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LETTER TO THE AEGIS | December 27, 2011
Editor: The writer from Bel Air who recently wanted to distance the Tea Party from the Occupy Movement. He disagreed with your editorial portraying the Tea Party as grass roots right and the Occupy Movement as grass roots left. He attempted to make very convincing arguments distancing the Tea Party from the Occupy Movement. We then get to his last paragraph where he reverts to the extreme rights' playbook. Accusations without any attempt to provide any facts to back up the accusations.
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September 12, 2014
It's ironic that tea party Republicans want no part of a debate or vote on President Barack Obama's proposal to act against ISIS when in the past they've complained bitterly about Mr. Obama acting alone without consulting Congress ( "Congress expected to avoid vote on military action in Iraq, Syria," Sept. 9). In such a crisis the nation obviously is stronger and our efforts more effective when the Congress and the president work together. The tea party will criticize the president no matter what decision he makes, but they want no part in having their votes recorded.
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NEWS
December 2, 2010
Dan Rodricks has it exactly right in his column on Dec. 2nd ( " Tea party and GOP: Defending indefensible tax cuts" the so-called "tea party" is just a front group for the richest of the rich Republicans, and they advocate more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires because that is who funds the tea party, billionaires like Charles and David Koch. Jane Mayer's Aug. 30 New Yorker article describes how the Koch brothers founded Americans for Prosperity, a major tea party funding and training institution.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | July 20, 2014
So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again. You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of "legitimate rape," she is unlikely to get pregnant because her body "has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. " Those comments, he now wants you to know, were perfectly reasonable. In his new book, "Firing Back," Mr. Akin informs us that some rapes are not "legitimate" because some women falsely accuse.
NEWS
August 12, 2011
Doug Mainwaring's article about the tea party, "Why the name calling?" (Aug. 10), was highly amusing. If name-calling is the problem, I'd suggest hey start with themselves. Whether it is Sarah Palin talking about "death panels" or Tea Party Nation CEO Judson Phillips calling anti-Scott Walker protestors "Nazi storm troopers," name-calling is the typical tea party message. We've seen the tea party's intransigence, we've seen how it was willing to destroy the country just to gain power, and we know that it wants to destroy this president.
NEWS
August 12, 2011
I have to agree with the tea party advocate who wrote complaining that his movement, and sometimes the Republicans in general, have been recently linked to the word "terrorist" ("Why the name calling?" Aug. 10). I know from personal experience this is wildly inaccurate. As a resident of New York City on 9/11, I watched in horror as real terrorists attacked my own city and killed nearly 3,000 of my neighbors, including the father of one of my youngest daughter's 10th grade classmates.
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December 13, 2011
Editor: A recent editorial in The Aegis expressed the opinion that the Tea Party is comprised of the "grass roots" right while the "Occupy" movement is comprised of the "grass roots" left. There seems to be an implication that these two groups are comparable in nature. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Tea Party's central purpose is to rein in out of control government spending and excessive taxation as expressed in their TEA acronym, Taxed Enough Already.
NEWS
December 6, 2010
I take strong exception to Dan Rodricks' Dec. 2 column regarding "indefensible tax cuts" ( "Tea party and GOP: Defending indefensible tax cuts" . His anger over income disparity and wealth accumulation is not founded in fact. When we subsidize the poor, we get more poor people. We will never raise up the poor by penalizing the successful. We should celebrate those who have been successful — not demonize them. Most of them got there through education, hard work and risk-taking.
NEWS
September 15, 2010
The thrust of the "Tea Party" movement is fast becoming clear as it expresses it's purposes in party-line rhetoric, such as "We are going to take our country back. " ("Tea party predicts 'storm,'" Sept. 13.) Not unlike the old bigoted anti-gay-rights slogans, e.g. "Take back Vermont," the Tea Party movement shows its true colors to be entirely regressive in nature, opposed to any change from what we have experienced in the past, and rejecting out of hand any progressive hopes for the future of middle America.
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October 5, 2013
I salute letter writer William Akers' brilliant description of congressional Republicans ( "Gangster tactics from the House GOP," Oct 1). Republicans have allowed their far-right, extremist wing - the tea party - to hijack the GOP and to intentionally hurt millions of American workers and their families. We must hold Republicans accountable at the polls for their behavior in 2014, 2016 and thereafter. America will soon default on its debt due to the inactivity of Congress, possibly plunging the country and the world into yet another recession or even a depression.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | July 13, 2014
Most people have never heard of it. Fewer still understand how it operates. But it is the focal point of a (mostly) intramural Republican fight playing out in the halls of Congress. Its ultimate resolution will have dramatic impact on a number of high profile American manufacturers - and the thousands of high profile jobs they represent. I refer to the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States. Its charter is to act as a lender/guarantor of last resort (where private sector investment is not available)
NEWS
July 2, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Sunday rant about the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups ( "Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting?" June 29) raised a basic question in my mind: Why should tea party groups get tax exempt status? The tea party groups are clearly partisan Republican organizations, as reams of news copy dissecting "tea party vs. corporate GOP" primary battles make clear. Certainly some people drawn to these groups are disgusted with the general state of politics and its purveyors, such as Mr. Ehrlich.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
It's one of those scenarios that would be hard to believe in a movie.  As John Waters embarked on the cross-country hitchhiking trip that is memorialized in his recently published book, "Carsick," a 20-year-old Tea Party-affiliated legislator from Frederick County offered him a ride.  And, to make it all the more cinematic, the Bible-thumping college student and the "Pope of Trash" hit it off.  " We don't see eye to eye on a lot of...
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 29, 2014
In Citizens United vs. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court held in January 2012 that the federal government is prohibited from restricting independent political expenditures by businesses, associations and labor unions. The opinion allows such groups to spend unlimited sums of money on advocacy ads, but not direct contributions to candidate committees. It also set the American left off its rocker. What follows is a chronology of events that has set the American right off its rocker, too. The immediate aftermath of Citizens United saw a worried president engage in a series of hard hitting speeches concerning the corrupting influence of money in politics and warning about a proliferation of newly formed, conservative groups seeking to take advantage of their expanded free speech rights.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Los Angeles has Hollywood, two pro basketball teams and some of the country's best beaches. It's also the city with the third highest gross domestic product in the world. But leaders in the West Coast city say they're envious of the fiscal cuts Baltimore has made in recent years - and are hoping to replicate them.   Los Angeles Budget Director Matt Crawford traveled to Baltimore Wednesday to meet with city officials here. Crawford and his team met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, city finance director Harry E. Black and budget chief Andrew Kleine to discuss Baltimore's approach to budgeting, the city's 10-year financial plan and the CitiStat system that tries to hold agencies accountable for their performance.
NEWS
June 16, 2014
The funniest thing I've heard recently was a clearly shocked Eric Cantor being booted from office; it was hilarious that some people are fed up and willing to express it at the polls. The second funniest thing was Del. Jon Cardin's wife promoting her husband and professing his virtues to voters so he can continue the family's political dynasty ( "Megan Cardin: My husband would make the best AG," June 11). I hope that Mr. Cardin is "Cantorized" along with all the other Democrats and Republicans across the country who deserve it. The tea party may have issues, but at least some of the American people are speaking at the polls calling for a change in the same old guard.
NEWS
October 31, 2013
Political parties delight when there are rifts within their opponent's ranks. As a member of the tea party, I've been verbally attacked by everyone from President Barack Obama to the friends with whom I work. The Democrats rolled out an enormous campaign to discredit and marginalize the tea party as a fringe movement ever since we first marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in 2009. Their friends in the media took up the cause and, as a result, our motives are routinely attributed to racism rather than love of country.
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By Kyle Scott | March 27, 2014
What makes the tea party movement so effective at mobilizing voters and winning elections is the same thing that may limit its effectiveness in the future: its decentralized nature. The tea party movement is politics guerrilla-style. The first thing a non-tea partier must know is that there is no single tea party; there are multiple tea parties that maintain a loose connection with one another through informal contacts or more formalized caucuses. Most tea party groups are hyper-local and get by with the efforts of volunteers and a small group of donors.
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By Jules Witcover | June 16, 2014
The stunning primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the first ever suffered by any congressional leader of either party, may well reflect his Virginia constituents' souring toward his personal hubris more than any cosmic policy issue. Mr. Cantor's conspicuous focus on national political aspirations, with himself widely cast as the heir apparent to beleaguered House Speaker John Boehner, obviously didn't sit well with the folks back home. Their votes were a reminder to him of Democratic Speaker Tip O'Neill's old adage that "All politics is local.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
Unlike the tea party, Democrats do not demand absolute ideological purity. But we do have certain core values that those who claim to be our representatives in Annapolis should be expected to share. So when a politician like Jim Brochin repeatedly takes positions that fly in the face of these values, it is hardly a misrepresentation to call his party affiliation into question. I mention this in response to a recent letter complaining about negative mailers from Mr. Brochin's opponent, former delegate Connie DeJuliis ( "DeJuliis is sliming Brochin," June 7)
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