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Tea for Two - The Koch Brothers Poison!

Updated on October 2, 2011

Oh I wish my brother were still here. He could always make me laugh and I am sure he would have some hilarious comments about the Tea Baggers. I might even be laughing until tears came. He passed away in June of 2010 and he is sorely missed. But perchance he is watching, I know he wants me to let the Tea Baggers have it. My brother was a laborer all his life. He never understood how working people could turn on each other and let the privileged enjoy divide and conquer. There is no question my brother and I were brewed in the same progressive pot. So this is for Jerry.

The Tea Baggers look like working people so I don’t know why they fight against working people. The lie being spread right now is that the Public Worker Unions in Wisconsin caused the State to go bankrupt. Don’t you believe the lie! The workers have already conceded all financial give backs to Walker. They are not seeking financial gain. They agree on everything he wants but one thing, the right to organize and have collective bargaining. Governor Walker just gave over $100,000,000 in tax breaks to business. Now he wants people to believe the Unions busted the budget of Wisconsin. It is not true. But the right wing uses the same old tactics, repeat something often enough and it becomes true. That is a propaganda trick well known by the Nazis. Blame it on the Unions and eventually you will get people to believe those Union Bastards are greedy.

The majority of the public is not buying it. Most folks are siding with the workers. But the Tea Baggers are pushing hard. I do not underestimate them. For over a year before Obama took Office, George W. Bush was bailing out the economy. Bush inherited a surplus from Clinton, but he spent money hand over fist on two wars, one based on lies. After lack of regulation allowed the economy to tank, he bailed out Wall Street and the Banks. He passed out Stimulus checks; He bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He signed the Troubled Asset Relief Act (TARP). The list goes on. He passed on to Obama a crippled Nation in need of repair and the Tea Party was nowhere to be seen. There was no Tea Party hollering socialism. There was no Tea Party crying about deficit spending. Over 11% unemployment and still no Tea Party rallies. You did not hear of the Tea Party under George W. Bush. Nope! But 38 days after Obama took Office here they come.

When Obama bailed out GM and Chrysler Tea Baggers immediately cried Socialism. But today GM is back making a profit. He saved an industry and all the jobs with it. But that is socialism. It is OK to give money to Big Oil and unnecessary Tax Breaks to the richest people in the country. Upward redistribution of wealth is fine.

Does this look like a bunch of people concerned with fiscal responsibility? With all the posters and the timing it is very difficult to accept that racism does not play a role. Not once complaining about the deficit spending of George W. and immediately after Obama takes office every kind of negative "BLACK" poster you can imagine.  The hate and disrespect for Obama has always had a racial tone.  If not it would have blasted George W.  Don't let the Tea Baggers make you believe the workers are greedy.


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    • Terry.Hirneisen profile image

      Terry.Hirneisen 6 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      My brother would go for that!!! Thank you so much for the complimentary words.

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      Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA


      You are such a valuable voice for the progressive movement! Don't even know why the movement has that name? It should simply be known as the American philosophy.

      Your brother is proud! He is probably sitting with my husband, right now, kicking back, having a beer and cheering!

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      Terry.Hirneisen 6 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      Thank you so kindly. I want to read those hubs and will link to mine. By the way, a good deal of my programming career was with Army and Air Force. In a bit of a rush now but thanks so much for following.

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      My Esoteric 6 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Terry, thanks for the lead to your hub, it was very good. I also offer my sympothy for your loss of a very inspiring brother.

      You have found new ways to state the serious problems with the TB movement. In my research into the whole affair reveals a whole lot of desparate threads, which your background in mathematics and programming (which is where I started as well, but moved on to other things) can appreciate.

      One thread begins with the movements founder and philosophical bedrock - Dick Armey and his ilk. They set the initial hyper-Conservative agenda.

      A second tread deals with the psychological make-up of the leaders and followers of current Conservative and tea party movement. I have written quite a bit on this now which basically restates the research presented in John Dean's book "Conservatives Without Conscience" which itself presents the research of a social psychologist who studied why people blindly follow authoritarian leaders without question. It was fascinating to say the least. Once reading this, you will have an answer to your brother's initial question "He never understood how working people could turn on each other and let the privileged enjoy divide and conquer."

      A third thread is that America is still fighting the federalist, anti-federalist battle over whether the US Constitution should have been ratified in the first place. This argument is fundementally the state vs central gov't rights fight that has been going on forever. The difference is, to me anyway, the current configuration of Conservatism, the Gingrichs, Boehners, etc, want to bring back a Confederation form of government.

      I will also link this hub to mine.

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      Terry.Hirneisen 6 years ago from Shenandoah Valley


      Thanks for your thoughts. My brother used to always have something to say that was humorous. I miss that.

      Tell your friends.

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      Jen King 6 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      Fear mongers + ignorance = Tea Party.

      So sorry for the loss of your brother.

      Take good care :)

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      Terry.Hirneisen 6 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      Let's help lead to "The Enlightenment".


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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      People have heard me say that there will be a middle class or the middle ages. And I have stopped refering to them as Teabaggers and started refering to them as Knuckle Draggers.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Terry, of course everything you're saying is true and you did an excellent job saying it. I am going to link to your article.

      voted up and awesome.

      I am so sorry about your brother. I lost my sister in June of '09. xoxoxo