Archive for August 18th, 2011

Tea Party 101 (Edition 934)

Aug 18, 2011 in Politics

This has already been mentioned extensively by Teh Librulz but reading about this was so inspiring I had to comment:

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies reveals that on at least 16 separate occasions, Bachmann petitioned the federal government for direct financial help or aid. A large chunk of those requests were for funds set aside through President Obama’s stimulus program, which Bachmann once labeled “fantasy economics.” Bachmann made two more of those requests to the Environmental Protection Agency, an institution that she has suggested she would eliminate if she were in the White House.

Taken as a whole, the letters underscore what Bachmann’s critics describe as a glaring distance between her campaign oratory and her actual conduct as a lawmaker. Combined with previous revelations that Bachmann personally relied on a federally subsidized home loan while her husband’s business benefited from Medicaid payments, it appears that one of the Tea Party’s most cherished members has demonstrated that the government does, in fact, play a constructive role — at least in her life and district.

Teabaggers can easily wave off inconvenient information because solving problems isn’t what got them in the game in the first place. As long as That Man is in the White House the disparities between what they advocate vocally and what they actually do is of least concern and remember, it’s only soshulizum when someone else benefits. Take for example the mastermind behind the Texas Economic Miracle:

Gov. Rick Perry used federal stimulus money to pay 97 percent of Texas’s budget shortfall in fiscal 2010–which is funny, because Perry spent a lot of time talking about just how terrible the stimulus was. In fact, Texas was the state that relied most heavily on stimulus funds, CNN’s Tami Luhby reports.

“Even as Perry requested the Recovery Act money, he railed against it,” Luhby writes. “On the very same day he asked for the funds, he set up a petition titled ‘No Government Bailouts.'” It called on Americans to express their anger at irresponsible spending.

That’s your Tea Party in a nutshell.

-mg