college and local cable networks covered the event, as did the local paper. Many vital local issues from crime to street lights to the current police contract where discussed. All in all it was an important but totally unremarkable bit of civic activity. Nothing you might not see in any city in the nation.



. …except it was, if Vice President Joe Biden and representative Andre Carson (D-IN)  are to be believed hosted by a group of Terrorists who would love to see black Americans “hanging from a tree”.


Yes it was a tea party group, specifically the Twin City Tea Party that hosted the event. Its president Justin Brooks rather than having the normal monthly meeting invited the mayoral candidates to have the floor and present themselves to the voters they hoped to represent.


Maxine "The Tea Party can go to hell" Waters (D-CA) would have been amazed at the courtesy shown to the predominately democratic candidates particularly Mayor Wong an Asian female!, Vice president Biden would be shocked to learn no bombs were planted and Rep Carson would be beside himself to find that all the black and Hispanic citizens who attended left unharmed and unhung,


Meanwhile a “Kitchen Table Talk held today at Oak Bend branch of the St. Louis Public library and hosted by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) ended quite differently. Not only were no questions answered but the event had to be closed down and police called when a Tea party member was assaulted and a 2nd injured by two men in the crowd for taking pictures of a public event in a public building hosted by a public figure.


It would appear perhaps the Democratic Party rather than attacking the Tea party as violent racists and bigots might instead consider having Senator McCaskill's staff give Mr. Brooks a call.  Perhaps he can give them a lesson from the tea party on how to run a civic event that's civil as well.


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California Supreme Court Nominee

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 08:52 Tuesday, 26 July 2011 08:47

President Obama nominated Gordon Liu twice as a U.S 9th Court of Appeals Federal judge, considered by the U.S. Senate to be too far left to be an objective force on the court.  Result - Gordon Liu failed his nomination twice.  But, Governor Moonbeam of braindead fame has now nominated the same Gordon Liu for the California Supreme Court.  And people wonder why I'm proud to have been born and raised on the Communist Coast!


Paul Ryan's Budget for 2012

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 13:24 Tuesday, 05 April 2011 13:04




Where the President has failed, House Republicans will lead. This budget helps spur job creation today,

stops spending money the government doesn’t have, and lifts the crushing burden of debt. This plan puts

the budget on the path to balance and the economy on the path to prosperity.





Cuts $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade compared to the President’s budget, and

$5.8 trillion relative to the current-policy baseline.

Eliminates hundreds of duplicative programs, reflects the ban on earmarks, and curbs corporate welfare

bringing non-security discretionary spending to below 2008 levels.

Brings government spending to below 20 percent of the economy, a sharp contrast to the President’s

budget, in which spending never falls below 23 percent of GDP over the next decade.


Reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion compared to the President’s budget over the next decade.

Surpasses the President’s low benchmark of sustainability – which his own budget fails to meet –

by reaching primary balance in 2015.

Puts the budget on the path to balance and



pays off

the debt.


Keeps taxes low so the economy can grow. Eliminates roughly $800 billion in tax increases imposed by

the President’s health care law. Prevents the $1.5 trillion tax increase called for in the President’s budget.

Calls for a simpler, less burdensome tax code for households and small businesses. Lowers tax rates for

individuals, businesses and families. Sets top rates for individuals and businesses at 25 percent. Improves

incentives for growth, savings, and investment.


Creates nearly 1 million new private-sector jobs next year, brings the unemployment rate down to 4

percent by 2015, and results in 2.5 million additional private-sector jobs in the last year of the decade.

Spurs economic growth, increasing real GDP by $1.5 trillion over the decade.

Unleashes prosperity and economic security, yielding $1.1 trillion in higher wages and an average $1,000

per year in higher income for each family.







: Fosters a better environment for private-sector job creation

by lifting debt-fueled uncertainty and advancing pro-growth tax reforms.




Stops Washington from spending money it does not have on

government programs that do not work. Locks in spending cuts with spending controls.




: Fulfills the mission of health and retirement security for all Americans by making the

tough decisions necessary to save critical health and retirement programs.




Repeals and defunds the President’s health care law, advancing instead

common-sense solutions focused on lowering costs, expanding access and protecting the doctor-patient




: Tackles the existential threat posed by rapidly

growing government and debt, applying the nation’s timeless principles to this



greatest challenge. Ensures that the next generation inherits a stronger, more prosperous America.

House Budget Committee | April 5, 2011





Efficient, Effective and Responsible Government

Prioritizing National Security: Reflects $178 billion in savings identified by Defense Secretary Robert

Gates, reinvesting $100 billion in higher military priorities and dedicating the rest to deficit reduction.

Streamlining Other Government Agencies:

Returns non-security discretionary spending to below 2008 levels.

Repeals the new health care law and moves toward patient-centered reform.

Reduces the bureaucracy’s reach by applying private-sector realities to the federal government’s

civilian workforce.

Targets hundreds of government programs that have outlived their usefulness.

Ending Corporate Welfare: Ends the taxpayer bailouts of failed financial institutions, reforms Fannie Mae

and Freddie Mac, and stops Washington from picking the winners and losers across sectors of the


Boosting American Energy Resources: Removes barriers to safe, responsible energy exploration in the

United States; unlocks American energy production to help lower costs, create jobs, and reduce

dependence on foreign fossil fuels.

Changing Washington’s Culture of Spending: Locks in savings with enforceable spending caps and budgetprocess

reforms, addressing not only what Washington spends, but also how tax dollars are spent.

Strengthening the Social Safety Net

Repairing a Broken Medicaid System: Ends an onerous, one-size-fits-all approach by converting the

federal share of Medicaid spending into a block grant that gives states the flexibility to tailor their

Medicaid programs to the specific needs of their residents.

Preparing the Workforce for a 21st Century Economy: Consolidates the complex maze of dozens of

overlapping job-training programs into more accessible, accountable career scholarships aimed at

empowering American workers to compete in the global economy.

Fulfilling the Mission of Health and Retirement Security

Saving Medicare: Protects those in and near retirement from any disruptions and offers future

beneficiaries the same kind of health-care options now enjoyed by members of Congress.

Advancing Social Security Solutions: Forces action by the President and both chambers of Congress to

ensure the solvency of this critical program.

Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation

Individual Tax Reform: Simplifies the broken tax code, lowering rates and clearing out the burdensome

tangle of loopholes that distort economic activity; brings the top rate from 35 to 25 percent to promote

growth and job creation.

Corporate Tax Reform: Improves incentives for job creators to work, invest, and innovate in the United

States by lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent, which is the highest in the industrialized

world, to a more competitive 25 percent.

House Budget Committee | April 5, 2011




Dozens of lawmakers donate to Gov. Brown's tax initiative

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:51

July 31, 2012

More than two dozen Democratic state legislators have contributed thousands of dollars apiece to help pass Gov. Jerry Brown's multibillion-dollar tax initiative, according to disclosure documents filed Tuesday.

Twenty-eight legislators donated amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 from their campaign or ballot measure committees between April and June 30 to bolster prospects for Brown's Proposition 30, which would raise sales taxes slightly on everyone and income taxes sharply on high-income Californians.

The lawmakers' contributions were garnered by a committee named Californians Working Together to Restore and Protect Public Schools, Universities and Public Safety, sponsored in part by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, teachers and labor unions.

"This is an important priority for California to protect our schools and local public safety, and (Perez) has actively encouraged people to contribute to support the governor's campaign," said Doug Herman, Perez's political strategist.

Californians Working Together collected $6.5 million in cash or in-kind contributions during the three-month period, and about $3.3 million earlier in the year, bringing its grand total to $9.7 million in 2012, records show.

Numerous other groups also are collecting money for or against Proposition 30.

Senate Democrats who contributed to Californians Working Together between April and June 30 were Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, $25,000; Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, $20,000; and Ellen Corbett of San Leandro, $19,000.

Among Assembly Democrats, $10,000 contributions were received from Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, Toni Atkins of San Diego, Wes Chesbro of Arcata, Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, Norma Torres of Pomona, Luis Alejo of Watsonville, Bill Monning of Carmel, Isadore Hall of Compton, Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, Roger Hernandez of West Covina, Bob Wieckowski of Fremont; Rich Gordon of Menlo Park, Susan Bonilla of Concord, Das Williams of Santa Barbara, Mike Gatto of Los Angeles, Nora Campos of San Jose, and Felipe Fuentes of Sylmar.

Contributions of $5,000 came from Assembly Democrats Roger Dickinson of Sacramento, Alyson Huber of El Dorado Hills, Fiona Ma of San Francisco, V. Manuel Perez of Coachella, Wilmer Amina Carter of Rialto, and Mary Hayashi of Castro Valley. Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, and Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, each chipped in $2,000.

Earlier in the year, Perez, D-Los Angeles, contributed $100,000 from his ballot measure committee to the pro-Proposition 30 effort. Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, donated $20,000.

Californians Working Together's highest donors have been labor groups: California Teachers Association, $1.5 million; American Federation of Teachers, $1.2 million; Service Employees International Union Local 1000, $1 million; and the California State Council of Service Employees, $1 million; United Domestic Workers of America, $800,000; and the California Federation of Teachers, $800,000, state records show.


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