Tea Party Supporters Import Their Nonsense to England
September 8, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—The money men behind the “grassroots” tea party groups are in London to share their me, me, me, screw the poor, anti-taxes, anti-government regulations and Dickensian anti-entitlement programs philosophy with fellow Brit right-wingers. The Koch-funded groups, Americans for Prosperity and the Cato Institute, as well as the conservative Heritage Foundation, attended a right-wing shindig sponsored by a controversial British group, the Taxpayers’ Alliance. The Guardian newspaper described the group, as having an “anti-Europe agenda,” which is perfect. Because teapartiers hate European socialism. Apparently, the tea party supporters didn’t arrive in London with lawn chairs and Obama is Hitler signs, like the common rubes they instigate to demonstrate against their own self interests back home. The European Resource Bank conference featured a posh “dinner at the Guildhall.”
The Guardian writes:
Today’s conference will be attended by Americans who have lobbied in the US to overturn Barack Obama’s healthcare plan and maintain tax breaks for the rich. Several of the groups have close links to the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, prominent tormentors of the Obama administration.
US groups sponsoring the event include the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation, which came to prominence in the 1970s as Ronald Reagan’s favourite thinktank. The Kochs, whose private company owns oil rigs and pipelines in the US, founded the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and have spent tens of millions of dollars supporting the Cato Institute. They also channel funds into causes through their business empire and one Koch-owned firm, Flint Hills Resources, has donated $1m (£650,000) to the campaign against California’s anti-global warning proposition being voted on in November.
Campaigner Richard Murphy was quoted, as saying “The Taxpayers’ Alliance has done a fantastic job of presenting itself as a representative of the poor downtrodden taxpayer.”
So, England has low-information tea party rubes too, apparently.