Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Who Says Vaudeville Is Dead?
When the "Tea Party" movement appeared a few weeks after President Obama was sworn in, it was clear that this phony astroturf operation was being supported and funded behind the scenes by corporate front groups such as FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is headed by far right former Rethug Rep. "Major" Dick Armey, and derives much of its funding from big corporations, including health insurance companies. In today's Think Progress, we learn that this front group has been preparing talking points for freshmen Rethuglican Congressmen when trying to defend Rep. Paul "Lyin'" Ryan's plan to kill Medicare. The "talking points" avoid the point that Medicare will no longer exist for people 55 and under, despite having paid into the successful program all of their working lives. They'll get vouchers that would go part of the way to paying private health insurers for insurance. One can imagine how successful people 65 and up will be in dealing one-on-one with private health insurance companies who see them as a liability.
There you have it: the best Rethug Congressmen money can buy!
(photo: A FreedomWorks official, right, giving a Rethug freshman his instructions)