More here...Tea Party movement: Billionaire Koch brothers who helped it grow
Industrialists who own private company with annual revenues of £62bn have channelled millions of dollars to rightwing causes
It likes to present itself as a grassroots insurgency made up of hundreds of local groups intent on toppling the Washington elite.
But the Tea Party movement, which is threatening to cause an upset in next month's midterm elections, would not be where it is today without the backing of that most traditional of US political supporters – Big Oil.
The billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries, a private company with 70,000 employees and annual revenues of $100bn (£62bn), used to joke that they controlled the biggest company nobody had ever heard of.
Not any more. After decades during which their fortune grew exponentially and they channelled millions of dollars to rightwing causes, Charles and David Koch are finally getting noticed for their part in the extraordinary growth of the Tea Party movement.
The two, 74-year-old Charles and David, 70, have invested widely in the outcome of the 2 November elections.
But organisations tracking money in politics say the Kochs' biggest impact in the midterm elections will be from funding and providing logistical support to such groups as Americans for Prosperity (AFP), one of the biggest Tea Party groups.
AFP, in turn, has spun off other organisations such as November is Coming, Hands Off My Healthcare, and the Institute of Liberty, which are buying up television ads and holding rallies across the country in an attempt to defeat Democrats.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
I love that people keep pointing out Angle and O'Donnell as if they're all the candidates or the average Tea Party candidate. While I've not read a ton of them I know from that from a general bit of research into the following stances that I for the most part like all of the following candidates, all supported by the Tea Party:
Do I like EVERYTHING about them? No, there's not a candidate in the world that I like every thing about them. But in general when it comes to the issues I think they're all pretty damn good on them and only really "extreme" if you consider anyone that's not either left or wishy washy "extreme". Yet they don't get a ton of attention because they don't help the media and the left portray the Tea Party as "mostly" a bunch of extremist, racists, bigoted, bafoons
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama -- The New Yorker
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party -- New York Times
So...you cant really tell whose a teabagger and who isnt?Second, if you want a "platform" of theirs its not that hard to find what would most likely be considered it. The Tea Party functions as an organization of individual groups, each with its own more localized and unique focus or cares, but generally each holding to an overall principle. The only bit of information that I've seen held in esteem as a "message" of the movement by the vast majority of these various individual groups would be the Contract From America. If you want a "platform" for the Tea Party movement this is the closest you'll likely get.
That's...extremely vague1. Protect the Constitution
Slightly more specific, getting better.2. Reject Cap & Trade
Ok, how do you want to achieve that?3. Demand a Balanced budget
Again with the vague.4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
Yet AGAIN with the vague.5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington
I'm sensing a trend here.6. End Runaway Government Spending
Replace it with what?7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health care
This doesnt even make sense.8. Pass an "All of the Above" Energy Policy
Vague again.9. Stop the Pork
Which ones?10. Stop the Tax Hikes
No, it's a frickin' grocery list. This isnt a platform, it's a list of vague ideas that are neither formed nor apparently very well thought out.Each of the above is simply the bullet point header, as each have some more specific information. For example, #1 is Protect the Constitution, but proposes to do such by requiring "each bill to identify the specific provision of the Constitution that gives Congress the power to do what the bill does.
Here, this is a political platform
Socialist Party USA
Agree with it or not, it goes into detail, spells out specific steps and goals to take to achieve an end goal. You have a rough draft, I write grocery lists more complicated than that. I love the enthusiasm, but lets see some specific plans
Theory is nice but it isnt a plan.Note that unlike an actual POLITICAL PARTY platform, these are much more theoritical based as they were submitted and voted on by individual citizens and are more focused on common language and simple concepts than in depth policy statements.
See my last post