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The protest was inspired by a rant against Obama's housing bailout plan delivered last week from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade by CNBC's Rick Santelli, who denounced struggling homeowners as "losers." Planning moved ahead quickly, thanks to the use of YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and especially Twitter.
The protesters identify themselves with the revolutionaries who dumped tea in Boston Harbor in 1773. Some wore 18th century garb to the protests, while others were described as wearing tea bags. Organizers have sworn to deposit tens of thousands of teabags on the floor of the US Congress.
Capitol protest assails Obama, big spending
A spirited crowd of unhappy Michiganders gathered at noon Friday outside the state Capitol to express their displeasure with President Barack Obama, the federal stimulus package, federal bailouts and assorted other grievances as part of a national Tea Party Protest.
Originally posted by xoxo stacie
The thing that amazed alot of them was that the MSM wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.
Bloggers charge 'Tea Party' anti-stimulus protests are corporate front
"What hasn’t been reported until now is evidence linking Santelli’s 'tea party' rant with some very familiar names in the Republican rightwing machine," they write, "from PR operatives who specialize in imitation-grassroots PR campaigns (called 'astroturfing') to bigwig politicians and notorious billionaire funders. As veteran Russia reporters, both of us spent years watching the Kremlin use fake grassroots movements to influence and control the political landscape. To us, the uncanny speed and direction the movement took and the players involved in promoting it had a strangely forced quality to it. If it seemed scripted, that's because it was."
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
NOW we're talking people!!!
THIS is what needs to be done on a MASS BASIS to stop this endless thievery and misallocation of our tax-dollars!
Originally posted by Irish M1ck
reply to post by projectvxn
Yeah, and a lot of them didn't. A lot of them are just struggling because they lost their job, and their house that was worth $300,000 is now worth $200,000, so now they have no equity, and are insolvent.
Meanwhile, the elite who are now griping and calling for a new tea party are the ones who intentionally gave them those loans. These people are loving this recession, don't be fooled. They take all that extra cash they have, buy up everything they can, and then reap the benefits when it's over.
What are you, the bizzaro Robin Hood?
[edit on 3/1/2009 by Irish M1ck]