Dec 9, 2013
Tea Party Socialism
Posted on Oct 5, 2010
By Yasha Levine
Even Alaska tea party favorite Joe Miller, who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, became embroiled in a farm subsidy scandal in September when it was discovered that he received roughly $1,000 a year in farm subsidies over a seven-year period for land he owned in Kansas. His excuse? “This was back in the ’90s, the situation the country was in was far different than now,” he said.
And the list of tea party candidates benefiting from farm subsidies goes on and on.
The tea party is supposed to be cleansing the Republican Party of its corrupt big-government tendencies. Well, so much for that. Scratch the surface of these rising tea party stars and you’ll find they are Bush Republicans through and through: They want to cut taxes for the rich and to slash welfare and social spending on the poor, all while funneling farm subsidies to rich Republicans.
If you are wondering why the tea party rank and file allows them to get away with the hypocrisy, then look no further than billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, the ideological and financial backers of the tea party movement. The Kochs have become famous for their generous right-wing philanthropy. Their final goal is, as David Koch once put it, “to minimize the role of government, to maximize the role of private economy and to maximize personal freedoms.”
In August, Karl Rove predicted that the anti-government message of the tea party movement will cause a voter-turnout tsunami in November’s midterm elections and help Republicans take control of Congress. Maybe Rove is right. But if he is, Americans will be unpleasantly surprised when they learn that tea party Republicans are no different from Bush Republicans: They are against big-government tyranny, unless it’s Republican big-government tyranny.
Yasha Levine is an editor of The eXiled. Levine and co-author Mark Ames first broke the connection between the tea party and the billionaire Koch brothers on Playboy.com in February 2009, sparking lawsuit threats, and causing CNBC’s Rick Santelli to publicly distance himself from the tea party movement and cancel his “Daily Show” appearance.
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