In a continuing attempt to proclaim a "grass roots" movement, all of the corporate sponsors are involved in Saturdays planned protests. Now I am not real smart but people in Oregon used to be pretty out there on the cutting edge of public policy, assisted suicide, marijuana use, live and let live, etc.
I had some friends in the Army that lived in Portland and Grants pass, none of them were the type to be led by the Dick Armey's of the world. So I have to wonder why "Freedom Works" has decided to astroturf Oregon of all places, it's not like it's Texas or Kansas or any of our Southern Red neck strongholds of South Carolina, or Georgia, Alabama or even Alaska where they love republican nut jobs ala Sarah Palin.
So this article surprised me today FreedomWorks Co-Sponsoring Taxpayer Tea Parties across Oregon
Oregonians rallied across the state. FreedomWorks has joined leading taxpayer watchdog groups such as the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, Taxpayer Defense Fund, Oregon Citizens For A Sound Economy PAC, Common Sense For Oregon, Oregon Contractors Association, We Surround Them, 9-12 Project, Oregon Tea Party, and the Campaign for Liberty.
Our Medford rally will feature taxpayers, legislators, policy experts, and local talk radio host Bill Myer.
At the Taxpayer Rally on April 25th at Veterans Memorial Park in Medford, confirmed speakers include Representatives Dennis Richardson, Sal Esquivel and Ron Maurer, Russ Walker of FreedomWorks, Jan Esquivel of the Jackson County Republican Women, Mark Ness the Chair of the Jackson County Republicans and Garth and Rosemary Harrington.
Let's see "We Surround Them" the 9-12 Project and they call these leading taxpayer watchdog associations, hell I thought they were Faux news groups created by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and promoted by the entire cast of talking heads at Murdochs Soddom on the Hudson.
Legitimate tax advocacy groups they are NOT. They are whack jobs created in Faux news studios.
I did have to roll over and laugh when I read this
Russ Walker, NW Regional Director for FreedomWorks, commented:
"This taxpayer revolt has sprouted up from the grassroots and is just getting started. Oregon taxpayers are angry at what they see in Salem and Washington, D.C. and they have decided that enough is enough. The taxpayer tea parties will gives activists a chance to sound off against out-of-control government spending and send a message to legislators: tax and spend politicians beware. This grassroots energy and activism is just the beginning of taxpayers organizing to stop big government."
This is also the man behind the "astroturf movement" that Faux news is claiming is a grass root movement after they spent over a million dollars adverstising the "tea fisaco's of April 15th" now they are pushing for destroying the 4th of July with another "astrotuf party" I wonder how much Faux is going to waste covering this mess?
FreedomWorks the people nehind it
The Honorable Dick Armey (Chairman)
Former House Majority Leader
The Honorable James H. Burnley
A partner at Venable LLP, James H. Burnley previously served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 1987 to 1989 and is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on transportation law and policy. He also served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 1983 to 1987 and was General Counsel of the Department in 1983. Prior to his years with the USDOT, Mr. Burnley served as Associate Deputy Attorney General for the Justice Department and as Director of the VISTA Program in the early 1980s.
Thomas Publishing Company
Thomas Knudsen is president of Thomas Publishers located in New York City. He graduated from Yale University and received an MBA from the Uris School of Business.
Richard J Stephenson
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Richard Stephenson heads the Cancer Treatment Centers of America as well as several other health care, finance, and real estate companies. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash in Crawfordsville, Ind. and his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law.
FreedomWorks Emeritus Board
The Honorable Dick Armey (Chairman)
Former House Majority Leader
Steve Forbes (Full Bio)
Steve Forbes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine. The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of 900,000. In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Mr. Forbes is the author of Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005) and A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999).
American Institute for Full Employment
Ted Abram is executive director of the Klamath Falls, Oregon-based American Institute for Full Employment. Prior, Abram served 16 years as a Circuit Court Judge for the State of Oregon. He spent ten years as Presiding Circuit Judge for Klamath and Lake Counties and served on the Commission for Judicial Fitness for six years.
Litchfield Advisors, a Chicago real estate advisory company
Frank M. Sands, Sr.
Sands Capital Management
Frank M. Sands, Sr., is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Sands Capital Management. Sands Capital Management began operations in February of 1992. It was founded with the belief that a small, dedicated, professional investment group, committed to and focused on a high quality growth investment strategy, could create wealth for its clients over time and in a prudent fashion. The investment strategy has been developed and refined by Frank over his 37-year career in investment management. Since 1992, assets under management have increased from approximately $60 million to approximately $19 billion. In addition to his successful business, Mr. Sands has been involved as a board member of a number of different volunteer boards and community organizations. He and his wife, Marjorie, reside in Virginia.
I f they all have this much money to waste can I suggest they donate it to the Fischer House program to help the wounded veterans of the wars that their ex leaders pushed us into, like Iraq. It would be a better use of their funds, and quite frankly their "tea parties remind me more of Klan meetings" than tax revolts, all that is missing is the sheets.