Rebels Without Reason -- The TEA PARTY!

Take a look! Are these people rugged individualist,mavericks, or sheep? I say they are Rebels Without Reason! The result of too much home schooling!  It is absolute stupidity! They think they are Revolutionary but they are the puppets of the Koch Bothers and the rest of the Super Class!. They wrap themselves in the flag and attack things like NPR, Planned Parenthood, the EPA, and Head Start.They are NOT brave individuals fighting for a cause, What progress we have made in the Economic Recovery is being jeopardized by this foolish assault on middle class Americans.. They want fiscal responsibility but absolutely ignore Multi-billion dollar corporations that get away with not paying a penny of income tax, and get rebates from the IRS! We do not hear them rant about the many many billions thrown away. Not a word. They ignore the tax cuts given to the super rich and the money we have to borrow to pay for them. They ignore getting more revenue from those cheating the system They ignore getting revenue from those who have gained tremendously over the last ten years.The Tea Party claims they want fiscal responsibility, but they go after the wrong people. Here are the facts:

1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.

2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.

3) Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.

4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.

5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.

6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.

7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.

8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.

9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.

10) Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.

Why don't we hear the Tea Party clamoring about them? Because Corporations are sponsors of the Tea Party. The biggest organizational contributors to Tea Party caucus members are the people and political action committees associated with AT&T, Honeywell International, and the American Bankers Association,

A Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows that the top contributors to the 50 members of a newly-established congressional Tea Party Caucus -- which so far includes only Republicans -- are health professionals, the real estate industry and oil and gas interests.

And of course, the sugar daddies of the Tea Party, the billionaire Koch brothers

Koch Brothers Support Tea Party

So don't be offended if I show my disdain for the Tea Party. They show disdain for the middle class Americans through their lack of information. They spend their energies working on behalf of those that continue to oppress working Americans. They are for those that are trying to dismantle the social progress made over many decades. Teddy Roosevelt was a conservative, but he would not be acceptable to the Tea Party! He was far too progressive for them! This Nation came in with a Tea Party.  I hate to see it go out with the new Tea Party!




Teddy Roosevelt - New Nationalism Speech

The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have called into being.

There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done.

We must have complete and effective publicity of corporate affairs, so that the people may know beyond peradventure whether the corporations obey the law and whether their management entitles them to the confidence of the public. It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced. Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs.

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The absence of effective State, and, especially, national, restraint upon unfair money-getting has tended to create a small class of enormously wealthy and economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power. The prime need to is to change the conditions which enable these men to accumulate power which it is not for the general welfare that they should hold or exercise. We grudge no man a fortune which represents his own power and sagacity, when exercised with entire regard to the welfare of his fellows. Again, comrades over there, take the lesson from your own experience. Not only did you not grudge, but you gloried in the promotion of the great generals who gained their promotion by leading their army to victory. So it is with us. We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used. It is not even enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. This, I know, implies a policy of a far more active governmental interference with social and economic conditions in this country than we have yet had, but I think we have got to face the fact that such an increase in governmental control is now necessary.

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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Awesome Hub Terry. The Koch brothers and Dick Armey created the Tea Party and none of them no the origins. The Tea Partiers would flee if they saw the whole picture and how it simply fills the Koch brothers coffers. The Republican Governors are also marching to their orders and carrying out their demands. The Tea Partiers need to wake up and see this. I doubt it though. They are brain-washed and would be embarassed to admit to how badly they were duped. Thanks for writing this.


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someonewhoknows 5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

In other words the tea party you talk of in this hub are not concerned about the little guy.They are mainly corporate big wigs who don't want tax increases on them.

I belive the middle class for the most part don't want to be taxed anymore than the corporations do.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Actually I think many Tea party members have been duped. Absolutely the little guy has been Taxed enough. BUT the solution is to tax those that have either escaped any taxes or have had them lowered excessively. Why should a secretary pay more taxes than GE or Exxon oil? Why should we be looking at spending cuts for Head Start when the wealthiest people are getting away with murder? We have been cheated out of revenue.


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AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I can find little to argue with in your hub Terry. I will just add it is not peculiar to the USA. The British government is wasting 250 million pounds tax revenue annually through measures designed to allow big businesses to destroy British Jobs by onshoring overseas workers.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

I heard about this problem. I need to research that a bit.

Thanks for reading the HUB! All readers appreciated! Been to Deutchland many times, but it was before the re-unification. I sure could eat a Brochen!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

HSchneider,

Thank you so much for being the first to stop by and your praise means so much.


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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA

O.K. Terry,

I am a little slow to the party, but I am glad that you are not serving tea! Great article! You certainly pull no punches, and would expect no less!

The figures are enlightening, aren't they? The one question, Why don't the Tea Party faithful clamor after the corporations that pay no taxes? It could be, because as you say, that is where their support comes from, but I think we all agree, they haven't a clue! They really believe that they are a grass roots, enlightened movement; on a mission to save the country from those enemies within who have stolen it from them. They are misguided, but they are such stubborn buggers!

They have voted, in the mid-terms, against their own interests, yet they do not back down! When will they wake up? Don't know that they will! They take pride in being uninformed! As long as they keep wrapping themselves in the flag they claim to love, they are like a blissful baby, snug in its favorite blanket, content in the ignorance of a comfortable sleep...

Great job, Terry! I love this one! Talk about some fire!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

A compliment from you starts my day well. It is cleaning day so I must go do my part. You are back and life is good!!!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Well thought out and reliably portrayed. You have hammered home another point that cannot be disputed.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

mcbirdks,

I thank you so much for kind words! We live for appreciation!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Jillian,

You are so poetic! LOL "They take pride in being uninformed! As long as they keep wrapping themselves in the flag they claim to love, they are like a blissful baby, snug in its favorite blanket, content in the ignorance of a comfortable sleep.."

Your humor is prefect!


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Hi Terry. Great hub.

You did an excellent job of portraying the Tea Baggers (They don't deserve to be called a Party). Sadly, there are many people who genuinely believe they are doing a good deed for the country. Having said as much, I should admit that I don't think that is the vast majority. They have an ideology that has nothing to do with advancing the good of America or patriotism. Let's just hope they wake up before it comes back to truly bite them in the butt.

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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Welcome back Fay,

Thanks for the Kind words!!!


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Terry: When I look at those large refunds these greedy corporations receive it sickens me. For the life of me I can't understand the sympathy they continue to receive from some people that are barely making a living. History has proven that these large tax cuts do nothing for the country economically. A lot of credit goes to Fox confusion. At this time I refuse to refer to that rag as a news network. Nevertheless; Almost all doctor offices and any other public place one may visit is tuned into that rag. God knows no one advocates for big business more than that network. Their viewers believe them. I know people that actually thinks Glen Beck makes sense. They are quite heart broken at the dismissal of Fox's Royal Idiot. I like Fay's referral to the Tea Party as Tea Baggers. That's what this group originally called themselves. Maybe a Liberal told them what that term really meant.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Mimi,

Those people that get there information from FOX act like they are from another planet. Pleased to see you here. Thanks for your comment.


Texasbeta 5 years ago

Fantastic hub. New follower


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Thanks Texasbeta,

Will check out your hubs when time slows down!


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

Why don't all of you stop being so darn resentful of the Tea Party people, go to their meetings and see what they are TRULY about. You would find yourself surrounded by just plain, nice, ordinary Americans, concerned about the country, the Federal Reserve, Bail Outs, corporate greed, government corruption and all the things that concern you. You won't find a lot of admirers of Bush either.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

I have seen the Tea Party signs. I have heard the Tea Party calls. You must be blind to racism! Did yu even read Teddy Roosevelt's speech? Do you think he was a bad old Liberal Communist?


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Say hello to Karl for me.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

James,

Aren't we cute! Call something communist if you don't like it! I am sure Teddy Roosevelt was a communist! Putting a negative label on something worked for the fascists also! Beats logic and works on the masses. Say hello to the fuhrer for me!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I got news for ya: the Fuhrer was a socialist too. That is what NAZI is. Teddy I love. He was no Commie.


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

I am so awed by your knowledge I am quivering like a school girl!!! I realize the Nazi fascists called themselves socialists but they hated Karl, the Jews, and the communists. If you love Teddy you should read his comments above why he would have nothing to do with your Tea Folks.


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DTR0005 5 years ago from Midwest

Nice piece -


THAT Mary Ann 5 years ago

Great and thorough post...How about Tea Party Without Brains?? Up and Useful.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Hi, Terry, I am honored to be considered a member of your team. You point out in your articles some of things about our society that continue to disturb me. I need to read more of your hubs and I hope that you can check some of mine out. You a true blue progressive, heart and soul.

The rightwinger serves up turd sandwiches with rancid tea, bathing people in bull****, yet telling them they reek of Chanel No 5. The rightwing propaganda machine if nothing else is very powerful and if decency is to prevail, we need to pull the plug.

Why do you think so many people are so easily taken in by this nonsense, maybe you might touch on this question.

Regards Credence


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Credence,

I spotted a couple of your comments and knew we would hit it off!! Have not had a chance yet to read your hubs but I certainly plan on it. I have a farm and I currently care for a sick wife so my time is limited. Very glad you stopped in. I think the Sacky articles are the BEST!

I saw the white House Press Dinner tonight. Obama is quite the comedian and he had Trump about 2 inches tall when he was done. Then the comedian from Saturday Night Live took over and Trump shrunk even more! If you missed it you might be able to see in on the CSPAN web site.

Thanks again.


AKA Winston 5 years ago

Ron White was talking about choosing a mate, but his words apply equally as well to Tea Party members:

"You can't fix stupid."


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Very well written hub and I agree totally, can't wait to read more of your stuff :) ge Love the title btw!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Thank you AKA Winston. That is the simple truth!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Thank you geegee for your kind words!


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chefsref 5 years ago from Citra Florida

Hey Terry, Thanx for this hub, simple truth here.

Looks like I'm getting here rather late.

It fascinates me that not only Teddy, but all the other Repub' Presidents before GW would fail to pass muster with this group. There is something wrong with the political discourse in America when Nixon and Goldwater would have been too liberal for the right wing, even the demigod Reagan raised taxes.

The Repubs of my youth, people like Rockefeller and Nixon have taken over and transformed the Democratic party into another branch of Wall Street and there is no true progressive party. We are long overdue for a third party to represent the people, one that is not beholden to Wall Street, big business and bankers.

As long as the moneyed people control the political parties there is little hope for the middle class. I think we are stumbling into a high tech feudalism, where we will all answer to the likes of the Kochs and the corporations as the new lords.

Voted up, and a new follower!


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Terry.Hirneisen 5 years ago from Shenandoah Valley Author

Thanks for the excellent comment! Our last hope is 2012! If people are still voting against their on interests then I am afraid we can wave the white flag and kiss our planet goodbye! Do me a favor an read Sacky, Liberal Woman.

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