Sunday, February 20, 2011

12 Things You Need to Know About the Uprising in Wisconsin | AlterNet

12 Things You Need to Know About the Uprising in Wisconsin | AlterNet

Tea Party Leads Assault on Tennessee Education Association

Following the national agenda of the Tea Party and Right-Wing Republicans, Tennessee conservatives, led by the Tea Party, are attacking the Tennessee Education Association and the NEA.  This assault on the right of teachers unions to collectively organize and bargain for better pay and working conditions is party of a national strategy by the Republican Party and anti-union Libertarian corporate groups to destroy labor unions, especially those representing public employees, by blaming them for the state deficits.

Social conservatives, like the Eagle's Forum and the Family Action Council of Tennessee, are also attacking the TEA and NEA for being too "liberal" on issues like teaching evolution and acceptance of homosexuality.

The real agenda is the effort by the Republican Party to destroy the ability of the Democratic Party to get campaign funds from unions to counter the corporate funders of the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

CPAC 2011: Republicans Court Wing-Nuts

It's another CPAC convention, with the Republican Party and potential GOP candidates courting the wing-nuts of CPAC.  There was some controversy over whether the right-wing gay GOProud should even be allowed in the convention, several of the religious right conservatives couldn't accept such "liberalism" and stayed away.  GOProud was rewarded by listening to one anti-gay speech after another, as the GOP candidates tried to prove how conservative and intolerant they are.

The Tea Party alliance with the Republican Party has not got off to a good start, as the GOP leaders in Congress have backed off or broken almost every pledge they made from cutting $100 billion from the budget (only $32 billion so far), following the U.S. Constitution on every bill, open debate, etc.

Did they Tea Party really think corporate stooges like Boehner and McConnell were really going to support their "revolution"??

Here's some highlights of the wing nut convention:

Media Matters:  CPAC 2011 Coverage

Tea Party Welcomed by the Republican Party

11 of the Tea Party GOP's Most Ridiculous Policy Ideas (So Far)

12 Examples of Stunning Hypocrisy from Tea Party Republicans in One Short Month

Sorry Tea Partiers--The GOP Only Cares About their Corporate Paymasters and the Rich (like the Koch Brothers)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Reagan Myth

It's the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan, and the right-wing Reagan revisionists are hard at work distorting the real history and record of Reagan. It is odd that the Tea Party would celebrate the President who brought historical deficit spending and raised taxes 11 times, not to mention his support of "amnesty" for illegal immigrants and his palling around with the Communist leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, with whom he pledged to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Reagan campaigned against "big government" and the debt, and in eight years he more than tripled it from $700 billion to $3 trillion! In fact, Reagan ran up more debt than all preceding U.S. presidents combined!

His version of "supply-side" economics ("Reaganomics") was a disaster that failed to increase enough revenue to overcome his doubling of the military budget and other expansions of government. And it was Ronald Reagan who supported the doubling of the payroll tax to save the "socialist" Social Security system which is still a target of the right-wing corporate elite.

His administration was plagued by scandals and crimes, including the Iran-Contra scandal, which uncovered an illegal secret government operating in the basement of the White House to support the contra terrorists in Nicaragua by selling military arms to the Iranian government, all in violation of U.S. and international law.. in fact the Reagan administration was found guilty of supporting terrorism against the Nicaraguan government by the World Court! And somehow he was saved from impeachment by an inept Democratic congress which could not impeach him for illegal actions they largely supported.

So here's to the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan!

Revisiting the Reagan Nightmare

The Unfortunate Truth About Ronald Reagan

Five Myths About Reagan's Legacy

10 Things Conservatives Don't Want You to Know About Reagan

Reagan: Morning After in America

Ronald Reagan's 30-Year Time Bombs

Ronald Reagan: Enemy of the American Worker

Reagan Celebration Hides Brutal History

The Real Reagan Legacy

The Real Ronald Reagan

The Reagan Record