Dad, husband, baseball coach, writer, community activist and crappy guitar player...I tend to stand a little to the left on most issues. I don't get my news from Fox "News" - and neither should you.
A lot of the comments on my last blog about the Greendale Tea Party were in defense of the group using the Greendale Public Library for their meeting, which I found hypocritical, since the group wants funds cut to libraries in WI and does not believe that tax payer money should be wasted social services like Medicare and social security (and public libraries) because the government should not intervene in such services.
. . . and the entire meeting itself was the definition of hypocrisy.
- First of all, it was held in the Greendale Public Library. The Tea Party is in agreement with Governor Walker slashing funding to public libraries by almost $19 Million in 2012, yet they are willing to spend tax payer money to pay for thier usage of the building for their meetings.
- Second, their meeting was held in Greendale, which was created by and ran by the government for the purpose of providing affordable housing to the working poor in the Milwaukee area (sounds like a socialist ideal to me). In fact, Milwaukee was chosen as one of the Greenbelt communities by the Roosevelt administration because of our strong socialist background. And I thought the Tea Party was ant-socialist???
- Thirdly, the woman who runs the meetings - I will call her "Joan" is a born-again Christian and made sure that I was made aware of that fact. She, along with the other tea baggers just love and idolize Paul Ryan. Problem is Paul Ryan loves and idolizes the author Ayn Rand, who was an atheist. Yup, sorry to break your Paul Ryan bubble "Joan", but your idol's idol was a heathen. No offense to any of my atheist friends out there.
- Fourthly, only 9 people (including myself) were present for their meeting, and at least two of them were postal workers and "Joan" is pushing for the group to ask Senator Ron Johnson to get behind a bill greatly cutting funding to the USPS by drastically slashing benefits and reworking retirement packages to USPS employees. As far as I know the postal guys have not given their thoughts on the matter yet - maybe because they would like to retire with full benefits and decent health care (what a tragic waste of tax payer money).
- And lastly, I learned that the Tea Party is nothing more than the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party. I thought the Tea Party formed out of frustration of both political parties, but I was proven wrong. This rag tag group of mostly 55+ white suburbanites loves Paul Ryan (Republican), Scott Walker (Republican) and David Prosser (Republican), and thinks that the Republican Party can do no wrong.
- Where is the Tea Party candidate in the area? Is the Tea Party going to nominate someone other than Paul Ryan to run for congress in 2012? Of course not, because the Tea Party is nothing more than the most-aggressive, hypocritcal, frustrated, bunch of confused biggots I have ever come across. Well, okay not everyone in the Tea Party is a biggot, but I have never met a biggot who does not like the Tea Party, so . . .
- The good news is that the "Greendale Tea Party" seems to be up to almst nothing. I dare all local Tea Partiers to run their own candidtes in elections on the local, state and national levels. They won't do it though because they are NOT a new political party, but rather the lunatic fringe of the right who like to complain about politicians, but yet continue to vote for the same ole' Republicans.
In February, 2010 David Prosser exploded at Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson behind closed doors, calling her a "bitch" and threatening to "destroy" her. crooksandliars.com/john-amato/wisconsin-conservative-supreme-court-ju
House Budget Committee Chairman, and Wisconsin Senator Paul Ryan will lose his reelection bid in 2012 for a number of reasons:
- He is a Republican in Wisonsin (and thanks to Scott Walker, that will be a bad pairing for the next decade, at least).
- He wants to dismantle Medicare while giving $45 Billion in energy tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies that he and his wife, Janna own stakes in from land leases in Texas and Oklahoma. Daniel Little, Ryan's father-in-law, who runs the companies, told Newsweek that the family companies are currently leasing the land to energy giants such as Chesapeake Energy, Devon, and XTO Energy, a recently acquired subsidiary of ExxonMobil. “Sure, senior citizens should have to pay more for health care, but landholders like [Ryan] who lease property to big oil companies, well, their government subsidies must be protected at all costs,” says Melanie Sloan, the director of the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “It smacks of hypocrisy.”
- According to a recent Bloomberg Poll, 57% of Americans believe they would be worse off under Ryan's financial plan. see poll here
- The same poll also found that Paul Ryan is the 3rd most disliked Republican behind Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin (boy, he keeps good company doesn't he?)
- Only 34% of the American people want to replace the traditional Medicare plan.
- Republican Senators like Jane Corwin in NY are losing seats long-held by Republicans due to nothing more than their backing of Paul Ryan's "kill medicare" plan. (she lost to Democrat Kathy Hochul 48%-42% who ran on a promise of trying to keep Medicare as we know it in tact).
- Kenosha's Rob Zerban, also a good-looking, ex-business man, but with a bigger heart and a streak of empathy for the poor will run Ryan through the ringer when it comes to Wisconsin's middle class voters.
This weekend I met with Rob Zerban, a Kenosha Democrat who is vying for Paul Ryan's seat in Wisconsin's first congressional district.