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The Arizona Tea Party created an event responding to an email we sent out encouraging our members to speak up this week and next to their GOP Congressmen who voted "YES" on the Ryan Republican Budget.  The Ryan Budget ends Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher system.  We believe this is the wrong way to fix the federal deficit, and our members are letting their representatives know!  

We weren't surprised that the AZ Tea Party wanted to respond to our message and bring out their own supporters, but what surprised us was how they did it.  The blogger apparently copied, pasted, cut, and edited the message we sent out.  This confused everyone - the Tea Party folks and even us!  Well, actually, it gave us a laugh, too.  Read on to see the changes..

First of all, you can see the original email here:
And their post here:
(make sure to read their comments - they will make you chuckle! Many thought that the AZ Tea Party had gone mad by asking them to join the AFL-CIO at a rally protesting Rep. Schweikert and the Ryan Republican Budget.)

Notice the changes they made:
1. The Tea Party folks added "The Unions Want to Make Some Noise" after "Greetings"
2. They cut off the message about the protest not just being about the budget, but also about Schweikert canceling his town halls.  
3. They added the words "AFL-CIO" underneath "Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans"
4. They chopped off the bit at the end "About the AARA".

We're fine with the AZ Tea Party bringing their folks out to counter-protest our rallies.  But, don't be disingenuous about it.  If you're stating that you're reposting our email, then repost the email in its entirety. Don't change it to fit your message.  That's just deceptive.  

Originally posted to Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans on Wed May 18, 2011 at 09:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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