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Next Tea Party Target: Corporate America
U S News ^ | 11/22/2010 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 11/24/2010 10:49:56 PM PST by Robwin

Jesse Jackson isn't the only activist that can use corporate boycotts for political purposes. Starting next year, the huge Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks will urge supporters to punish huge corporations like General Electric and Johnson and Johnson for backing President Obama's progressive agenda.

In an exclusive review for Whispers of their plan, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe says: "Tea Party activists are willing to tackle progressive CEOs just as they tackled progressive politicians. Judging by the results of the midterm elections, progressive CEOs should buckle up, because Tea Party activists are going to give them a very bumpy ride."

(Excerpt) Read more at politics.usnews.com ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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This is 2 days old and may have already been posted but I couldn't find it in a search. In any case about time. It's an excellent idea and I hope all Freepers will support it.
1 posted on 11/24/2010 10:50:00 PM PST by Robwin
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To: Robwin

I am on board with this! Happily!


2 posted on 11/24/2010 10:51:00 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Robwin

How about ALL of TV and ALL of Hollywood.


3 posted on 11/24/2010 10:54:53 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Frantzie

How about the Unions?


4 posted on 11/24/2010 10:56:10 PM PST by bleach (Thanks to all you Vets!)
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To: bleach

Let’s DO IT.....


5 posted on 11/24/2010 10:58:29 PM PST by OregonTide
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To: OregonTide

Next time Trumpka is up for election there should be a tea party endorsed candidate.


6 posted on 11/24/2010 11:06:06 PM PST by bleach (Thanks to all you Vets!)
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To: Frantzie

We should start with Hollywood because they have degraded our culture and dumbed down the kids.


7 posted on 11/24/2010 11:08:19 PM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Robwin

I like the idea. But don’t stop with just GE and Johnson and
Johnson for supporting 0.

Boycott the worst and most visible job exporters to China.
Lots of em come to mind. Just about any consumer products
manufacturer.


8 posted on 11/24/2010 11:08:46 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Robwin

To boycott such companies, you need to know all their subsidiaries. GE and J&J have tentacles in a lot of products and, yet, I find I already don’t buy from many of these.


9 posted on 11/24/2010 11:09:42 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Robwin
I'll order the guillotines... Just give me set-up location...
10 posted on 11/24/2010 11:10:59 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: bleach
How about the Unions?

Yea, like China, where unions are illegal. Sorry, I don't understand how a conservative could be against people's right to meet, form a group and then seek improved working conditions and pay.

Maybe I misunderstand your point but are you saying unions should be illegal? Forgive me if I misunderstood you. It was a very short sentence you put up and I may be reading more into it. If you mean adjusting the laws, that is a topic for discussion I suppose.

11 posted on 11/24/2010 11:14:52 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience.)
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To: Robwin

“FreedomWorks” Never heard of them. Is this what we really want do do, attack businesses? I thought that’s what the left did.


12 posted on 11/24/2010 11:19:45 PM PST by Jean S
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To: gunsequalfreedom
Sorry, I don't understand how a conservative could be against people's right to meet, form a group and then seek improved working conditions and pay.

What is your opinion on "right to work" laws? I agree that people should be allowed to organize but do you think they should be forced to join a union to keep a job?

13 posted on 11/24/2010 11:25:20 PM PST by Jean S
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To: Robwin

My first day at work for a corporation Jesse Jackson was there shaking them down.


14 posted on 11/24/2010 11:38:59 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I grew up in a Union family; Grandparents, Father and in-laws. I remember the steel strike in the late 50’s and union packages feeding my family. Just about every variety of Campbell’s soup, crackers and peanut butter sandwiches. Still have a fondness for the later dipped in tomato soup.

I made the mistake of saying something then that was taken as anti union and told that I was eating union food and to put it down and leave the table.

My point is if the rank and file are voting conservative, and their leadership is spending many millions of their dues supporting the very candidates they vote against, then there needs to be a challenger that reflects their values.

Hopefully they won’t get “Jablonski-ed”

http://www.trivia-library.com/a/united-states-and-american-history-1970.htm


15 posted on 11/24/2010 11:40:15 PM PST by bleach (Thanks to all you Vets!)
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To: Robwin; All

What’s up with the ZOT in the title?


16 posted on 11/24/2010 11:45:07 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: Robwin
Do you know who's behind leaking this alleged Tea Party plan to boycott US corporations? I do!

'Freedom Works' is the fundraising arm of professional politicians and lawyers behind the corruption that's run rampent in DC for decades.

>The Honorable Dick Armey (Chairman) Former House Majority Leader ENOUGH SAID!

>C. Boyden Gray, of the District of Columbia, is the former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy (2008-2009) and former Special Envoy for European Union Affairs (2008-2009). He is now a founding partner of the D.C.-based law firm, Gray & Schmitz LLP. How nice, DITTOS

>The Honorable James H. Burnley REALLY a lawyer that's honorable?

>Jeb Bush, 'One Bush Too Far' THREE Bushes makes a Dynasty!

These lobbyists and 'retired' politicians are professional bureaucrats who are shilling for the classic RINO wing of the Republican party. County Club fellas who benefit a least three ways by planting an 'open business as usual' label on the Tea Party. In the bargain they are stirring the pot and seek to divide loyalties. Give it a rest boys! You guys still don't understand. How's that possible?

One, articles like these poison the Tea Party message with a typical DC shakedown image. Two, they muddy the water for other RINO's so they can freely swim about in water the Tea Party now owns. Forget it boys, we remember all of you crooked bastards. Third, by alleging the Tea Parties 'open for business' you sully and taint an altuistic patriotic movement. You guys are just as bad as the Democrat Party. No you're worse, because you lied to all of us. We expect lies from the dirty Dems!

Finally, you position yourselves to get 'a piece of the action' as intermediaries between corporate America and the Tea Party. No thanks, we don't want you or your crooked money anywhere near us!

Begone, Go and Sin No More!

18 posted on 11/24/2010 11:52:25 PM PST by STD (He walks like a duck, talks like a duck, he' mama married two of the duckers, U a duck Boy!)
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To: bleach

>> I made the mistake of saying something then that was taken as anti union and told that I was eating union food and to put it down and leave the table.

Definitely a story with two sides, and worthy of a scene in a motion picture.


19 posted on 11/24/2010 11:54:19 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Got it. I thought it strange that it was posted and so many were in favor.
Thanks for the response A.M.


20 posted on 11/24/2010 11:56:16 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: Robwin

zot


21 posted on 11/24/2010 11:56:46 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Admin Moderator

Oh...AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING too!


22 posted on 11/24/2010 11:57:18 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: Robwin

Well, with all the liberal progressive agendas out there, the Tea Parties are going after big business? Not this organizer.
It’s Big Business’s business who they support. If we defeat Obama and his policies, who will Big Business support? They will support the agenda that will insure they remain in business. They are opportunists and we need to insure that they have opportunities - profit - is supporting our agenda.


24 posted on 11/25/2010 12:03:30 AM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you!


25 posted on 11/25/2010 12:13:19 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: bleach
I go way back and remember the steel strikes, teamsters, teachers every year, auto strikes etc...The problem with unions is that they strike themselves out of the market...There was a time when unions were truly for improved conditions in manufacturing and auto factory's. But it turned to greed and money. Its too bad, those jobs went oversea's...but it wasn't just the unions, the management in auto industry said OK and kicked the can down the road. Eventually both lost.

I lived within a couple of miles of the Ford factory in Highland park Michigan...now empty...

But another factor came into play...With the auto industry, my BIL worked his way up from the line to paymaster, but the factory closed down 6 weeks every year for the turnover of the models and the workers planned for that during the year...My sister had a pantry full of food for the lay off time....They also didn't run 24 hours a day. Employment was steady.

I don't think steel is even made in the US anymore, at least not like it was in the Detroit area...

Hoffa ran the teamsters so tight, he could close down trucking across the country....My son is an independent trucker, but during the hay day of unions, he either joined the union or his rig was burned out and he would be lucky to keep his life....

The rank and file suffered with strikes, but the big boss's that ran the unions didn't suffer at all....big union, big government, big corporations all are bad for the country...

One of the reasons Bobby Kennedy went after Hoffa so hard was his power with the teamsters to stop all commerce that ran over the road....none of the BIG unions are for the rank and file any more....they at times won't even allow the members to vote on management propositions...(at least thats how it was a few years ago)

No need to even talk about the teachers unions, we all know about them. I heard one of the union boss's say in an interview, I'll worry about the students when they pay union dues.....

Right to work states are the ones that are getting the jobs. Michigan was once a great stable place to work, its now the rust belt, with jobs in other area's without unions.

Even as a nurse when I worked in a city hospital, I had to join Afsme union...sp/ The dues were not steep, but for some unions its high....I think there time has passed...

They were needed decades ago, not now if you want to have a job and put food on the table....

Many don't remember the yearly teachers strikes even tho they were illegal strikes....Reagan put an end to that with the Air Traffic Controllers strike...all the unions cooled off with illegal strikes after that. Its rare to see a teachers strike anymore...It only took one man with the power and guts to put an end to a lot of that nonesense...

Those that were adults during that time remember the screaming that all the airplanes would crash with out the experienced controllers...Reagan just trained new ones...

No one should be forced to join a union or have their secret vote taken from them.....but it is just mho

26 posted on 11/25/2010 12:43:17 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Robwin; All
FreedomWorks is the group that sponsored the big national Tea Party in DC a couple years ago that drew 2 million tea partiers. Free Republic was a co-sponsor of that event.

From the article:

"Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, added: "Big businesses are now on notice that there is a measurable business risk for actively supporting the Obama, Reid, and Pelosi progressive public policy agenda."

Their initial focus will be on consumer firms that lobbied for passage of Obama's agenda items that helped their firms. "We are going after the rent-seeking corporations feeding at the public trough," said FreedomWorks' spokesman Adam Brandon.

The groups released a new Wilson Research Strategies poll to Whispers which shows how companies could suffer when conservatives are told of their support for Obama's agenda. The poll found that when customers are told of a consumer product firm's support for healthcare reform, bailouts, cap-and-trade energy policies or other issues pushed by the administration, their favorability among conservatives plummets.

A few examples:

-- General Electric. The firm has a 51 percent favorable image, but when poll takers were told of it's support for the Obama economic stimulus plan, only 20 percent had a favorably impression of the consumer giant.

-- Johnson and Johnson. Nearly 69 percent had a favorable impression of the health company before Johnson and Johnson's support for health reform legislation was detailed to survey-takers. Afterward, that favorability dropped to 16 percent.

The poll also found that 81 percent of conservative voters active in the Tea Party would be "less likely to buy products from companies that actively lobbied to pass Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan," and 61 percent would blog, Facebook, or upload a YouTube video urging backers to boycott their products."


27 posted on 11/25/2010 12:54:46 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: Robwin
I want gov to protect freedom of competition in the market, to not write laws or contracts that favor big donors at the expense of the consumer or the small businessman. I am thinking of things like this wacky “Food Safety Act.”

Now as to unions, I say no government employee unions period, and no forced union membership in any trade. Have standards by which a tradesman must be certified, sure, but then let them compete.

What the hell was the topic again? Oh yes - I would prefer the headline be: Next Tea Party Target - Collusion Between Gov and Business to Drive Competition from the Market and to Make the Gov Pay for Things We Don't Need (like Hybrid Cars, Auto Companies, and Backscatter Airport Scanners). Yeah, I know it's really long.

28 posted on 11/25/2010 1:03:50 AM PST by Puddleglum ("due to the record harvest, rationing will continue as usual")
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To: GOP Poet

count on me.


29 posted on 11/25/2010 1:20:29 AM PST by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: goat granny
"There was a time when unions were truly for improved conditions in manufacturing and auto factory's."

Even then they where corrupt thugs. Now they are in the same mold as environmentalists and feminists, using these vehicles to advance a left wing agenda.

I deal with union workers on a daily basis, and I know for a fact that most of them earn no better and have no better benefits than non-union workers. We're not talking big, fancy unions like the UAW or AFSCME here. In these cases, the union is nothing more than a parasite riding on the backs of these workers and siphoning off dues to pay the union boss's fat salary and to support his pet politicians. In my opinion, they have no legitimacy whatsoever anymore.

30 posted on 11/25/2010 1:28:55 AM PST by Batrachian (Celebrating ten years with Free Republic.)
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To: Jim Robinson

“FreedomWorks is the group that sponsored the big national Tea Party in DC a couple years ago that drew 2 million tea partiers. Free Republic was a co-sponsor of that event. “

and he is on the right side:

When asked Monday at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters about the possibility of a truce on social issues going into the presidential campaign, Mr. Armey said, “A truce? No. These are issues of the heart. People are not going to turn their hearts and minds away from things that they have so heartfelt.”

Armey, who served as House majority leader, added, “the fact of the matter is there is sort of a question of first things first priorities. If we lose this nation, if it falls into insolvency, then all of these issues pretty well fall by the wayside too, don’t they. So i think there is a setting of priorities.”

He specifically referred to the abortion issue. “Since President Obama has been elected, there has been extraordinarily high levels of funding for international abortions through what is called the Mexico City language. That fight hasn’t been had for a few years. Now that fight will be had with this majority,” he said, referring to his stated expectation that Republicans will win control of the House, and perhaps the Senate. He added, “these issues are too important to be left behind and they won’t be left behind.”


31 posted on 11/25/2010 1:35:45 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: goat granny

“There was a time when unions were truly for improved conditions in manufacturing and auto factory’s.”

Yes, in the 1930s when union organizers were beaten up by Henry Ford’s hired goons.

“But it turned to greed and money.”

My grandfather was a member of the USW and he would always say that the steel industry was going to eventually self-destruct from inept management and greedy unions.

“I don’t think steel is even made in the US anymore, at least not like it was in the Detroit area”

Nowadays, you mostly have minimills; small, high-tech facilities that produce specialized types of steel. The big, unionized mills are extinct.

“Right to work states are the ones that are getting the jobs. Michigan was once a great stable place to work, its now the rust belt, with jobs in other area’s without unions.”

The states in the worst economic shape are all big Democrat, big union states.

“They were needed decades ago, not now if you want to have a job and put food on the table....”

Agreed. It’s hilarious to hear liberals talk as if it’s still 1910 and their father fell into a meat-processing machine and got ground up into sausage like in Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”.


32 posted on 11/25/2010 1:39:43 AM PST by Strk321
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To: ari-freedom

Way to go, Dick Armey!!


33 posted on 11/25/2010 1:39:43 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: Jean S

Freedom Works is Dick Armey’s PAC.


34 posted on 11/25/2010 1:40:58 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Batrachian

I couldn’t find anything in your post to disagree with. You are right.....:O)


35 posted on 11/25/2010 1:41:49 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Jim Robinson

Yes, I wish he was still in politics but he is doing a great job in the grassroots. But Texas has to do something about their senators...


36 posted on 11/25/2010 1:43:33 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Freedom Works is Dick Armey's PAC of organization.

About FreedomWorks: Chairman Dick Armey


37 posted on 11/25/2010 1:44:02 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: goat granny

The unions drove up the cost of labor to the point that they drove manufacturing to cheaper labor markets overseas. Government employee unions should be outlawed. They’re nothing but an arm of the socialist Democrat party. See: SEIU.


38 posted on 11/25/2010 1:48:17 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: ari-freedom; Jim Robinson
He's mimicking Sarah Palin, who said that obamacare is the largest abortion mill to come down the pike *ever*. Although he once told newsmax in 2009: "Sarah Palin is I think now on her own terms and giving expression to her own voice.
"She's going to demonstrate herself to be a far more shining example of what small government conservatism is and how well it can be understood and expressed than the McCain campaign was able to do."

Armey doesn't support her now. He likes Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour.

Apparently, he's also in favor of amnesty, according to Mchelle Malkin. He's also the guy who bragged about censoring Tom Tancredo.

I liked Dick Armey best when he made that slip of the tongue and called Barney Frank, Barney Fag." LOLOLOLOL.

Nobody's perfect, eh ari_freedom? But conservatives support conservative activism aimed at the enemy.

Kudos and enthusiastic support of Freedom Works on this one, but Freedom Works is NOT the TEA Party, and Dick Armey is not the leader of the TEA Party. He just likes to play the part on TV, from time to time.

39 posted on 11/25/2010 2:26:43 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Jim Robinson

By and large, the US was always a high labor cost country. That is why so many people immigrated here, and why slaves, were brought here, and why for workers, uneducated workers, their living standards were so much higher then anyplace in the world.

But...

We had low taxes, small government, private property and contracts so we were innovative and quick and rewarding of work and genious.

Now...

We have have high taxes, fees, permits, licenses, laws, rules, edicts, mandates, codes, regulations, laws...the list goes on...

Government is killing labor, business, liberty, prosperity. Government prospers. Detroit is the future already for hundreds of once productive cities, some the one time economic marvel of the world. Soon Michigan will be a state size Detroit, maybe New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, California.

Just as Detroit and these failed cities had their profiting hack contractors, so to do we at the federal level. Immelt of GE is leach. If Hitler was running the company, he’d be trying to get gas chamber contracts, at good prices. He has supported GE doing business with Iran, and supports government forcing green rackets on citizens with his company profiting.


40 posted on 11/25/2010 2:38:33 AM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: bleach

>>Hopefully they won’t get “Jablonski-ed”<<

It doesn’t even need to go that far. My dad ran for Prsident of his union on NYC, back in the late 1940’s. When the votes were counted, my dad lost by 10 votes. However, there was one problem - the total votes cast exceeded the number of members by 20. A couple of calls to NLRB and FBI and the leadership were arrested, tried, convicted and deported. All of them were members of the Communist Party.

The sad part was that my dad was blackballed from working in any NYC restaurant for four years. And the FBI were regular visitors.


41 posted on 11/25/2010 3:02:04 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Jim Robinson

It doesn’t take 2 years for moles and shills like Army to crawl in for distortion of intentions.


42 posted on 11/25/2010 3:02:10 AM PST by noinfringers2
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Hmm...

Why are all those jobs in China anyway?

Why don’t we still “make clothes” here?

Why has a manufacturing base moved?

Part of that answer...a significant part of the answer has to do with UNION wages and benefits. Regulations are just the icing on the goodbye cake.


43 posted on 11/25/2010 3:17:57 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: Robwin

Should the Tea Party boycott Lipton? Is Tetley a preferred brand?


44 posted on 11/25/2010 3:45:23 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Jim Robinson

Could things get any worse if America outsourced its government jobs to China and India?


45 posted on 11/25/2010 3:51:09 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Robwin

Bad idea. IMO, continue with political targets.

Dens are anti-corporations, not me.

This is one of the problems with the tea party.


46 posted on 11/25/2010 3:51:13 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: bleach

Exactly. They are more deserving of scorn.


47 posted on 11/25/2010 3:52:43 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: ari-freedom
"We should start with Hollywood because they have degraded our culture and dumbed down the kids."

With a little help from public schools.

48 posted on 11/25/2010 3:57:16 AM PST by Godebert
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To: onyx

“Apparently, he’s also in favor of amnesty, according to Mchelle Malkin. He’s also the guy who bragged about censoring Tom Tancredo. “

It’s an unfortunate tendency of many free-market libertarians. Even Reagan fell for that trap. They point out the numbers looking good for business but they don’t realize that capitalism without respect for the law and our national culture is destined to fail.


49 posted on 11/25/2010 4:02:03 AM PST by ari-freedom (Islam is at war against America, while America is at the mall.)
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To: onyx
Kudos and enthusiastic support of Freedom Works on this one, but Freedom Works is NOT the TEA Party, and Dick Armey is not the leader of the TEA Party. He just likes to play the part on TV, from time to time.

Exactly.

50 posted on 11/25/2010 4:05:27 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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