David Shuster has fun with tea baggers: “They need a Dick Armey”

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

SHUSTER: For most Americans, Wednesday, April 15th will be Tax Day. But in our fourth story tonight: It‘s going to be teabagging day for the right-wing and they‘re going nuts for it. Thousands of them whipped out the festivities early this past weekend, and while the parties are officially toothless, the teabaggers are full-throated about their goals.

They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending — spending they did not oppose when they were under presidents Bush and Reagan. They oppose Mr. Obama‘s tax rates — which will be lower for most of them — and they oppose the tax increases Mr. Obama is imposing on the rich, whose taxes will skyrocket to a rate about 10 percent less than it was under Reagan. That‘s teabagging in a nut shell.

Taking its inspiration from the Boston Tea Party when colonists tossed British tea into the sea because the tax in it had not been voted on by their own duly-elected representatives — that‘s exactly the opposite, of course, of today‘s taxes, known in some quarters as taxation with representation.

But as “New York Times” columnist, Paul Krugman, points out today, this time, the tea bagging is not a spontaneous uprising. The people who came up with it are a familiar circle of Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, both of whom have firm support from right-wing financiers and lobbyists.

O'DONNELL: [N]ow, the problem is — on this April 15th, the taxation rates that they will all be protesting are the George W. Bush Republican Congress taxation rates. That‘s how we got these tax rates.

Sean Hannity, in the approach of this April 15th protest, has talked about the skyrocketing tax rates. The tax rates have not increased in this country in 16 years, and they did under Bill Clinton in 1993. He increased one tax rate, the top tax rate, and President Bush then immediately cut it as his first order of business.

So, all of the protests of the federal tax rates on April 15th, all of it, will be targeted at George W. Bush. I‘m not sure the protesters understand that.

Read the full transcript 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Monday, April 13

0 responses to “David Shuster has fun with tea baggers: “They need a Dick Armey”

  1. I guess that would make you one who has been “TEABAGGED” on a regular basis!

  2. AzBlueMeanie

    Actually, Bob, it is you who is off topic. This post makes the substantive point that the tea baggers “oppose Mr. Obama‘s tax rates — which will be lower for most of them — and they oppose the tax increases Mr. Obama is imposing on the rich, whose taxes will skyrocket to a rate about 10 percent less than it was under Reagan.”

    It is you who has behaved in a juvenile fashion by referring to David Shuster as a “juvenile asshole” having “on-air orgasms” without addressing the substive points made in the Shuster interview with O’Donnell. Hurling insults means you have nothing of substantive value to say.

  3. Meanie –

    You seem to have trouble staying on topic: David Schuster!

  4. AzBlueMeanie

    You mean like falafel boy Bill O’Rielly who sexually harassed a staffer with his fantasies about taking a loofa to her in the shower, for which he had to pay her damages?

  5. David Schuster is an asshole… fits the MSNBC requirement. I wonder if he too has on-air orgasms ala Chris Matthews?

  6. AzBlueMeanie

    Interesting that Ken and Bob do not address the facts discussed by David Shuster and O’Donnell – all of which are factually accurate. They attack the messenger, MSNBC, no doubt because Bill O’Rielly at Faux News routinely attacks his nemesis MSNBC for pointing out that he constantly lies.

    If you really want to see a juvenile asshole, you can find one any time of the day or night on fact-free Faux News.

  7. It is just another example of how MSNBC has decided that ALL of their on-air staff must be juvenile assholes.

  8. I like how at the EXACT same time Rick Perry was whining about the feds, he was asking for Federal Assistance because of the bad wildfires in the state. These right wing extremists hate America.

  9. David Shuster is ignorant and vulgar and has no place reporting on anything.

  10. I don’t know about getting rid of Texas. Many of the folks you mention were not born in Texas, they’re just “from there”.

    Maybe we can just convert it into a territory. Give it the same status as Puerto Rico or Guam.

  11. AzBlueMeanie

    While your legal argument is incorrect, I must admit that I find it appealing to get rid of Texas.

    Texas crackers have given us George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Phil Gramm, Dick Armey, Tom DeLay, John Cornyn, etc. Never has one state been so responsible for inflicting so much damage upon this country.

    Whenever I have the misfortune of having to go to Texas, I like to sing the old country-western song “happiness is seeing Texas in my rearview miror.”

    I would personally support building a border wall around Texas to keep the Texans out of the U.S.

  12. What was probably the icing on the cake for the tea parties was when Rick Perry, Texas’ governor stated that Texas can secede from the union. That will draw a lot of attention but more importantly it sends the message that these movements are serious for such strong words to be used. While the media will say they Texas does not have the right to do this outright (there are some court cases which agree, there are certain paths they can take to get this goal).

    While they do not have the right to do this outright, there are certain paths they can take to get this goal. Come on, you know this is possible because this is the same country which gives exceptions to tax cheats through cleaver legal

    Really it is just using the legal system creatively.

    Texas probably has the best chance at success. Here is just one way how it can work. The annexation agreement made when Texas joined the union provided that Texas would be able to divide into 5 states. This would create 8 more conservative Senators.

    If Texas were to try to divide and be rebuffed, the US would be in violation of the agreement and Texas should be able to go free.

    It is not all that far fetched.

    Regardless of the TX situation, the movement was larger than expected. And it is just a start because the thing about grass roots is that it will only take hold, grow and spread.

    Some pics here:


  13. Im not sure that the teabaggers “are officially toothless.”

    I’d assume there are a couple of teeth left in the heads of some participants.

  14. CLASSIC! Makes you wonder if the same person charged with the movements laughable/dual meaning tagline was also in charge of doing the background research on the tax policies they are encouraging people to protest. It seems entirely possible the Tea Bag movement got underway while a brainstorming bunch of conservative policy wonks passed around a bong while tuning in to Glenn Beck’s hour of comedy on Fox Noise.