The Latest Tea Party Darling


Respectfully submitted by Lawrence E. Rafferty (rafflaw)- Guest Blogger

Lost in the headlines about the Fiscal Cliff and the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, was the gubernatorial appointment to the United States Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint.  Sen. DeMint was arguably the Tea Party’s Senator and his impending departure from the Senate to accept the position to head up the Heritage Foundation would have left a gaping hole in the Tea Party’s influence in the Senate.  There is nothing to worry about because South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley named Tea Party Congressman Tim Scott to replace DeMint in the Senate.  Rep. Scott was just elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and has already made a big name for himself in the Tea Party world by suggesting that President Obama should be impeached if Obama attempted to go around the House of Representatives during the last debt ceiling fiasco!

Rep. Scott should fit into Sen. DeMint’s shoes very nicely.  Mr. Scott has gone out of his way to back unlimited access to guns and could not imagine a world without Billion dollar subsidies to the big oil companies. “Scott and his Republican allies in Congress voted repeatedly last year to protect more than $50 billion in taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil corporations. When ThinkProgress asked Scott whether it was fair to do that, especially at a time when oil companies are earning tens of billions in profit every quarter, the Tea Party freshman defended the industry: “fair is a relative word,” said Scott.”  Think Progress  Let me make sure that we understand Rep. Scott’s position here.  He has no qualms over giving billions to the oil companies, but this same man of the people, proposed a bill in 2011 that would kick an entire family off of food stamps if it was “discovered” that one family member had gone out on a strike!

“Much of the bill is based upon verifying that those who receive food stamps benefits are meeting the federal requirements for doing so. However, one section buried deep within the bill adds a startling new requirement. The bill, if passed, would actually cut off all food stamp benefits to any family where one adult member is engaging in a strike against an employer:

Think Progress

This bill would have not only put needy families in even more financial distress, it would have had a chilling effect on the rights of workers to engage in collective bargaining with their employers.  I thought that the Tea Party was supposed to be patriots for the people and a defender against Big Government takeovers and intrusions into our lives.  You can imagine my shock when I discovered that Rep. Scott was a co-sponsor of the bill that would strip food stamps from needy families while at the same time gladly handing out billions to large oil corporations.

This same Tea Party “patriot” when he was a South Carolina state representative  backed a proposal to cut South Carolina’s entire HIV/AIDS budget that ended up negatively impacting the lives of more than 2,000 South Carolina citizens who were HIV positive.  Without these needed funds, the ill citizens would have increased difficulty in paying for their life saving medications.  Rep. Scott was undeterred by the fact that these fellow South Carolina citizens might actually die without these funds.  It didn’t matter to him that his state was one of the worst states in the nation for AIDS cases.

Soon to be Senator Tim Scott is also a staunch defender of the so-called  “traditional marriage” and solidly anti-gay.  Of course, that has nothing to do with his decision to back the bill to strip the HIV/AIDS funds from the budget!  Rod 2.0

This man of the people was backed in his election bid to the Congress by Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee.  With friends like that, his radical and out of touch agenda is not a surprise.  From Rep. Scott’s resume, it seems that South Carolina will be getting a Jim DeMint twin and the far-right policies that Sen. DeMint espoused are safe in his hands.  Rep. Scott, as suggested earlier, is also a very big supporter of unregulated guns.

“In his one term in the U.S. House and his tenure in South Carolina politics, Senator-Designate Tim Scott (R-SC) has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s strongest opponents of gun restrictions. On his campaign website, the card-carrying NRA member notes his strong support of the right to bear arms and promises to fight attempts to weaken gun rights “in any way.”  Think Progress

I think Sen. DeMint will be pleased that a chip off of the old block will be replacing him in the United States Senate.  However, in a Congress that is almost totally dysfunctional, is Senator Designate Scott really the right way to go?  What do you think about any Senator taking such a harsh stance on gun control or on gay rights?  When a majority of gun owners agree that common sense gun controls are needed, how can a United State Senator be so out of touch with his fellow gun owners?  Is this really a prime example of corporate money getting what it pays for?  What do you think of our latest United States Senator?  Merry Christmas to all!!

55 thoughts on “The Latest Tea Party Darling”

  1. Ralph,

    You are showing your ignorance. Still in the left vs right paradigm are you?
    All informed and that is most here are liberal or conservative which is more than mere name changes.

    It also entails that we know both parties have their corps. who suck on the federal teat, so both parties are rotten. Have YOU realized that?

  2. I guess you have a point, at least in your eyes, Ralph A. But on the actual subject of the blog post, the new Senator from South Carolina, can you really find anything substantial about the guy? Or do you just want to rant against so-called “leftists”. Scott is the wrong guy to use as a foil to bash lefties. It would be hard to imagine anyone worse. You destroy any possible weight to your argument by hinging on this pathetic scuzzball. Now bash away.

  3. Ralph Adamo,

    You are consequential, I won’t say how out of deference to the blog and the holiday season.

    Your facts and opinions don’t hold water. If the oil depletion allowance is so inconsequential then how is that motive for JFK murder and falsely deposing NIxon, the latter no favorite of mine. Source. Russ Baker’s book.

    Further if so inconsequential, why protest?

    Methinks the gentleman is seeking attention today, thus his raging attack despising all to the left of Adolf. Adolf Rumpelstiltskin of course.

  4. Ralph,
    Show us the billions that you allege green companies received and then let’s compare them to the long term oil subsidies! As Spiro Agnew once said, “no contest”.

  5. Ralph,
    That dog won’t hunt. There oil companies are very profitable and people do make money investing in them. Just check the Dow results Ralph, or do those fact thingees get I your way?

  6. A great piece of classic leftist propaganda: devoid of facts, oblivious to reality, and driven by the recognition that leftists have an insatiable need to feel better about themselves.

    If the subsidies or tax breaks to the “big oil companies” are so troublesome to you, why don’t you simply invest in those same “big oil companies” and get fabulously wealthy as the stock prices rocket to the moon? Of course, you realize that you won’t really get rich investing in those companies because whatever level of subsidies those companies receive is a drop in the bucket.

    Perhaps you could invest in those wonderful “Green subsidies” that are the pride and joy of leftists everywhere? Those are okay, of course, because they are coming from other beloved leftists, not those evil “teabagger.” Those subsidies are great, and you will get fablously rich AND be doing a wonderful thing for humanity by spreading “green” everywhere, and making life just so much better. Just think how much better you will feel about yourselves? You will prove that you are a true leftist: helping humanity and making life “better” for “all,” right?

    Of course, the billions of dollars that went down that black hole (making the receivers of the cash–or real “green”–very, very rich) have, apparently, vanished into the ether. Think of those wonderful, delightful, and anti-teagger subsidies to such marvelous ventures as Solyndra, Beacon Power, Abound Solar, and Nevada Geothermal Power. Yes, they each have such charming and engaging “green” sounding names, but, alas, those wonderful leftist enterprises are gone. Some of that money, you will be happy to know, came back to support your favorite leftist candidates, but most of the big money is now safely away, invested in real businesses, earning excellent returns for the corporate leftist big-government insiders. But that’s okay. It’s all good, when the leftists do it. That goes without saying.

    Perhaps, leftist Jonathan Turley will let me write one of the blogs for an opposing point of view for a change–instead of always having one leftist article after another. Wouldn’t that be a great idea?

    But no. Lefitsts don’t work like that. And besides, that would change the character of this site from a leftist blog into something dealing with stuff like the facts, the evidence, the truth, and all those other things that perplex and annoy leftists.

    So keep up the great work, and enjoy the propaganda. You will feel so much better about yourselves, compared to those evil teabaggers.

  7. Meh.

    Not so great Scott?
    Less than spectacular Scott?
    Approaching mediocre Scoot?
    More of the same Scott?

    All so much more applicable than great Scott.

  8. Here is the wikipedia excerpt from the Lee Atwater interview:

    Atwater on the Southern Strategy

    As a member of the Reagan administration in 1981, Atwater gave an anonymous interview to political scientist Alexander P. Lamis. Part of the interview was printed in Lamis’s book The Two-Party South, then reprinted in Southern Politics in the 1990s with Atwater’s name revealed. Bob Herbert reported on the interview in the October 6, 2005, edition of The New York Times. On November 13, 2012, The Nation magazine released the audio of the full interview.[7] James Carter IV, grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, had asked and been granted access to these tapes by the widow of the recently deceased interviewer, Mr. Lamis. Atwater talked about the Republican Southern Strategy and Ronald Reagan’s version of it:

    Atwater: As to the whole Southern strategy that Harry S. Dent, Sr. and others put together in 1968, opposition to the Voting Rights Act would have been a central part of keeping the South. Now [the new Southern Strategy of Ronald Reagan] doesn’t have to do that. All you have to do to keep the South is for Reagan to run in place on the issues he’s campaigned on since 1964 and that’s fiscal conservatism, balancing the budget, cut taxes, you know, the whole cluster.

    Questioner: But the fact is, isn’t it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?

    Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”[8][9]

    [edit] 1988 election

    Atwater’s most noteworthy campaign was the 1988 presidential election, where he served as the campaign manager for Republican nominee George H.W. Bush. A particularly aggressive media program included a television advertisement produced by Floyd Brown comparing Bush and Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis on crime. Bush supported the death penalty for first-degree murderers, while Dukakis opposed the death penalty. Dukakis also supported a felon furlough program originally begun under Republican Governor Francis Sargent in 1972. Prison furlough programs had been long established in California during the governorship of Republican Ronald Reagan, prior to 1980, but never allowed furlough for convicted murderers sentenced to life in prison.


    Lee is deceased, but his legacy lives on. Deminted is moving on to the Heritage Foundation and new guy is about to take center stage. It is just wonderful.

  9. The Party of Lincoln is coming full circle. Too bad that this guy had to trade in his honor to roll over and go to bed with the party of the Southern Strategy as outlined by Lee Atwater, the genuis from SC who formulated the strategy that Nxon, Raygun, Bushies and now Willard all pursued. You dont have to say the N word three times, Lee said, to appeal to the bigots. You can use things like welfare cheats and other symbolic statements to get the white rednecks to switch from the Democrat Party over to RepubliCon. Google: Lee Atwater and look it up folks. The strategy was a success over these forty years. The red states are all over the South except Va and FL. Of course the RepubliCons have lost the Northeast which they used to own and much other territory. Such that they are about a 200 electoral vote party now. Dems will get Texas in a few years and NC. Lee is celebrating in heaven. Up there with Bobby Lee.

  10. Bruce,
    If the company has to pay less taxes due to the subsidy, it is saving those Billions. It is the same as an outright gift. It doesn’t matter what the subsidies are for, the companies are making billions and do not need the subsidies or gifts anymore. The solar and wind companies still need them. By the way, check your numbers on how much Solyndra got and compare them to the oil companies windfall that they have received for years!

  11. Malisha,
    You are a damn good contributor on constitutional issues. I would be green with envy were it possible and not worthless.

    To punish the children in the seventh lead. To extinguish a blood line,
    Many crimes are committed in the name of the law.
    But to revert to dictatorial associational unjust punishment is unusual, even for a black Senator from SC. He was a co-sponsor, yes?

  12. Rafflaw,

    Excellent job. I have flashed for him twíce with excerpts from the NYTimes but you have done a more concise and telling picture than they did.

    But then you are not sponsored by big advertizers as the NYTimes is.

    Maybe Scott imagines himself the Republican answer to Obama or in line next time. First black senator from the South since 1880. They should have all moved North to another kind of repression.

    Don’t be so picky on terms. We know what the substance is about.
    If we call it the oil depletion allowance or what, we still know it an unmotivated exemption from taxes on profits. And even JFK was iffy on removing it, and why Johnson et al aided his assassination.

    Nixon was removed for the same reason, with the CIA planned and fixed Watergate. See Russ Baker’s book.

  13. What do I think? I think Scott is another Tea Party wingnut who is probably worse than Demint.


    Welcome To The Senate, Tim Scott
    By Charles P. Pierce

    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley — because, alas, she doesn’t have the chutzpah to appoint herself and her upward-rising 38 percent approval rating — will pick Congressman Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint, who is leaving the Senate in order to turn the Heritage Foundation from a fake think-tank into a genuine hive of undistilled crazy. Scott is an African-American, which makes his appointment a big deal, if you’re the shade of either John C. Calhoun or Strom Thurmond. He is also wingnuttier than DeMint ever thought of being, and DeMint thought of being pretty damned wingnutty.

    I think this one is my favorite.

    “This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an impeachable act from my perspective,” said Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) at a meeting sponsored by the Tea Party group LowCountry 9.12 Project on Tuesday, first reported by Lindsay Street on Summerville Patch. His comments were met with enthusiastic applause. “There are a lot of things people say, ‘Are you going to impeach the president over that?’ — No. But this? This is catastrophic,” continued Scott. “This jeopardizes the credibility of our nation if one man can usurp the entire system set up by our founding fathers over something this significant.”

    Apropos of the latest news.

    This guy is going to be worth the price of admission.

  14. For one thing, depriving family members of food stamps if one member goes out on strike is, besides being unconstitutional, an end game around the criminal code. If you cannot be deprived of a property interest without due process, you cannot lose food stamps as a result of the LEGAL (or even illegal) conduct of another member of your family. So what that portion of the law would seek to do would be to not only deprive an individual of his property interest without due process, but throw the rest of the family’s property interests into the same boat, without any proof of either the crime or the conspiracy to commit the crime.

    This is, of course, a natural result of allowing the government to just do away with people’s rights whenever they throw in some “governmental sounding” language appearing to promote some state interest in something.

  15. A subsidy is something given by the government to a company. The oil companies don’t get billions in subsidies. The oil companies get tax exemptions for ethinol etc. Tax breaks that if they didn’t get they would pass the costs on to the consumers. Obama gave SUBSIDIES to the green energy business,Solandra etc. in the billions

  16. Is this really a prime example of corporate money getting what it pays for?
    Yes. It’s also a prime example of the American public getting what they deserve. There will be an adjustment eventually. Will the adjustment be gradual or sudden?

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