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(Washington Times)   Tea Party experiences rapid growth after adopting "The stupid, it burns..." as official motto   (washingtontimes.com) divider line 112
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2013-05-28 01:57:16 AM
Here is something I just noticed.  The Contract with America was the big kick off for the Tea Party and it happened on April 15th, 2009 (aka Tax Day).  The whole point of it was to lead up to the midterm elections in 2010.  Now we are seeing the IRS "scandal" dominate conservative newspapers and the Tea Party is getting a huge influx of money at basically the exact same time leading up to the 2014 midterms.  I am all for this though,  I am sure they will free up some of those nice Old Guard Republican seats given their track record
 
2013-05-28 09:27:14 AM

SnakeLee: Here is something I just noticed.  The Contract with America was the big kick off for the Tea Party and it happened on April 15th, 2009 (aka Tax Day).  The whole point of it was to lead up to the midterm elections in 2010.  Now we are seeing the IRS "scandal" dominate conservative newspapers and the Tea Party is getting a huge influx of money at basically the exact same time leading up to the 2014 midterms.  I am all for this though,  I am sure they will free up some of those nice Old Guard Republican seats given their track record



I think they're going to climax too early.  They should have waited until June of next year.
 
2013-05-28 09:33:52 AM
the funny thing is, it's gonna destroy the republican party. it's almost as if the IRS thing was timed to come out now by the obama administration...
 
2013-05-28 09:34:49 AM
I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.
 
2013-05-28 09:38:15 AM
"A recent poll broadcast on Fox News on Monday confirmed: Now, 44 percent of likely voting Americans hold a favorable view of the tea party. That's up from 30 percent a few months ago, the Rasmussen poll said."

Sounds unskewed.
 
2013-05-28 09:39:24 AM
Great. Another round of the absolute worst people in America funding the candidacies of the absolute stupidest people in America.
 
2013-05-28 09:39:34 AM

UberDave: I think they're going to climax too early. They should have waited until June of next year.


I suspect that the premature climax thing is a problem for a lot of Tea Partiers.
 
2013-05-28 09:40:23 AM
This better not be true. I really don't want Fark to devolve back into 90% Sarah Palin threads every day.
 
2013-05-28 09:40:44 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.


The scandal should be that any of them were actually approved.
 
2013-05-28 09:42:13 AM

gshepnyc: Great. Another round of the absolute worst people in America funding the candidacies of the absolute stupidest people in America.


Other way around.
 
2013-05-28 09:42:47 AM

gshepnyc: Great. Another round of the absolute worst people in America funding the candidacies of the absolute stupidest people in America.


Isn't it the other way around?
 
2013-05-28 09:42:47 AM

lilbjorn: IdBeCrazyIf: I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.

The scandal should be that any of them were actually approved.


My thoughts exactly

Of course, the wishy washy regulations in the wake of Citzens United left a lot of regulators scratching their heads with no clue what the fark to do with them in the first place
 
2013-05-28 09:43:34 AM
Considering Obama could cut a wet fart in the Oval Office and the tea party would try to fundraise off it, I'm hardly surprised.
 
2013-05-28 09:44:58 AM
Meh. Wake me up when IRSghazi is actually a scandal that implicates the president.
 
2013-05-28 09:45:37 AM
A recent poll broadcast on Fox News on Monday confirmed: Now, 44 percent of likely voting Americans hold a favorable view of the tea party.

This feels like conservative unskewed math.....even if it isn't that means a significant majority of 56% of Americans hold an unfavorable view of the tea party.
 
2013-05-28 09:47:05 AM

CorporatePerson: This better not be true. I really don't want Fark to devolve back into 90% Sarah Palin threads every day.


Look at today's gun thread headline. A Palin headline would be an improvement.
 
2013-05-28 09:47:25 AM
SnakeLee:  I am all for this though,  I am sure they will free up some of those nice Old Guard Republican seats given their track record

Yup.  Sounds like the Republicans didn't think their cunning plan all the way through.  Inspiring sympathy and righteous anger for a movement that has been nothing but a thorn in your side for the past four years . . . yeah, not the best idea.
 
2013-05-28 09:48:02 AM
They should just call their policy statement  "Articles of Impeachment for Barry Soetoro" and get it over with.
 
2013-05-28 09:49:11 AM
It's more about secret donors and big money agenda than taxes.
 
2013-05-28 09:51:27 AM

Uranus Is Huge!: "A recent poll broadcast on Fox News on Monday confirmed: Now, 44 percent of likely voting Americans hold a favorable view of the tea party. That's up from 30 percent a few months ago, the Rasmussen poll said."

Sounds unskewed.


rasmussen + fox... yeah, i'd say it's "likely voting republicans," not americans.
 
2013-05-28 09:52:08 AM

lilbjorn: IdBeCrazyIf: I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.

The scandal should be that any of them were actually approved.


Wouldn't it be some delicious irony if these groups get their tax exempt status pulled? Especially after they went and raised all that money. Bonus, force them to disclose the donors
 
2013-05-28 09:52:10 AM
The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.
 
2013-05-28 09:52:26 AM
The teabaggers are self-limiting.  Their numbers might bump up for a while as some people on the boundary between loon and sane buy into the "this is the most corrupt administration EVAR"* thing, but when they get a good, close look at just what the teabaggers are saying, the sane will again flee in droves.  They may not vote Democrat, but they won't vote teabagger either.

*Reading "Nixon's Darkest Secrets"--that whole "worse than Watergate" thing the right is trying to pin on Obama is a real stitch.  The book is chaotic, and clearly slanted, but it provides a lot of direct quotes, including from some of Nixon's closest aides, and Nixon himself, that make it clear he considered himself entirely above the law on everything, up to and including burglarly, extortion, blackmail and murder.

But the IRS delaying applications from clearly politically-motivated groups for tax-exempt status is clearly much worse.
 
2013-05-28 09:52:36 AM
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
 
2013-05-28 09:54:12 AM
They're also mostly college-educated.
 
2013-05-28 09:54:16 AM

markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.


What magical fantasy land do you live in.
 
2013-05-28 09:55:51 AM

Citrate1007: markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.

What magical fantasy land do you live in.


Sarcasm, how does it work?
 
2013-05-28 09:56:14 AM

Citrate1007: markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.

What magical fantasy land do you live in.


I think he's doing an improv scene.
 
2013-05-28 09:56:42 AM

sammyk: lilbjorn: IdBeCrazyIf: I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.

The scandal should be that any of them were actually approved.

Wouldn't it be some delicious irony if these groups get their tax exempt status pulled? Especially after they went and raised all that money. Bonus, force them to disclose the donors


They wont get their Tax Exempt status pulled. They would still be a 501 Non-Profit, they would just have to disclose their donors.
 
2013-05-28 09:57:42 AM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: sammyk: lilbjorn: IdBeCrazyIf: I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.

The scandal should be that any of them were actually approved.

Wouldn't it be some delicious irony if these groups get their tax exempt status pulled? Especially after they went and raised all that money. Bonus, force them to disclose the donors

They wont get their Tax Exempt status pulled. They would still be a 501 527 Non-Profit, they would just have to disclose their donors.


FTFY.
 
2013-05-28 09:57:44 AM

Uranus Is Huge!: "A recent poll broadcast on Fox News on Monday confirmed: Now, 44 percent of likely voting Americans hold a favorable view of the tea party. That's up from 30 percent a few months ago, the Rasmussen poll said."

Sounds unskewed.


A 14% jump in a month doesn't sound sustainable, even if it is accurate.
 
2013-05-28 10:00:53 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Uranus Is Huge!: "A recent poll broadcast on Fox News on Monday confirmed: Now, 44 percent of likely voting Americans hold a favorable view of the tea party. That's up from 30 percent a few months ago, the Rasmussen poll said."

Sounds unskewed.

A 14% jump in a month doesn't sound sustainable, even if it is accurate.


My big growth is hardly ever sustainable.
 
2013-05-28 10:04:17 AM

markfara: They're also mostly college-educated.


Yes, I believe the IRS is mostly college-educated.
 
2013-05-28 10:07:48 AM
Conservatives are most effective when they are in butthurt mode. They don't have any real policy ideas, so governing isn't their strong point.  But butthurt is something the American people truly understand, and no one does it better than conservatives. They'll be milking this "the IRS asked us insulting questions, and I never!" thing for years.
 
2013-05-28 10:10:31 AM

CorporatePerson: Citrate1007: markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.

What magical fantasy land do you live in.

I think he's doing an improv scene.


Sounds reasonable. Or it is alternate day. I still yet to see the Tea Party give two farks about the tax issue either apart from on poorly drawn billboards with whatever slogan they get told to do. For everyone one of them, there also seems to be one for how Obama is going to send them to the ovens so a secret UN army can invade and the need to return to the glory days of the Dark Ages.
 
2013-05-28 10:14:37 AM

Serious Black: The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: sammyk: lilbjorn: IdBeCrazyIf: I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.

The scandal should be that any of them were actually approved.

Wouldn't it be some delicious irony if these groups get their tax exempt status pulled? Especially after they went and raised all that money. Bonus, force them to disclose the donors

They wont get their Tax Exempt status pulled. They would still be a 501 527 Non-Profit, they would just have to disclose their donors.

FTFY.


I'm not a lawyer so I do not pretend to know how this works. But it seems to me abusing the non-profit status for a political endeavor should get people thrown in jail. They are basically commiting fraud against the IRS, AKA tax evasion, to illegally fund political activity. When your group is called "tea-party patriots" it's obvious your primary function is political. Yet there are no prosecutions. As said above the real scandal is that any of them were approved.
 
2013-05-28 10:17:42 AM
Its obvious to even the most derpiest among us that we, The People, have lost control over our own governance. There is nothing inherently criminal about the process, but rather a slow evolution by monied interests into a system that provide the illusion of choice without actually providing any; one that offers the illusion of representation, but it is patently obvious that when money talks and our Democratic bullshiat walks.

So people turn to anyone appearing offer a way to restore the spirit of our Democracy. People like the Koch brothers are using this angst to separate stupid people from their money.
 
2013-05-28 10:20:19 AM

sammyk: Serious Black: The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: sammyk: lilbjorn: IdBeCrazyIf: I still fail to see how the IRS is a scandal other than some piss poor decisions to lump a group of applications under a bad title of names, for the purposes of making their jobs easier.

The scandal should be that any of them were actually approved.

Wouldn't it be some delicious irony if these groups get their tax exempt status pulled? Especially after they went and raised all that money. Bonus, force them to disclose the donors

They wont get their Tax Exempt status pulled. They would still be a 501 527 Non-Profit, they would just have to disclose their donors.

FTFY.

I'm not a lawyer so I do not pretend to know how this works. But it seems to me abusing the non-profit status for a political endeavor should get people thrown in jail. They are basically commiting fraud against the IRS, AKA tax evasion, to illegally fund political activity. When your group is called "tea-party patriots" it's obvious your primary function is political. Yet there are no prosecutions. As said above the real scandal is that any of them were approved.


Again, what they were seeking approval for wasn't really a tax exemption. Groups like Crossroads GPS would have easily satisfied the conditions to be a 527 group, and 527s are also tax exempt. The difference between a 501(c)(4) and a 527 is the donor disclosure rules. That's why 501(c)(4)s became much more popular in 2011 and 2012; people spending millions of dollars on the election didn't want the rest of America to know they were spending that kind of money.
 
2013-05-28 10:23:28 AM

coeyagi: They should just call their policy statement  "Articles of Impeachment for Barry Soetoro" and get it over with.


I never understood the "logic" behind, "to assert that I believe Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya, instead of calling him by his actual Kenyan last name, I'm going to call him by his Indonesian stepfather's name."
 
2013-05-28 10:30:13 AM
This scandal has taught me that fark politics threads are greenlit by some genius working at the Cleveland IRS branch.
 
MFK
2013-05-28 10:35:58 AM

markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.


9/10. Well done!
 
2013-05-28 10:38:25 AM

markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.


Maybe in your parallel universe to this own.
 
2013-05-28 10:43:11 AM

limeyfellow: CorporatePerson: Citrate1007: markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.

What magical fantasy land do you live in.

I think he's doing an improv scene.

Sounds reasonable. Or it is alternate day. I still yet to see the Tea Party give two farks about the tax issue either apart from on poorly drawn billboards with whatever slogan they get told to do. For everyone one of them, there also seems to be one for how Obama is going to send them to the ovens so a secret UN army can invade and the need to return to the glory days of the Dark Ages.


They should just start writing "I'm afraid" on them so it will fit with whatever sound bites right wing media is currently fixated on.
 
2013-05-28 10:43:58 AM

markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.


that may be the single funniest line i've ever read on fark.

11/10!
 
2013-05-28 10:51:21 AM

markfara: The Tea Party is concerned with taxes, not social issues, and their membership draws heavily from both parties.


So the talking point that "conservative" groups parroted by both the media and our politicians is a lie, and that tea party groups were fraudulently applying for 501 status to begin with?
 
2013-05-28 10:51:34 AM
The Tea Party taken to its logical conclusion.

http://www.vice.com/read/getting-punched-by-neo-nazis-in-hungary
 
2013-05-28 10:52:59 AM
Truth in advertising slogan:

"I vote Tea Party because I am shiat-my-drawers afraid!"
 
2013-05-28 11:05:40 AM
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2013-05-28 11:10:55 AM

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Sontarian?
 
2013-05-28 11:17:25 AM
the power of the republican elite are sure
that they can get "out in front" of the tea party this time

i do expect more well finanched politicians showing up labeled as tea party
 
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