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Behind the Tea Party Facade, Just Another Bush-League Republican

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Posted on Feb 24, 2010
AP / Pat Sullivan

Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina isn’t likely to win her party’s nomination, but the tea party candidate, who came out of nowhere, has done surprisingly well.

By Yasha Levine and Mark Ames

The Tea Party Revolution has struck the Texas gubernatorial race, with the insurgent Republican candidate, Debra Medina, gaining in the polls and threatening the leading candidates, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Medina has positioned herself as a radical anti-government outsider who would cut Texas free from federal government programs and influence in favor of the free market. However, according to an investigation of Medina’s business records, her company, Prudentia Inc., benefited greatly over the past decade from federal government subsidies and lucrative municipal government contracts.

Our investigation shows that when you scratch the surface of Texas’ rising tea party star, you’ll find just another Bush-Republican, big-government hypocrite.

On Tuesday, Texas will hold a gubernatorial primary election that has come down to a three-way fight for the GOP nomination. Surprisingly, Medina, a rookie Republican candidate from the tiny rural town of Wharton who has positioned herself as the tea party alternative, is soaring beyond expectation. She has become a national celebrity, suddenly posing a threat to Gov. Perry and Sen. Hutchison. A tougher, rougher, stockier version of Sarah Palin, Medina surged in the polls after she slammed her mainstream Republican opponents in a televised debate, accusing both Perry and Hutchison of succumbing to “big-government solutions” and selling out their Republican ideals. But for all her derision, Medina has been milking taxpayers for years, including those in her own community who subsidize her business.

Medina, a 44-year-old registered nurse who presents herself as the proud owner of a small medical billing business, offered a small-government platform based on God and the free market. She would scrap Texas’ property taxes, criminalize abortions, expand home-schooling, eliminate guns laws and shrink government to the size of a walnut. 

“If we get government off the backs of Texans, we’re not gonna have an economic crisis. We’re not gonna have an energy crisis. We’re not gonna have an immigration crisis,” she yelled to an audience of “Don’t Tread on Me” types during a stump speech at a Chevrolet dealership.

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The crowd went wild for Medina. She had all the right credentials: ran a small business, grew up on a farm in rural Texas, paid her dues as Texas coordinator for Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign, home-schooled her children, didn’t trust flu vaccines and always carried a loaded Springfield 9-millimeter in her purse—and made sure she was photographed doing it. But the biggest villain of all in Medina’s rhetoric is the United States federal government. In the Republican primary debate in January, Medina said that the federal government’s powers should be stripped down to nothing more than making treaties with other countries. She also has said that as governor of Texas she would make sure that her state’s laws overruled the federal government’s—under what’s called “nullification”—and that she would do her best to stop just short of full secession from the Union.

Tea-baggers are slurping it up, but they probably aren’t aware exactly what it is they’re slurping. Despite her impassioned rhetoric and principled anti-federal government stands, Debra Medina hasn’t stuck by her principles. What she hasn’t told her libertarian supporters is that her business success over the past decade has depended on the government subsidies and contracts that she denounces. The tea party candidate is the same sort of hypocrite as her Republican foes: preaching free-market ideals to the masses while profiting off taxpayer money.

According to data compiled by OMB Watch, Medina’s medical billing company, Prudentia Inc., was granted a $50,000 federal loan guarantee shortly after she incorporated it in 2002. The loan guarantee came courtesy of a program administered by the Small Business Administration, headquartered in Washington—a program that Republicans tried to kill twice in the past 15 years. Thanks to the federal government’s loan guarantees, Medina and people like her are able to secure loans for their fledgling small businesses that banks might otherwise be reluctant to grant, or would charge a higher rate of interest on. 

How did Medina qualify? The federal record describes such loan guarantees as being “for small businesses which are unable to obtain financing in the private credit marketplace.” In the terms of Ayn Rand, this makes Medina one of the “moochers” who needed to soak the “producers” to fund her business, rather than (to use Medina’s words) “having the courage” to let the business sink or swim in the free market. Apparently Medina was not ready to face her beloved free market: She stood in judgment before the Invisible Hand, got an invisible thumbs down and beelined it straight to Uncle Sam for a loan guarantee.

And yet Medina does not want to share the welfare she gets with her fellow Texans, which seems kind of unfair. Here’s what she’s promising to offer the suckers: “Get the government off their back, let them get out there and get a job, and we don’t have to worry about unemployment, that charity does not belong with the government,” she told one right-wing radio host.

But while Medina would get government off everyone else’s back, she has made a handsome profit piggybacking on the government twice over: first, with a federal loan guarantee, and, even worse, by using that government-subsidized business to soak the taxpayers of Wharton, Texas, her hometown, by obtaining lucrative city contracts.

In October 2002, just a few months after getting the federal loan guarantee, Medina was ready to start operating her business. And that meant heading straight to the Wharton City Council, where Medina lobbied the government to hand her a sweetheart deal to manage billing and collection for the city’s emergency medical services (EMS). Despite the fact that Medina’s company was brand new and therefore untested, the council voted unanimously to dump the previous company and bring Prudentia onboard, under generous terms. The city agreed to pay an 8.5 percent commission on whatever Prudentia collected (rising to 10 percent for collections over $500,000). According to Medina’s political campaign, Prudentia Inc. is a company that improves medical billing procedures. “Improves” for whom? Definitely for Medina.


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By drbhelthi, April 20, 2010 at 1:09 am Link to this comment

Texas, and one of its politicians.
I wonder how it feels to live in Texas, in a mansion, “protected” by round-the-clock, armed guards, have so much money in furtive bank accounts scattered around the globe that its daily value is only estimated.  To have sired a large family, to have engaged in socially-destructive activities world-wide, to be responsible directly and indirectly for millions of murders, to have been a marauding satanist while “fronting” leadership in the Christian belief ? 

All this for over seventy years under a pseudonym ? 

NOT to possess the freedom to reveal ones parentage, name of birth or hometown ?

A prisoner of the group that removes individualized freedom ?

Dying without knowing what one might have been, had one been genuine ?

Whose spirit will depart the body naked, taking zero stolen wealth with it.

HELPLESS, to RIGHT the seventy years of WRONG - - - .

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By MarthaA, March 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment

If the populace gets Health Care, there will be a considerable difference between Democrats and Republicans.  I hope they can pull it off.

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By Night-Gaunt, March 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment

Rick “The Successionist” Perry won in Texas among the Republicans. Next stop the two official parties showdown.

Between the Conservadems and Republicans not much of a choice is there?

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By MarthaA, March 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment

Right-Wing Republicans aren’t crazy at all, they just don’t represent any constituents of the populace.

Politics is leadership of constituents in their best interest and NON-constituents against their best interest.  What you call “bat shit crazy” is Right-Wing Republican leadership of NON-constituents AGAINST their best interest, which is Right-Wing Republicans doing their job.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

OK drbhelthi:

I agree with you except for ONE LITTLE THING!  I think people who fit your description of Medina ARE “bat-shit crazy”!

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By MarthaA, March 3, 2010 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

Conservative Republican EXTREMISTS will say anything, lies and propaganda are their specialty.

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By drbhelthi, March 3, 2010 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

I would like to register a dissenting opinion to the “moot” conclusion and categorization of “bat shit crazy,” that was assigned to comrade Medina.

“Bat shit crazy” is not a classification that I have ever seen in a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or any version of the MSD Manual. Nor can I apply any form of “crazy” to comrade Medina.  Quite the contrary.

Anyone who has had the success of Mrs. Medina has “inside connections” of significance.  To have been granted the loan that she received, and subsequently a preferred-type contract for her shoe-string operation, required favoritism from inside the wormy-apple-barrel.  And, which favoritism is not usually acquired within a few days time.  Although, she probably did not have to murder several people as part of her initiation into the inner sanctum.  While her flip-flop mouthings qualify her for the Bush family lineup, her behavior does not qualify her for the “crazy” ward or looney-bin.  She is well qualified for the dishonest wing of politicians.

It is also predictable that she would follow the pattern of the almost thirty-year CIA operative, a Mr. Hussein Obama, whom the CIA solicited for his arabic skills during his later high school years.  Similar to Mr. Hussein Osama Obama, prior to election, Mrs. Medina would predictably promise everything that the poor in the U.S.A. would like to hear.  If elected, she would support the program of the NAZI-CIA-illuminati, which has been underway since before the end of WWII.  Again, similar to a Mr. “Barry” Hussein or “Osama” Obama.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 3, 2010 at 4:56 am Link to this comment

OK, it’s now moot.  Even 4 out of 5 Texas Re-thugs recognized that Debra Medina is bat-shit crazy.

She’s even crazier than the loony secessionist Perry (who won the nomination) and the moderately sensible (for right-wing re-thug) Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

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By MarthaA, March 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

The populace do not want a hand out, they want a hand up.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment

“Oh, no! I’m not racist!”

Then you hit EVERY stereotypical “code word” for Blacks. 

yet you seem to have no problem with a bunch of lazy people screwing their way to more money by having more children so they can get more welfare. that $ will NEVER be paid back and will lead to ever more welfare recipients who learned to play the game from their worthless parents. and all the while, the parents are out there selling drugs and making more money than those of us who do work and whose money they are spending. we must pass drug tests to work, yet these worthless individuals don’t have to pass one to get our money.


A former (and reformed) recruiter for the American Nazi Party described how he would NEVER say “Black” but always said “Crime and welfare”.  He’d never say “Jew” but always “International Finance”.  That was how he recruited people without sounding like a rabid lunatic frothing about “N*****s and Kikes!”

So don’t try to bullshit ME that you aren’t racist.  All you left out was watermelon and fried chicken.

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By barbm, March 2, 2010 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

nowhere in there did i state that race was in any way a factor. in fact, i think if you check, you’ll find that welfare is pretty evenly divided among anglos, blacks, and hispanics. not exactly, but no one race is much higher than the others. it is you people who read race in that. i think that makes you folks racists, not me. i’m against handouts, not handups.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 2, 2010 at 5:01 am Link to this comment

No Barb, I’m NOT an idiot, but you are an ignoramus.

Do you NOT know what a subsidized loan is? It means that rather than paying the FREE MARKET interest rate, you get a far, FAR LOWER rate—and THAT rate is subsidized by YOUR taxes and MINE!  Furthermore, it is a loan made to a HIGH RISK borrower that the FREE MARKET doesn’t want to touch!

What has distinguished Small Business Administration loans from FREE MARKET loans is that the SBA gives loans at very LOW interest rates to borrowers who are HIGH RISK.  If they could even GET a FREE MARKET loan it would be at EXORBITANT interest rates!

The SBA also provides PROTECTED contracts to certain, qualified businesses.  This means that other bidders cannot compete for them—only those that are qualified by the SBA.  This is the 8(a) program and it applies to minority-owned businesses.  Now Medina GOT some kind of protected contract, but I do NOT know if it was 8(a). If it was, and she claimed to be Hispanic, but isn’t, that would constitute fraud. In fact, if she even APPLIED for the 8(a) program claiming to be Hispanic and isn’t, that constitutes fraud as well.

So YOUR GIRL was getting HER loan at SUBSIDIZED rates far, FAR below what your beloved FREE MARKET would charge her.  That’s a GIFT from us taxpayers to her and NO DIFFERENT THAN WELFARE!

She also got a protected contract for her business as well.

But to you tea-baggers, welfare’s OK for businesses (little ones, not New York banks) but bad for people WHO REALLY NEED IT!

Your racist stereotypes of welfare recipients reveals what I’ve said all along about you tea-baggers: Your movement is just a cover for a White-supremacist movement—a 21st Century KKK.

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By drbhelthi, March 2, 2010 at 4:04 am Link to this comment

The social and personal habit of socalled “lazyness”
is found in all societies and races.  Among other characteristics, it is learned, and has been found as a thread in some families.  Of course, “race” can be illegitimately invoked by propagandists, any time they care to.

Some persons comments repeatedly remind me the outburst of Fredric Bartz, Enkirch an der Mosel, Fall 1977, during a discussion of the opinions of politicians in Germany, at the time.  Although drunk as a skunk, Fritz stood up and shouted, “ALL NORMAL PEOPLE HAVE TWO CHARACTERISTICS IN COMMON!” He then took his seat and quietly continued, ” an asshole and an opinion.”  Sometimes logic prevails over drunkenness.

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By ardee, March 2, 2010 at 3:31 am Link to this comment

The concept of “lazy people screwing their way to
more money by having more children so they can get
more welfare” has been comparatively accurate for
many years.

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I trust I am not alone in condemning the obvious racism inherent in this above quote. Of all the tired and trite right wing mantras this stupidity ranks right down there with the classic “Welfare Queen” fairy story of Ronnie.

Of course the citing is right int here with almost everything this Charles Dodgson fiction creator posts here…Possibly even hints at a similar mental state as well.

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By drbhelthi, March 2, 2010 at 2:02 am Link to this comment

Gross generalizations are sometimes accurate, when
precisely tailored by available facts.  The concept
of all “parents are out there selling drugs and
making more money than those of us who do work” is
not based on the facts at hand.  In such a case, the
required supplies of such drugs would have been
enormous, when considered in addition to the
supplies of cocaine used by the “political upper
crust” and cronies.  The total amount required would
have engendered “outside” suppliers, in addition to
those used by family Bush associates.  The DEA has
been manipulated as a political tool for over thirty
years, by the NAZI system that has overtaken the US,
and would have been “used” to interrupt supplies of
such drugs that associates of the family Bush did
not control.  The enormity of such supplies, in such
a case, would have required the use of too many US
military aircraft, and would be too conspicuous to
undertake.  With the increasing tendency toward
whistleblowing by increasingly honest Americans,
someone would have spilled the beans, and in a
manner that obtained publicity.  For more info, read
the chronicles of Chip Tatum, former CIA operative
who was assassinated by his “co-workers” after
“going public.”

The concept of “lazy people screwing their way to
more money by having more children so they can get
more welfare” has been comparatively accurate for
many years.  Perhaps not limited to “lazy people.” 
One huge problem the U.S. has had for many years, is
the foreign females who are sponsored into the U.S.
a couple weeks prior to delivery.  “Born in the
U.S.A.”, the baby is a U.S. citizen, and the mother
is ward of the baby.  Thus, both are qualified for
the waterfall of U.S. benefits, as are their
subsequent “offspring.”  I would like to see the
Vatican and its emissaries shoulder the costs for
the several million Mexican and other nationality 7-
8 months “pregnancies” “they” have sponsored since
1950.

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By barbm, March 1, 2010 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment
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are you an idiot? nothing was “subsidized.” it was a LOAN - hello, can you say loan? a subsidy is something that is GIVEN with no expectation of repayment. not only did she pay back the loan, she paid interest on it.

yet you seem to have no problem with a bunch of lazy people screwing their way to more money by having more children so they can get more welfare. that $ will NEVER be paid back and will lead to ever more welfare recipients who learned to play the game from their worthless parents. and all the while, the parents are out there selling drugs and making more money than those of us who do work and whose money they are spending. we must pass drug tests to work, yet these worthless individuals don’t have to pass one to get our money.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

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i don’t see any hypocrisy…......

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Naturally!  ROFLMAO! 

(cognitive dissonance.  She can’t even see the blatantly obvious contradiction! She has no problem with the Federal Government giving HER money at a low, subsidized rate—funded by us.)

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By ofersince72, March 1, 2010 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Lets not bid Texas good ridence real quick,
Hightowers down there
so is Ray Wylie, and Willie, McMurtry
and a whole bunch of really great musicians that told
Nashville goodbye.

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By barbm, March 1, 2010 at 9:45 am Link to this comment
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i don’t see any hypocrisy. the woman isn’t on welfare, she borrowed money which will be paid back. she started a business which created jobs in her community which raised the tax base, brought in more income for local businesses, and brought in more tax revenues that could be used to improve schools and raods.

she got the loan in 2002, 9 years ago. 9 years ago, i had never heard of ron paul, there was no campaign for liberty, and a tea bag was something to dunk in water for a refreshing drink. my ideas and knowledge have changed greatly in that period as i watched my country being taken over by the have nots who are too lazy to work and the haves that would keep them in chains of poverty for their own personal gain. they buy votes with welfare dollars, and they keep them drugged and dumb with methadone. that being said, even with my new mindset, i don’t see hypocrisy in taking out a loan.

i personally don’t have a problem with low-interest loans to help people start businesses that create jobs. i don’t have a problem with her getting the contract with the city in which she lives since they have to contract with somebody. why not have the contract with a person who lives in and contributes to that community? that wasn’t a handout, nor is a loan a handout.

inherit the wind, why do some people feel compelled to bring race into every conversation? you are a horse’s patootie, sir.

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By Leefeller, March 1, 2010 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

Ignorance begets ignorance, I believe it is written someplace so it must be true, the tea bag fulfills the prophecy. !

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By Inherit The Wind, March 1, 2010 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

Gee, BarbM:
How can you be a “Tea Partier” and accept that YOUR candidate was getting government handouts, the SAME handouts you decry being given to keep the poorest of the poor from starving?

Is it because she’s “white” and middle-class (Hispanic doesn’t prevent one from being White), and not Black or Mexican (ie, mixed race) and lower-class or working-class?

It’s this kind of flat-out hypocrisy and ignorance of the tea-party movement that earns it such flaming.  It’s like these pledges to “give my life to protect America” by people who KNOW they will never have to actually fulfill that pledge, unlike a soldier, seaman, airman, fireman, policeman or coastie. When some 70-year old White middle-class lady from Bum***k, Idaho makes that “pledge” I just want to laugh out loud!

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By drbhelthi, March 1, 2010 at 1:30 am Link to this comment

Excellent idea, Gapeach.
I knew a Gapeach once upon a time, from Lagrange,
secretary to JEH, who would think up core ideas such as
your gentle inquiry. If your inquiry is in any way
fulfilled, I suspect it will be by a fellow commenter.

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By GaPeach, February 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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Could we see a copy of the voter registration Medina
signed in 1991 ?

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By anaman51, February 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

More Republican lies from another Republican liar. The song remains the same.

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By Leefeller, February 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

Well we know if she has a small medical billing business, she likes status quo.  Tea bags for everyone. 

If luck would be with the rest of the nations, they would give Texas back to Mexico.

This sounds like Palin in Drag without the Mooses! Ignorance seems to be at home in both Texas and Alaska.

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By MarthaA, February 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment

The Axis of the Obsessed and the Deranged:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28rich.html

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By MarthaA, February 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

The Right-Wing Republican Tea Party does not represent the populace.  The Tea Party is a populist movement engineered by the Right-Wing for Right-Wing purposes.  The Right-Wing has NEVER represented the populace and the Right-Wing didn’t start representing the populace with the Tea Party, the Tea Party is a bunch of stupid populace being used by Conservative Right-Wing Republican EXTREMISTS against liberals, the populace, socialists, the progressives, the Left.

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By MarthaA, February 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

The Right-Wing does not represent the populace.  Any Right-Wing Tea Party does not represent the populace.  No matter how much they say they represent the populace, the Right-Wing does not represent the populace.  The Tea Party is a faux populace movement against the populace.

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By ardee, February 28, 2010 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

barbm, February 28 at 5:00 pm

Gee, Barb, does being a self professed tea party advocate mean giving up all pretense at reading comprehension?

You rail about Medina being “one of us” yet seemingly ignore the fact that she has done exactly what she wishes to keep anyone else from doing, accepting federal monies to benefit her business interests.

While I do not expect a reply, believing you part of an element that googles web sites looking for progressive criticisms of your favorite candidates in order to demonstrate your inability to debate with honesty and accuracy, I would suggest, on the remote chance you actually return to read responses, that you reread the article and note Medina’s hypocrisies.

Not exactly a glowing advertisement for tea party abilities there, Barb…...

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By MarthaA, February 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

It is true, Medina is just another Bush league Republican toady.  The Republican Right-Wing has NEVER represented the populace.

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By barbm, February 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

reading a lot of these comments, a person would never know that the original story was about medina. this was a hatchet job by somebody who didn’t have his facts straight. as stated by another poster, texas does NOT ask a person’s race when registering to vote or when voting, so that was an out and out lie. makes you wonder how much of the rest is too. i’m a tea partier. i’m not wealthy or powerful, but i get a vote, and i gave it to medina because she’s one of us. not one of us tea partiers, but a regular person with bills to pay and a family to care for and not a lot of money to do it with. $72,000 earned? oh my gosh!! she’s getting so rich. NOT!! doesn’t mention how much of that goes to overhead, taxes, and payroll. as far as the loan, if it’s there and everybody else is using it, why not? until it’s changed, there’s no reason to not take advantage of it. i think you should pay your own way through college, but i also think, until it’s a law, you should get as much pell grant money as you can. everybody else is. here in texas, perry allows illegal aliens to attend college at the in-state tuition rate while legal citizens from other states have to pay a fortune. he could’ve order the texas guard to the border to assist border patrol agents in keeping illegals out, but he didn’t. he told mexico’s governor fox that he wants to work with him to get the border opened so they can send all their poor here. yeah, i’d vote for old perry. again, NOT!! and kay is known as kay bailout instead of kay bailey because she voted for the stimulus, the bank bailout and the auto company bailouts over the protests of her constituents. vote medina, she’s the only real chance we have. the eyes of the world are upon texas right now, so let’s give them something to believe in.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 28, 2010 at 11:10 am Link to this comment

Well BrucePMajors I understand why you are a one shot. No substance to take any of us on. Mores the pity, I would like to know why you liked that slaughter of a failed revolution in France. And want to threaten us with it. It led to a little guy named Napoleon I Look him up and see what he did to the world. Also see the Louisiana Purchase and the Haitian rebellion which are directly related. You sound like a Tea Bagger to me, but without the sex.

By the way the fascism is in the church/gov’t/corporation mixing going on now more that ever over the past 30 years & both Democrats & Republicans are behind it. Nice isn’t it? They like your attitude for they will need it when they get rid of those of us that won’t go along with their program, like those you dislike. You sound like a good fit for them BrucePMajors! How about some courage to those convictions?

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By MarthaA, February 28, 2010 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

Rupert Murdoch’s Right-Wing sophistry and propaganda going out across the airwaves 24/7 in all forms of media is what is skewering the populace into thinking that they are conservatives and voting against their best interest, thinking that they are voting in their own interest.

The Right-Wing NEVER represents the populace, EVER.  If this is ever understood by the populace, the Right-Wing will not be able to skewer the populace so easily with propagandists like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, and many more, plus the Right-Wing Conservative churches constantly propagandizing on radio 24/7.

Political understanding by the populace as to who really represent who will save the United States.  The populace thinking the Republicans represent them, just because some of the Democrats are corrupt is the problem.  The corrupt Democrats divide the Democratic Party and make the Democratic Party easy to conquer. 

The Democratic Party needs a Mikhail Gorbachev and perestroika.

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By MarthaA, February 28, 2010 at 10:57 am Link to this comment

Rupert Murdoch’s Right-Wing sophistry and propaganda going out across the airwaves 24/7 in all forms of media is what is skewering the populace into thinking that they are conservatives and voting against their best interest, thinking that they are voting in their own interest.

The Right-Wing NEVER represents the populace, EVER.  If this is ever understood by the populace, the Right-Wing will not be able to skewer the populace so easily with propagandists like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, and many more, plus the Right-Wing Conservative churches constantly propagandizing on radio 24/7.

Political understanding by the populace as to who really represent who will save the United States.  The populace thinking the Republicans represent them, just because some of the Democrats are corrupt is the problem.  The corrupt Democrats divide the Democratic Party and make the Democratic Party easy to conquer. 

The Democratic Party needs a Mikhail Gorbachev and perestroika.

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By ardee, February 28, 2010 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

BrucePMajors, February 28 at 9:50 am

While I think ITW skewered you rather succinctly, and also that you are a one shot post and run sort, I would add one item to the critique of your rather sophomoric stuff.

Reading comic books, which it seems is where you get both your world view and your prophesies, is not conducive to gaining respect for wild eyed, childish and rather silly opinion.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 28, 2010 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

Hey Bruce!

Just getting a taste of what we on the Left have faced from you right-wing-nuts for that last 30 years?  Sucks, doesn’t it?

It’s no different than the torrent of insults issued by Ann Coulter in all her books.  Or Rush Limbaugh’s statements daily.

Sucks, doesn’t it? Go read what bloggers call liberals on Fox’s threads.

Right-wingers are like lawyers: Bend and twist every rule and law to the breaking point but squeal like stuck pigs when the other side does it.  Only difference is….Lawyers know it’s part of the game.

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By GaPeach, February 28, 2010 at 6:21 am Link to this comment
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Er your questions for medina:
Hispanic is not a race and
The application to vote in TX does no task race.
All lies by the authors.

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By BrucePMajors, February 28, 2010 at 5:50 am Link to this comment

It’s amusing how threatened your Leftovers and pro-
regressives are by the tea parties and the ron
paulers, who are totally connecting with the masses
in a way you twits never can. 

First you claim these people don’t exist; then you
call them names; then you make sexual innuendo about
them; now you say since they are involved with
government when they make a living—i.e. they live
in the statist system YOU fascists created where
government controls most resources, jobs, schools—
they are hypocrites.

It is going to be so much fun continuing to watch—
and help—them slaughter you at the polls.  And
then comes the revolution, the citizens’ tribunals and
guillotines.  Your bones will make fine meal for my
roses, quislings.

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By MarthaA, February 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment

Right-Wing godly JINGOISM.

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By DebbieM, February 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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As for the voter registration, it is perfectly possible that she left that BLANK as I do sometimes with forms because it’s no one’s business what my race is. 

Someone else could have filled in the word “hispanic” based on her surname. 

A small business loan is a far cry from farm subsidies or welfare, corporate or otherwise. 

I understand the clothing issue, she needed the clothes for the campaign.  They were necessary tools for the job.  It may be a little gray area, but you are allowed to spend campaign funds for necessary expenses.  Clothing is necessary, it’s a “uniform” for a candidate.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment

1% data table

TIME   % tax   % Ownership of wealth
1920’s   20         50

1950’s   94         20

1970’s   91         38

2000’s   35         50%

The next highest 10% own about 25% then the rest goes to the bottom 90% who pay more in taxes per dollar we earn than they do.

“The United States appear to be destined by providence to plague America with misery in the name of Liberty.”General Simon bolivar

He was correct only it has spread the contagion of armed influence world wide.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can begin it with boldness. Boldness has genius & power & magic in it”-Goethe

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By Inherit The Wind, February 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

MarthaA, February 27 at 5:10 pm #

Rehnquist helped put Bush in office.  I disagree with you.  I think Rehnquist knew exactly what he was doing.

There was nothing about Al Gore’s politics that were despicable; what was despicable is how the Right-Wing Supreme Court countermanded the populace and the electors.
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Have you actually READ anything I’ve written?  I never said Al Gore’s policies were despicable, merely that Rehnquist found them so—and I STAND by that assessment.  Rehnquist thought he was putting into office another Nixon (his mentor), Reagan, or Bush 41. He did NOT anticipate an attack on the separation of powers of the 3 branches.

Plus you ignore the fundamental change in Rehnquist’s attitude toward the WH as soon as the order to the Justice Dept. went out to “Monitor all Federal Court decisions”—ie, look for ways to intimidate judges into adjusting their decisions to suit the White House.

Also, you ignore Rehnquist’s consistent positions and votes that protected Federal court power.  Bush gored Rehnquist’s sacred cow. That was unexpected and unforgivable.

Finally, you ignore Rehnquist, sick and dying, and constantly in and out of the hospital yet REFUSING to retire.  Why? If you LIKE a President, and retirement is staring you in the fact, it’s pretty easy to let him pick your successor.

It’s not that I LIKED the SOB—he voted too many times to limit personal liberties, enhanced executive power, and protecting the corporations.  But I do not blindly blanket him as do his successor.  Not to see the differences between Rehnquist and Roberts is to deny history—and reality.

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By Laura Koscki, February 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
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Ayn Rand was the mistress of a Rothschild, she wrote the book on behalf of the illuminati, it has codes in it for the followers of the illuminati. We are going through Atlas Shrugged, her book right. The corporate hitlers are on strike right now, the elites are revolting right now, it’s time the American people revolted. We need clean elections, and maybe, maybe, just maybe we might get a true blue American representing the American people fairly, and around the world.

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By Lazarus, February 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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MartaA,  FYI . . . “Irregardless” is not a word.

Antony what you said:

“As for Ayn Rand, you don’t know what you are talking about, as she would
say that since the government stole your money, you can certainly get it back
through such programs, but ONLY if you do not take more than they took
from you and only if you fight against them taking it from you in the first
place.”


You are spot on brother. I am totally limited government, especially limited
central government. I receive a monthly check for service -connected
disability and some of my friends in the past would question why I take it,
inasmuch as I rail against free handouts from the central government. My
reply is about 95% similar to yours. When they quit stealing my money in the
form of all the federal taxes on my utility bill, the illegal income tax, and the
hundreds of other places they sneak a tax in on us including but not limited to
the hidden tax known as inflating the fiat currency to steal it at will, then and
only then will I relinquish the pittance I get from them.

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By MarthaA, February 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

Rehnquist helped put Bush in office.  I disagree with you.  I think Rehnquist knew exactly what he was doing. 

There was nothing about Al Gore’s politics that were despicable; what was despicable is how the Right-Wing Supreme Court countermanded the populace and the electors.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment

MarthaA:

Of COURSE he did it! And when he did it he was sure he was doing the “right” thing, saving America from Al Gore, whose politics he pretty much whole-heartedly despised.

My point was Rehnquist figured out he had f***ed up putting Bush in and did his damnedest to prevent Bush from getting to appoint his successor.  He died trying but we got stuck with Roberts anyway, who follows the Cheney line 100% (even more than the Bush line).

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By ardee, February 27, 2010 at 8:35 am Link to this comment

Tennessee-Socialist, February 26 at 2:10 pm #

Ardee: Hello, well the thing is that the left in America is too damned divided. Into sectarian leftist parties, such as Trotskists, Maoists, progressive social democrats, etc.

I doubt that more than a small percentage of those who call themselves progressives, or even leftists, are actual members of any of the parties you named above. Further I think that a majority of Americans are apolitical at best, though do hold many progressive ideals, a real problem in what is supposed to be a participatory form of govt.

I agree that having one central voice on the left would be a more effective methodology than what we have now. I doubt that this can actually be accomplished without serious alteration to our political reality however. The two major parties have far too many things in common of course, principle among them being their intent to keep the monopoly for themselves.

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By oldog, February 27, 2010 at 5:31 am Link to this comment

This is a pretty lame excuse for ‘investigative
journalism’. All your article actually documents is Ms
Medina’s political savvy. The rest is simply smear and innuendo.

Tell me, who do you work for: Rick Perry or Kay Hutchison?

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment

Ron Paul would flip flop if he got the presidency.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment

Irregardless how bad Rehnquist felt, he still did it, which was against the vote of the populace.

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By Truth.Will.Win, February 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm Link to this comment

Medina received a large amount of her initial support from the the original
grassroot supporters of Ron Paul.  These are folk who also tend to support
constitutional movements, anti Federal Reserve groups and 911 truth groups
who were also the foundation of the original tea party movement. Let’s not
forget the orginal Tea Parties in 2007 and 2008 started as a fund raising group
for Ron Paul before they were hi-jacked by Glenn Beck, Palin and the other Fox
“News” mouthpieces.

Last week Medina virtually threw these groups under the bus and is showing
herself more as a Bush neo-con shill and appears to have been bought out to
commit political suicide to allow Perry to ascend to the nomination on a single
Primary round.

What a shame she could not do as Ron Paul does - stick to his/her principles
and not flip flop.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

MarthaA, February 27 at 12:34 am #

bush was placed into office in the same manner that corporations have been given the right’s of people.  Al Gore won the election.

By Night-Gaunt, February 26 at 11:47 pm #

He was voted into office, just not by us. He was voted into office by 5 Supreme Court traitors in 2000. In 2004 it was by the Ohio governor manipulating the votes. So in a way yes, just not in a legal or freely democratic fashion. Corruption.


By MarthaA, February 26 at 11:37 pm #

Bush was NOT voted into office.  Let that be crystal clear.

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Funny thing. I’ll bet if you could have asked Chief Justice Rehnquist, privately, what the BIGGEST mistake of his life had been, he would have answered voting to put Bush in office.  He died there, in incredible pain, refusing to step down, hoping he could last until Bush was defeate in 2004 so he COULD step down.

Why?  Rehnquist believed in the autonomy of the courts, particularly the Federal Court system and that those courts could, should and MUST answer only to the Supreme Court for their decisions.  Bush sought to violate Rehnquist’s territory by ordering the Justice Dept. to “monitor” Federal Court decisions, with the obvious goal of influencing those decisions to favor White House policy.

In simple words, Rehnquist highly resented Bush’s attempt to muscle in on Rehnquist’s turf and saw it as a betrayal by the man he COULD have kept out of the White House.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

bush was placed into office in the same manner that corporations have been given the right’s of people.  Al Gore won the election.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

He was voted into office, just not by us. He was voted into office by 5 Supreme Court traitors in 2000. In 2004 it was by the Ohio governor manipulating the votes. So in a way yes, just not in a legal or freely democratic fashion. Corruption.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

Bush was NOT voted into office.  Let that be crystal clear.

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By chuckie2u, February 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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I suppose the Republicans are shaking in their boots along with the Democrats when a movement such as the Tea Party Crowd is fed up with the In-Crowd in Washington ,D.C. and wants to find a few fresh faces.
This group of individuals lack true leadership to gain the momentum to elect individuals who won’t sell their souls to the PARTY leaders,so it will go no where.
The Republicans are just as pro-big government as any Democrat.It is all about who gets to dole out the Pork and whose benefactors benefit as the country plays musical chairs with the THRONE of power.

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By ocjim, February 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

Pathetically, csavage has got it right. Why else would voters for Congress, whose view of the big picture has the focus of ten year olds, elect more obstructionists so that absolutely nothing can be accomplished in Congress. Why else did we have George W. Bush and a myriad of other users serving in public office. I am afraid that voters are too disengaged, too ignorant, and too angry to vote with intelligence.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

Tennessee,

You are right.  Now, how can it be done?

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By Shane, February 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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Wow, this article about hypocrisy is way off.  I pride myself on attacking hypocrisy at every level friend or foe.  What is reported on here falls far short of the accusations laid.  Thumbs down on journalistic integrity and two thumbs up for partisanship.  Maybe I should start digging up the goods on this website and its authors to see what I can find.  A damn shame….sigh.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 26, 2010 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

If she did one illegal thing that is small when she is in office couldn’t the next one be a larger felony? Think in a wider way and you will see more than that pin hole you are looking through.

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By Tennessee-Socialist, February 26, 2010 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

Ardee: Hello, well the thing is that the left in America is too damned divided. Into sectarian leftist parties, such as Trotskists, Maoists, progressive social democrats, etc.  We need a United Leftist Front in America, not hundreds of different leftist parties with their own world view because as long as the left is divided, the USA will always be ruled by the right-wing (Democrats and Republicans)

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By barbm, February 26, 2010 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

medina is NOT anti-federal government, she’s pro-constitution. there are issues facing communities, states, and the federal govt that shouldn’t be decided by others. the constitution guarantees that all matters not in the feds purview will be reserved for the states. there are many fed departments that duplicate states’ efforts. that’s part of what is driving the fed budget out of control.

she’s for not using abortion as a form of birth control. take a pill, hold an aspirin between your knees, get a hysterectomy, get an iud, or use a prophylactic if you don’t want to get pregnant. why should an innocent baby pay for your irresponsible behavior? she is not against abortion if the mother’s life is in jeopardy or the fetus is not viable.

i see nothing wrong with taking out a loan that has to be paid back. women are not minorities, but they are part of affirmative action. she started a business in a small town that created a lot of jobs probably taking people off welfare. because there were more jobs, her community had more $ spent there which raised their tax base giving them more money for schools, roads, etc.. what’s wrong with any of that? we in texas think you should dance with the one what brung ya to the ball, so i’m glad to hear that the city of wharton gave her the contract and fired the outside company. taking out a loan so you can work and create jobs in the private sector is a lot different from sitting at home in front of the tv eating bonbons and getting pregnant over and over so you can get yet more welfare dollars. i think she should go a little further & require drug tests to qualify for any govt handout. workers have to in order to get a job.

she didn’t flash her pistol to show off, she was asked to show it to the reporter. and she doesn’t carry it around in her purse, she keeps it in the glove box of her car which is completely legal in texas.

i disagree with her on 2 subjects, home schooling and e-verify. if schools are bad, we should fight to make them better and safer. e-verify seems to work, so why not use it? that being said, i’ll never find anybody who has ALL the same values as i have, but she has more than any of my other options.

in texas, if you get old, lose your job, or have some other emergency that makes it impossible for you to pay the taxes on your home, the home can be taken from you. even if your home is paid off, you never really own it because of the taxes having to be paid every year. this hurts mostly the poor and elderly. she wants it to stop. she also wants to stop illegals from going on private property to get into our state. she will send the texas guard to the border to assist border patrol agents in stopping illegal immigration. this will lower crime thus prison costs, lower the drain on our schools/hospitals/welfare, & free up jobs for americans. what’s wrong with that?

i voted for medina as did my family & all my friends. i’m a tea-partier and darn proud of it. we are hard-working people with families and responsibilities who are tired of taxation without representation. we want our state back, then we’re going after the congress, senate, and potus. balance the budget, protect us from outsiders, quit giving our $ to other countries when we have so many poor, quit taking from the workers to give to the lazy, quit trying to take over our lives,and start listening to us. is that really too much to ask, and does that make us bad people? i think not.

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By csavage, February 26, 2010 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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I live in a neighborhood where Medina signs are prominently displayed and, I can tell you, her supporters don’t know anything about her background nor do they care. Refer them to an article, perhaps this one, and they will dismiss it as a “librul media smear”. It’s ironic that Tancredo called for a civics test prior to being eligible to vote, because the tea partiers here in North Houston would fail it miserably. Talk about low information voters.As for her taking out a small business loan and being dependent on Medicare for her business, they would dismiss that as just something she deserves. American exceptionalism is a hallmark belief to the neo-con and they extend it to include themselves as well. So, you can get abject hypocrisy such as Clinton being criticized for smoking pot but hear nary a peep about Bush snorting cocaine. What’s the difference-one is a Republican

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By thebeerdoctor, February 26, 2010 at 7:17 am Link to this comment

To follow up on what ITW brought up. it seems that the writers of this article are a bit hysterical about the SBA loan. The loan her business received is chump change compared to the $ millions Neil Bush received to go “wild-catting”. In fact, it seems to me this a rather stupid article, unless you live in Texas.

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By drbhelthi, February 26, 2010 at 6:30 am Link to this comment

An experienced nurse wishes to become a big-time
politician.  She makes a speech one day supporting
original American values.  Her speech is strongly
criticized by jealous, in-place politicians. Due to the
criticism, she subsequently makes statements that flip-
flop to support the values of the WWiI NAZIs and
cohorts who have overtaken the US.

She fits in well with the Bush family.

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By Ignatz Farquad, February 26, 2010 at 6:03 am Link to this comment

Typical Republican scum.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 26, 2010 at 5:19 am Link to this comment

What bothers me about this article is there is an implication, without confirmation, that Medina committed a felony.

1) Medina applied for and received an SBA loan.

2) Medina listed her ethnicity as Hispanic but her maiden name is typical WASP.

So….there are two questions:

1) Was that SBA loan an 8(a) loan?  8(a) is solely for businesses owned by people defined as minorities (and I don’t believe “female” is one of the categories).

2) If the loan WAS 8(a), then is Medina, in fact, Hispanic?  In 2008, one of the Democratic candidates was (and still is) Hispanic despite having an English name.

If the loan WAS 8(a) and Medina is NOT Hispanic, then it is likely she committed fraud by applying for and receiving this loan intended solely for minorities.  That’s the heart of the matter that the article skirts.

Other than that, if she’s not Hispanic, it’s merely another hypocritcal Pol lying about her background.

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By thebeerdoctor, February 26, 2010 at 3:45 am Link to this comment

Although I applauded Ron Paul’s objections to the permanent war state, you have to wonder how libertarian are these folks, who get paid by the government to complain about the government. Many of these freedom lovers are in actuality, advocates for their own peculiar form of cultural tyranny. Emotional blowhards are sometimes very successful in American politics.

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By ardee, February 26, 2010 at 3:42 am Link to this comment

The US left is so divided, and so dogmatic, so lacking in social skills, and so unfriendly and lacking in personal leadership and charisma that it is no wonder why many Americans prefer far-right wing populist organizations such as the Tea Party a lot more than the socialist parties in America which are too antisocial, too narcissists and to dictatorial like Alexander Cockburn from counterpunch.org who thinks that he is the Albert Einstein of socialism along with Noam Chomsky (A closet Capitalist) who said that 9-11 was not an inside job (Go figure)

A self fulfilling prophesy…..

Is this what passes for social skills in Tennessee? After berating the left you then engage in exactly what you claim to abhor in that group….I think most will let Noam Chomsky’s body of work speak eloquently to your calumny.

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By ofersince72, February 25, 2010 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment

All you wanting this bill passed into law

are just helping them trash what is left of

our constitution…

Government should not be allowed to mandate you
to buy anything from one of their private doner
companies…this bill mandates that they can !!!!!!

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By ofersince72, February 25, 2010 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment

Will not this health care bill if passed

set the presedent to allow the government to

mandate you buy anything they want you to buy…

Sure looks that way to me…if they can make it
law that you have to buy something from a private
company…..well,  they can mandate you to do
anything they want.!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By MarthaA, February 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment

I’m too old to start that now, Tennessee, but you can.

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By Tennessee-Socialist, February 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment

Hello all, my problem in the USA is not with the right-wing, but with the left.  The US left is so divided, and so dogmatic, so lacking in social skills, and so unfriendly and lacking in personal leadership and charisma that it is no wonder why many americans prefer far-right wing populist organizations such as the Tea Party a lot more than the socialist parties in America which are too antisocial, too narcissists and to dictatorial like Alexander Cockburn from counterpunch.org who thinks that he is the Albert Einstein of socialism along with Noam Chomsky (A closet Capitalist) who said that 9-11 was not an inside job (Go figure) 

What USA needs is a non-sectarian, friendly, united, new left, not too centrist but not too radical, like the folks of the International Communist Current who say that the Venezuelan Bolivarian Government is a “Bourgeoise Nationalist” state.

We need a Leftist Congress and Seminar in America to launch a United Jeffersonian Socialist Party compossed of leftists and progressives who are not dogmatics, fundamentalists, and sectarians, with the goal of uniting a Large United Front as a weapon and tool to destroy the hegemony of the right-wing ideology and right-wing parties in America.

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By Scotty_Mack, February 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment

This is news?  Didn’t we just elect a President who talked a big game but turned out to be a Bush-League Republican?  How about that for a story?

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By Night-Gaunt, February 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

I’ve found that merit in the work place isn’t how well you do your job but how much you play office politics and kiss up or bend over for the bosses who do (worth) little but lord over the real workers under them. In the present poisonous atmosphere of economic depression the whole mechanism is increased. The worst aspects of a bad work place are exaggerated. They know they can replace anyone with the teaming desperate out of workers waiting, clawing at the door like hungry ghouls begging to be fed. [In this case with a job, any job. Beggars can’t be choosers.]

Suffice it to say, I don’t play politics.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, February 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment

Mamby pamby. Why not go for the throat? How about this: Boot Strappers like
Medina advocate a pernicious, inhumane form of social Darwinism disguised as
an economic philosophy. This pseudo science of free market economics can be
categorically impugned on moral grounds, and easily dismissed on logical
grounds, since it failed spectacularly in 2008-2009.

The meritocratic mechanism (survival of the fittest) at the heart of this
conservative utopian pipedream is a lie continuously invoked and championed
by those who have benefitted most from the current system, and have the
audacity to imagine themselves more “fit” and thus more deserving than others.
For these uber-Americans—especially the kind of supermen-in-a-threepiece
that haunt Wall Street—Government is an obstacle standing in the way of
complete control. Naturally they seek to mitigate its power with jingoistic
campaigns against the “Big Government” bogie man.

The Boot Strappers represent a core belief of the conservative movement, one
of their guiding stars. And though free market/smaller government is a sham,
the sadder truth is that the left has become altogether too comfortable with
the rhetorical scaffolding required to hold this argument’s crumbling edifice
upright. Make no mistake, few Americans get what they deserve.  Most get far
less, and a precious few get obscenely more.

The meritocracy is dead. Long live the Meritocracy.

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By Cherokee Fred Jesus, February 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

teabagges were the repub re brand from bad press

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By MarthaA, February 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment

Another follower of the “Rupert Murdoch Right-Wing Republican EXTREMIST News Corp.‘s Hitleresque Tea Party Plan” to overthrow the liberals and progressives using Glenn Beck, and other sophist propagandist on his FOX Network and his other forms of media:

Propagandist Glenn Beck and the FOX Puppets Want to Repeal the 20th Century:
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2010/02/22/glenn-beck-and-the-fox-puppets-want-to-repeal-the-20th-century.aspx

Conservative Propagandist Glenn Beck wants to get rid of all things liberal, while owning up that his liberal education was from free public libraries:
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/stewart-beck-socialist-libraries/

Beck’s argument is simple, direct and full of raw meat for his ultra conservative audiences: the only difference between communists and progressives is the difference between revolution and evolution.
http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/02/25/glenn-beck-auditions-for-joe-mccarthys-job/

Liberal Neo-Monarchists???  What will they call liberals next?
http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth
/item/cpac_2010_festival_of_whites_20100223/

England has banned all commercials for Glenn Beck, but Rupert Murdoch keeps his propaganda machine on daily at great cost so that he can undermine liberals and progressives for his master, Rupert Murdoch, who has hopes of ruling the world:

http://stopbeckuk.info/

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By ocjim, February 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

It seems that Texas voters are readily seduced by demagogues full of lies and deceit who use taxpayer funds for their own advancement. She is another Bush. Many Texans still have not caught on that George W. fleeced taxpayers and profited from the sale of the Texas Rangers, trashed Ann Richards as a lesbian in winning the governorship, scammed other Texas owners of Harkin Corporation when he manipulated insider trading.

They are about to be duped again, like tell me you’re a maverick and I’ll bend over.

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By Ordinary Anarchist, February 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry, Deb.  Criminalizing abortions does not logically follow from a smaller government ideology.  Try again. Oh, and get off the dole.  I don’t want to pay for you or your anti-abortion cops.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 25, 2010 at 9:49 am Link to this comment

Right now the latest poll numbers put her and Hutchinson way behind the successionist boy idiot we have in office.

Too bad we don’t get any decent citizens running for governor here in backwards USA.

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By balkas, February 25, 2010 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

I am only interested in whether she’s for sale or on sale?
Anybody knows? tnx

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By Palmetto Yankee, February 25, 2010 at 6:54 am Link to this comment

Clearly “Medina” has learned at the knee of another famous anti-big government Texas Republican hypocrite - Ross Perot. 

For all of Perot’s claims of boot-strap pulling success, it was EDS’s lucrative government contracts that made him wealthy.

“Medina” is just another in a long line of frauds perpetrated by the wing-nut/tea baggers fringe.

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By SoTexGuy, February 25, 2010 at 6:32 am Link to this comment

The author raises some important issues and questions about Medina. The contrast between her private professional life and her public politics should be explained. Just for me that stuff doesn’t really lift my skirt..

Oh! I’m not a Medina fan but some people of my acquaintance are supporting her candidacy. Mostly they are choosing her as the least of evils. Perry is simply intolerable! (some Texan actually burned down the Governor’s mansion recently) Hutchinson won’t do anything in office except extend the status quo and maybe improve her hair.. The Democratic candidate? Good luck.

What I would like to have seen from the author is a substantive assault on just one of the real issues of having Medina as governor. 

Look at ‘home schooling’.. It sounds great to lots of folks.. but paired with the tax changes she wants what’s really going on is not a way for more to teach at home.. It’s a total assault on public schools. It’s one thing to want better schooling .. but the majority of Texas kids depend on public schools. What do they and their working parents do when public schools are starved for funds? I think she is serious about this and it’s about her religious beliefs more than it is about parental choice.

Much of the rest of her ‘conservativeness’ (packing heat and so-on) is window-dressing. It pleases the crowd down at the Chevy lot and on the pseudo-right blogs otherwise I don’t take it too seriously.

Anyway, that’s one Texas voter’s views on that.

Adios.

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By PatrickHenry, February 25, 2010 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

Good for the citizens of texas to vote in their choice.

I hope this election doesn’t get polluted by outside money from corporations and non-Texans.

We need to break the two party grip and its got to start somewhere.

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By ardee, February 25, 2010 at 3:27 am Link to this comment

Medina is a symptom, nothing grander than that. The lack of depth, the hypocrisy, the formulaic and rather trite campaign mantras that never stand up to closer scrutiny, as well as the way so many people buy into this stuff because they are not really political, only dissatisfied, all point to a govt that is in real need of reform.

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By mrfreeze, February 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment

What’s up with all the whiny, half-baked criticism of this article? Paybacks are a bitch aren’t they? After all, the corporate Media has allowed so much unsubstantiated negative press on President Obama that it’s about time all of you red neck, I-think-Joe-the-Plumber-is-a-genius thinkers got a taste of your own medicine.

Is it so hard for you to accept the fact that a self-proclaimed anti-tax, anti-government public figure can be called-out for feeding from the very institution he/she vilifies? Oh, but for a “revolutionary” it’s different, right? Sure, let’s just change our beliefs to fit our own myopic (incorrect) perspective.

Face it, not only is Medina yet another government profiteer, she’s a hypocrite. To claim otherwise is to be intellectually dishonest.

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By frederico802, February 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment
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If we get government off the backs of citizens, we’re not going to have an economic crisis, we’re not going to have an energy crisis…..we’re not going to have safe drinking water or a living wage or clean air or a decent roof over our heads. Y’all will be back to living in squalor, working 12 hour days for pennies, while we pollute the daylight out of the sky. Just like in capitalist China…....except we’re gonna still have our GUNS!We won’t be able to afford ammo, but we’ll have our guns!

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By Ballard, February 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment
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This is the best you could do for a hit piece?

It comes off like a catty housewife gossiping.

Wow, she got a gov business loan - which means she has to pay it
back with interest.

Yet you fail to mention Perry’s mandated vaccines for our Texas
daughters and with a vaccine by a drug company he is associated
with.

You fail to mention Perry trying to take Texans property to create a
toll road or super hwy and give it to a foreign country (Spain)


I voted for Medina and for the first time ever I actually felt good about
voting.

Everyone I know has voted for Medina.

Someone fresh and not a career politician is appealing.

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By Queen Lib, February 24, 2010 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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This is a pathetic job of so-called ‘investigative journalism’.

This weak article does not in any way deter me from voting for Medina.

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By Maani, February 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

“Medina” has not an ounce of Hispanic blood.  She got her name via marriage.  She was born on a farm in Texas of American parents.

The only thing she has going for her is that she supports a new investigation into 9/11.  Sadly, as wonderful as that is, it is not enough to recommend her for ANY position, much less governor.

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By Night-Gaunt, February 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

You forget Jennifer that they named themselves as “tea baggers” and so the moniker sticks. Even if they subsequently don’t like it.

She is a hypocrite of she decries the very things that helped her. Not what you said Tim Davis. Nothing weird about this. Very different from seeing something bad and wanting to change it. Very different.

I’m in Texas and this is the first I have heard of her. The usual contradictions i.e. gun ownership, but women can’t own their own bodies—the Ron Paul version of Libertarianism. Yes read Ayn Rand and she would have been against the taxes and the special benefit to Medina.

THEY ALSO NEED TO REMOVE THE GODDAMN NON-PAYING ADVERT/SPAM HERE RIGHT NOW AND FAST!!!

Everyone needs to report on all three for them to notice. I have.

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By PatrickHenry, February 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment

By jian, February 24 at 11:13 pm #

Walmart is at a different website.

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By Bisbonian, February 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment
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“Medina has positioned herself as a radical anti-government outsider who would cut Texas free from federal government programs and influence in favor of the free market.”

Weeee-heeeee!  LET HER!  Come on, we should encourage this; it could be a lot of fun.  If nothing else, we could use the Fed money for Texas on something useful instead.

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By OscarG, February 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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Debra : You really knows how to get Gov $$$ ...to continue ripping the country . Please , stay in TX ...that’s it .

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By mrfreeze, February 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm Link to this comment

My gosh, five commentators ahead of me and, obviously, none knows the definition of hypocrite.

And I particularly like the comment about “playing by the rules!” Someone badly needs a lesson in ethics, morality and honesty. It’s always the lowest-level thinker that goes right to the “I didn’t do anything illegal” argument.

Just go ahead and say it: It depends on what the definition of is is? Right?

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By John Karrys, February 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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Medina is the Earthquake America needs right now.

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By Jennifer, February 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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I agree that this doesn’t seem like a big deal to me.  You work within the rules of the game, and you benefit based on the current rules/laws.  That’s called good business sense.

Maybe the voter registration was a mistake.  Maybe she filled one out for her husband at the same time and made a mistake.  It’s certainly possible.

I hate the teabag term.  The term makes Democrats look bad IMHO.

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By dihey, February 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

Do not worry. She is already tanking, although she may throw the election into a Perry vs. Hutchison vote for which almost nobody shows up.

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By Antony, February 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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Let me start by saying that I don’t even live in Texas, but before you wrote this, you should have waited long enough for a reply. Your assumptions may be completely unfounded and seem to run quite thin.

As for Ayn Rand, you don’t know what you are talking about, as she would say that since the government stole your money, you can certainly get it back through such programs, but ONLY if you do not take more than they took from you and only if you fight against them taking it from you in the first place.

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