Shuster: If You’re Planning Tea Bagging Across The Country, ‘You’re Going To Need A Dick Armey’

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"Shuster: If You’re Planning Tea Bagging Across The Country, ‘You’re Going To Need A Dick Armey’"

Tomorrow, a bevy of anti-Obama “tea parties” — organized by corporate lobbyists and endlessly promoted by Fox News — are slated to take place across the country. One of the organizations spearheading the effort is Freedom Works, which is chaired by former Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX).

Last night, MSBNC’s David Shuster took Fox News — and particularly Neil Cavuto — to task for so relentlessly pushing the tea parties, noting that “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…Then there is the media, specifically the Fox News Channel…But most amusing of all is Neil Cavuto…Cavuto, defending his network’s promotion of tea bagging said, “We are going to be right in the middle of these teabaggers because at Fox we do not pick and choose these rallies and protests. We were there for the Million Man March.” [...] Of course the Million Man march occurred, as newshounds.org points out, almost a year before Fox News was on the air. We can only speculate why widespread tea bagging made Cavuto think of the Million Man march, unless he got them confused with Dick Armey. And in Cavuto’s defense, if you are planning simultaneous tea bagging all around the country, you’re going to need a Dick Armey.

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Schuster not only pointed out that the supposed “grassroots” tea parties are a lobbyist organized sham, but he also correctly noted that, in all likelihood, most of the protesters rallying against higher taxes and government spending just received a tax cut, courtesy of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package.

Do those attending tea parties truly oppose Obama returning the top marginal tax rate to where it was under President Clinton? Are they really concerned that multi-national corporations may have to pay taxes on profits they earn overseas? Or are they simply following Fox News’ cheerleading, straight into the waiting arms of Dick Armey?

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