Friday, February 25, 2011

Public Forum Sat. Feb. 26: "Healthcare For All"

Presents a Public Forum
“Healthcare for All:  The Affordable Care Act and Beyond”
Sat. Feb. 26, 2-3:30PM
First Congregational Church
1000 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN

Dr. Arthur Sutherland, Physicians for a National Health Plan
Brad Palmertree, Tennessee Health Care Campaign
Roger S. LaBonte, M.D., Fellow American College of Physicians
Distinguished Fellow, American College of Medical Quality
ABIM Board Certified In Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine

Rep. Steve Cohen (Invited)

How will the  Affordable Care Act Affect YOU
Right-Wing Tea Party LIES about Healthcare Reform
How can we move to a real single-payer (Medicare for All) System?
Questions and Answers

Join Us!
Memphis Coffee Party Progressives

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 Activists Lead Assault on Tennessee Education Association

Conservative Activists Lead 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.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tea Party Patriots Exposed

Tea Party Patriots Investigated

Pricey political consultants and fame-seeking leaders: A grassroots group cozies up to the DC establishment and alienates the activists who put it on the map.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

CPAC 2011: Republicans Court the 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

Tea Party vs. Ronald Reagan

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 operation 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!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Uncloaking the Koch Brothers Tea Party

The Billionaire funders of the Tea Party movement, David and Charles Koch (Koch Industries) held their annual right-wing shing-dig in Palm Springs, CA, and were appropriately welcomed by over 2000 protesters:

Koch Brothers Gathering Draws Right-Wing Billionaires

Crashing the Koch's Billionaire Caucus

Koch Brothers Protest:  25 Arrested at California Conservative Meeting