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. The reality is you lefties think you can spend forever and the facts are that you can’t

  2. FreedomWorks Feud: War Inside Tea Party Group Gets Nastier
    A legal probe is launched, and FreedomWorks’ president accuses ex-chairman Dick Armey of trying to subvert the group.
    —By David Corn
    Mon Dec. 24, 2012

    When the news broke in early December that former GOP Rep. Dick Armey had abruptly resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, a powerhouse of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party, Armey maintained that the nasty split was due to differences he had with the top management of FreedomWorks about the group’s operations and future. Immediately, media reports disclosed that Armey had been concerned that Matt Kibbe, the group’s president, had used FreedomWorks resources to promote a book he had written (which was released in June) and that Armey himself had received an $8 million payout from a FreedomWorks board member to ease his departure. But internal documents obtained by Mother Jones show that the bitter war inside FreedomWorks has also resulted in allegations of staff wrongdoing (prompting an investigation by lawyers) and counter-allegations that Armey and his allies tried to turn FreedomWorks into a partisan outfit backing establishment Republicans over tea party insurgents.

    On December 12, James Burnley IV and C. Boyden Gray, two FreedomWorks board members (and allies of Armey), sent Kibbe a letter informing him that they had received “allegations of wrongdoing by the organization or its employees.” They notified Kibbe that the group’s board of trustees had retained two attorneys, Alfred Regnery and David Martin, to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Burnley and Gray ordered Kibbe to cooperate with the lawyers, to make sure no records were “destroyed, deleted, modified or otherwise tampered with,” and to send Regnery a check for $25,000 to cover his initial fees. (Regnery, a prominent conservative, is the past president of Regnery Publishing, a right-wing firm that has put out books by Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Pat Buchanan, and other notable conservatives.) The letter did not specify the allegations being investigated. In an interview with Mother Jones, Burnley declined to discuss the alleged wrongdoing at FreedomWorks. “The letter speaks for itself,” he says. Gray, Kibbe, and a spokeswoman for FreedomWorks did not respond to requests for comment.

  3. Bruce, in your description of who the Tea Party is and why, you just strung six sound bytes together, not a single one of which relates to a factual matter.

  4. id there are cuts that should be made across the board foreign aid, military streamlining, welfare, do away with Obummer care, and raise taxes, everybody should have to pay something. How about a 100% tariff on all products from companies that have moved offshore and a 50% tariff on everything else that we import, these companies will move back to the U.S. and put Citizens back to work. The one thing that we have is the biggest market in the world, I know you would hate to see these poor people have to earn a living instead of getting aid.

  5. Ryans plan won’t effect anyone over 55. The Obama administration is printing money which decreases the buying power of the dollar and causes inflation which is harming the poor and those on fixed incomes.

  6. Idealist, congress has already stole all the SS tax that people and employers have paid in to the system, why do you think Al Gore wanted a lock box. Clinton used the SS taxes to “balance the budget”

  7. Shorter Bruce:
    When it goes to companies I love its a good tax break
    When it goes to companies I hate its an evil give away

  8. Bruce,

    How do you propose keeping your benefits and pension in the SS sytem?
    The Tea baggers along with other Ryan supporters want to take it away

    They don’t like Medicare and Medicaid too. Would you eliminate them to reduce taxes for the righ=

    Would you sacrifince some of our military budget, which is larger than the next 15 hations on the list.

    Take positions or shut up. Your talking points are long dead.

  9. You lefties act as though the Tea Party are a bunch of radicals, when basically all they want to do is quit spending money we don’t have and lower the deficit. you folks want to raise the debt limit and keep spending and can’t stand anyone that’s aganist it. Liberal politicians have spent us into debt we can’t payoff.

  10. Beverelliee,
    I have no problem with the process that resulted in Scott being designated as the replacement for DeMint. I just exposed his record as a radical, ant-gay and against any reasonable gun control. He may have been voted in to his Republican district, but he is far outside the mainstream of the country.

  11. When they can’t rebuke your statement they will call you names and say your ignorant

  12. If these things are what Tim Scott believes, so be it. He was elected as Rep. by the people he represents…a lot of the same people he will represent as Senator. Are you saying they were wrong to elect him in the first place or that the Gov. was wrong to appoint him? I’m not sure I understand the problem here? Unless, of course, it is because he and his constituents don’t agree with you? Diversity is good, diverse opinions not so much?

  13. Raff I pay about $0.45 a gallon federal tax on gas. remove the tax and the tax incentives that the oil companies get and let the oil companies have half the amount of the federal tax. How much in taxes do you pay for wind farm and solar?

  14. You guys are getting better. I did not hear the “dogma” word employed today. Now if you would just start using “schmuckMa”… this or that, then I would be a happy dog.

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